Amethyst Wild Garden Cafe
Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai-600 014
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...