24 Reviews / 27 Ratings
Expensive and Not Worthy
Expensive and not worthy
We went to Lydie's last Sat for Lunch. I would say this place has a different ambiance, not like the usual restaurants. When it comes to food, it was way way too costly. We had prawns curry which was charged at 490 bucks, we also had Kerala parotta which was really pathetic. We tried tiramisu which came to around Rs 205, and I would say please do not try this for the price. Highly disappointed with the quality and price.
Pretty good place
Been there last saturday with a large group of friends&families. We all liked the food. Soups were good. Not much to choose from for veg starters. Most of the continental items were bland and portions were less. No complaints here. I loved the desserts more than the main course. Esp Tiramisu&Belgian velvet pot were heavenly. Two things irked me
1. The cutlery - They were totally out of place. Failed to excite me.
2. Pre-Order dishes - I was totally unaware of it. Not many mentioned it. So when I was dreaming of a Lasagne I was disappointed that I've to pre-order it before day. Seriously? I will blame myself and will be careful next time around.
Over all.. Quite good place for leisurely dining. If you are on a hurry stay away.
Delighted Yet Again
We all know that it is Lydie and Abdulla!!! so obviously they close for bakrid and ramzan.
So now , went again to lydie's last weekend with my colleagues and it was so busy that we couldn't get a place to park our car but luckily got the table.The food is amazing as usual with great ambiance and nice music, thanks to Lydie for her suggestions. At last the dessert, i have tried most of the desserts from the menu but still my favorite is Tiramisu and i have at least one every time i go.If you are looking for a relaxation with a good food then Lydie's is the place you go to..........
Atrociously expensive & Not as per reviews
We went as a group as 6 adults and 3 kids on a Sunday afternoon. There was nobody there apart from us.. Food is atrociously expensive 220 bucks for a biryani which was dry and hardly had any good meat (the roadside biryanis taste better trust me), 395 for a grilled seer fish - the thinnest slice ive ever seen, literally dead pan fish. I don't mind spending more monies on food whose taste remains in our memories, but here after spending a few thousands, we decided to have the deserts outside. Dry , tasteless food with small quantities - not really not worth discussing. Service was bad, waiters were just doing their duties, delayed responses and no smiles.
Great place for a relaxed meal
We went there on a Sunday afternoon, hungry and eager for food! The slow pace for giving the menu and taking orders irked us, but we decided to make use of the delay by letting our son play around in their open space on the boat and hammocks,. Also, the restaurant owner herself came over and explained that the delay was due to sudden arrival of 4 groups at the same time...That was very sweet of them, but what really sealed our experience was the yummy food! We had ordered continental and indian stuff and relished every bit of it
Summary - go there if you are looking for great food, be ready to spend some time, the ambience is rustic and do carry cash - they seem to have issues with the phone connectivity!
Peaceful Dining Place
It might look deserted at first sight when you visit this place on a weekday. Let me tell you, it is wonderful this way. Plenty of trees, wonderful ambience which has a touch of nature, dim lights, good breeze, clean and tidy. More than anything, the icecream they served was yummy. Food is awesome, guys you got to try it once. I cannot comment on a weekend visit, it must be crowded I believe.
This place is definitely somewhere you would want to go for all the occasion. The ambiance is great and so is the food.
There is a lot of variety in food ranging from Indian to Belgian which is great! All's well that ends well , well here is the place where deserts leave you with a smile . Try Thiramisu, just for this i can drive down all the way till Lydies :) . They were really awesome. So are the other desert.
Service is good and knowledgeable, they come up and explain very well if you ask about a certain dish to them.
I can guarantee you that you won't be disappointed at this place.
A Wonderful Life
Sometimes in life you chance upon the unexpected and are happily refreshed by the experience. Lydie's restaurant is certainly such a find!
Chennai is a big Indian city with a lot of flavors, levels and stories. It used to be - and it still is in many ways - that the West for Indians represented shopping. So many things that one can get in the West that one cannot get in India. But of course the world is much more complex than that and things have been rapidly changing over the last decade or so. The gap between East and West is getting much much shorter with the passage of time!
