Mahabalipuram is a famous place in south India which attracts lots of tourists. It is widely recognized because of its seashore, rocks which are artistically cut and crafted. The place has historical significance as it established during the British period in 19th century. Now, it has become a popular tourist destination for people living in the city areas especially Chennai which is the closest city.
There are many restaurants in Mahabalipuram. One can get seafood, continental, traditional Indian vegetarian or non-vegetarian food, Chinese etc. People from India as well as from other parts of the world visit Mahabalipuram. So the restaurants here try to accommodate the taste buds of all sorts of people. Lattitude 49 is one of the finest restaurant in Mahabalipuram. ‘Le Yogi, Buddha Cafe, Good Luck cafe Gecko Cafe are some other famous cafes in the town.
The unique selling proposition of Lattitude 49 is that it serves good north Indian food. One cannot easily get to taste good north India food in south especially in Tamil Nadu. The hotel also has a good ambience. The place looks fresh and clean so people get more enticed to visit the hotel.
Since Mahabalipuram is close to seashore, hotels serve more of seafood. There are limited options available for vegetarian people. Most of the hotels are well-known because of their ambience.
One can find lots of reviews of restaurants online on sites like Tripadvisor, Zomato, Dineout, Justdial etc. In seafood one should not forget to try fresh grilled fish. It is the specialty of Mahabalipuram. Other traditional non vegetarian food includes lobsters, prawns etc. For vegetarians, one can easily get a veg thali.
South Indian snack dishes like Dosa, Idli, Appam, Vada etc. are also worth a try. The rates for all the dishes are reasonable. One can get continental food for 2 people in the range of INR 500-700 and Indian food between INR 400-500.
Specific dishes like the steaks and crepes of Le Yogi, Biryani of Rose Garden. Blue Elephant serves Catch of the day for fish lovers. One of the hotel–Deco was formerly a prison. So apart from food, there is some sort of history associated with a particular place which makes it unique. Buddha Cafe is famous because of its ambience rather than food. They play the Buddha music which makes the people visiting it to fall in love with the restaurant.
Few places though serving good food has got drawbacks. Like Nautilus good authentic French food. But is expensive and has no air condition. German Bakery too serves good food but again it also has no air condition. One cannot sit outside and enjoy the bustling activities of the town because there are no outside tables.
One can find any type of restaurant in Mahabalipuram according to the affordability. Five star hotel Radisson Blu, offers fine dining experience through its restaurant – The Wharf. It is on the expensive side – INR 3000 bucks. Walter’s Edge cafe is another restaurant of Radison Blu.On the other hand, there is Saravana Bhavan serving food at INR 300 bucks. It also draws the huge crowd.