The Basera Hotel on the ECR Road in Chennai is a nice spot for spending some time. More than the food, I liked the natural ambience. It is a great place to hang out with family.
For corporate teams on the OMR or ECR roads looking for a three hour break over lunch, this is the right spot. I spent a long time in the greenery. I also consciously kept looking at distant objects up in the trees to soothen my eyes, as IT professionals are more used to giving their eyes a laptop or personal computer treatment most of the time.
Food is also really good. The only incovenience I felt was that the charcoal burners kept on each table were too close to the seats and it radiated heat.
Food is also served outside in the green or even atop the thatched houses.
You don't have to worry about the rains as the seats and tables are well arranged under huge beach umbrellas.
I spent a lot of time around this pond cooling my strained eyes.
Sitting in a well managed hut within the city's boundaries gives a good feel with greenery around.