Chennai: A culture cauldron

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Sumptuous meal @ Southern Spice, Taj Coromandel, Chennai

Sumptuous meal @ Southern Spice, Taj Coromandel, Chennai

The bedrock of fine living and hospitality in Chennai, Taj Coromandel is back with the country’s most iconic South Indian specialty restaurant. To offer its guests the quintessential South Indian experience, Southern Spice has reinvented itself as a ‘culinary destination’ for food connoisseurs and gourmands from across the world.
Authentic ingredients, traditional flavours and homemade recipes come together to ensure a an exotic fare that is traditional yet modern. The new Southern Spice is an essence of the 15 years of extensive research by the restaurant’s expert Chefs, reflecting the culinary legacy of the four southern states. The Chefs have put together a unique compilation of vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies after widespread culinary journeys into the interiors of Tamil Nadu (Dindigul, Madurai, Karaikudi and Virudnagar), Kerala (Kozhikode and Bekal), Andhra Pradesh (Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam and Bhejwada) and Karnataka (Mangalore, Kundapur, Udupi and Karwar), acquiring knowledge, cooking techniques, compiling family recipes and traditional banana leaf fare.

Photo courtesy: Taj Coromandel

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Temple inspired decor @ Southern Spice, Taj Coromandel, Chennai

Temple inspired decor @ Southern Spice, Taj Coromandel, Chennai

Reflecting a flavour of each of the four southern states, various elements combine to present a grand and sensuous ambience, Southern Spice at Taj Coromandel is designed by celebrated Ed Poole of Poole Associates.

Inspired by the temple architecture of the Chola, Pallava and the Pandya dynasties, which ruled the south Indian states, the interiors of the restaurant features columns, artefacts and murals from this era. The hand-tufted carpets designed in traditional kolam / rangoli pattern welcomes you in true South Indian style. With granites adorning the foyer and the flooring, a series of granite base silver leaf columns support the intricately carved lotus designed roof panels.

The resultant perimeter arcades act as circulation paths, found in traditional temple plans, while the central hall forms a grand room in the spirit of the South Indian palaces.

Photo courtesy: Taj Coromandel

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