These are the best self-contained restaurants and bars in Nungambakkam, Chennai

Nungambakkam has long been considered the heart of Chennai, the city’s CBD, even at a time when many would say the city has grown by leaps and bounds. These people will say that the Kathipara Junction closest to Chennai Airport is indeed the new center of the city. But that’s not an argument that most people will buy into. From bustling Nungambakkam High Road (aka Uthamar Gandhi Salai) to chic Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam’s diversity has always been home to some of Chennai’s best hotels and restaurants and now the new wave of Chennai’s resto-bars and nightclubs. city ​​also joined this eclectic list:

Kappa Chakka Kandhari:

The place takes its name from three ingredients almost unique to Kerala cuisine – tapioca, jackfruit and Kandhari chilli (the restaurant also pays homage with spicy Kandhari ice cream). The restaurant showcases authentic homemade recipes. Think touching toddy shop style (small plates) and food brimming with good ingredients carefully selected across Kerala in a casual style. This is the closest thing to tasting home-cooked food at a restaurant in Kerala. From the unique Ramaserry idli served with sambar or Palakkad style chicken curry to the juiciest prawns in a fiery masala.

Haddows Road

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Kappa Chakka Kandhari

Night walk:

We still can’t figure out the spelling, but that didn’t stop us from coming back for a slice of Bangkok to Chennai hustle. This resto-bar will remind you of Bangkok’s many bustling night markets with its bright neon signs and quirky carts. Food is a kind of international gastronomic journey. From Momo Mama, the Asian stand that serves a delicious selection of Momos and flavors from Indonesia and Thailand to Teri Maki that servesinnovativesushi tacoscombining the best of Asian and Mexican cuisine, you are more than covered.

Khader Nawaz Khan Road

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night walk

Nasi and Mee:

This energizing space with a clever name is positioned as an Asian canteen. It contains the same energy as a hawker center in Southeast Asia. The decor adds to this energy. Showstopper lights mingle with bold wall art and you can watch the chefs in action from their show kitchen while sipping on Malaysia’s unofficial drink – Iced Milo. Their translucent dim sums are a big draw – our pick is the Xia Long Bao soup dumpling. As well as their signature Nasi goreng, try their curries – lamb rendang and Thai green curry stand out.

Khader Nawaz Khan Road

Down from the British pound:

has redefined the concept of neighborhood bar in the city. The name aims to spark nostalgia among the city’s alumni – Down Sterling was the inter-collegiate festival of Chennai’s iconic Loyola College. Located in an old bungalow, this laid-back space is a favorite spot for families and groups of friends looking for a not-so-frenzied Saturday night. The menu was inspired by the owner’s global travels. Popular dishes include their Chicken Kkapunngi and Shrimp Sesame Toast.

Sterling Avenue

Barracuda Terrace:

Live music has been one of the differentiators at Barracuda Bar, one of Chennai’s liveliest restobars. Barracuda Terrace is the extension, the roof top of Barracuda Brew, even more spacious and perfect for a relaxed evening with friends; you may have to wait a long time for your drinks when the space is busy. The menu is full of global comfort foods that complement popular gin-based cocktails. The humble sambar idli is one of the menu’s debuts.

College Road

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Barracuda Terrace

Far East:

Located next to the Taj Coromandel, Far East is part of Chennai’s growing list of pan-Asian restaurants. This casual restaurant with lots of natural light is a great place for a quick business lunch. Dim sums and sushi rolls are very popular; we recommend the shrimp with XO sauce. Grilled meats are also a great option – try the Indonesian-style tofu satay. Wash it all down with the Milo dinosaur, a drink that’s a meal in itself.

Uthamar Gandhi Salai


Chennai’s culinary profile may have become more international over the past two decades, but Dahlia was around long before that transformation. Established in the early 1990s, Dahlia has remained one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants in town, without the frills and polished interiors of more contemporary spaces. It started as a haven for Japanese business travelers, but widened its appeal as Chennai diners became more adventurous. Their sashimi, maki and katsu are perfect.

Uthamar Gandhi Salai


you will be spoiled for choice if you are looking for Italian restaurants in and around Nungambakkam. There’s Toscano with its brilliant pasta and Kahlua and Eden mousse for old-school continental cuisine. Nolita scores points with its sourdough pizzas. This pizzeria takes its name from the New York neighborhood of Nolita, well known for its Neapolitan-style pizzas. Antipasti is quite good here too – check out the chicken wings and cheese, jalapeno and olive croquettes.

Khader Nawaz Khan Road

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