2 Reviews / 2 Ratings
One of the best experiences for North Indian
As the title says, if you're looking for a nicer North Indian experience in the deep south of Chennai, look no further than Up North. At the rooftop of the extremely impressive Raintree on Anna Salai, you have a nice bar and pool area above, with the outdoors restaurant below. Service is knowledgeable and efficient. Kebabs are made with some tender and well seasoned meats. Unlike many other places across India, they make great rotis and breads without buring them!
A few gripes:
- Like with many north-Indian restaurants, I stick with kebabs, tandoor items, and a bread platter to make my meal. Curries and main dishes are too heavy on oils like many Indian restaurants in hotels.
- This is one of the few restaurants in Chennai with a lot of demand and reservations are necessary. Even with reservations, be prepared to haggle over getting your table on time.
We visited this roof top restaurant on Saturday night without any reservations but had no trouble finding a decent place to sit. The ambiance is fantastic and being a nice breezy evening did help.
We ordered the non-veg starter platter (INR1100) that came with 2 pieces each of different types of meat. The sheesh kebab was divine, excellently seasoned and very succulent as were the boti chicken and drumsticks. Cant say the same about the tiger prawns which were slightly more than edible.
As the starters were quite filling we ordered a naan and rumali roti for mains along with a bowl of butter chicken. The naan and roti were delicious but the butter chicken seemed to have an extra dose of puree and lacked the creamy richness that was expected of it.
To polish the meal off I ordered malai lassi which again was a tad disappointing as it was too thick and probably easier to spoon off than drink from. Also I ordered the regular portion which itself was too difficult to finish.
They do serve alcohol here and the service was excellent and the waiter was courteous which gave a pleasant ending to the evening.