Renovated in July 2013, The Raintree offers a quintessential South Indian dining experience set in a gorgeous location in the heart of Chennai. We were invited to try the ‘Aachi Samayal’ – a 2014 take on the age old style of cooking adopted by the maamis or homemakers of the Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu in yesteryears.
While the traditional way of eating a South Indian meal is off a banana leaf, the Raintree team have improvised to place a neatly cut banana leaf on a piece of fine crockery which makes for easy eating for those not used to licking their fingers off the leaf. Expect to be pampered and spoilt over a grand four-course meal replete with the choicest Chettinad fare in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
Must order: The Jasmine Martini – a unique concoction which involves a jasmine infused sugar syrup fused with vodka to make for a stunning drink that tastes better than it sounds or reads!
Veg: Rs. 899
Non-Veg: Rs. 999
The Aachi Samayal is available for lunch. At those prices, you should definitely be planning your next Saturday lunch there.
Vivanta by Taj – Connamara
Chennai – 600002
Ph: 044-2852 0123