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Beautify Chennai Goethe-InstitutjMax Mueller Bhavan and Chennai City Connect, along with other partners, are organizing the first edition of Conquer the Concrete - Chennai Street Art Festival Oanuary 20 - February 7, 2015). Artists, students of fine arts and graphic designers from all walks of life, have been invited to send in entries and paint selected public spaces.


The event, curated by Georg Zolchow, will also feature international artists from Germany, USA and India. We were especially glad to hear that one of the aims has a close Chennai connect - to encourage the dying art of painting huge and imaginative film posters, every time a film was released in Chennai. This venture will convert the streets and buildings of Chennai into an attractive and open-air art gallery that is free for public viewing. Details:http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/en/che.html


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o Aboo Fun Land

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o Russian Centre Of Science

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o Akshara Creations

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o Cholamandal Artists' Village ECR, Injambakkam. Ph: 24490092

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5***** o The Leela Palace Chennai Drawn from the inspiration ofChettinad Dynasty, the architecture ofthe /rotel exudes regal opulence and is the first and only seafront five-star /rotel in Chennai. Adyax Seaface, MRC Nagar, Phone: 91 44 33661234, No. of Rooms: 305

o ITC Grand Chola Experience an era ofmagnificence and grandeur ofSouthern India's CDlden Age in ITC Grand Clwla which expresses the glory ofthe Clwla Dynasty in a modern retelling. 63, Mount Road, Guindy, Phone: 91 44 22200000, No. of Rooms: 600

o Taj Coromandel Offering afusion ofrich, South Indian design cues and classic European elegance, the Taj Coromandel is a welcoming spotfor both business and leisure. 37, Mahatma gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, Phone: 91 44 66002827, No. of Rooms: 212

o Hyatt regency Chennai Luxurious accommodation, diverse event spaces spread across multiple levels, splendid recreation jilcilities including spa, fitness centre and pool makes this

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o Taj Club House Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, amenities and world class restaurants, Taj Club House is the perfect destination for filmilies and corporate clients to /rost conferences and get togethers in luxury and comfort. 2, Club house road, Anna Sala~ Phone: 91 44 66313131, No. of Rooms: 229

o Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers One ofthe finest living and dining destinations and long standing iconic landmark ofChennai pampers you with their renowned butler and concierge

services. TIK Road, Alwarpet, Phone: 91 44 24994101, No. of Rooms: 287

o Le Royal Meridien 240 rooms, 12 meeting spaces, restaurants serving Indian, Continental, Chinese, SE Asian and Mediterranean cuisines, and spacious pubs with dance floors truly blends businesss with leisure 1,GST Road, SI. Thomas Mount, Phone: 9144 22314343, No. of Rooms: 240

o Hilton Chennai Convieniently located within a lS minute drive from the airport and the Chennai Trade Centre, Hilton is fully equipped with a business center, Awardwinning cuisine with five restaurants and bars including 24-/rour caft 124/1,100 feet Road, Ekkaduthangal, Phone: 91 44 22255555, No. of Rooms: 204

o Vivanta by Taj Connemara Chennai city's only heritage /rotel, built in 1854 is now infused with afresh new vibe that complements tradition 2, Binny Road, Anna Salai, Phone: 91 44 66000000, No. of Rooms: 150

o The Trident The closest luxury hotel near the airport

with a wide choice ofwellness and recreation jilcilities to unwind after a busy day. 1/24, GST Road, Meenambakkam, Phone: 9144 22344747, No. of Rooms: 167

o Park Hyatt Luxury Business Hotel offers discerning business and leisure travellers an intimate stay experience with all amenities and a rooftop infinity pool with stunning views ofthe city.


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Phone: 9144 27442B75, No. of Rooms: 35

o MGM Beach Resort

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Enjoy a day in the city's most cherished theme park and spend the night at their beach side resort right next to it

41/19, Poes Garden, Phone: 91 44 24661021, No. of Rooms: 31

1/74, ECR, Muttukadu, Phone: 9144 39102400-99, No. of Rooms: 86

o HanuReddy 6A/24, Wallace Garden, 3rd st Nungambakkarn, Phone: 91 44 45038413, No. of Rooms: 13

o Niketana 17, Sathya Narayana Avenue, Boat Oub, Phone: 91 44 42111838,

No. of Rooms: 21

o Somerset 94, Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Santhome, Phone: 91 44 71000071, No. of Rooms: 187

o The Lotus 15, Burldt Road, T.Nagar, Phone: 9144 24337979, No. of Rooms: 39

o MGM Eastwoods Unwind at the luxurious suites and deluxe cottages that create an oasis of calm, nestling amidst lush landscaped gardens and swaying palm fronds 1/240, ECR, lnjambakkam, Phone: 9144 24490660/990, No. of Rooms: 20

o Radisson Temple Bay Unwind in Mmnallapuram at this luxurious resort that's the closest to the World Heritage site - The Shore Temple ECR, Mahabalipuram, Phone: 9144 27443636, No. of Rooms: 144

o Indeco Leisure Resort

sculptures at this luxury boutique hotel that also houses" The Steve Borgia Indian Heritage Museum II Shore Temple Road, Mahabalipuram, Phone: 9144 27443914/15, No. of Rooms: 36

o VGP Beach Resort Cherish some memorable golden moments in Chennai's choicest Tesort to lounge away your holiday in the sprawling beach and the calming ebb of waves ECR, lnjambakkarn, Phone: 9144 24491446, No. of Rooms: 44

o Shelter Beach Resorts Pristine privacy, extreme security and stupendous service, is guaranteed at the Sheller resorts that truly shelters its customers in elan 275, Near Crocodile Park, East Coast Road, Mahabalipuram, Phone: 9144 27472424, No. of Rooms: 42

Experience a unique bullock cart ride by moonlight to view the monolith

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o Golden Bay Resort Escape the routine and enjoy a vacation

in Che:nnails first backwater resort that's also home to the city's first floating restaurant ECR, Koovathur, Phone: 91 44 30985555, No. of Rooms: 34

o Ideal Beach Resort Embark on a refreshing nature adventure by strolling along the shores of the Boy ofBengal, to rejuvenate your mind and body Devaneri Village, Mahabalipuram, Phone: 9144 27442240, No. of Rooms: 68

o Mamalla Beach Resort Take catamaran rides with local fishermen, dine under the casuarinas trees, enjoy a beach barbeque, or just stroll along the shore in this impressive resort 8, KovaIlam Road, ECR, MamaIIapuram,

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Enjoy the traditianal rice with podi n ghee made the typical Andhra style 14, Karapakkam, Old MahabalipUIam Road, Phone: 91 9566188814

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Subtly flavoured dishes and a unique Iyer Trolley to seroe small adais, banana flavoured do..is and the ubiquitous kunni paniyarams Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers, TI'K Road, Alwarpe!, Phone: 91 8144191807

