There is a lot more to Chennai other than the famous mulberry silk, historical parks, leaf handicrafts, bronze and brass castings, metal works, and traditional jewellery. If you are hungry to know more about the food options particularly vegetarian, some of the best choices are available here such as idlis, parottas, curry dosa, idiyappam, not to forget the famous filter coffee. How about knowing a bit more about the famous eateries in Chennai that serve authentic vegetarian fare?

1.  Hotel Saravana Bhavan

Founded in 1981, Hotel Saravana Bhavan is one of the largest vegetarian restaurant chains in the world that offers fabulous South Indian cuisine. It has 31 outlets in South India itself, 2 in North India and 46 around the world. Since its inception, Hotel Saravana Bhavan has set records redefining the culinary experience through its unique dishes containing aromatic spices. The services include Fast Food, Take Away, Home Delivery and Outdoor Catering.  

Address: 19, Vadapalani Andavar, Koli Street, Vadapalani, Chennai

Phone: +91 44 2480 2577


E-mail: [email protected]

Customer Speak: “Authentic South Indian Food”  (g r, Source: Trip Advisor)


2.  Murugan Idli Shop

Founded two decades back and present in four locations – Chennai, Vellore, Madurai and Singapore, Murugan Idli Shop is known for its consistently famous mouth-watering South Indian delicacies.

The place has a touch of simplicity and uniqueness, whether it is in the food quality and taste or unique service. It was started on a low key affair and has grown to be Chennai’s hot spot when it comes to savouring idli, four varieties of chutney, vada, ghee pongal, sakkarai pongal, and the extremely famous speciality drink ‘jigarthanda’.  

Address: #46/13 North Usman Road, T Nagar, Chennai

Phone: +91 44 4208 4842


E-mail: [email protected]

Customer Speak: “Amazing idlis, great local atmosphere”

(CanberraMichele, Source: Trip Advisor)


3.  MSG Kitchen

A homely meal is what one can expect in good measure at MSG Kitchen. But it is its Kumbakonam flavour that sets it apart. Specialising in both South Indian and North Indian fare, MSG Kitchen gives you a good ambience, service and location advantage.

Food items served here range from idli, dosa to Chinese Schezwan noodles and pasta representing the Chinese and Italian flavours. No onion and no garlic food items are also served here on request.

Address: Door No. 9/17, AZEEZIYA Building, Mc Nicholas Road, Chetpet, Chennai

Phone: 098402 45555, +91 – 44 4550 4160



4.  Annalakshmi Restaurant

This vegetarian restaurant in Chennai offers the best of culinary dishes for the hungry souls and diet meals for the calorie conscious. From soups, rasams, dosas to wheat bread preparations, natural and nutritive ingredients are served here.

After starting off in Malaysia way back in 1984, Annalakshmi Restaurant has opened up branches in Singapore, Australia and India. It is a non-profit organisation that dedicates part of its income towards running the charitable activities of the Temple of Arts (the center of performing arts).

Address: 18/3, 1st Floor, Sigapi Achi Building, Rukmani Lakshmipathy Road, Adjacent to Raja Meyammal Hall, Egmore, Chennai

Phone: 044 2852 5109


Cost for two people: INR 1000

Customer Speak: “Royal Ambience with Amazing food”

(shrikant1986, Source: Trip Advisor)


5.  Kapila Dasa Restaurant  

Stop by at Chennai’s fine dining veg restaurant – Kapila Dasa which is a unit of Dasaprakash family. Spread over 7150 sq ft space, it boasts of a seating capacity of more than 200 pax.

The most popular dishes cooked here which you can delightfully savour are mysore dosa, butter masala dosa and lunch thali. Apart from South Indian food, there are Continental and Indian recipes and in desserts there are ice creams, shakes and sodas to satisfy your culinary adventure.

Address: Express Avenue, 3rd Floor, Next to Food Court, Chennai

Phone: 044 2846 4642


E-mail: [email protected]

Average Price for two: INR 750-1000

Customer Speak: “Heavenly food”

(meghashyam, Source: Trip Advisor)


6.  VeganeR

This happens to be the first vegan restaurant in Chennai that avoids using milk and dairy products. But that doesn’t deter the restaurant in its mission to serve good quality food to the diners and fast food lovers.

Among the popular dishes at VeganeR, there is banana dosa, keera vadai, idly, dosa, puttu and many more. The restaurant is neatly maintained and the pricing is moderate.

Address: VeganeR, 33/1, Shafee Mohammed Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

Phone: 044-43195195


7.  Jalpaan                            

Don’t just go by the name as Jalpaan, not only specialises in North Indian food but serves Italian dishes too. Having opened its 10th outlet at Adyar shows its dynamic presence and ever growing customer base.

Jalpaan offers a special lunch thali among other things. Aspiring to be the biggest veg fine dining restaurant chain on a global scale, Jalpaan is surely on its way to impressing the global palate.

Address: No. 17/18, 3rd Floor, Opposite Gandhi Nagar Bus Depot, Above GRT Jewellery, Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai

Phone: 044 4550 1244

Price for two: INR 750-1000


8.  Flower Drum  

Karim, the owner of this restaurant leaves behind an impact, not just in his food but his philosophy. When he says, “We are totally vegetarian. We even import special vegetarian sauces” it means you are about to eat at Chennai’s fine dining restaurant that serves exclusive vegetarian Chinese delicacies.

As you step into this place, you find a beautiful Buddha statue embedded in the wall. The delicacies are sumptuous – Tom Yum soup, Spicy Basil Noodles, Malaysian dessert Ice Kachung scented with a mild rose essence and many more. In short, Flower Drum is a gastronomic treat.            

Address: 46, 2nd Floor, Prince Plaza, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai

Phone: 044 4310 2545

ChennaiSingam:Good authentic Vegeterain Chinese food”

(Source: Trip Advisor)


9.  Sangeetha Hotels

This fine dine vegetarian restaurant offers you some of the finest lip-smacking dishes that are affordably priced. The best part about it is its proximity to Egmore railway station.

With a presence spanning over 25 years, Sangeetha is committed to maintaining utmost hygiene, quality and professional service in its culinary operations.

Address: #23, Gandhi Irwin Road, Egmore, Opposite Egmore Railway Station, Chennai

Phone: 044 2819 2995, 044 2819 1995


E-mail: [email protected]


10.  Eden Vegetarian

Two decades is quite some time to leave behind a glorious impact on the minds and salivating taste buds of people. That is what Eden Vegetarian has happily accomplished in Chennai without any advertising or promotion. Its flagship restaurant is in Besant Nagar and its second outlet is located in Nungambakkam.

Address: E37 Second Avenue, Besant Nagar, Chennai

Phone: (044) 2246 0777/ 3777   E37 Second Avenue, Besant Na



11.  Food Karma

This is a place meant to satisfy your taste buds as well as your health needs too. At Food Karma, you can enjoy a typical South Indian menu sourced from the finest organic produce.

Diabetic friendly and nutritious evening snacks, lunch, breakfast and dinner are served here. All in all, you can expect good food here that has the right flavour and nutrition.              

 Address: 32, 3rd Main Road, Besant Nagar, Chennai

Phone: (044) 42666788/ 3777   E37 Second Avenue, Besant Nag


E-Mail: [email protected]

Now that you have got a fair idea of Chennai’s hotspots in vegetarian food, make the most of it by checking out these places and letting our readers know if they are as good as they sound!  

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