And nowhere is it more clearly seen in Lyde's restaurant. A Western woman set up a restaurant here in Chennai's backyard. Indian staff. Western and Indian recipes alike. Not your average cocktail.
I was traveling up the East Coast road with some friends and we chanced upon Lydie's restaurant. And what a wonderful find! Beglian chcocolate desserts (at reasonable prices!!) and a wide range of sumptuous dishes from around the world. Indians no longer need to leave their shores to taste the world beyond.
And on top of that: what a wonderful host Lydie and her staff proved to be! Lydie, herself, is often at the restaurant, presiding over the process of making yummy food. She has a fine mind. Fascinated with Indian culture and ready to share and reflect honestly, and in good humor, about her own culture, she will pull you in with her stories of her many and varied experiences in India and in the world at large.
Lydie's Restaurant is a soothing oasis- a home from home in a turbulent world. Whether you go for Indian food or foreign fare or for her interesting fusion creations - the food is mouth-wateringly inventive. Vegetarian dishes and halal foods are all available.
The seating and the ambiance is simple and calm - the music has been carefully selected to leave you in a happy mood. It's near the beach in Muttakadu. Accessible easily from the main road - with it's own parking lot.
I think what stands out about this restaurant, beyond the lovely food and carefully thought out dining experience, is that it is a family restaurant with a big heart! In Chennai it has become passe to eat international flavors. Every month another 5 star hotel restaurant or themed restaurant opens up - to much pizzazz and fanfare...and we hear how they have shipped in 5 star international chefs to train the staff and make the dining experience as "authentic" as it can be. But fanfare is not the order of the day at Lydie's. Here is a restaurant that is not about putting on airs or being attuned to the latest fashions. Lydie's restaurant shines precisely because it shuns all that hyperbole and ostentatiousness. It keeps things simple.
Lydie's is the real McCoy! For Lydie cooking is not a career path - some way to make it big in the city; no, it's a passion. She told me she has literally collected hundreds of cookbooks over the years from all over the world (evidence of just how serious her passion is!). What sparks her imagination and her love of food is the sense that when we sit down to a meal we are sitting down to enjoy life. To celebrate it. To celebrate both the flavors of the food and the experience of mingling with others - others whom we can learn from and grow deeper in love with.
Our love of food and the celebration of good cooking is a powerful vehicle to build and nourish friendships and family. This is the ethos behind Lydie's restaurant. You can't commercialize such a sentiment! Though many have offered to try to make Lydie's restaurant into a chain/franchise - Lydie has turned them all down because she knows if she were to make the fruits of her labours into a marketed model - the best of it would get washed out and lost in the equation. Pizzahut might give you predictable pizzas made to measure...but Lydie's gives you the space to enjoy a good meal tailored by someone who knows life is not to be lived by a following a template (if it is to be an inspired life) - and nor should cooking fall prey to that mistake either.
I cannot recommend Lydie's restaurant enough. Next time you are trekking down the East Coast Road pull in and give it a try! Or even make a special pilgrimage that way. You won't be disappointed!
The proof is in the pudding as they say! And wow what puddings! They include Lydie's trademark delicious Tiramisu - when asked for the recipe - Lydie winks it's a secret!! Ah those enduring mysteries! The little hidden details that make Life worth living! :)
for discerning palate only
We went yesterday to Lydies; it is our favorite place on the ECR. The restaurant is not far from our place, and we are used to have dinner there quite often. We are regular customers like many of Lydie customers. The atmosphere of this open air restaurant is very nice and you are welcomed by the friendly owners. You can have a look on the open kitchen, how they can cook all this food and keep it so neat? Then you take your seat under the coconuts, cooled by the sea breeze, a try to make your choice between the extraordinary variety of dishes, South Indian, Belgian or Lydies extravaganza. Of course, if you are a bit lost reading the menu, you can follow Lydies suggestions; she will know exactly what is suitable for you and the occasion. Dont miss the chocolate velvet pot!
Took some of my friends to Lydies's. It was the first time for them and they are really happy with the place and of course the food!!!! I suggested the beef, fish and squid for them and Lydies's never let me down. My friends were delighted and told that they wants to come back next weekend aswell .last but not least the dessert, its just out of this world, especially the tiramisu. Lydies's always gives you the quality and quantity for the price you pay.....
