Dakshin Restaurant in Chennai’s famous Crowne Plaza at Adyar Park, Chennai invited us to be a part of their 30thCelebration. #MacroTraveller was happy to be a part of this legendary restaurant that has seen various competition in recent times and has sustained to reach out to its loyal customers without any hindrances.
Dakshin which means south direction in Sanskrit is name of the restaurant, The name could not be more apt as this restaurant is situated in most states of South India such as Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andra Pradesh, Telangana where it combines all the states traditional dishes and provides these tasty dishes to one’s palate. Started in the year 1989, Dakshin has quickly grown as a customer favourite restaurant which helped it to garner its name and expand its chain to other south Indian states.
I was very happy to be a part of their 30thanniversary where there were specially curated menus led by Executive Chef Deva. This included a special South Indian Thali that will have 30 lip-smacking dishes. The celebratory menu will include traditional thirst quenchers like Neer Moru, Para Saaru, starters like Nandu Puttu, Meen Moilee, main courses like Theeyal, Appam, Kal dosai, Veechu Parotta, vegetarian and non-vegetarian thali meals and desserts like elaneer payasam, Basundi etc, which tasted delicious.
Priced at a budget, these thalis were prepared as a celebration for 3-decade old restaurant chain. Dakshin restaurant serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and they had an option for Veg Thali priced at `1999 and `2499 plus taxes which were lip-smacking. Chef Deva and other trained chefs at a restaurant had prepared nattu kozhi ammi masala and Chettinad aadu which are made up of 30 flavour packed ingredients which were a main USP for the celebratory event.
They also serve the best of the best alcohol which gives the customers a luxury vibe. All the dishes in Dakshin are served on banana leaves which gives its traditional look, the Iyer’s trolley in Dakshin is its main USP where the snacks are provided on a trolley. This fine dining restaurant is known for its coffee called Filter Kapi where it is served in a silver tumbler and is hand tossed in front of its customers.
Dakshin Restaurant draws inspiration from Temples of South India where as soon as you enter you will be noticing the temple architecture vibes, the menu at Dakshin reflects the grandeur of temple structure having gold, silk and mudras with the theme of Thanjavur Paintings and Idol. Here the guests are served with a grand feast in silver cutlery along with live music.
About Crowne Plaza
Crowne Plaza being an official home for Chennai Super Kings(CSK) players we witnessed #whistlepodu and #yellove signage once we landed at the hotel we were welcomed with lime juice and a traditional tika. Lime juice is a natural cooler during Chennai’s warm weather. Later we were taken on a property tour
Crowne Plaza has around 260 rooms available with starting price of `5000 providing world-class amenities. Crowne Plaza offers various amenities such as Porter/Bellman for every room, Wake up calls and Valet services for the guests staying at the hotel. Free wifi access in this hotel is also provided which is of great speed. Wifi is available in all areas in and around the hotel with varied bandwidth. Housekeeping and Laundry services are available for 24hrs with same day delivery of Laundry and there would be daily housekeeping services. Rooms were quite big enough for 2 having a huge bed, TV and many plug points for charging devices. Bathrooms are also well set up with necessary items that every traveller needs. Coffee Cups and coffee machinery is provided in every room which also has a small mini bar having sodas and other beverages.
The Hotel caters to all their guests where there is free car parking available for the guests and also has wheelchair, handlebars accessibility with ramp access in the entire hotel premises. There are services having Emergency button and controls for every room which benefits the guests during an emergency. As safety is a priority to the guests they cater for even Visually and Hearing impaled guests providing audible and visual smoke alarm during an emergency which helps to vacate the premises without any casualty.
For Fitness geeks, they do provide On-site fitness centre having a facility such as a Treadmill, Stationary Bicycle, Weights so that you do not miss a day of skipping your gym. Outdoor recreation activity such as Cricket, Bicycling, Horseback Riding, Soccer and Jogging track is also present so that you would be occupied with sport and fitness. Spa services are available with amenities such as steam bath, sauna and having treatments such as Paraffin Hand treatment and other beauty treatments available at request.
For Business and meetings purpose, Crowne Plaza has special meeting rooms where they have On-site business center with staff provided from 07:00 to 00:00hrs which is opened for 24 hours. They do have business amenities such as copiers, scanner, printers and basic essential office supplies.