Above Sea Level

Open air, a dreamlike yet informal ambience, the soothing blue black of the night sky, pleasant waiters to help you with food and drink, time stretching itself for cosy conversation, Above Sea Level is an ideal place to savour a special evening.

ASL is one of several restaurants in the RainTree Ecotel, which is South India’s first Five-Star Ecotel (St.Mary’s Road – a stone’s throw away from The Park Sheraton). A lot of people I mentioned ASL to were more familiar with Havana, the lounge bar.

ASL after flooring you with its breathtaking ambience, impressing you with a giant white wall TV projection, also sweeps you off your feet with its fantastic food. Kebabs are a specialty in this restaurant – the non-veg ones being the flagship offering. The vegetarian kebab platter is mouth-watering too with just the right flavouring. You can choose the combination in your cocktail/mocktail, provide specific instructions for a custom dessert and generally feel like Lord and Lady of the Open Skies.

For the wonderful treatment and the great food, you do pay a hefty bill. I’d say that it is a shade more expensive than the other open-air delight The Crown.

Read a related review in The Hindu.

An expat view at Global Adjustments.

The usual:
Food: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Pricing: 7/10

11 Comments so far

  1. senthil (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

    what is the cost of dinner for two ? ( on an average )

  2. Lavanya (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

    Senthil – about 1500 bucks

  3. Karthek (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

    Could you guys using tagging or some easy way to categories all the restaurant reviews. It will help people who visit madras, Oops chennai.

  4. Krithiga (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

    The whizkid is on a lengthy virtual slumber. Yes, please authors, feel free to add your review posts to the Restaurant review database:


  5. Krithiga (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 12:17 am
  6. Lavanya (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 7:38 am

    @Karthek: We already use both categories and tagging. You can check the categories in the right sidebar and look for restaurants. You can also search by tag restaurant. In addition to the restaurant tag, most of us also tag area name, type of cuisine and so on.

    Krithiga also has a Zoho page to summarize ratings. Hope this helps.

  7. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    impressing you with a giant white wall TV projection ??? The last thing I want when eating is TV!

  8. phantom363 (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    when i went to school, coffe was 25 paise, saadha dosai 35 paise, masala dosai 45 paise, ghee masala 50 paise, idly or bonda or bajji or vadai (all two pieces each, unlimited chutney sambhar) 25 paise each. :)

  9. Lavanya (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 10:24 am

    @Thad E.Ginathom: Different strokes for different folks! The good thing about ASL is the giant TV thing is in a lower area and most other seating areas are well protected from it with greenery. So there are plenty of no TV zones there.

    @Phantom363: Good old days isn’t it? Now we want to pay for ambience too.

  10. suppamani (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 4:56 pm

    Dear Phantom, then the price of gold was rs.56/- per soverign of 8 grams. Now Rs.7000/-

  11. phantom363 (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 10:05 am

    sorry i gave the wrong impression. there is nothing called good old days. the good days are now. the better days are yet to come. :)

    assuming everything else being equal, based on the prices i quoted, you can imagine the inflation since the 70s. that’s all :)

    bon appetit everyone :)

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