Not as per the mentioned Reviews!!!
Seeing all the reviews couple of us had gone to Lydies to celebrate my friends birthday and engagement.
We were all excited having to drive all the way to ECR and so hoping for royal treat for a stomach!!!
Big time foodies that we are, opened the menu. Varities given is just average and Quantity is horrible. The quality and taset of food is just like first time attempt of people trying to experiment their culinary skills.
The cleanliness is another factor that put us off. We had a spider trying to join us for dinner and the co-webs on the Lamp shade does nt give a good feel of the the amibence. The fish that was ordered was still frozen and so had the strong raw smell.The apepitizers were oily and gave a horrible feeling after eating. Me being veg was expecting a decent pasta.. To my surprise it was just like any other pasta. The ones we make at home is much much better. Beef was disaster. On the total, it was a flop show. Mr.Abdula wasnt willing to listen to us stating this is liked by other customers.
We do not know if it was one of the bad days for them but it cant be that all the food ordered could be a disaster. The beligum dessert didnt have any authenic beligum product at least thats what it tasted like.
So people please think twice before you want to go there. Value for money is zero for the quality and quantity offered. You have much better places in the city.
Lydie's delighted us again last week. The usual stuff was what we ordered, Bangalore Beef Steak, Lebanese Lamb and Crusted Chicken Fillets. All were delicious. Lydie was pretty helpful with her suggestions. The Belgian Chocolate pot, heavenly as usual! The Crusted Chicken was really well prepared, soft inside, crispy outside, appropriately accompanied by creamy green sauce. Heaven! All in all, a nice place to hang out and eat if you dont mind the slightly steep prices...
We went as a team of 13 members. It was a nice calm place. And the Service was good. Goods served were great as well. Especially Cauliflower deep fry, Bangalore Beef fry,Crispy lamb with Bread. All the items were good. Lydie came and suggested some food as well. Over all a nice experience at a decent cost. And yeah.. Desserts were good as well.
Great ambiance/even better food
Visited yesterday evening with large group of my colleagues, we sat above the kitchen and had a view of palm tops. The food was great as we tried both traditionnal south indian and continental food. Lydie was very helpful in her suggestions and saw to it that we were well fed....this place is what life is about, relaxation, good food....and lots of different kind of spaces to chose from...a highlight at the end of the year...
Now one would usually go to Lydie's for dinner - like we did last night - but we found that Lydie herself is more fun as a conversationalist than her food!
The place and the food is fusion (though she herself called it confusion!) but its ok. Its a place one can go to spend a quiet evening.
However one does feel sorry for Lydie since it does not look like she is making any profits (on 30th December when every joint was packed - this place was empty!) though you yourself feel your bill was inflated!
January 4, 2011response from management at Lydie196:
The cuisine is strictly South Indian and Continental...no fusion.
Good food nice ambience wonderful company
I was driving down ECR on a bike with a friend and I discovered Lydie's. For 300-500 plus rupees you can have a lovely meal. The desserts are amazing...probably the best in Chennai. The atmosphere is relaxed. The cuisine is great. Nice large portions and food to suit all tastes. Lydie and her husband are often around and they make you feel most welcome. It's a family run business and it has a heart of gold. I heartily recommend it to anyone on a road trip out of Chennai on the ECR. Lovely pit stop on the way to Ideal Beach or Mamalapuram...or on the way back. Lydie being originally from Belgium really knows her chocolate. She has a varied and interesting life and can share lots of interesting stores...
Not Moderate Price
I have gone through Burrp's review & thought to visit to this reataurant. B'use the review says the price for the food is Moderate.
Later I felt that I made a mistake to understand the defference between moderate & expensive.
I feel this retaurant is expensive for the quantity of the food they serve.
But the taste is very good. Staffs are very friendly. The owners of the restaurant were tried their best to serve better & tasty food
The environment is very good.
Better mention the price in the Menu. Then guest may decide whether they can afford to visit this place.This my humble request.