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Relish the spicy Andhra cuisine with their authentic Veppudu (spicy stir fry) and Pulusu (curry gravies) dishes in veg &non-veg 21/45, KB Dasan Road, Opposite SIET College, Alwarpe!, Phone: 91 7305886015

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Famous for its Hyderabadi Dhum Biriyani, Palki also serves Kerala, Tandoor and Chinese delicacies 1, Cathedral Road, GopalapUISlIl, Phone: 91 44 28117000

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5, Dev Apartments, 1st Main Road, K.B Nagar, Adyar, Phone: 91 44 43548633

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An all out ethnic Indian fine dining restaurant offering a range ofdelicacies from across the kitchens ofIndia

25/3, East Mada Street, Tiruvanmiyur, Phone: 91 44 42043927

BENGALI D KolkataQ A dine-in restaurant that is ftrmous for its Thali meals mainly during Durga

Puja 47, Ganga International Hotel, Bazullah Road, T Nagar, Phone: 9144 28141340

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Taste their lip-smacking 'Chingdi macher malai curry' (Prawn Mnlai curry) that makes people come back for more. 4/991-A, Kotivakkam Post, Opposite Waves MaIl, OM&, Phone: 91 9789826262

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The place to go when you crave for some soft parathas and subtlyflavoured Macchi curry 14, 6th Street, GopalapUISID, Phone: 9144 28114557

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Copper Point

GRT Grand, 120, Pondy Bazaar, Sir Thyagaraja Road, T.Nagar, Phone: 91 8695259859

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Savour the longforgotten Vetrilai Poondu Saadham, Mnnnpaani Meen Kulambu, Kadiapattinam Meen Varuval, and Uppu Kari cooked to perfection 28/18, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Phone: 91 7667193875

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A famous chain ofChettinad restaurants famous for its Spl Chettinadu Meals and Sunday specials 118/ 84, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Phone: 9144 28111893

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Only exclusive stop to relish over 12 varieties ofaapams accompanied with spicy chettinad gravies and curries. 196, Near Orrompet Bus Stop, GST Road, T.Nagar, Phone: 91 9551555222

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Kuruvapillai Yera (Curry-leafflavoured Prawns), Kazhi Melagu Chettinad (pepper Chicken), and the unique chutney n pickle trolley truly define Chennai's deep rooted cuisine at the Vivants by Taj Connemaxa, 2, Binny


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A very popular Chinese restaurant with excellent food & service to please your palate The Residency, 49, G.N. Chetty Road, Opposite Vani Mahal, T Nagar, Phone: 91 9543236578

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Enjoy dishes from all over the world, while you sip some oftheir signature cocktails, shooters n flaming shots The Spring Hotel, 11, Kodambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam, Phone: 91 8144004302

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A quaint restaurant apt for quiet romantic dinners to go along with their scrumptious salads, steaks, sizzlers, pasta, and desserts

Fortune Select Palms, 142, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Thoraipakkam, Phone: 91 44 39884444

5, Murrays Gate Road, Alwarpet, Phone: 91 44 42110888

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An Indo-Chinese budget restaurant on Chennai's IT Corridor that will leave your tummy and wallet feelingfull with their all-you-can-eat buffet 14, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Opposite TCS, Karapakkam Phone: 91 44 24500711

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Delicious and healthy Chinese food at optimal value for money; must try the Kung Pao Chicken, Chicken Schezwan Rice, Shredded Mutton with Chilli Sauce, and Fried Ice cream 151, G 7, Gee Gee Emerald, Village Road, Nungambakkam, Phone: 91 44 39253925

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Le Royal Meridien Hotel, 1, GST Road, Kathipara, Phone: 91 7305978741

13/33, Shafee Mohammed Road, Opposite To Apollo Children's Hospital, Nungambakkam Phone: 918144051691

6/29, Rajasekaran Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Phone: 91 44 28473439

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Cilantro

Open 24-hrs and located in the city's arterial Sardar Patel Road, this restaurant offers a lavish buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving Indian and International cuisine

An outdoor resto cafe with a menu that's a colourful medley offlavours across the globe; enjoy barbeques, sizzlers, pastas, and their signature dish - Fruitlettes

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58A, Habibullha Road, T Nagar, Phone: 91 9543603355

The Pasta Bar Veneto

Find a lavish variety ofpastas, lasagnas, and pizzas, skilfully cooked to perfection, blended with subtly flavoured spices and seasonal vegetables; their Mud Pie and Tiramisu are definite showstoppers 32/59, Burkit Road, T Nagar, Phone: 91 8144914782

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Vasco's

An all-day dining restaurant with an innovative global cuisine, and a relaxed ambience, come together with superb views ofthe city, to ensure the ultimate dining experience Hilton, 124/1, IN Salai, Ekkaduthangal, Phone: 9144 22255555

o La Shaakahari A pure vegetarian restaurant with an international flavour serving Mexican and European cuisine that caters to the refined palate 20, Pycrofts Garden Road, Nungambakkam, Phone: 91 44 28265000

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L'amandier

A warmly lit European dining restaurant with pasta counters and lavish buffet spreads for breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices 57, 2nd Main Road, RA Puram, Phone: 91 7667383715

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Main Street

A refined restaurant that offers an assortment ofEuropean fare with an enticing buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner The Residency Towers, 115, Pondy Bazaar, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T Nagar, Phone: 91 44 28156363

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On The Rocks

Indulge in agastronomic experience with some diverse grill ethos, hot volcanic rock cooking, and flambeed desserts in this stylish multidimensional venue Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Phone: 91 8144133588

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Porsche

Cosy and aesthetically designed restaurant with convenient buffet and ala-carte options for lunch and dinner with a truly global flavour and unforgettable taste Benzz Park Hotel, 62, Thirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar, Phone: 91 9600020023

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Fresh delectable international fare, enticing buffet and creative ala carte options, live cooking stations, and nutrient-filled SuperFoods to boost your day

Basil

An elite restaurant that serves Serbian/Balkan cuisine complemented with typical Mediterranean and Italian fare; The Icelander Mousse and Balkan platter are brilliant

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TheWharl

Indulge in grilled meats, seafood, delicate pastas and specially selected wine pairings, as you watch the sun set over the Bay ofBengal Radisson BLU Templebay, 57, Covelong Road, East Coast Road (ECR), MamalIapuratn. Phone: 91 8144086107

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Upper Deck

Stylish restaurant that offers candlelit, alfresco dining with a superb selection of foods that challenge you to resist; not to forget the lavish Champagne Brunch laid out every Sunday Vivanta by Taj Fisherman's Cove, Covelong Beach, Off East Coast Road ECR, Phone: 91 44 67413388

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Bay146

A fun place to hang out with friends or

family with awesome food and deftly blended cocktails n mocktails The Savera Hotel, 146, RK Salai, MyIapore, Phone: 91 8695581602

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Azulia

Serving kitchen secrets from Mtllta, Israel, Southern France, Egypt, Lebanon, Mtlrocco, Greece, Italy, Turkey n Spain GRT Grand, 120, Pondy Bazaar, Sir Thyagaraja Road, T Nagar, Phone: 91 7811969347

