Chap Chay, Raintree, St. Marys Road, Alwarpet

Looks like Chennai is growing up fast. From multi-cuisine restaurants,  Chennai is slowly but surely moving towards speciality restaurants. I always thought of Chap-Chay as just another Chinese restaurant. But great reviews from many people  kindled a burning desire in me to dine here. Wolaa!  A friend's B'day treat, and we decided on the this place for an extravagant dinner.

Since we were a group of eight and the dinner only had Stir-Fry as main course, we decided on ordering some starters. Of the group of eight, two were veggies. They sat in the far end of the table, and I had no clue to what they had ordered. While the non-veggies, ordered 2 portions of Chicken Satay, 2 portions of Mixed Dimsum Basket and finally a portion of Crispy Lamb.

The Chicken Satay, I felt it was a tad dry but with the help of the sauce, it felt better. Next to be served was the Crispy Lamb. It was quite deadly. An absolute must have. Lamb lovers will rave about it for days. Finally the Mixed Dimsum Basket ! The basket comprised of Chicken Dimsum, Lamb Dimsum and finally Prawn Dimsum. Of the lot, I loved both the Chicken and the Lamb. While the prawn was nice, it just could not beat the Lamb. To quench our thirst, we ordered different mocktails. Mine was Cinnamon Iced Coffee. I am a coffee lover, this was just the way I would like a coffee mocktail. Others ordered different mocktails, but I liked mine the best!

Now coming to the Stir-Fry, unlimited main course. This is priced at Rs 699+taxes,  comprises of 12 different veggies, 7 different non-veggies ( Chicken, Chicken Sausages, Lamb, Tenderloin, Basa Fish, Red Snapper and Scallops) and 4 different noodles. Then to top that you have 3 different spice grades with 6 sauces each and you can add egg to it if you want. Wow!! Phew!!!! Its mind numbing the combinations which could be obtained by mixing them. But I would best recommend one to listen to chefs suggestion as not all sauces go well with all the meats. I had 2 rounds of the stir fry while the company settled for one. I tried one round with various veggies and snapper with Flat Rice Noodles tossed with Chili Hoisin Sauce. This was quite simply the best and for the next round I chose the same veggies and noodles but went with Chicken and Kung Pao sauce, finally asked for a dash of crispy nuts. Very different from the 1st, but great in its own right.

Since it was my friends B'day treat, the restaurant threw in B'day cake (with sparkler) which was quite enough to stuff us.

In my opinion, keep the starters to a bare minimum, try the various combinations at the Stir-Fry bar. I am pretty sure one would not become satisfied and would keep returning  for more.

The ambiance here looks like a mix of Chinese and 'Koffee With Karan Set' with a wall decked up with cups. Waiting to be autographed?

The service is simply superb, I have never experienced such an attentive bunch. Also they are not intrusive to break your privacy.

After small discount with my friend's F&B Card, the grand total was Rs10,780 for the group of eight, which works out to Rs 1400+  per person.

Food - 8/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 9/10
Price 8/10

There is also a buffet with starters, stir-fry and desserts on Sunday's for lunch priced at Rs799/-

Chap Chay is located inside Raintree, St. Mary's Road.

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