Chit Chat and eating out at midnight

I can almost hear the conservative groans. “What has this city come to if people drive out in the rain bang in the middle of the night to eat. We have lost our culture,” they would say. And the few cars near Chit Chat are somewhat defiantly parked. People did come in them in the rain and bang in the middle of the night just to eat.

For me the nascent nightlife of the city is a wonderful thing. And Chit Chat has become a special place ever since it opened up late night till 1.30 a.m. for predators like me. What Chit Chat is good is the ice creams and the Italian food. It’s slightly overpriced but nevertheless worth it. For the relative poor, the Taster’s Portion of icecreams is also available. You also get sandwiches and cappuccino. Or try the smoothies.

Ideally, you can start with the soups – mushroom, chicken and vegetable and proceed to the main course like a dish of pasta, noodles and the like. The names are somewhat complicated and I didn’t get a copy of the menu. But think Eatalica and places like that. And end with the icecream or smoothies or hot chocolate.

They usually play music from World Space. Chit Chat is on Mount Road, about 1 km from Teynampet as you drive towards the Gemini Flyover. In the night, you can’t miss it.

There is also a regular restaurant open during the day. They nighttime place, they quite incredibly call a snack bar. Also, there is a separate Baskin Robbins style icecream parlour. Try them out too.

6 Comments so far

  1. Muthu (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 1:47 pm

    While the nice thing is that they are open till late in the night, the food there is just okay. Nothing great / fancy. Nevertheless, an eat out open at 1:30 in the late night is indeed a news to the locals.

    BTW, Another easier landmark would be, Chit Chat is bang opposite to Anna Arivalayam!

  2. nandhu (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

    u are right about the landmark. it is indeed opp the dmk headquarters. ya, the food isnt so great, but the pleasure of having a midnight meal is a great compensation for that.

  3. Venky (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 8:52 pm

    Nice news for nocturnal natives of Chennai like me!!

  4. musafir (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

    I didn’t know such things existed in our famed city. Me and family are regular late-nighters. We are usually into seeing some late-night movies, etc. However, I have yet to see a decent family joint open at those odd hours. But I have noticed something of late – this city is beginning to resemble mumbai, newyork and other big-leaguers.

  5. hkarthi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 10:54 pm

    yeah i have seen it a couple of times while driving by when I go back to my house. you say it has a icecream parlour heh!? hmmm will check it out today ;-)!

  6. nandhu (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 11:11 pm

    well, it certainly isnt quite up there with NY. but it’s certainly better than before, isn’t it?


    do check it out and let us know what u think!

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