In addition to Chennai’s biggest asset – its people – the city is also known for its fine dining and classy al fresco restaurants. In recent years, the city has had a new layer of cosmopolitan glamor – luxurious hotels, lively clubs, lovely cafes and elegant restaurants – and some of these places are popular in Chennai for their delicious food. From South Indian to Italian, American, Japanese and even Chinese – you name it and you’ll have at least two or three great options to explore. However, when it comes to Chinese in particular, in our opinion, there is one place that ticks all the boxes, and that is China XO at Leela Palace Chennai.
China XO is the chosen destination for many Chennaiites as well as travellers. It has been around for years, and despite many Chinese restaurants settling in the city, the place still holds its fort. Recently, the restaurant organized two pop-ups at The Leela Palace in Delhi and Gurgaon, aimed at giving a little taste of the gourmet food of Head Chef Tej B Saru MGR at China XO, The Leela Palace Chennai.
The menu is incredibly detailed and includes plenty of options at starters – from seafood, chicken, lamb and pork to vegetarian options. For us, the Sichuan Chili Chicken with Peppercorns, Lantern Peppers and Green Onions was a clear winner. Speaking of the main course, we sampled the perfectly delicious Chili Lobster with Steamed Man Tau Buns and Wok Fried Garlic Flavored Seasonal Greens, which is sure to please even the most non-vegetarian in the comfort of a well-made vegetarian dish. appreciates. Speaking of comfort, their Prawns with Butter Garlic Sauce is one dish that no seafood lover would want to miss. They’re perfect to quell your cheat day cravings for something satisfying and crunchy.
Overall, China XO offers a satisfying feast with a mix of familiar and exciting flavours. If you are in or traveling to Chennai, we recommend that you dine at China XO, The Leela Palace Chennai.