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Azzuri Bay

Fresh authentic flavours ofChinese & Italian Mediterranean cuisine with Fresh Natural Gelato, Satay's, Dim Sums, Wood-fired Pizzas and much more 13, 1st Crescent Road, Gandhinagar, Adyar, Phone: 91 8754490250

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Lavash

A vibrant cafe that offers Mexican and Italian cuisines with pizzas, sandwiches, brownies n muffins, mocktails, fizz drinks, hot n cold coffees n teas 35A, Bazullah Road, T Nagar, Phone: 91 44 28157786

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Animal Kingdom

44, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Phone: 91 9840999555

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PanAsian

India's finest Asian restaurant featuring 3 interactive kitchens for Chinese & Thai Stir and Wok Fry, Mongolian Brazier; Japanese - Yakitori & Teppan Grill, alongwith Korean BBQ in-built grill tables, Sushi bars, and more ITC Grand Chola, 63, Mount Road, Guindy, Phone: 91 44 49065492

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The Hip Asia

The finest ingredients and the most authentic recipes come together at Hip Asia, giving patrons a chance to experience the real tastes ofAsi£l Vivanta by Taj Connemara, 2, Binny Road, Phone: 91 44 66000000

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Wok A Toque

A compact restaurant serving a wide range ofChinese, Thai, and Japanese specialities with buffet and a la carte options to choose from

An exceptional combination ofauthentic Thai recipes prepared with fresh local produce that result in an array of mouth-watering dishes

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Duchess Restaurant

Apart from Quesadillas n Enchiladas, the Grandmothers Sunday Roasted Chicken, Roast Leg of Lamb, and Baked Lobster Savannah are definitely worth the visit 84, Kaaraikudi Complex, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, MyIapore, Phone: 91 44 28111128

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1's Five Two

Get afeel ofwhat it is to be behind bars ;) Delicious Mexican, Lebanese,

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Enjoy your buffet amidst ajungle set up; relish their unlimited starters and lavish buffet that includes Indian, Continental, Thai, and Chinese dishes

73, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuratn. Phone: 91 44 28110343

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Vivanta by Taj Fisherman's Cove, Covelong Beach, Off East Coast Road, ECR, Phone: 91 44 67413353

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4, Thirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar, Phone: 91 9025749764

A boutique hotel that serves Mexican,

Seagull

5/360, 1st Floor, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Phone: 91 44 43859983

Serving Chennai some choicest Mexican delicacies for over 13 years now, their specialities include authentic Fajitas, Tacos, Enchiladas, Chimi Changas, and Burittos

The Hot & Cold Mezee Mixed Platter, Lamb Kofta, Seafood Tagine, and Umm Ali will make sure that the guests come back fur another visit 9, 3rd Floor, Oyster Building, Khader Nawaz Khan Road (KNK), Nungambakkam, Phone: 91 44 42141144

Take your pick from the buffet or sit back and relish a menu specially designed by the chefs, to seroe multi-cuisine delights with Continental, Chinese and Indian favourites

Mediterranean, and Indian cuisines with their lavish buffet spread

Itali£ln, Continental, Oriental n Indian cuisines along with an extensive beverage menu 80/29, 2nd Main Road, Near Chamiers Road, RA Puratn. Phone: 91 7667401109

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Kaidi Kitchen

Burmese, Thai n Italian veggie delights seroed in a jail set up 20/3, Bishop Wallers Avenue, MyIapore, Phone: 91 8695304900

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Sigree Global Grill

Experience flavours from all around the globe including Mexican, Spanish,

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Benjarong

146, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Phone: 91 4424322640

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ChapChay

Pick from an array ofAsian dishes or be your own chef and make your stirfries just the way you want them @ Chap Chay's do-it-yourselfstir fry station The Raintree, 120, St Mary's Road, Alwarpet, Phone: 91 44 42252525

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Flower Drum

A unique Chinese n Thai restaurant that

only serves pure vegetarian dishes at an affordable price 46, 2nd Floor, Prince Plaza, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Phone: 9144 43102545

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GrandThai

A small but efficient Thai food outlet that offers scrumptious variety ofGrills, Satays, Soups, Starters, and combos Express Avenue Mall, Whites Road, Royapettah, Phone: 91 9003035333

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Lotus

A fine-dining elite restaurant committed


Foodie

Which entrepreneur has been the most daring in food businesses?

One person who is constantly taking up challenges, keeps upping the ante, and subsequently winning, is Mr Mahadevan from Oriental Cuisines. Which dining establishment has the most people-friendly staff?

Which restaurant/cafe/hotel has the most memorable ambience?

Eco Cafe, Anokhi, Chamiers Road

Which establishment offers the healthiest or freshly made food?

Absolute Barbeque in T Nagar exceeds customers expectation in service and food.

What unexpected ingredient have you added to a dish, to make it even better?

I always add a pinch of salt when I make payasam.

What is the most bizarre taste you have ever encountered?

Natto, a fermented soya bean dish from Japan. This was 15 years ago in Chennai and the memory of the taste still haunts me.


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Burgundy's

Enjoy a wide spread ofWorld cuisines as you lounge in their terrace garden, seated under star lit skies 94, Somerset Greenways, Sathyadev Avenue, :MRC Nagar, Santhome, Phone: 91 49001000

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CloudNine

A fine-dining rooftup restaurant with a spectacular view of the Chennai skyline, serving Indian, Tandoor & Chinese delicacies GLM Meridian Hotel, 80 A, Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan SaIai, South Boag Road, T.Nagar, Phone: 91 7401010107

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Crimson Chakra

Sit in a shallow pool with a waterfall flowing in the background as you relish signature dishes in Continental, North n South Indian cuisines 13, 1st Crescent Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Phone: 91 %77277900

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Food Village

Enjoy authentic Indian, Chinese n Tandoor recipes at their upen garden restaurant with your friends n family far a memorable experience 2/181, East Coast Road. Injambakkam, Phone: 91 44 24490391

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High

Snack on yummy finger jaads, in the all new sky lounge by the pool that is Ohso-up above the sky so high! The Raintree, 636, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Phone: 91 7810978952

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Lydie's

Enjoy catch ofthe day grilledfish with homemade salads, Lydie's crabcakes, and much mOTe seated either in Woven Bamboo Basket Boats, vintage wooden nylon chairs, or bamboo sofa sets 2/196, Ruby Garden, East Coast Road (ECR), Muttukadu, Phone: 91 44 27472602

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Minar

An alfresco zone leaving behind panoramic view of the city lights, this roofiap Mughalai and Awadhi restaurant elevate the atmosphere with melodious ghazals The Savera Hotel, 146, RK Salai, Mylapore, Phone: 91 7806920262

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Piano

The largest multi cuisine buffet restaurant in the city with live stations and interactive Chefs will make your dining a pleasant experience The Savera Hotel, 146, RK SaIai, Mylapore, Phone: 91 8695657708

