Looking down at Chennai from the rooftop of the 20-storey Residency Towers, it is difficult to not feel the rush of the bustling city below. Yet, at The Crown, you have a sense of being suspended in time and space.
While the restaurant has an indoor dining area with a high dome and tall windows, al fresco dining with the cityscape and vast skies for a view is exceptionally enjoyable. The menu here is equally enthralling. The Indo-Western cuisine served here includes the best of North Indian and Italian fare and it is difficult to pick sides when the saffron-scented Nalli Nahari is pitted against the Lasangne Alle Vendure e Pomodori with its roasted vegetables and Italian herbs. Executive Chef Gopal, who admits to being partial to mutton as it brings together texture, flavour and scent in an unmatched manner, recommends Raan Sikandar, Oregano Lamb Rack and Gosht Dum Biryani. Lobster, prepared to suit personal tastes, and Fish Calamari Rings are top picks among the seafood section and the Rosemary Tenderloin is a red meat lover’s delight.
To complement the meal, diners can drink chilled Kingfisher or a single malt whiskey, or anything else that catches their fancy from the elaborate alcohol menu here. To round off the meal, diners can ask for the sinfully rum-soaked Tiramisu unless of course, the Baked Anjeer Halwa happens to catch the eye.
The Crown, which is open only for dinner, also offers live entertainment amidst the backdrop of the city and its inky sky.