Adyar and Besant Nagar are probably my favourite areas in the city as they bring back fond memories of my childhood. Was at Adyar the other day to decide on a location for my friends birthday when I set my eyes on Azzuri Bay. Situated right adjacent to Crimson Chakra, this is the latest addition to the CC family and looks serene and extremely beautiful.
Ambiance- You are welcomed at the entrance by a large white coloured sculpture of the Buddha whose outstretched palm serves as a fountain. It was a lovely afternoon when I was there and the water and the few trees around made me forget about the Chennai heat.
The interiors are equally charming. The restaurant has indoor seating on the second floor and seating on the terrace for dinners. Since we were there for lunch, we were seated indoors which was adorned with pretty little lamps here and there and paintings that you can admire. My friend says these are the same paintings that used to be at Crimson Chakra a while ago. Every table has an adjoining counter where all your dishes can be placed. Cramped table with your elbows hitting the dishes? Nah, that wont happen here.
The terrace is stunning. The first thing you will notice is the magnificent statue of the Buddha. Yes, the owner seems quite into Buddhism. You get a fantastic view while you enjoy your food. However, this might be a bad idea during summer as our city is hot and humid even at night.
Yes, it was love at first sight for me.
Food- The menu features Thai, Chinese, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines.
We tried quite a few outstanding dishes. The Baked Prawn Soup was fantastic! It was creamy, spicy and whoa, the flavours just hit your palate like a burst of sunshine! The Chicken Alfredo which is usually bland and boring at other places, is filled with flavour here..simply delicious. My friends also tried the Lamb Moussaka which they liked. The Ginger Fried Rice when combined with the Chilly Beef proved to be a great meal too. I also liked my Lemon Iced Tea. Finally, a place that serves good iced tea- Hallelujah!
Service- I have to use the word outstanding again! Immediately after placing our order, we were brought in complimentary strawberry and watermelon popsicles. Great gesture, I thought especially considering how hot it is outside. When we needed water or food to be served, it was promptly done without us feeling conscious about a bunch of eyes focused on us during our meal. Even though we enjoyed a laid-back lunch and stayed back chatting beyond their closing time of 3 pm, not once did they make us feel like we should hurry up.
Damage done- Around Rs 2000 (for 4 people)
Verdict- I really really liked the place! Would love to go back again.