21 January, 2021

Toast In The Garden

A cafe that feels like home.

Toast In The Garden

Amethyst Wild Garden Cafe
Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai-600 014
Phone: 64993634
Meal for two:?Rs 2,000

When Kiran Rao, Chennai’s favourite conservationist, pic­ked upon a derelict backyard on a busy commercial hub to recreate the Amethyst Cafe, no one believed she could swing it. The first Ame­thyst was built aro­und a restored mansion. When it fell to the developers’ wrecking ball, Kiran took on the challe­nge of transforming a ser­ies of sheds and disused godowns into a new vers­ion. She raised a first floor with a high-pitched roof, flooding the area with light, while a long verandah runs along the front and sides of the building like a planter’s bungalow overlooking the garden.

The menu at the cafe is bright, fresh and seasonal. The soup of the day, for ins­tance, is Green Peas and Mint (Rs 225). The salad might be a combination of Camembert and pears when it’s in season, or prunes and figs (Rs 345). For a light meal there’s a...



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