May 30, 2011

Shiraz Art Cafe : "From Persia With Love"

     This weekend, we drove to the Cholamandalam Artists Village at East Coast Road, Chennai. Located amidst the sculpture garden in the Artists village, one cannot miss Shiraz café with it's bright yellow and white exterior and  tall French windows. The café is run by Nasrin  – a charming and friendly lady and her husband Farhad, who are from Iran and have been in India for over 30 years– While Farhad takes care of their art workshop through the week, Nasrin cooks some of the delicacies herself and plays the perfect hostess. The café is named “Shiraz” after a place in Iran which is known as the “the poetic capital of Persia” and is known for its famous poets and many gardens.

     As you enter the café, you can’t help yourself admiring the simple and welcoming décor that adds to the warm and homely feel in the atmosphere. The striking yellow wall paper with its mosaic like pattern, little objects of interest, the fresh flower arrangements, the shelves adorned with crockery and soft music flowing in the back ground set the scene. The couples’ love for glass and artwork is evident from the various paintings and stained glass paintings tucked in the place - the brilliant stained glass works are done by Nasrin’s husband Farhad himself …!!

     The relaxed and laid-back setup of the café, the reasonably priced lip-smacking food and the hospitality and service extended by Nasrin makes this café a perfect place where one can chill out on a lazy Sunday afternoon with family and friends and devour on unique Iranian flavors …. !! 

 Love this table center-piece...
 Love the way the reflection of the objects are seen on the table-top..
 Art-works done by Nasrin on display ...
Even the simplest of objects can add a boost to the decor...  
A Russian Samovar, a tea-set and other interesting curios.... 
Yummy Cakes waiting to be served....
How stunning is the glass work on the wall ...?!?!  
 The tall door-sized stained glass work is done by Nasrin and
her husband .... Awesome isn't it ?
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     If you are in chennai or planning to visit chennai some time, then this cafe is a 'must visit place' - I would highly recommend this ...- itz' a sure feast to your eyes and your taste buds... !!And if you visit the place ,don’t forget to feast on Nasrin’s sugarcane sorbet laced with tulsi seeds and her rosewater cakes… they taste like homemade cakes and are yumm….delicious and ... heavenly ..!!!

     In short, this place is definitely worth many visits… and I am looking forward for a leisurely lunch there very soon…. ;-) ...!!

I am linking this post to the Weekend Wrap Up - 33 at Colours Dekor .


  1. This place looks lovely and the stained glass is amazing!

  2. An interesting one! Hmm, on my next visit to Chennai.... :)

  3. Beautiful pictures Emreen! Would love to visit this place sometime :) Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I would definitely be drawn towards the lovely yellow exterior...and the inside is as charming. Thanks for sharing this, Emreen!

  5. I love your blog! Beautiful photos. I am inspired to visit Chennai and this charming place.

  6. wow.. what a fantastic place!!! love all the beautiful curated items and the lovely decor!!!!

  7. @Sonia,@homestilo : Thanks a lot for the lovely comments ..
    @Ambika,@Sulagna,@Simran : Do visit the place when you come to chennai, You will definitely not be disappointed.
    @Designwali : Thanks a lot.. !!
    @Neah : yeah,,,The yellow looks great... isn't it...The wall paper s a charming yellow...and the mosaic effect s just awesome... The photos have not done enough justice to the place ...!!
    @Kalpana: Thank You, THanks for dropping by...and the sweet comment.. Am glad that you like my blog...!!
    @Purnima : Thanks, Do drop by whenever you get time ;-) ;-)

  8. God a different blog here I can see, your pic and the cafe environment is took my heart away, beaaaaaaaaaaaaautiful, if anytime I will go Chennai I must visit this place.

  9. beautiful pics ... thank you for visiting mu blog..:)

  10. this looks and sounds like such a beautiful place,the stained glass door and painting is simply stunning so nice of u to share such about this lovely place.

  11. the tea cups,ambience such an interesting place to hangout...sure will visit this art cafe to indulge the taste with art...

  12. I really enjoyed my visit here. You have such beautiful photos.

  13. Wow Emreen. Everything is beautiful! I wish I had known about The Dune when I went to Pondicherry. We stayed in one of the old houses and that was a lovely experience. I missed the Cholamandalam village as one of the kids was unwell. Thanks for showcasing this wonderful place. Sometime :)



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