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“Stir fry Thai restaurant”
Review of Chap Chay

Chap Chay
Ranked #981 of 6,993 Restaurants in Chennai (Madras)
Price range: US$15 - US$20
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Buffet, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Alwarpet
Description: Chap chay our do-it-yourself stir fry station, the first in Chennai, lets you be your own chef. You can get your stir fries made just the Way you want. Try the adventurous wok-through or pick from an Exciting ala carte menu of Asian recipes mastered by our chefs.
Reviewed January 30, 2018 via mobile

I recently had dinner at this amazing Thai restaurant that is located in the basement of the Raintree Hotel on St Mary's Road.Their speciality is Stir Fry cooking with you picking the ingredients and you select the sauce and the Chef cooks it for you.

Thank jayashreee2017
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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

We almost missed eating here as we were staying at the Raintree Hotel and by accident took the elevator to the ground floor and say thus nice inviting restaurant. The food was wonderful. We tried the chap Chay meal and were thrilled with the good freshness, variety and taste. I was able to have the chef make 3 separate stir fry meals and each was delicious. The staff were professional and genuinely interested in customer satisfaction. This would be a restaurant we would return to. Recommend highly and without reservation.

Thank Mountainmann
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Reviewed January 2, 2018

We were there for a family dinner. Food was good and so was the service. The issue was with acoustics.
The table next to ours was very noisy and it was a major irritant which marred our dinner. The restaurants should consider good acoustics while designing.

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Thank fivestarholidays
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SamySakthivelGM, General Manager at Chap Chay, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Dear Guest,

Vanakkam ! !

I personally thank you for choosing Chap Chay at The RAINTREE ST. MARYS ROAD, Chennai for your dining and also taking your valuable time for sharing your feedback on Tripadvisor.

I also thank you for appreciating our service and Ambiance. All your appreciations will be passed to our staff who will be very happy and we will strive to make every effort to make all our guests happy. I have noted your feedback about acoustics and we will do the needful.

I once again thank you for taking your valuable time to rate us excellent in Tripadvisor

We look forward to welcome you soon at The Raintree St. Marys Road, Chennai.

Regards,

Samy Sakthivel
General Manager
GM.Stmarys@raintreehotels.com

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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

I am a fan of Asian food! I was excited the minute I knew I stood a chance to visit Chap Chay, a legendary Chinese restaurant in the city.

Ambience

The restaurant is located at Raintree hotel on St Mary’s road. As soon as you enter the hotel, the restaurant is on the basement 1. You can either take the stairs or take the lift (if you are that lazy to walk less than 10 stairs).

When you enter the restaurant you will travel beyond borders The interiors, cutlery, the music - they all take you to a traditional dining set up in China.

Food

We started a meal with jasmine tea ☕️. Thats nothing like the happiness when you see a jasmine flower beautifully bloom inside the tea pot. The hot tea infused with the jasmine flavour is a palette cleanser and is a great start to the meal.

Next comes garlic crackers (or shrimps variation) which are made up of rice flour and horizontally sliced fresh vegetables (carrots and cucumbers) with two different dips.

It is a Chinese tradition to serve the tea and these as soon your guests sit down to eat!

Soup

1. Spicy minced seafood soup - Thick seafood soup with minced prawn and fish. A drop of soy sauce enhances the taste of your soup! Must order for all the seafood lovers!

Dimsum

Starch is an important element in a Chinese meal. And they came with their brilliant creations, the dimsums! These are made in different shapes and with different filling. These are few dimsums which we tried.

Vegetarian

1. Worif - This dumpling is made with Edamame and cheese. Edamame bean are whole immature soy bean or soy bean in a pod. The bean is widely used in South East Asian dishes. This tastes close to our green peas. The soy beans are boiled, mashed and mixed with cheese. You can taste the fresh ingredients when you take a bite. Weight watchers and health food addicts must give this a try!

2. Szechwan vegetable dimsum - Dimsum made with assorted vegetables are soaked in Szechwan mix and cut into fine pieces before being shaped as dumplings.

3. Crystal dimsum - Shitake and enoki mushrooms are tossed with bean sprouts and shaped into dimsums. The specialty of these dimsums are they have a red color on the top, which comes from beet root juice added to the dough.

Non-vegetarian

1. Prawn kargau - dimsums are packed with juicy prawns tossed with ginger and garlic.

2. Scallops and fish pot sticker - This is a rare dimsum which you don’t find in the city. Dimsums with scallops, bamboo shoots and sesame! It tastes a little bland and is best eaten with the dips.

