One of Chennai’s most popular places for everything chocolate, Sandy’s Chocolate Laboratory, will make you want to start the day with dessert and we’d say go for it! Their oh-so sinful Dark Chocolate Milkshake comes quite literally in a beaker and will have you craving for it every other week. We visited their Nungambakkam branch recently and it has managed to look the same all through these years with black chairs, white tables and a couple of high -seated chairs at the centre of the cafe) creating a simple yet classy ambience. No fluff here. But the menu had definitely amped up over time, making us love it all the more.
Their That Really Tiny Chocolate Cake 3.0 has been an obvious favourite because the cake really is anything but tiny. For INR 220, you can dig into this multi-layered chocolate cake, with rich ganache and Belgian chocolate. There’s also the Nutella Choco Bar (version 3.0) that is a hot favourite for INR 180. Although we were tempted by Can’t Make Up My Mind (we really couldn’t!) which had a brownie, cookie, and cheesecake, we decided to go with The Indie Road. This came with a half-baked chocolate chip cake topped with Gems, Kit Kat, fudge and viscous, gooey marshmallow!
If you’re in a hurry, you can even grab dessert jars to go at Sandy's. Choose from Nutella Tiramisu, Lemon Meringue, and Red Velvet to name a few. They have soups, salads, small plates, mains, burgers, and sandwiches too. For mains, we ordered the Slow Braised Belgium Pork Belly with a sweet beer caramel sauce and roasted veggies. This was a bit steep at INR 900 but the pork was cooked to perfection. Tender bits easily fell apart with the touch of the fork and that sauce was just yum!
Sandy's also has breakfast available all day. Take your pick from Eggs Benedict with ham, hash browns, waffles, and french toast. But we’d recommend starting the day with dessert because we think you’re going to love it a choco-lot!