Tangerine, Murrays Gate Road

Tangerine in Murray’s Gate Road is the only exclusive Continental Restaurant in Chennai that I know of. Mostly Chennai abounds with mulitcuisine restaurants offering anything from Chettinad to Tandoor to Chinese to Pasta. Having heard much about Tangerine, I ventured in there, expecting a snooty, snobbish outlet.

I was in for a surprise. The place is basically a big hall with tables placed close to each other. It is well lit, and the ambience is nothing to write about. It is not the place if you want a private dinner or a romantic evening stuff.

But they serve good food. I am not an expert on Continental Cuisine, so can’t say whether the dishes taste like how they are supposed to. I can say with assurance that what they serve is tasty and delicious. For starters we had Vegetable Crostini – basically Garlic bread toast with tomatoes, pepper and cheese. Tangerine is known for its sizzlers. I ordered Vegetable Cordon Bleu – one of the few dishes that didn’t mention olive oil. I asked the waiter how it would be and he said “Sir, it is like Vegetable Cutlet topped with cheese”. Though it was a crude way of putting it, that is what I would say too, if asked to explain what the dish is. The sizzler came with the sound and smoke effects. Vegetables were packed in Potato skins and covered with cheese. Tasted extremely good and and not very spicy. My wife had Fish Vasco, fish pieces in gravy served with rice. The dishes come in sizeable quantities, so go light on the starters. Fish Vasco had about 7 pieces of fish.

They serve fresh juices and other beverages (non alcoholic) too. Try their Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri. It was quite good. We decided to go light on the calories for dessert, so had simple Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Chocolate Sauce and Pralines :-).

The service is fast and efficient. Dinner for two costs about Rs. 600.00. A nice place if you like your food. Not a place to have private conversations though.

Murray’s Gate Road is parallel to Eldams Road. Or to be more specific, it is the road opposite to old Life Style building in Alwarpet. Ph: 24355834

11 Comments so far

  1. Mehak (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 1:46 pm

    will try this one..can u give more pointers regarding the location …as am new to Chennai

    have been to Georgio’s in Besant Nagar…Sizzlers are pathetic..the best thing they serve is baked corn n spinach with garlic bread,soup n french fries :)…lotsa cals :)

  2. Tom (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 2:02 pm

    Yes, a little more detail on this location would help. Just a district name, -bakkam or -nagar, etc.

  3. Chenthil (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 2:02 pm

    Updated the post with details Mehak.

  4. Mehak (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    @Chenthil ..thanks :)

  5. Muthiah (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    Now that Tangerine has fascinated or surprised you, may I suggest you to try;
    a. Cornocopia, Opposite to Dhaba Express on Cenetoph Road. They serve Continental food. My all time favorite place. Previous one was Tangerine!

    b. Cedars, on Kotturpuram High Road. They serve Mediterranean food which is decent.

    Other exquisite eat outs in chennai include, Little Italy, Pasta de Fresca, Farmhouse on ECR, Good old Gallopin Gooseberry, etc etc

  6. Nandhu (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 12:44 am

    i rem this song:

    Picture yourself in a boat on a river
    With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
    Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
    A girl with kaleidoscope eyes

    Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
    Towering over your head
    Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes
    And she’s gone

    Lucy in the sky with diamonds
    Lucy in the sky with diamonds
    Lucy in the sky with diamonds

  7. Nancy (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 11:24 am

    Unless La Madeleine has closed – in Alwarpet, on Kasturi Ranga Estate – it was serving exclusively French food. And of course, there’s the Patio, in the Taj, at the high end.

  8. Chenthil (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    Nancy, La Madeleine is closed now. Copper Chimney has taken its place. La Madeleine was good when it lasted

    Muthu, I see Cornucopia daily, but some how the place seems not attractie. Of course I haven’t gone in, may change my idea once I visit it.

  9. Nandhu (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    Cornucopia is very cheap. and the salads there taste like well, a salad. nothing great. i ate a long time ago as soon as the place was opened, i think.

  10. Muthiah (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

    I would suggest you guys change your mind about Cornocopia and try it out. I would rate it 9.5 out of 10 :o) The main course is awesome. I agree the soups are not fantastic and the salads are okay. Try the desserts which are way too filling. BTW, me being a vegetarian, ‘ve tried everything on the menu. LOL

  11. Lavanya (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

    Chenthil – Thank you :) Now I shall set forth to Tangerine asap.

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