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5hiraz Art Cafe Enjoy an intimate dining experience on the shores of the Bay ofBengal with some exotic Iranian delectable 27, Beach Road, Kapleshwar Nagar, Neelangarai, Phone: 91 9840572126

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The Crown

Enjoy the perfect candle-lit dinner under the stars in the city's highest rooftop restaurant with stunning views of the city's skyline, serving Indian and continental cuisine The Residency Towers, 115, Pondy Bazaar, Six Thyagaraya Road, TNagar, Phone: 9144 28156363

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Unwind Resto Cafe

A Malaysian streetJavd outlet with breezy lawn seating for casual dining

A covered outdoor seating cafe that serves Russian, Continental, and Indian recipes; an overall good place to hang out with friends

363, Injambakkam, Opposite VGP Golden Beach, ECR, Phone: 919176066866

74, The IRCC Cafe, Russian Culture Centre, Kasturi Rangan Road, Gopalapuram, Phone: 91 9551098704

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Did you know that the Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore is one of the few structures in Chennai that date back to the eighth century? In his book 'Madras Rediscovered' the historian, S.Muthiah notes that the Mylapore temple was on the shores in the 15th century and part of the great port of the Pallava Kings who bore the title Mylai Kavalar (protectors of Mylapore). In the 194Os, the Kapaleeswarar temple gopuram was a beautiful tank full of water in the forefront and lined on all four sides by the mada veedhis. The tank was built on land donated by the Nawab of Carnatic and, it is said that till today, Muslims are allowed the use of the tank on Muharram. In his book Madras Rediscovered the historian, S.Muthiah notes that the Mylapore temple was on the shores in the 15th century and part of the great port of the Pallava Kings who bore the title Mylai Kavalar (Protectors of Mylapore). Content courtesy: Madras Rediscovered / Madras Musings, 5 Muthiah -..


DDownTown

D Poker Bar

Deccan P1a.za, 36, Royapettah High

Hotel Shelter, 19, Venkatesa Agraharam Road, Mylapore. Ph: 49241919

Road, Royapettah. Ph: 66713333

D Durrant's Bar My Fortune Hotel, 10, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram. Ph: 28110101

D Elevate 4, Thirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar. Ph: 7812840335

D Stress Busters Sports Pub

D Fluid

65/5, Murugesan Naicker Complex, Greams Road, Thousand lights. Ph: 7601868787

3, Southern Crest, Venkatnarayana Road, T Nagar. Ph: 24313325

DFuel The Pride Hotel, 216, E V R Periyar SaIai, Poonamalle High Road, Kilpauk. Ph: 43989898

D Gallop Bar Radisson Blu, 531, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount. Ph: 7667193742

D Guinness D Bar

PUBSnBARS D 365A.S

Esthell Hotel, 1, Royal Enclave, Besant Avenue, Adyar. Ph: 7667883715

Harrisons HoteL 315, Valluvar Kottam High Road, Nungambakkam. Ph: 42222777

D Lava Bar Valayapathy Salai, Near MMM Hospital, Mogappair. Ph: 9941099984

DB-Bar

D The Moon And Sixpence

DHudson

D Anchor Bar

D Bamboo Bar

D The Leather Bar The Park, 601, Nungarnbakkam High Road, Nungambakkam. Ph: 42676000 Hablis Hotel, 19, GST Road, Guindy. Ph: 22334000

Saaral Residency, 1/685,

The Savera Hotel, 146, RK SaIai Cathedral Road. Ph: 9543119821

D Studio Karaoke Bar Cine City Hotel, 28, 1st Main Road, United India Colony, Kodambakkam. Ph: 9941416394

BKR Grand HoteL 71, Usman Road, Off 21 & 22 Sarojini Street, T Nagar. Ph: 2432715

Hyatt Regency, 365, Anna SaIai, Teynampet Ph: 61001234 Vivanta by Taj Fisherman's Cove, Covelong Beach, ECR. Ph: 67413354

D Recharge Bar Asiana Place Hotel, Phase m, Zenith Building, Ascendas IT Park, <:sIR Road, Taramani. Ph: 66798888

D LexusPub Benzz Park Hotel, 62, Thirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar. Ph: 28159999

D Million Dollars - The Pub Ambica Empire HoteL 79, 100 Feet Road, Vadapalani. Ph: 7305767713

DMixx

D The Pirates Bar

D The Society Bar Ambassador Pallava, 30, Montieth Road, Egmore. Ph: 28554476

DTouchdown 4/364 A, Palavakkam, ECR Ph: 9025770530

D Turf Pub Citrus, 35, Kaveri Nagar, Waterland Drive, Kottivakkam Beach, Tiruvanmiyur, Ph: 24515435

D US 101 - The Resto Bar GLM Meridian HoteL 80 A. Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan SaIai, South Beag Road, Nagar. Ph: 7401010107

94, Somen;et Greenways, Sathyadev Avenue, MRC Nagar, Santhome. Ph: 49001010

Hotel ForteL 3, Gandhi Irwin Road, Egmore. Ph: 30242424

D Bike &: Barrel

D MoonVine Lounge Bar

The Residency Towers, 115, Pondy Bazaar, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T Nagar, Ph: 28156363

jP Hotel, 1131, Inner Ring Road, Koyambedu. Ph: 66888000

D Bliss Bar Grand Residence Hotel, 85/86, Areot Road, Porur. Ph: 9962539511

Green Park Hotel, 183, NSK Salai, Areot Road, Vadapalani Ph: 66515151

Radisson Blu, 2, Ethiraj Salai, C-in-C Road, Egmore. Ph: 30404444

D BluHickey

D Nostradamus

Bistro Radisson Blu, 531, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount. Ph: 7305339464

Fortune Select Palms, 142, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR),OMR Ph: 39884444

Aloft Chennai, 102, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, OMR, Sholinganallur. Ph: 7305486236

D Crystal Bar Hotel Ranjith, 15, MG Road, Nungarnbakkam. Ph: 28270521 D Crystal Bar Green Coconut Resort, 58/1, East Coast Road, ECR. Ph: 27472036

DDenBar Hotel NRS Sakithyan, 42, Thanikachalam Road, T Nagar, Ph: 24315919

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D Mustang Bar

DOpium The Hotel Royal Plaza, 3, E Road, Koyambedu. Ph: 23790066

D Paddington 132, Chamiers Road, Nandanam. Ph: 24348440

DPoison The Clteckers Hotel, 30, Anna SaIai, little Mount, Saidapet. Ph: 43994399

D White House Bar Hotel Bhimaas, 1, Amman Koil Street, 100 Feet Road, Vadapalani. Ph: 24812481

D Winchester Bar

D WXYZ (SM) Bar

D Zara Tapas Bar Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram Ph: 28111462