Appetisers

Vegetarian

1. Crispy Thai lotus roots - My favourite dish from the lot! The lotus roots were not bitter (I wonder how?) and were crispy. But as you take a bite and start chewing them, you realise they are extremely soft! I loved the mix of spices and sauces added to this dish! Bang on! Party in your mouth!

2. Chew shi- Not your usual cheese balls ! Cheese is shaped into balls and batter fried. These are tossed with garlic, ginger, crushed pepper and scallion. Hot and crispy cheese balls with cheese oozing out as you take a bite. Best eaten while it’s hot!

Non-vegetarian

1. Issan chicken satay - Chicken marinated with coriander and grilled in skewers. The chicken skewers are places on a huge piece of pineapple and come with a tamarind and peanut .
2. Mala prawn - Mala sauce is a traditional Chinese sauce made with Sichuanese peppercorns, chilli pepper and various spices simmered in oil. When the fresh and juice jumbo prawns are wok tossed in this sauce, they absorb the flavour of the sauce!

Main course

Vegetarian
1. Shiitake mushrooms with bok choy and crushed black pepper - Shiitake mushrooms are usually hard and dried before cooking. However the chef adds fresh mushrooms so they tend to become little chewy. However they go well with the crunchy bok choy (Chinese cabbage). Best eaten with fried rice or noodles. The dish isn’t too spicy with its subtle flavours.

Non-vegetarian

1. Gaeng Kiew Wan Kai with jasmine rice- Chicken in Thai green curry! Everyone who goes to Chap Chay must order this dish! The taste of the lemon grass, galangal and basil along with the flavour of the chicken, mixed with hot jasmine rice is out of the world!

2. Cha Choi Fish - Again a dish for weight watchers! Fresh basa fish is skinned and tossed with pickled vegetables which are soaked with vinegar and chilli. This gravy looked bland due to the semitransparent color. However the pickled vegetables added to the curry gives it the exact punch that you need. The fish is not batter fried and is super fresh! Tastes really nice when it soaks up the flavours from the curry.

3. Koi Toy Phad Kee Mao - To begin with, this is a very simple dish. So our chef has thought about us, the health conscious people. He’s come up with this dish made with flat rice noodles, which is easy to digest and is lighter than those noodles which are made with maida. The noodles are tossed with chefs secret sauces. You can add your favourite meat as well.

Desserts

1. Chocolate lava cake with green tea icecream - Can your dessert get more elegant? Chocolate cake with chocolate sauce oozing out. The lava cake is accompanied by matcha icecream (green tea icecream) which is topped with a slice of strawberry . You also have a piece of white chocolate . The chef has played with different textures in this dish. Eating this dish was such a fun experience.
P. S. If you are a photo buff make sure you click a picture quickly because the chocolate sauce inside the cake hardens quickly. You would then miss the original taste of the dish!

2. Tab Tim Gorb - The Thai dish is traditionally spelt as ‘Thapthim krop’. The dessert is made with Coconut milk flavoured with sweet pandan leaves. Cubes of water chestnuts are soaked in rose syrup which appears as ‘rubies’. These rubies add then dusted with tapioca flour and quickly boiled in hot water (for a count of 10) and added to cold water. This process makes the rubies float when they are added to the cold coconut milk. The creamy coconut milk along with the crunchy water chestnuts is a simple dish but tastes very rich (healthy also)!

1  Thank nithyalakshmisundar
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SamySakthivelGM, General Manager at Chap Chay, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

Dear Nithya,

Vanakkam ! !

I personally thank you for choosing Chap Chay at The RAINTREE ST. MARYS ROAD, Chennai for your dining and also taking your valuable time for sharing your feedback on Tripadvisor.

I also thank you for appreciating our service and Ambiance. All your appreciations will be passed to our staff who will be very happy and we will strive to make every effort to make all our guests happy.

We look forward to welcome you soon at The Raintree St. Marys Road, Chennai.

Regards,

Samy Sakthivel
General Manager
GM.Stmarys@raintreehotels.com

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Reviewed December 11, 2017 via mobile

This is the smaller of the 2 Raintree St Marys restaurants and is very popular. The food is delicious but also fun as you choose your ingredients which are prepared ready for stir frying, you also choose the sauce and it is then cooked for you in the open plan kitchen. For desert I had fried ice cream which was very good.

Thank SheilaLM
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