The Ten Best Places To Have A Thali Meal In Chennai
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Krishnavillasam serves scrumptious South Indian fare as well as Chinese, North Indian, and other cuisines. In addition to having a huge menu of dishes from all over South India, Krishnavillasam also offers a range of thalis. You can choose from four different thalis at this restaurant. The Krishnavillasam Saapadu consists of a main course like soup or a welcome beverage, steamed rice, special kuzhambu, sambar, rasam, pickle, curd, appalam, various curries, and a dessert. The thalis are available only in the afternoon, until 3:30.

 Address: 4/43, 1st Cross St., Nethaji Colony, Kasturba Nagar, Baktavatsalm Nagar, Adyar

Price for Two: INR 2,000

Timing: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Saravana Bhavan operates restaurants all across the world and is known for its tasty thalis that come with chapatti and rice and as many as 18 side dishes. A thali contains rice, poriyal, koottu, sambar, rasam, kuzhambu, appalam, and pickles. You will also get pachadi, curd, and sweet dishes if you eat the special limited meal.

Address: Kabaleeswarar Temple, 70, N Mada St., Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore

Price for Two: INR 400

Timing: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Amravathi is famous for Andhra cuisine and is a haven for all lovers of non-vegetarian food. Their Andhra-style meals are unbeatable. The meat is cooked to perfection and served with flavorful masalas. The spices are extremely spicy and hearty. You will also like Amravathi's vegetarian options. The flavors are gentle yet very well-balanced, making them perfect for people of all age groups. Their thalis are served on banana leaves and will transport you to the old days.

Address: 1, Cathedral Rd., opp. Music Academy, Parthasarathypuram, Mylapore

Price for Two: INR 500

Timing: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Manjal serves fantastic vegetarian and non-vegetarian thalis. It has all the ingredients of a typical South Indian thali, like local flavors, different types of meats, etc. Their USP is that they serve you a substantial tray of individual portions of about 15 appetizers, which you can then follow up with the thali. Some of the starters are crab curry, Nandu boneless, brain fry, mutton chops, kollanurundai, chicken fry, fish fry, prawn fry, vanjaram fry, etc.

Address: 6/9, Kasthuri Estate, 3rd St., Poes Garden

Price for Two: INR 650

Timing: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Dakshin, Crowne Plaza, Alwarpet

Dakshin is a regular favorite for higher-end thalis; here you will get lots of South Indian preparations from various regions, and their banana dosa is a big favorite. Dakshin serves a wide variety of dishes with traditional South Indian hospitality. It has live instrumental music playing, which adds to the traditional ambience. Even the cutlery and crockery used here reflect luxury. The seating arrangement is perfect, and there is so much to relish here, especially if you have opted for the thali. Undoubtedly, it is a meat lover's paradise, but vegetarians can also select from a vast and delicious menu.

Address: Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, 132, TTK Road

Price for Two: INR 3,000

Timing: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kakada Ramprasad

You should definitely make a point of visiting this restaurant if you are a vegetarian and enjoy North Indian cuisine. In addition to desi ghee Jalebi and Phapra, Pani Puri and Pav Bhaji are available as chat options. North Indian thali is available here frequently, so you can make the most of it and enjoy North Indian food in Chennai.

Address: 32, Ormes Rd., Sylvan Lodge Colony, Kilpauk

Price for Two: INR 400

Timing: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.


You must eat at Bhangra if you want North Indian or Punjabi food in Chennai. This is one of the places you must visit if you want to get your thali of North Indian or Punjabi food. They offer vegetarian and non-vegetarian thalis and are renowned for both. Their paneer butter masala is as popular as their butter chicken. This is a restaurant for anyone looking for a delicious Indian meal. Some recommended items for you to try here are Butter Chicken, Kheer, Thali, Dal Makhani, Paneer Butter Masala, and Lassi.

Address: Mayajaal, No. 34/1, SH 49, Kanathur

Price for Two: INR 600

Timing: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Little North

Little North is one of the best restaurants in Chennai if you are a vegetarian and wish to eat a traditional North Indian thali here. They also serve Chinese food. Their food is delicate yet flavorful, hygienic, and cooked to order. They are also wheelchair-friendly, making for a truly blissful dining experience. Some recommendations for you to try here are Gobi Manchurian, Biriyani, Naan, Paneer Tikka, etc.

Address: New No. 472, Old No. 21, Kilpauk Garden Road, New Town Building, Kilpauk

Price for Two: INR 1,500

Timing: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.


The North Indian food thali is one of the most popular orders at this restaurant. It's a great place for Chinese, Italian, and North Indian food. They cater to the demands of their clients by providing food that meets their requirements. Their workers are extremely eager to meet your demands for exactly what you want. When here, you can also try their chicken biryani, butter naan, litchi rabi, and fried rice.

Address: 1st Floor, 10, Kuppuswamy Street, Off, Gopathi Narayanaswami Chetty Rd., Parthasarathi Puram, T. Nagar

Price for Two: INR 1,000

Timing: 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Ponnusamy Hotel  

This hotel was once a small mess in Chennai that served Chettinad food. Under the supervision of Ponnusamy, an excellent cook, all the recipes were created. As a result, the name and flavor swiftly spread throughout Chennai. Their thali provides more than 50 dishes in one sitting, with options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. You must have a really big appetite if you order their Bahubali thali. The dishes here are clean, hygienic, and nicely prepared and presented.

Address: Shop No. C40, 3rd Floor, 2nd Avenue Road, Anna Nagar, Near Adyar Ananda Bhavan

Price for Two: INR 2,600

Timing: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.