D Zero Degrees Quality Hotel Sabari Classic, OMR, Navalur Ph: 47445030

LOUNGE BAR D ArcotBar Trident, 1/24, GST Road, GST Road, Ph: 9543280846


Crocodiles in the Cooum If you had lived in Chennai a few centuries ago, you would have viewed the Cooum river with delight. At least 70 species of fish and the 'Cooum crocodile' could be spotted in the river, which housed Chola temples along its banks. Historical novelist

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Venketesh Ramakrishnan has embarked on a project to bring the river back into focus. He stated that three temples on its shores have been sung about in the Thevaram (700-800 AD). The Cooum also holds an important place in history. Tipu Sultan's sons were held hostages by the East India Company by the side of the Coourn, while the Carnatic nawabs' first palace in Chennai, and the first British fort, were built on its banks. We also hear that Pachaiyappa Mudaliar, the well-known philanthropist, was said to have had a daily bath in the river. Content courtesy: Cooum - A Cultural Mapping, VenketeshRamakrishnan

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o Blend Taj Oub House Hotel 2, Oub House Road, Anna Salai, Thousand Lights. Ph: 66313131 o Chipstead Taj Coromandel, 37, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, Ph: 66002827

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Distil Vivanta by Taj Connemara, 2, Binny Road, Egmore Ph: 66000000

o ElixirE Hotel 2nd Floor, Express Avenue MaIL Whites Road, Royapettab. Ph: 28463333

o High The Raintree, 636, Anna SaiaL Teynampet. Ph: 7810978952

o I-Lounge Kohinoor Asiana HoteL 1/238, Semmencherry, OMR. Ph: 67411000

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The Cheroot Malt & Cigar Lounge ITC Grand Chola, 63, Mount Road, Guindy. Ph: 49065272

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Havana The Raintree, 120, St Mary's Road, Aiwarpet. Ph: 42252525

o Tranque bar ITC Grand Chola, 63, Mount Road, Guindy. Ph: 49065272

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High Time GRT Grand, 120, Pondy Bazaar, Sir Thyagaraya Road,T Nagar. Ph: 7811891847

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lllusions The Madras Pub, 105, 1st Floor, Dr. Radhakrishnan SaIai, Mylapore. Ph: 7811050355

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Minus One 125 Hotel Park View, Valluvarkottam High Road, Nungambakkam. Ph: 9551255110

Waves Bar & Lounge Ramada, Gandhi Irwin Bridge Road, Egmore. Ph: 30004777

Swirl The Gateway, 309, Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway, Old Mahabalipuram

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Vintage Bank Hilton, 124/1, IN SalaL Ekkaduthangal. Ph: 22255555

Slounge Lemon Tree Hotel, 72, Sardar Patel Road, Guindy. Ph: 44232323

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The Dome Le Royal Meridien Hotel, 1, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount, Kathipara. Ph: 9543936596

Library BluThe Leela Palace, Adyar Seaface, MRC Nagar, Santhome. Ph: 33661234 Lobby Lounge The Leela Palace, Adyar Seaface, MRC Nagar, Santhome. Ph: 33661212 Madera The Raintree, 636, Anna SaIaL Teynampet. Ph: 7810009623

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Centurion Building Last month saw Ripon Building, the landmark administrative headquarters of the Corporation, completing 101 years. Although designed by British architects, the execution process was in the hands of three Indians, T Namberumal Chetty, Nemali Pattabhirama Rao and P Loganatha Mudaliar. Said to be the second oldest Corporation building in the world, Ripon Building was named after Lord Ripon, a Viceroy of India, who felt that Indians needed to playa greater role in local governance.


Lord Ripon's statue, in the compound, has an interesting history. Sculpted by Francis Derwent Wood, it was installed on Mount Road in 1918, fronting the offices of The Hindu at the intersection of Wallajah and Ellis Roads. In 1940, following war-time scares and at the insistence of then Mayor S Satyamurti, it was shifted to the Ripon Buildings compound.


MALLS

o Abirami Mega Mall The 1stfumily entertainment centre of south India that /wlds thematic cinema theatres with 100% reclining seats, an artificially created snow world, branded shopping outlets, and other modern amenities No 152, Purasaiwalkam High Road, Kilpauk, Ph: 9940066177

o Ampa Skywalk Enjoy a doy-out with <roer 19 different cuisines, hand-picked shopping outlets, 7 multiplex theatres, ice skating, a 7D mavie, and have a restful night in their a 20 room boutique /wtel No 1, Nelson Manickam Road, Aminjikarai, Ph 30249494

o Chennai Citi Centre Opened in 2006, the entry ofthis mall changed the shopping culture in Orennai to what it is now - an experience by itself!

brands, a II-screen multiplex cinema, Kids play zone, coffee shops, and restaurants No 142, Velachery Main Road, Velachery, Ph: 30083008

o The Forum Vijaya Mall A w/wle new fumily shopping experience with 100+ retail outlets, spacious food court, Orennai's largest hypermarket, 9 screen multiplex including Palazzo and IMAX. and a sprawling multi-level car parking system anumgst many others

o Shoppers Stop A truly international shopping destination with unparalleled assortment ofleading international and national brands in clothing for men, women, and kids; accessories, fragrances, cosmetics, footwear; /wme furnishing and decor No 2, Harrington Road, Chetpel, Ph 28363355

o Westside

No 183, NSK Salai, Vadapalani, Ph: 7299012240

Explore endless possibilities in apparels for men, women, youth, and kids; exquisite range ofhand-erafted furniture and decor for your Iwme

o The Grand Mall

No G50 Spencer Plaza, 769, Anna Salai, Ph 28490574

An enjoyable fumily entertainment and shopping experience with 5-screen multiplex, 4-lane bowling alley with kids play zone, trendyfood destination, shopping outlets, and an exclusive Food Street No 137, Velachery Tambaram Main Road, Velachen, Ph: 9940166611

DESIGNER STORES DAmaara Contemporary tunics, dresses, salwar kameezes, kurtas and lehangas designed by Soorya Krishna and Vijoyalakshmi Krishna, for the modern woman No. 27/14 CV Raman Road, Alwarpet, Ph: 45000020

No 10 & 11, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Ph 28477882

DEPARTMENT STORES

o Express Avenue Mall

o Globus

DAmbrosia

Style yourselfwith a vast collection of apparels and accessories for men and women to keep up with the trending times

Truly a 'Me1ange of all things chic' Ambrosia brings together a collection of women I 5 ethnic and party wear, shoes, bags, foshion jewellery, clothes, Iwme furnishings and more

South India's second largest mall, that houses 210 premium national and international brands, 3 leoels ofparking, afusion food court, 8 screen multiplex, and a luxurious business boutique /wtel No 49/50 L, Near Club House Road, Whites Road, Royapettah, Ph 28464703

o Phoenix Marketcity One ofthe biggest malls in the city spread aver 1 million sq ft., features aver 250 international and domestic retail

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No 113/114, Thyagaraya Road, T Nagar, Ph: 28155058

o Lifestyle A one-stop shop for apparels, accessories, beauty, andfoshion for men, women, kids and your Iwme needs No 10 & 11, Dr Radhakrishnan Sala~ Mylapore, Ph: 28477882

No. 31 Anderson Road, Nungambakkam, Ph: 28261213

o Amethyst A boutique that /wsts a selection of Indian design across clothing, fine and costume jewellery, as well as accents for Iwme featuring an arroy ofdesigners No. Whites Road, Royapettah, Ph: 45991630


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12/27, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Chennai - 600 0

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Crafty Business Pongal, the harvest festival, is one of the most important festivals for the Hindus? This year, why not celebrate the event a little differently? We suggest you get yourself the oh-so-cute fridge magnet that features a ven pongal dish, made by Shilpa Mitha, a clay artist. The miniature non-edible pongal and vada dish comes with pepper and cashews served along with medhu vadai, sambar, coconut chutney and mint chutney.


