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“Different exp with happy ending”
Review of Shiraz Cafe

Shiraz Cafe
Ranked #137 of 6,672 Restaurants in Chennai (Madras)
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Different exp with happy ending”
Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

Shiraz cafe is runned by a iranian lady, settled in chennai 31 years bfr. The food presentation is awesome and choices is less but very gud taste
Everything cooked after order do u have to wait a bit
Gud place to hangout with family and kids
Bachelors wont like it for sure, tuesday it a holiday, sunday thry provide buffet at 600 rupees, taxes r only 5%
only cash payment is available
Bottom line u can taste diff food with diff ambience with normall pay and best for dinners

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English first
Bengaluru, India
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and lovely Iranian food on ECR. Lovely al fresco dining...”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Great atmosphere and lovely Iranian food on ECR. Lovely al fresco dining. The food is quite authentic and the owner Nasreen is a really nice lady....

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8 Thank SouthernSpice145
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india
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Wanted to kiss the hand that had cooked the food!”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Just as you enter the Cholamandalam Artists Village in Injambakkam on East Coast Road, there is a huge brick building on the right, the Art Gallery. Just after that a tiny wicker gate, a path, leads to Shiraz Cafe. Set among huge trees in a open courtyard are different tables. There are a few tables set in the verandah too, of the Cafe. Or you could walk inside the glass-enclosed hall and sit. This is also the place where the buffet is laid out on weekends and public holidays. They serve ala carte on other days.
When I had finished taking in the peaceful, green atmosphere, there was a big glass of juice sitting on my table. The guava-based juice (it had some kiwi in it too) was so fresh, unlike the artificial, syrupy-tasting excuse for a drink that is sometimes served in buffets. Then I picked up my plate and started loading it with stuff that was presented very well - all the vegetarian dishes in a round table; the different kinds of rice on one table; the soup with the plates, cups, forks n spoons on one; the non-veg dishes on one side and the desserts in the other end of the room - each dish labelled clearly.
When a dish is good, one doesn't have to taste it to know that - just the smells wafting from it, the way it looks, every aspect of it will scream out loudly to load your plate with it. And thats what happened here, but sadly, it was every dish that was screaming. I managed to taste everything, but as another visitor told the host, 'You need to provide us with extra stomachs too!'
The hummus, the crispy thin pita with it, the mutabal (mashed brinjal with pomegranate seeds strewn on top), the cucumber tomato onion salad with powdered herbs, the cheese balls, the thick wheat rotis, the four different kinds of rice (including a chicken biriyani and an awesome orange-peel rice), the apricot chicken gravy, the mutton with greens... drool, drool, drool.
It was obvious that each dish had been carefully prepared by the chef - every time the food was refilled, it was like cooked just then, not from the bottom of the pan. Every dish had its fill of the vegetables or meat it needed to have, not just a few pieces here and there; every dish had just the right flavour of spices it needed. The host stood there and helped us in choosing the right palate - "this orange-peel rice has to be had with the apricot chicken gravy; oh you like mutton, then you take this green rice with the mutton, tell me if you like it".
For dessert there was an apple cinnamon cake, a coffee-chocolate cake, a custard and rose-flavoured vanilla icecream, which were all good, and the icecream, exceptional!
Here comes the best part.... all this exotic food came at Rs. 600 per head!!
Unbelievable but true. I am definitely going to keep visiting till this place becomes it becomes an open secret hangout place :)

  • Visited August 2012
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Bengaluru, India
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great Iranian Food n Friendly Homely Service”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

We had the Iranian main course (forgot the name!), served with orange peel rice and salad. The chicken dish and vegetarian dish was very well cooked and tasted delicious. My friends were complaining that the mutton was very rubbery (but thats their opinion).
We had chicken rolls, black coffee, black lemon tea, hummus n pita for starters.
The place is run by an Iranian family. Do ask for suggestions as per your taste and preference.
Very big place, but is extremely difficult to sit outside in the evening without the blood thristy Chennai mosquitoes biting you(same problem everywhere u go).
Sit inside and enjoy the ambience. Also situated a little out of Chennai at ECR. So its also a nice drive for a late evening hangout with friends.
The highlight was the desert. Some sort of cake with vanilla ice cream lazed with rose flavour (home made). Which was very new to me and very refreshing.
A must visit especially if one is travelling to Pondicherry from Chennai

  • Visited August 2012
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9 Thank nishrswamy
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Chennai (Madras), India
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great Place. Awesome Vegetarian Food.”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

I had been there for a team event and all of us loved their vegetarian food. However, the non-vegetarian food was kind of a let down. It is a great place to relax and spend an evening. The garden, the trees and the cool sea breeze is just brilliant. The couple who runs this place are extremely polite and courteous and do their best to give us a wonderful experience.

  • Visited December 2011
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9 Thank alags
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