Up North

Atop the Raintree Hotel on Chennai’s Anna Salai is a really special place to enjoy some Punjabi khana.

Up North kitchen

I first went to Up North in 2011 and immediately fell in love with the surroundings. It was a hot monsoonal night, and the city seemed to hum beneath us as we tucked into some delicious, quality food.

Up North restaurant

Since then I have returned several times, most notably with my parents during the Diwali of 2012 as fireworks exploded all around us. I visited a few months ago and the service and food hadn’t changed – it was still top notch.

Pappad and chutney

All meals begin with spicy pappad with a variety of chutneys, which for me were then followed by my favourite entree at the restaurant, Multani tikkey paneer kebabs.

Paneer tikka kebab

I love Punjabi-style fish, and so the main was a foregone conclusion; Patialashahi Machchi, fish in tangy, semi-sweet tomato gravy.

Patialashahi Machchi

And it didn’t disappoint. In addition to the delicious, lip-smacking food options, the service is phenomenal and the presentation impressive. Arrowhead-shaped plates are swapped, spun and replaced before me, creating a fascinating tapestry of courses.

Up north spread

Desserts are also important, and Up North does them well – gulab jamun is a specialty (and a favourite of mine), but their kulfi is really special too – served iceberg-style in a vast bath of creamy goodness.

(Image: Sarah Siraj, Zomato)

(Image: Sarah Siraj, Zomato)

Up North is one of my favourite places to eat out in Chennai, and the service, food and setting all justify the not-so-cheap prices. I’m already dreaming of my next visit to Up North…

Up North


Food: 9/10

Ambience: 10/10

Service: 9/10

Cost: Mains Rs. 500 – Rs. 800

The Raintree, 636 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai

(044) 30853633


Daily: 7pm – 11:30m

Comments (10)

  • Andrew Reply

    looks pretty darned good!

    October 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      It was sooo good – a real highlight of my most recent trip there 🙂

      October 22, 2015 at 11:22 pm
  • veena Reply

    looks like a great place — and that kulfi looks especially delicious!

    October 22, 2015 at 5:09 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      I love kulfi, but they simply know how to jazz it up right – sooooo tasty!!

      October 22, 2015 at 11:23 pm
  • Anna @ shenANNAgans Reply

    Love me an open kitchen and phallic shaped foods #kidding
    Looks a lovely spot for a feed, and the plates are great too. Gone are the days that food is served on a boring old round plate.

    October 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Why kidding? :p

      But yes, it’s a great place to eat, and the plates are pretty awesome. And the food… oh the food…

      October 26, 2015 at 9:09 am
  • Agness Reply

    Tim, it really looks like a nice place to dine out. Especially when you go for a fancy dinner with friends! 🙂

    October 30, 2015 at 8:11 am
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Yup – fancy dinner with friends, or with someone special 😀 It’s not cheap, but it’s definitely worth the splurge 🙂

      November 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm
  • Adam @ Round the world we go Reply

    How tasty does that look! 😀

    November 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      It was soooooo good!!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      November 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm

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