Mitha, a Bangalore-based artist, makes clay miniatures that are the size of a rupee coin. The product range is retailed under the brand name, Sueno Souvenir, on Facebook. Check out the tiny dosas, colourful thambulams, raw mango and chilli powder combo, 2D auto-rickshaw pendants and the incredibly detailed tea kadai miniature. Details: http://www.suenosouvenir.com

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gamut ofready-t(}-wear Western and Indian apparel for men, women and kids, accessories and exotic fragrances No.l26, Nelson Manickam Road, Ph: 43582288, No. G49, F71, 536 Spencer Plaza, Anna Salai, Ph: 28498533

D PepeJeans A denim and casual wear jeans brand established in London with garment range for men, women, boys and girls No. Gl91 Spencer Plaza, Anna Salai, Ph: 43516797, No.4 Chennai Oli Centre, Dr Radha Krishnan Salai, Ph: 43577797, Ampa Skywalk, Nelson Manickam Road, Ph: 43300006, Anna Nagar, Ph: 26203953

D Planet Fashions One-stop solution for all the apparel needs ofmen with an exhaustive collections from Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly, and Peter England No. Adyar, Ph 42115150, City Centre

MalL Ph: 28477771, Velachery, Ph: 42193784

D United Colors of Benetton D Estilo A family garment stare that includes western weaT, casuals and ethnic wear for men, women and kids at affordable prices No. 13, Radhakrishnan Nagar, Adyar, Ph: 9282124200, No. ClOO, 1st Avenue, Chitamani, Anna Nagar, Ph: 26210558

D Fashion Folks

A stylish trending retailer for western wear, casual wear, fashion jewellery, footwear, accessories, selective home decor, and curtains No. 19 B05ant Avenue Road, Besant Nagar, Ph: 66427659

D Hi-Style

A chain of exclusive specialty stores that provides a truly international shopping experience with fashion and couture wear, footwear, and accessories for the entire family No.Gl652, 2nd Avenue, Anna Nagar, Ph: 26220486

D Levis Inventors of the blue jean since 1873, a global brand that is krwwn for selfexpression and classic American cool No. 121/46 Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Ph: 42327180, No. G-I09 Spencer Plaza, Anna Sa1ai, Ph: 43516660, No. 508 TTI< Road, AIwarpet, Ph: 42031803, No. 19, 3rd Cross Street, K B Nagar, Adyar, Ph: 42115002

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One ofthe best-krwwn fashion companies in the warld, present in the most important markets; showcases in its outlets a choice ofgarments, accessories, and lounge wear No. C48 2nd Avenue, Anna Nagar, Ph: 43500588, No. 24 Ampa Skywalk, Nelson Manickam Road, Aminjikarai, Ph: 43300476, No. 48A Thararoani 100 Feet Road, Velachery, Ph: 65156484

DVanHeusen A premium lifestyle brand for men, women and youth featuring corporate weaT, casual wear, party wear or ceremonial wear No. 22 Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam, Ph: 42137977, No. 116 Thyagaraya Road, T Nagar, Ph: 28152555, No. 64/112 R K Sala;' Mylapore, Ph: 28473747

D Wills Lifestyle Synonymous with elegance and style lTC's Wills Lifestyle presents a tempting range ofdesigner wear, work wear, relaxed sport wear, and evening club wear No. 19 KNK Road, Nungambakkam, Ph: 28332513, No. 10&11 Chennai Oli Centre, R K Sa1ai, Mylapore, Ph: 43536214

MEN D Allen Solly Pioneers ofthe inTUllJative 'Friday

Dressing' concept; Allen Solly outlets offer a range ofgarments, accessories, and footwear for men, women, and kids No.F3 Spencer Plaza, Anna Salai, Ph: 28498205

DArrow Elegant Dressing, Expertise, and Fine Grooming since 1851 that brings out the mark ofprofessionalism in men No.A-80, 3rd Avenue, Anna nagar East, Ph: 43500577

D Bassam Apparel Studio A wide range ofMen's clothing and accessories from all uoer the world; specialists in custom tailoring and corparate uniforms No.G-10 Gems Court, Nungambakkam, Ph: 28330991

D Derby Helping the urban male dress right and dress sharp, Derby is a leading menswear brand with its stores selling a wide variety o/ieans, cargos, trendy casual shirts, t-shirts and more No.79,TTI< Road,Opp.to Naradha Gana Sabha, Alwarpe!, Ph: 42088324, No. Al, 32 (MIG Flat No. l03B), Shanthi Colony, 4th Avenue, Anna Nagar, Ph: 42170235,

D gabbana.life A made-t(}-measure concept boutique in Men's Fashion specializing in ethnic designer wear, handcrafted suits, shirts and trousers aimed at sophisticated, discerning and fashion conscious gentlemen No.27/12 KNK Road, Nungambakkam, Ph: 43084380

D Gatsby An eclectic range ofstylish menswear; custom tailoring for suits, tuxedos, sherwanis, waist coats, shirts/trousers, bandghalas, safari suits, and overcoats; accessorize with bow ties, Italian belts, cuJjlinks and shoes No.34 Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam, Ph: 28331677

D Indian Terrain One ofthe leading brands of choice in premium casual wearfor men; range includes shirts, trousers, t-shirts, shorts, mufflers, knitwear, jackets, denim, boxers and socks No.329/128 TTI< Road, AIwarpet, Ph: 23450235

D Louis Philippe An elite collection offormal shirts n trousers, suits, casual shirts n trousers, t-shirts, shoes, belts, and wallets No.AC 4, 2nd Ave, Anna Nagar, Ph: 26210333

DManyavar An exclusive wedding trousseau collection for men with a variety ofregal sherwanis, elegant kurtas, Ind(}-Western wear, and accessaries for all the special occasions during Indian weddings 9, Pioneer Sudarsan Plaza,Opp Eldorado Building, Nungambakkam High Road, Ph: 28282727

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Which store has the most memorable ambience?

Who is the most innovative fashion entrepreneur in Chennai?

