2. Nasi and Mee:If there's one reason I keep going back to this high-energy dining space, it's for a refill of iced milo, Malaysia's unofficial national drink. It's been over a year and yet it's not always easy to score tables for dinner. Quirky wall art, a display kitchen are among the elements that lend it the same vibe as a South East Asian food street. Their soupy xiao long bao dumplings are my other 'go-to' dish. You can try the prawn har gow if you'd like to play safe though. The nasi goreng doesn't disappoint and neither does their slow-cooked ayam pongteh (soya beanchicken stew). Their fully loaded Singapore-style ice kachang is worth staying back for dessert.Where: Khader Nawaz Khan Road(Also Read -10 Best Romantic Restaurants for Candle Light Dinner in Chennai)
3. Soy Soi:If you've travelled extensively through South-East Asia, you will know that some of the best meals are served in the region's busy streets. It's why the culinary team at Soy Soi spent three weeks travelling through streets filled with culinary treasures in countries like Thailand and Vietnam. It's probably why their menu is exhaustive; it's a good thing their staff can help you navigate it. The interiors are atmospheric and feature multiple layers including a couple of private dining spaces. Their baos are one of the stars of this menu - we'd recommend the pulled pork and the spicy beef baos.Where: Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kotturpuram(AlsoRead -10 Street Foods You Shouldn't Miss in Bangkok)
4. Mamagoto:The Mamagoto at Khader Nawaz Khan Road (there's one more at Phoenix Market City, Velachery) follows the same design template that has worked for the chain across India. The Manga-inspired interiors are a big draw with its regulars who also keep coming back for their traditional Peking dumplings and their star aniseed-flavoured chicken. Their 'mocktails' are equally popular, especially the cucumber mint mix with a smidgen of black salt thrown in. But nothing quite hits the spot like their flavourful Chiang Mai station noodles.Where: Khader Nawaz Khan Road and Phoenix Market City, Velachery(Also Read -10 Local Dishes You Must Try in Chennai)
5. Va Pho:Word play is a thing with Chennai's Asian restaurants. This one's cleverly named (it plays on the Tamil equivalent of 'come and go'). Funky colours, wall art and even a 'tuk tuk', this informal Asian canteen also offers two cozy private dining spaces. The beef pho is worth checking out and so is another Vietnamese classic - the banana blossom salad. If soups and salads are not your cup of tea, give their baos a go - we'd recommend the BBQ chicken. Even if you don't fancy your veggies, you might be tempted to try their sizzling prawns tossed with broccoli and pak choi.Where: Cathedral Road(Also Read -6 Best Italian Restaurants in Chennai)
So the next time you end up craving for some Pan Asian delights, bring this list to your rescue and get going!
About Ashwin RajagopalanI am the proverbial slashie - a content architect, writer, speaker and cultural intelligence coach. School lunch boxes are usually the beginning of our culinary discoveries.That curiosity hasn’t waned. It’s only got stronger as I’ve explored culinary cultures, street food and fine dining restaurants across the world. I’ve discovered cultures and destinations through culinary motifs. I am equally passionate about writing on consumer tech and travel.