The first step of any travel starts from a time zone. And ours started from 12.9754° N, 80.1901° E – the latitude and the longitude of Nanganallur, making this our food destination. Hence, the name 80 Degrees East — To bring the best of the world onto one plate and one place.
Be it pastas and pizzas from Italy, nachos from Mexico, burgers from Vegas and the Ramen from Asia, – We leave no stone unturned to get the best bite of every place. They narrate stories in depth about the place, its history, the kind of staple that locals eat and also the spices used.
There is nothing more perfect that good travel and great food. We’ve all been on our share of journeys and undoubtedly our fondest memories most of the time have been food. Celebrating this for the very first time in Chennai is “80 Degrees East – The Food Grid”, a travel themed cafe that serves Italian and Continental Cuisine. Food lovers are now in for a treat with delicacies that are stars of their own grid and geography. But. we’re bringing it all for you at one grid.
Our travel themed interiors will inspire you to grab your bag and hit the road. We have brought together an assortment of some of the most popular dishes from all over and curated a menu, that is more like a bistro and also a cafe.
We have put a lot of thought into creating an ambience that is a testament to people who have travelled at length across the globe, just for their sheer love for food. Several food bloggers have been very instrumental is opening up an avenue of a culture for the rest of the world. Else, who’d know that French Fries are from Belgium!
Subtle elements have been incorporated into this place, to give one the “touristy” feel. 80 Degrees East welcomes you with a string of aesthetic Tibetan prayer flags, taking you to the beautiful valleys of Leh, Ladakh or the Himalayas. A compass hung at the entrance is symbolic of all those bit by the wanderlust. Calling for attention next are the walls of the cafe. Adorned with posters to share anecdotes of super chefs, who’ve discovered their passion for cooking while on travel. Then you’re drawn into the beautiful, vintage wall clocks, that each represent the time zone of a different country. What comes up next is our quirky, 3D counter of cement blocks that reminds of a typical tea stall by the highway.
What’s our favourite? Well, our feedback wall. Made of jute ropes, this wall represents adventure, ropeways and bridges, that we often encounter on our trips. We’ve had loads of love pouring in.