Amethyst. I love the use of greenery and natural light inside and outside the premises and it is a great place to catch up with friends, read and shop.

Fashion designer Nazia Syed doesn't follow the one size/style statement fits all rule. She is brilliant in making a woman look her best.

Which establishment has the most peoplefriendly staff?

Name an outfit or accessory that is making a comeback.

Too many to name! Chennai has an excellent service industry and staff that make you smile with their willingness to help.

Bollywood-inspired half-saris in bright colours.

Describe the most innovative outfit you have seen recently.

I attended an event as a judge, and a girl modelled a gown made of recyclable items, including a Pepsi can which was worn as a fascinator.

Where can one get the best saris with readymade pleats?

VIBA, RA Puram. The pleats are made according to the customer, as things can go drastically wrong if readymade pleats are not custom-made.


Retail Therapy Fronn1stJanuary Platinum Blessings Evara Platinum Blessings, a new range of bridal jewellery for the bride and groom, features a 'bond', a soft contoured wave form with multiple strands passing through. The design concept signifies the coming together of two families. Priced from Rs 4lakh onwards. Available at leading platinum authorised retailers, such as Prince Jewellery. Address: No.13, Nageswara Rao Road, Panagal Park, T.Nagar,Chennai-600017 Details: 42668181

Fronn1stJanuary Go Slow Hidesign has launched its limited edition 2015 leather bound diary, based on the brand's philosophy, Go Slow. The 'art of slow' concept celebrates the philosophy of slowing down life's pace and relishing every moment to the fullest. Available at all Hidesign stores. Priced at Rs 2,895. Address: Express Avenue, Shop #005, Ground Floor, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai - 600 014 Details: 28464077

Till 18thJanuary Handpicked Sales Taj Coromandel's in-house lifestyle store Taj Khazana, presents its Winter Sale, with up to 20% off on select merchandise. The boutique stocks artifacts and collectibles created by master craftsmen of India as well as a selection of garments, stoles, shawls and accessories from handpicked Indian designers. Address: 37, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai- 600 034 Details: 66002012


pruoide rock climbers, backpackers, hikers, trail runners, and outdoor lovers with the perfect tools to meet nature's challenges G-I0l Spencer Plaza. Anna Salai, Ph: 42140246, No. 28 Thaygaraya Road, Pondy Bazaar, Ph: 24333549, No.5, 1st Main Road, Adyar, Ph: 24421344, No. 26, Khazana Plaza. Cathedral Road, Ph: 28111232

FOOTWEAR

o Florsheim A remarkable combination ofstyle, comfort and high quality workmanship that spells finesse for men w/w believe in a walk with quality No. G-49-B Phase 2 Spencer Plaza 769 Anna SalaL Ph: 28490735

DNike An international range ofs/wes, clothing and sportswearfor men, women and kids; they specialise in light-weight shoes best suited to reduce leg stress G-174 Spencer Plaza, Anna Salai, Ph: 42140774, No. 40A M G Road, Nungambakkam, Ph: 43561778, No. 35 Old Nagesh Cinema HalL T Nagar, Ph: 24330080

o Reebok A globally preferred brand for sportswearfeaturing a wide choice of s1wes, clothing, gear, and accessories for men and women No. 20/3 Narasingapuram Street, Anna Salai, Ph: 28547678, No. 769 Spencer Plaza. Anna Salai,

Ph: 64552466, No.l08, Thayagaraya Road, Pondy Bazaar, T Nagar, Ph: 28157433

o Woodlands

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o Chennai Diamonds Exquisite and affordable diJlmond jewellery in a wide range ofearrings, nose rings, pendants, necklaces, bangles, bracelets and watches No. 46 Garuda Building, Cathedral Road, Ph: 42104050

o Damini An indigenous jewellery and accessories label that details a wide variety of jewellery made ofsilver and semi precious metals to gold-plated, costume, glass, paper and Thomara silver jewellery 20 Arunachalam Road, Kotturpuram, Ph 42188774

One ofthe finest leatherfootwear brands for men available in IndiJl that reflect international styles and standards; ready-made and custom s1wes that spell style, comfort and durability

Conceptual designs, magnificent jewellery, and caring attention to detail results in gold, platinum and diamond jewellery that is dynamic & vibrant

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No. 100/52, O1ellam Towers, LB Road, Adyar, Ph: 64995602, No. 117 Thayagaraya Road, T Nagar, Ph: 43546763, No. D-94, Anna Nagar East, Anna Nagar, Ph: 26632109, No. 73 Casa Major Road, Egmore, Ph: 42147979

No. 37 Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Ph: 28113030

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A-11 KNK Road, Nungarnbakkam, Ph: 9840427099

golf, outdoor, running, tennis, and training; also available are sportswear for men, women, and children

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Shoes, bags, garments and accessories for men and women in Intenultional Gass Leather that is exclusive, comforting, chic and an experience to savour 15/2 K H Centre, College Road, Nungambakkam, Ph: 28222282

o Metro Synonymous with unmatched quality, skilled craftsmanship and high-fushion products in the footwear industry; formal and casual footwear, wallets, handbags, socks and foot care products for men, women and kids No. AA/l12nd Avenue Fathima Tower Anna Nagar, Ph: 42170508, No. 135 North Vsman Road Near Panagal Park T.Nagar, Ph: 28141717

JEWELLERY & WATCHES

o AmbicaJewels Individually designed jewellery in gold, diJlmond, antique designs, pearls and un-cut diJlmond; after sales seroice, instant pearl stringing and ear & belly piercings are also done here No. 14 Alsa Mall Complex, Montieth Road, Egmore, Ph: 42066099

o Anmol Palace Contemporary jewellery outlet with latest range offashion ornaments that are easy to wear; finely crafted jewellery for the working woman which complement the formal attire lspahani Centre, MG Road, Nungambakkam, Ph: 30222202

o Bapalal &: Co Well-known for their absolute reliJlbility

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J&:M The Accessory Shop An exclusive accessory shop with a collection ofparty wear bags, clutches, stoles, belts and otherfashion accessories at an affordable cost and exclusive style N9, 4th Main Road, Kottur Garden, Kotturpuram, Ph: 24470235

o Jaipur Gems

An amalgamation of different metals and varying use ofstones and pearls has made Jaipur Gems synonymous with their inimitable style oftop class jewellery 50/1 Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Ph: 28117145

o Khwaahish Diamonds An elite and exclusive trend-setting diamond jewellery boutique that appeals to the power ofan individual's statement ofstyle No.1, Ganeshapuram 3rd Street, Cenotaph Main Road, Teynampet, Ph: 43009111

o Kirtilal Kalidas Finest gold and diJlmond jewellery with expert craftsmanship in creating sublimely crafted ornaments that are both mesmerizing and awe inspiring 76 CP Ramasamy Road, AIwarpet, Ph: 24660038

o Khazana Jewellery Delivering a delightful slwpping experience, aesthetic design and value for money to its customers, Khazana offers extensive choices in gold, diamond, platinum and silver jewellery No. 36, Cathedral Road, Ph 28117046, No. 59, Vsman Road TNagar, Ph: 24364501


