Good news for those of you who live in the south of the city. You now have another five star hotel to choose from when you next go out for a meal. The Ramada Plaza opened its doors three months ago in Guindy. As you head down Sardar Patel road, the Park Hyatt is on the left and just beyond that you’ll find the new Ramada Plaza.
Signage and branding is still quite limited on the building as the hotel is in a soft-launch phase. This means they are still ramping up operations, hiring staff, opening up their restaurants and haven’t advertised to the world yet. The good news is that they just got their alcohol license and having seen the size of their new bar, they are certainly going to make the most of it. The new Exase bar is huge, with a big dance floor in one corner.
But enough about that, we were invited to try the new pan Asian restaurant, Scallion. The great thing about eating at hotels in their soft-launch phase is you get the full attention of all the chefs in the kitchen.
Scallion has cuisines from across South-East Asia – Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Malaysia. If the size of the tasting portions we were given is anything to go by, guests are going to leave completely satisfied about their money’s worth.
Some items that you must try include:
1. The Thai soup mocktail
This soup has been turned into a mocktail with a lightly spiced kick thanks to the Thai red chilis that are in it. Complete with pineapple decoration, it makes an instagram-worthy photo of your dining experience at Scallion, too!
2. Thai Coconut Soup
I’m not really one for soup, so had my reservations about this when it was put in front of me. However, these doubts were entirely misplaced as I polished the bowl off in 5 minutes, it was just that good!
3. Garlic Pepper Prawns
Now I do like a bit of prawn! It’s a taste I’ve acquired in India. Order the garlic pepper prawns as a starter and you won’t be disappointed that you did!
3. Wild Mushrooms
One for the vegetarians, the wild mushroom dish had my wife going back for seconds, thirds and fourths!
4. Thai Lamb
Fiery and spicy, the way Thai food should be done. The Thai lamb was just about on the edge of my spice threshold but so good with the jasmine rice that I couldn’t help but diving back in again and again.
5. The very unique ice cream flavours
The chef brought out five bowls of ice cream, each with a flavour I’m sure you’ve never tried before: Wasabi, kaffir lime, green tea, lemon grass and tamarind. The tamarind ice cream in particular was a little confusing. It looks like chocolate but has the intense, slightly sour, flavour of tamarind. One for the adventurous people among us to try!
About the Ramada Plaza
The Ramada Plaza is a newly opened hotel in Guindy. At the time of writing it still hasn’t thrown its doors open in a grand launch as they are ramping up their operations. Currently the two restaurants that are open are the all day dining restaurant in the lobby and Scallion, the pan Asian restaurant that we tried out. The bar and a live grill restaurant are due to open very soon.
RAMADA PLAZA CHENNAI
36, Sardar Patel Road, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600015