15 Reviews / 17 Ratings
Good South Indian Food
The ambiance is very good and the service is even better. I really love the way they serve. The vathakuzhambu rice with ghee and aloo is just mind blowing! The food is so delicious but a bit overpriced. Totally worth the food though!
The curd rice and mango is also a highlight!
Best South indian meal in Chennai
Annalakshmi is one of the best south indian restaurants in the city , hands down
Their service and food quality is top rated and outstanding
Food is really delicious and you can every variety of a south indian dish in the meal
The meal is really filling and service is literally with a smile
Buffet costs around 400 a person while Ala carte could work around 600-700 a person easily. Yet definitely a relishing experience !!
Must visit !
One of the best buffets
The service is the hallmark of this restaurant. They are not really waiters. They are all white collar job workers who do this as a charitable work. The food is amazing and the best part is that the buffet has an equal spread of both south and north indian food.
the dessert is good and the ambience is the best in business.
PS : The tables need to be booked in advance because this place is high on demand!
Buffet or Mini Meals
Third Rated Buffet. Some mini meals will be better tan their buffet. I did not find any kind of special taste in their food. Just Wastage of money and time.
Number of items were ridiculous. They have asked to pay the bill before you finish your food. I controlled my anger and left the place in a hurry. Just a bad experience.
Still the best !
The food here is very tasty that you dont feel like going else where if you want to treat some special people.The ambience is not like the earlier one (anna salai) though but the taste is the best and the food is highly fulfilling.The queue is long though and please ensure to book a table in advance if you want to avoid some hassle.
A traditional fare - Buffet
If you are looking for an amazing SouthIndian spread with a bit of North Indian dishes, then this is the place. The food tastes simply superb and served hot hot. The sundals, desserts are well thought.You might not find fusions but tasting the best of authentic in town happens here. Sometimes it might make you nostalgic of your granny's preparation too.
Their thali (which is USP of this restaurant) lacks the spread/variety if you compare with the likes of Saravana Bhavan or Sangeetha. I agree that the ambience is nice, but I wouldnt spend 575 on a thali unless it is extravagant - sadly it is not. Subji and veggies are also average.
My take is to skip this one.
first time - nice experience
it was my first visit to annalakshmi aft they relocated to the egmore location. ambience was good. the taste of the food was excellent i shud say, well almost all the items served were pretty authentic. loved the bisi bele baath, rasam, sepangkazhangu curry etc etc. it was an elaborate meal indeed. would love to go once i a while. definitely worth the try. but one thing, the people serving food could have been more smiling and reassuring
Great veg food and good customer service
I had been there thrice.... and its bcos of the service they offered with hot and very good taste of foods. Specially the south indian varieties... you can enjoy really with the flavour and the taste. pepper rice, aval payasam, kesar chandan sherbet, sambar rice and many more yummy recipes are there to taste and enjoy. Also the ambience is good and service will be really good. But make sure you book a table the previous day or some 3 hours before because the restaurant will not b so crowded like other restaurants , to give a better service to each customer who visits there they have given this booking system. Also rates will be reasonable for the food we take there.
Its not worth it
I had been to Annalakshmi quite a few times from 2003 onwards. The last time was on a saturday in Feb 2012. The restaurant is not worth it save for a few rare recipes you dont find in any other vegetarian
restuarant like the spread of their podis, some as rare as veppam podi and some fried manathakkali and sundakk vatthal. Pineapple rasam was delicious. But, the quality of basic recipes like sambar rice and curd rice is pathetic. Beginning with a thin chapati and a thinner naan with north indian side dishes is a major turn off. The restaurant boasts of unique south indian fare but combines such north indian recipes and badly done ones.
Apart from the food, what is suppressive about the ambience are t he heady volunteers. They act too demanding especially regarding the walk-in time, breathe down on your neck, slime in the juices choice that is not part of the thaali, confuse you, rush you up during the courses and dictate what you should eat and when. Instead of simply providing information when asked, they act dictatorial. Volunteers nowhere act that way. If they volunteer to wait the tables, they should behave like humble waitresses/waiters and not act equal or dominating.
People who come there dont eat for free. They pay and it is expensive. From my table, on a saturday, I saw that only a handful of tables were occupied. Many were empty. This is on a second saturday. Other families ate in an awed silence with fear in their eyes. None of them were relaxed. Is this what the saint who runs the restaurant prefers?
One haughty waitress (volunteer) came up to me after rushing me through everything and quipped on how you should eat the sweet kheer only after curd rice because their saint had told them so. It was unwarranted. She said that I will not attain a royal life because I chose to do it the other way.
Indian philosophy says that one should relax while eating. If you are mentally made upset, the food will not be digested properly. Annalakshmi restaurant began with a unique concept of eating to hearts content and paying based on your feelings. Now, it rests on the unique concept of contradictions and hypocrisy. If you still choose to go, it is at your peril.
My prior visit to Annalakshmi was when it was located close to LIC and I had carried fond memories of it. When I went in Jan 2012, it was an utter dissapointment. The quality of food had just dropped and its current ambience was only a a tenth of its prior. The meal was tasteless and the kozhambhu (which was its best dish in its earliest avatar) tasted like tamarind water. Some foods were also served cold. What's happened to the place is really sad !! I hope the trust/ management takes steps to return it to its prior glory.
The best southindian food i ever had..
This hotel was initially located opp. to LIC building, now they have moved to building next to Raja Muthiah hall. Currently they are located along with other office spaces. You need to book in advance to get a place to sit. I have seen many people returning back disappointed or had to wait for long time.
Now coming to the food - they have two options Fine dining and Buffet, buffet is cheaper than fine dining. The food served in both these options are awesome!!, if you are great lover of south indian meals, this is the place to visit.
If you are the one who'll feel guilty after having a hefty meal, please keep yourself out of this place.. because once you enter, you'll not be able to arrest your temptations..
A 10 star for this restaurant.
Change is Good
Yes. Was definetly expecting a difference - due to location change (from anna salai to marshalls road). Bit tricky first to get to this new place & the building got work-in-progress view. But once-IN, you will forget everything. Brilliant aesthetic loook & feel, as-usual the kind service. Menu - huuuuummmmm.... yummie. Have to mention, we dropped-in without prior reservation & the floor-manager is kind-enough to accomodate the surprise guests !. Please do book the table in advance & enjoy your evening. They got Buffet too - a good reason to visit again :)