This is surely among the top 2 (confused if Dakshin scores over this) places for lunch / dinner in Chennai, according to me :)
Ambience is THE best. its sprawling, overlooking a landscaped exterior. Has market like ambience with rustic, villager mannequins very realistically placed. I love the way the rustic villager mannequins are fused with technology - a lady has a mobile phone, a villager man has a helmet :-D
Food is overwhelming in terms of variety available. Chaat, beverages, Indian, Tandoori and a HUGE Desserts section.
Chaat counter is awesome. Their golgappas are amongst the best I have ever savoured - and this from someone who grew up in Delhi! Dhoklas are very succulent as well :)
Tandoori is relatively limited - and you have to repeatedly go up to the live counter to order and carry back what you want - its a very attractive live counter though :) Their service is kind of ubiquitous - as in, they don't repeatedly come and ask for what breads we would like served on the table. They kind of let you be - lounge around, slowly discover yourself and partake.
Good choice in beverages.
The predominantly Indian main course is truly a delight. Pretty much anything you can think of is there :) Feast on the paneer, the pulao, the veggies (love that zucchini preparation - still figuring out if its blanched or grilled or what). Live pasta counter :)
The Dessert section is a MUST SEE, MUST TRY. I am a huge dessert lover and this dessert spread is actually - very seriously - deserving to be a main course, in itself. Please go easy on the main course so you can feast on these. I think if you start counting, you will get to 30 - the number of items, minimum. mousse, cheese cakes, pastries, ice cream, sorbets, Indian sweets. Goodness me! and there are at least 6/7 varieties of Indian sweets, at least 4/5 mini pastries, 2/3 types of mousse and cheese cakes each. About a dozen ice-cream flavors (these are like home made ice cream, very natural - try the hazelnut flavor for sure). What surprised me was their Sorbet range - I am, well, a hard core dessert lover and over the years, have never been amused by Sorbet - which to me, was, just crushed ice fused with flavor. Until I tried this lemon sorbet. a must try.
Now for the price. It will cost approx. Rs. 1200 for one person (counting taxes in) for the lunch buffet. Really wish it were a bit less expensive. But I guess, class comes at its price :) Thoroughly worth it. Don't miss.