InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is one of the world’s leading hotel companies. Located near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram, InterContinental Chennai Resort claims to be Mahabalipuram’s first luxury resort by the beach.
Located in the picturesque Bay of Bengal, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort presents a contemporary and stylish culinary experience for the new-age globetrotter. InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort offers three gourmet dining options which include The Melting Pot: Market Cafe with three live kitchens that serve the best of European, South Asian and Peninsular Indian cuisine, a Chinese Specialty Restaurant, Tao Of Peng, and Off The Hook, the soon-to-be launched beachside grill and seafood restaurant. The Gatsby Lounge allows guests to enjoy classic cocktails and more, in an ambiance inspired by the spirit of the roaring twenties and the fusion age.
An interesting concept by #ICChennai is Breakfast by the bay where you can have your breakfast at the beach after a session of yoga or a walk on the beach.
The Melting Pot: Market Cafe (North Indian, Continental, South Indian)
The all-day dining restaurant, The Melting Pot has been conceived to reflect the food and culture of people residing by the sea. The Melting Pot is a space where various cuisines meet and melt in the mouth. Facing a lotus pond, you can wish to sit outdoors or indoors, depending on the climate. The regions and people that the restaurant seeks to celebrate have been at the forefront of revolutionary ideas, yearning for the sea and the will to explore, to discover. In keeping with this theme, the eatery presents an ambiance of an effervescent traveling market with three live show kitchens, creating signature menus of European, Indian, and the South China Sea.
The team of chefs prides themselves in putting together a world-class meal experience, using only the freshest ingredients and modern presentation. The Melting Pot looks to serve buffet style meals.
I had a lovely Vegetarian Thali, and it was delicious! Wait it was lavish and sumptuous. The Thali had Mushroom kalan, Bhindakai Pulusu, Kathirikai Kuzhambu, Tomato Pappu, Tomato Rasam, Podi Maas, Cauliflower Kempu, Vegetable Korma and Payasam.
Besides the ever-changing buffets for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the most elaborate Sunday Brunch that the East Coast Road has to offer, the restaurant also presents an excellent selection of degustation menus that range from European and modern, to Indian, Asian and Continental fare.
The Chinese have always cherished exquisitely prepared, thoughtfully presented and delicious food. In China, no meeting or social gathering is considered complete without a good meal. Food remains a conduit to successful relationships and is a living metaphor that implies power and responsibility. Smart cooks have had unusual access to power throughout Chinese history.
The Tao of Peng is themed upon the following – From a historical context; it celebrates some of the underlying principles on which Chinese cooking is based. The restaurant building on the foundations as above, would seek to interpret the culinary effect of expatriation on the Chinese; specifically the incorporation of local flavors and ingredients.
The atmosphere was befitting a Chinese restaurant. Tao of Peng is a Contemporary Chinese cuisine specialty restaurant, focused on Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine, located in the Eastern Courtyard (opposite to Amrtam Spa). Tao of Peng is open for Dinner from Tuesday to Sunday from 7 pm to 11.00 pm. The last order is at 10.45pm. On Saturday and Sunday, they are open for lunch from 12.30pm to 3.00pm. The final order is at 2.45pm. Note: The Restaurant is closed on Monday.
Tao of Peng is a perfectly fine dining place. Tao of Peng is a complete Chinese restaurant that offers some innovative dishes like dim sum art and dessert art which is like a painting on a canvas with food. It offers an extensive range of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Chinese options. They serve only A La Carte, and they have some special menus curated by the Chef on special request. Tao of Peng Lounge is a fully equipped bar that offers a specialized menu of Asian- influenced cocktails and an array of international spirits.
I enjoyed my dinner at the Tao of Peng. Here is the glimpse of my menu and food!
For Salad bar – Glass noodle salad with shimaji and Dim sum art platter.
For Main Course! I tried Dan Dan noodles (farmer’s dish), Asian greens, Mapu tofu, Cantonese fried rice and Four style vegetables.
For Desserts – I tried Western dessert platter.
There’s no more prominent place to enjoy a contemporary Chinese cuisine than at Tao of Peng at InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort. Priced at INR 2000 plus taxes for vegetarian meals and INR 2500 plus taxes for non-vegetarian meals.