January 4, 2011response from management at Lydie196:
Only starters served ! All prices duly mentioned in the menu.
Aaah.. Thy abode is...aaah!
Man!! What a place. Hands down,ONE OF THE BEST in Chennai.Everything,everything and absolutely everything here is simply WOW. I wanted to keep this place a secret.So lets not throng it in huge crowds,keep our volumes low and enjoy the nature.
Now,lets talk of the food : Lydie comes to your table herself,chats you up and takes your order.And whatever's cooking fresh,she'll suggest it.She comes to town every week to get FRESH groceries for her kitchen.And the kitchen is a sight-seeing spot,really.
Her desserts are unmatchable.(I got a call,so I lost my flow of thoughts now.Damn!) All in all,do visit,in a quiet company.do not pollute the place. :))
Worth the visit!
Happened to keep an eye out for this place on my weekend drive to Tiger Cave...we had lunch while coming back. I read the below mentioned burrper's review and decided to try this joint.
I was not disappointed!
The ambiance was awesome! Relaxed country side setting. Ample space for people to sit...either in the garden area, upstairs or in the "basement". We choose the outdoorsy space since the weather was pleasant.
Service was slow initially but picked up later when Lydie herself came down n took out orders and asked how the food was.
Now lets come down to the real matter: Food!
Starters: Deep fried chicken with Chilly sauce
Average, did not move me. Too well done, sauce uninspiring.Also, the quantity was a tad less. Then we moved onto Lebanese Lamb. Pretty good, though not out of the world. Too creamy for my liking, but the lamb was delicate n well cooked.
Bangalore Beef: Scores 10/10 for me! Great meat n spice combo, was heavenly
Bangalore Beef Steak with Brown Sauce, deeeelish! The sauce was perfect, beef well done n juicy....in one word, purrrfect!
Dessert was Belgian Velvet Chocolate with ice cream, very very good, the chocolate was smooth, rich n velvery, quite rare in these parts! Belgian waffles were also pretty good!
All in all, a good place to eat n chill with friends or your loved one.
A bit on the expensive side as it cost us 1500 bucks for two.
Driving away from the heat, the city traffic, the congestion all around, we take off on the fantastic ECR road towards Lydie's. We must have passed this place quite a few times but this time, made sure that we slowed down and check out the cuisine that Lydie and Abdullah have in store.
The entrance to Lydie's is lit well, with ample parking space for cars and bikes. Do not forget to notice an old Ambassador parked most of the time towards the right. The phrases on the back are funny and makes you enter the restaurant with a smile.
The restaurant has three phases. An open seating, a roof top covered by a thatched roof, and a "down in the pool" seating where I'm guessing an earlier swimming pool was converted to use this space.
You are greeted by a very hospitable host who helps you in seating. It is not crowded and one is free to choose their own seating comfort. A quick look across the kitchen is impressive. The equipment used to store the raw food are of good standards and clean well presented chefs. You can see Lydie at the counter working out accounts.
Once seated, one must take a look at the details around. We were on the rooftop and looking around was impressive. Chairs from yesteryears, a couch that allows you to enjoy the breeze while your order is being prepared and the various lights covered by paper is a sight to see. Down below, there is a small little hammock where children can have a gala time.
The menu is simple, soups, starters, main course - nicely divided into veg and non veg, accompaniments and desert. There is a huge variety of continental styled food listed on the menu. First looks might look that it is pricey, but is not that case.
If a beef lover, do not miss out the "bangalore beef fry, it literally melts in one's mouth. The meat is tender, it is carefully cut not to include cartilage and fried right ! Abdullah ( the proprietor) has some specialty dishes that reflect the spice and flavor of India. His chicken curry is something to try out.
Helpings are very generous and if you are a potato lover, then the mashed potatoes are a real treat.
If you thought that the food was smashingly brilliant, then the desert will blow you over. Do not miss out on the Tiramisu and the Belgian Chocklate. We did and rediscovered place in our stomach to accommodate this heavenly treat. The chocklate is cold and if you ask them with the ice cream, it is pure ecstasy.
Paying the tab does not hurt at all and one is back on the ECR with full of stories on culinary delight at Lydies.