Crossing Borders Branching Out The Alliance Fran.;:aise of Madras, in partnership with Sishya School OMR, has opened an annexe at Thoraipakkam, OMR. French classes will be offered to students of all ages, throughout the week. This new centre is being opened in response to the recurrent requests for accessible French classes by Chennaiites who live in the south of the city, over an hour away from the Nungambakkamcampus. Details: 28279803

January 10,2015 Mind Bend Lior Suchard, a master mentalist and entertainer, is coming to Chennai. The event will see the artiste presenting supernatural entertainment, with the full participation of the crowd, at 7 pm. Expect telepathy and mind reading. Passes (Rs 750 - Rs 5,000) are available. Venue: Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall, Chetpet Details: 9884055833

January 17-18, 2015 Between the Lines AARDE (Art and Architecture Research, Development & Education) Foundation, a not-forprofit architecture and design service organisation, is organising a sketching workshop. Prof Francis DK Ching, an author of books addressing architectural and design graphics, will conduct the session. Fee: Rs 19,990. Location: AARDE Foundation, 35/18, Pushpa Nagar Main Road, Nungambakkam. Details: 42139961


Workshops January 6-8,2015 Icing on the Cake Subhashini Ramsingh, Fondbites, is conducting an Exotic Sugar Flowers workshop. Nine main flowers, different kinds of filler flowers, two kinds of leaves, berries and buds will be covered as part of the course. Fee: Rs 10,000 Location: Perungudi Details: fondbites.com

January 27-28,2015 See the Light Faculty members, research scholars and PG students of Chemistry and Physics are invited to attend the Science Academies' Lecture Workshop on Spectroscopy and its applications. The session, presented by Loyola College, will be conducted by professors from Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Location: Loyola College Details: 9944342502

January 28-30, 2015 Stay in Good Health The University of Madras is orgamsmg an international conference on Medicinal Plants and Herbal Drugs for Human Welfare. The event aims to focus on the trend in the bioprospecting of medicinal plants to make herbal drugs. Fee: Rs 2,000 - Rs 7,000 Location: Hotel Le Royal Meridien, Guindy Details: 9840253789


Dine Tex-Mex Cuisine The popular Bangalore-based Tex-Mex restaurant Habanero has just opened in Phoenix Market City. Expect pork green chilli stew, vegetarian habanero fiesta salads and tres leche cake, along with the usual suspects such as salsa, nachos, beef burgers and chickenfajitas. Location: Phoenix Market City, Velachery Details: 42791314

Chocolate Menu Chocoholick, a new restaurant in Ispahani Centre, features brownies, chocolate fondue and a chocolate spaghetti with meatballs, all of which are made of imported Callebaut from Belgium. Non-chocolate dishes include fish and chips, pancakes, burritos, tacos, tarts, sundaes and waffles. Location: Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam Details: 43042345

Sweet Somethings Pantry d'or, a bakery and cafe in Anna Nagar, offers French pastries, English tea-time delicacies, American household food and Mediterranean favourites, along with cakes for any occasion, breads, shakes and gourmet teas and coffees. Location: 21/11, J-Block, 6th Avenue, Anna Nagar East Details: 26212112

Culture

January 15,2015 ThaiUtsav Shankar Mahadevan, a National award-winning composer and playback singer, will perform in the third edition of Thai Utsav. He works with Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonca, and catapulted to fame with the Hindi film, Mission Kashmir. Passes (Rs 500Rs 5,000) are available. Time:7pm Venue: Music Academy, TTKRoad, Royapettah Details: 28112231 DC-61.


Culture Till January 14, 2015 Environmental Dance A portrait and fashion photographer, Sam Kumar created the Environmental Dance Project by combining his two passions - dance and nature. Away from the comfort zone of the dance stage, the dancers were asked to react to the natural outdoor environment. The dancers include Nanditha Prabhu, Kalpana Sivaramakrishnan, Achuta Manasa and international dancers Mio Ikeda (Japan), Marianne Verhaagen (Holland), Beverly Yuen (Singapore), Vivian (Singapore), Pon (Thailand) and Courtney Ramm(US). Venue: Art Houz, Gallery, 41 Kasturi Rangan Road, Near Poes Garden. Details: https://www.facebook.com/miragefilms

Till January 28,2015 Transforming Culture Lives

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Amethyst presents the launch of a limited edition, private collection by Kattaikuttu Sangam entitled, 'Transforming Culture I Transforming Lives', by photographer A. Prathap via an exhibition showcasing Tamil Nadu's powerful traditional theatre, Kattaikkuttu. Prints of the photographs will be available for order and all donations will go towards the non-profit organisation Kattaikuttu Sangam. Venue: Cafe Amethyst, next to Corporation Bank, Whites Road, Royapettah Details: 45991633

Till February 4,2015 Margazhi and Village Festival DakshinaChitra is celebrating a Village Festival featuring different folk dances of South India. The Pongal festival (January 14-19) will see dances such as Mayillattam, Poikkal Kudhirai and Karagam. Kalamandalam Suresh Kaliyath will give an Ottan Thullal recital (January 21-26), while dancers from the Mohanam Cultural Centre, Pondicherry, will perform Kummi, Karagattam, Kolaatam, Therukoothu and Silambattam (January 28-February 1). Time: 11 am-12.30 pm and 3 pm-5pm Venue: DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu Details: 24918943


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o D Cocoon Unisex Salon 338 / 9, New Sunshine Apartment, Near Santhosh Super Market, 2nd Avenue, Anna Nagar. Ph: 66583129

o Essensuals H960, 13th main road, Anna Nagar West. Ph: 42639977

o Essential Unisex Salon And Spa No B 3 Eldorado Building, Nungambakkam High Road, Nungambakkam. Ph: 66582986

o Green Trends Beauty Parlour No.3, Door No.7, Jains Antariksha, Kodambakkam. Ph: 42193636

o Jawed Habib Hair & Beauty Kalpathru Complex, Shop No 2, No 44, C P Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet. Ph: 66079611

o Kenko Spa Shop #5289, Express Avenue Mall, Royapettah. Ph: 28464177

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o Page 3 Salon 19, Wallace Garden, Off KNK Road, 3rd Cross Street, Nungambakkam. Ph: 66751398

o Prana Spa & Fitness Centre #1/238, Asiana Hotel, Near Sathyabama University, Sholinganallur. Ph: 67411000

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o Oceanic Spa Old No. 123 New No:139, Wallajah Road, Mount Road. Ph: 43440800

o Pranavam Ayurveda Chikitsalayam 24, Ground Floor, Near Casa Major Road, 1st Street Sait Colony, Egmore. Ph: 66428337

o Prakriti Ayurvedic Center 9/11, Jagannathan Street, Behind Vijay T V, Opp., Nungambakkam, Ph: 2826 6865

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