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    Now a restaurant serving fusion Continental cuisine, The Beach Club promises to open as the city’s first day resort soon

    The Beach Club certainly has a great location going for it. On the not-so-polluted (yet) Neelankarai Beach Road, it’s just a quick drive away for a seaside meal or to spend a day peppered with beach walks, pool games, sun bathing and some reading. Actor, director and cinematographer, Suresh Chandra Menon has transformed an approximately 4,500 sq ft beach-facing bungalow into what he hopes will be the city’s first day resort. But for now, The Beach Club operates as a fusion Continental restaurant, with chef Anand Sankaranarayanan at the helm. Sankaranarayanan also headed the kitchen of Menon’s previous F&B project, Cornucopia.

    The tour
    We are greeted by Zorro, the boxer, on our visit for a tasting session, weeks before the restaurant’s opening (and are delighted to learn that The Beach Club is pet friendly). Nothing formal, just a small gathering of friends for a communal dinner. Luckily, someone’s late and we have time for a quick tour of the property. Walking past dining tables, we pass through a mini library and spa, before reaching the roof, where a cabana will host couples for private dinners with a view.  The whole place feels cozy, welcoming and bears testament to Menon’s talents as a cinematographer. But you may have to wait for the day resort to launch (within a month), to see for yourself.

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    Back at our communal table, the chef explains that the food here, will be on the same lines as Cornucopia, “with influences of Cajun, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine.” Dinner begins with a chilled green peas and potato soup, flavoured with crushed, fried red chillies. We lose count of starters between nibbles of grilled chicken and ricotta and cheddar-stuffed aubergine rolls. And after the Veracruz fish and lemongrass chicken, I lament at having no space left to try just one more prawn in blackbean sauce — the hit of the evening. Some of these will make it on to their a la carte menu that launches in two weeks. Till then, it’s a buffet set to the tune of waves crashing on the shore.
    Rs 600 for lunch and Rs 800 for dinner. Details: 9840867714

    Ryan Peppin

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