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Top 10 Asian Eat-Outs in Chennai!

Have you tried them all?!

No palate is complete without having tasted the best of what Asia has to offer. Earthy ingredients, each royal and powerful on its own, put together in unique cooking processes to create what can only be called the Asian Eat-street experience. In this East meets East coast, here is a look at the ten best places in Chennai to find the Asian food you crave.

Pan Asian

Soy Soi

The underlying theme of the newly launched restaurant Soy Soi is, ‘Asian Eat Street’, experience. When they say pan Asian, they mean pan Asian for Soy Soi hosts cuisines in the order of Indonesian, Vietnamese, Burmese, Thai, and Singaporean. Popular dishes here include Pad Thai, Panna Cotta, Chicken Dumplings, Jasmine Rice, Khao Suey, Phad Thai and Prawn Satay. One of the few places that has authentic baos, don’t forget to check out the jackfruit bao on your first visit here. Cosy in ambience, the quantity is quite filling on each dish.

Mamagoto

The newly sprung Mamagoto is relatively not new in the nation for it has many branches across the country. With ambience paying tribute to pop culture, the Indo-Asian cuisine has a mass following of its own with the marriage of a variety of Asian ingredients when it comes to food. Try out the java tofu for vegetarians or honey barbecue chicken for starters. The special Mamagoto chocolate cake probably has its own social media page for it as it is one of the best in the city. Mocktails are aplenty and most wanted dishes include Maki’s platter, Laksa Tribute and Spicy Ramen bowls.

Thai

Absolute Thai

Nestled between Cafe de Paris on the right and Sushi In A Box on top, Absolute Thai is the celebration of all things Thai. The Thai flavours are underplayed and more Indo, making it so tasty plus easy on the tongue. Best dishes include Pad Thai noodles, Chicken Tom Yum soup and flavoured Thai rice. What’s more refreshing is the fact that even veggie lovers have multiple options to choose from. Try the tempura tofu or Khao Phat with some stir fries.

Benjarong

This Thai restaurant is a little steep in a budget but equally worth it just for the flavours. Start with a lemongrass tea that transports you to the streets of Pattaya then move on to the Tom soups (Kha or Yum). Start the meal with spring rolls and go on to noodles like the classic Nasi Goreng. Spoilt for choice, the options on the menu are plenty with a variety of mocktails for your thirst as well.

 

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