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2.6 km from Marina Beach
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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

One of the best fine dining restaurant in this south part of Chennai and is well known for its delicious shelless crab and king prawns. Mostly this restaurant is full on weekends. Most visited restaurant by me i must say for its services taste quality...quantity and ambience. One of the best ever.More

Date of visit: August 2016
Reviewed 30 January 2015

Very good restaurant with nice staff and tasty food. Good place to hangout with friends & family. One can enjoy different varieties of food and they too have good buffet offers also I think.

Date of visit: June 2014
Reviewed 31 July 2014

the britishs raj buffeted many a king and prince from their comfort zone..glory days passed them by and dowdy days befell them...but pride never left them................... in the restauarnt world at chennai...DUCHESS suffers from this same identity crisis...should i be a proud continental...or a reticent...Chinese.....and do i have a house to call my own.....from location to location this Duchess has been shifted and shoved and it just doesnt want to give up.... so we headed to Duchess with much trepidation....Wednesday evening and we arrived at the Karaikudi complex...with it being a self declared food fort with all different cuisines going around its indeed a great place for choice............chettinad,north west,hyderabadi,sea food,chinese,continental,kulfi bar.......boy a true CARDIOLOGISTS delight........ a splattering of cars awaited us which sent me an unseen message that the whole complex was running low..and to see waiters and valets lounging outside made my heart skip a beat of a decision gone wrong.....still we steeled ourselves and started the great climb...... well those steps were an ORTHOPEDICS delight as if one has to do that thrice a week then he will be knee weak for sure....pray how does it work when one has to climb so many stairs... but if the food is good then this staircase will turn to an express lift if not it will remain a precipice climb with a length of twine....i was waiting for this verdict... so instead of the wheatish mexican ramirez,sancho,panchez,raul and rasq in their stetsons to greet us we had the pucca tamilian armugham,arunachalam,amarendran and annamalai in checked shirts and sombreros greeting us....and the ubiqutous north eastern cowboys who dot every restaurant of all denominations across the country.... and did we walk in to a ..................bone empty restaurant. my heart sank as i found the chefs scurrying into the kitchen to get their act together tearing away from the match where india were being made into mince meat by the white saab'S.since the first customers trooped in at 9 pm........... so we settled into a comfortable four seater and were met by the most courteous steward in a long time..he went at great pains to talk about the new fare and even though we were old faithfuls to this particular restaurant his approach was indeed fresh.. was patient while we ordered a mix match of steaks sizzlers and plated dishes.... the complimentary soup was a hot and sour chicken and boy was it good going towards great.... then the main course arrived and it was just AWESOME.....four different meats and all four found it to be top class.....the sirloin,fish,boozy chicken and lamb leg was par excellence.... its then i realized an empty restaurant can work both ways.....either you can leisurely cook the best meal or you can haphazardly and disinterestedly go through the motions....we were fortunate with the former and the chef gave us a meal we wont forget in a long time..... its unfortunate that this place is badly patronized as even the pricing for this class of restaurant is within limits....places of lesser quality have found better patronage..... and btw after the meal walking out when i stepped out into the stair head it felt like i was on an escalator...the trip was smooth.. what a lot of good ,good food can do..it can move one from crib to crave.... which makes me come back to the point.......a restaurant must become a landmark with location and food....if u juggle it around it loses its moorings and will lead to an untimely death...but as a foodie i wont want this DUCHESS to die if it continues to churn this quality.......More

Date of visit: July 2014
Reviewed 26 January 2014

We were going to this place after a couple of years. It has shifted once again to the Karaikudi complex further down from its old location on Cathedral Road. Their reasonable priced buffet was obviously popular, but we decided to go a-la-carte. I found that...the Manchow soup was good, but was spicier than the waiter led us to believe. The go to man, Srinivasan I think his name was) was nice enough to replace it with a very good chicken and spinach soup. The baked crab (a rather large crab!), served with brushetta and french fries. was very nice though a bit heavy on the cheese.That was what we enjoyed. The ambiance is OK, nothing special. One irritant (no fault of the restaurant) was a very loud family group. The staff's attempt to drown them out with the music failed ! Worth an occasional visit.More

Date of visit: January 2014
Reviewed 12 January 2014

Visited Duchess after a long time maybe after a decade or so. The restaurant has relocated to a new location in the Karaikuddi complex near Neelgiri store. We were greeted by ever friendly staff with big smiles on their faces. We were early for dinner...and hence had a choice of where to sit, after trying out 2 different tables we settled for third one. dinner/ bread roles and tortilla chips precede the main course. Steaks are still the main speciality of this place and we ordered sizzling chicken steaks with pepper sauce. Steaks were made really well and with abundant Sauce as well as big portion of fries. An amazing meal after a long time in very nice and friendly setup served by efficient staff which made lasting impression. I am surely to be visiting it during my next trip to the city.More

Date of visit: January 2014
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Awesome sizzlers,value for money worth visiting if you are an sizzler addict.Great place,good food nice ambience

Date of visit: July 2013
Reviewed 10 February 2013

Just the usual thing. Same usual menu, food is good but nothing stands out. It is convenient to go to since it is in the middle of the city.

Reviewed 1 February 2013

The best thing about this restaurant is its location. Finding it won't be an issues since its right on the main R K Salai. We savoured the Sweet corn soup which was piping hot and done with good consistency. However, the food was just about...ok.... the fried rice and assorted veg. It didn't provide us with enough motivation to try something from the dessert menu. With couple of good options within the same complex and surrounding area, I am not very likely to visit this again.More

Date of visit: January 2013
Reviewed 7 December 2012

My husband recollected yesteryear memories of Duchess, where guests would be led into a Traditional Setting, by a friendly staff and were given cold towels to refresh themselves. Apparently the older branch was closed, to be shifted to the current venue. Decor wise its Simple...- towards contemporary, but nothing to write home about. Food - Ultimately, you just cant go wrong with time tested formulas that have resulted in mouth watering dishes. We were craving steaks - and chose the Chefs recommendation 8 ounce beef steak and then my eyes fell on the description of the "Carpetbag steak" - a fillet of beef stuffed with shrimps *oooh dare i?* They got back to us in 25 mins with our dinner - and it was wonderful. My husband finished his in minutes and looked towards mine :)Portions were just right for one person without stuffing oneself, however I had tried out their apple&celery mocktail which was surprisingly yum, but fyi it fills you up fast - so the rest of my steak was wiped clean with the help of my husband. Theres something about the sauce they put which is OMG - Divine! The Onions and cabbage were lovely to the bite but soaked just enough in that delicious sauce - made me clean up the veges on my plate. The only negative would be the frozen shrimps *sigh...was sooo close to perfection*. We ended with caramel custard which was good, albeit the bubbly texture. Staff - Courteous,Attentive and Warm. Much to the amusement of the Head of Staff i actually asked him about the origins of why my steak was called a 'carpetbag' - to which 6 brownie points for effort but 0 for lack of the correct answer or a creative one to a person who would have accepted even a funny version. Would we go there again ? Without a Doubt! :)More

Date of visit: December 2012
Reviewed 7 September 2012

The food was like 2 stars but the prices on the menu is like 5 star restaurants. The ambience is negligent and food even more. Don't waste a meal and ur time visiting this place.

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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3