New No. 239, Old No 107 TTK Road (Opposite Samsung Showroom) Alwarpet, Chennai - 600018

044-42064442

http://www.spoonbill.co.in/

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Come to the Global Street. Come to Spoonbill. Come to Eat Drink Play.

Non - Veg Resturant

Dine-In Available

Alcohol not Served

Home Delivery

Cuisines:

Chinese, French, European, Fast Food, Indian, Street Food , Mediterranean, Mexican, German

Cost :

Rs 600 for 2 persons

Timings :

11am-11pm

Credit/Debit Cards :

Accepted

Facilities:

Air Conditioned, Take Away, Parking Available, Kids Friendly, WiFi Available, Smoking Area, Table Booking

  • on 15 Oct, 2013

    M. R. Nishanth

    Posted by Vidhya Chandrasekaran in Chennai Food Guide Facebook Group Yummy Doner Kebab Salad, Rasberry Yoghurt and Caramel Custard Crepe from Spoonbill.

  • on 25 Sep, 2013

    Swarna V Barath

    At spoonbill again, somehow never thought will get back here But the stall at the madras market made me like ti again. This time with a huge gang and kinda tried out all possible cuisines in street food. I do liked the food here this time but still have to admit hate the self service concept and the readymade juice in the fridge. Anyway love to watch the food being made. Awesomely soft parathas that my 1 year old gobbled in no time! Liked the Patata Bravas and the Piadina. The Ragda Patties were okay. The mozzerrela and jalepeno empanada was very tempting and yumm too. The Burritos were okay as always, not the best ones I have had. The Nutella pancake in the kids meal was good too. Wasnt comfy with the packaging again. Will definitely go here again to try the Sunday breakfast someday!

  • on 06 Sep, 2013

    Sharanya Sb

    Spoonbill - Visited the place thrice now and I've not been disappointed.It's not the greatest place I've been to but it's good and the food they offer is definitely worth a try.I love their Currywurst, the burrito and the crepes.The concept of European street food is pretty ambitious and they're definitely doing a good job of it.The chocolate filled cup cake is also to die for.If you want to try food with a difference, you should give this place a go!!

  • on 18 May, 2013
  • on 08 May, 2013

    Swarna V Barath

    Spoonbill is one of those innovative restaurants / cafes that crop up in the city thats either a hit or miss among foodies. Lets see there is Soup and Salad Cafe that made it through! Well the legendary Cream Centre with a multi-cuisine international theme, there was New Yorkers with similair theme, but not so much. Bombay Blue well, the biggest flop in Chennai city at least. Spoonbill is the latest talk in town for sure, street food from around the world? WOW! I made sure to take time out to try the place and I must say it wasn\'t really worth the effort. The decor is bright and inviting right from outside, although access as well as parking might be a problem on TTK road, very nice view of the traffic from the seats. The menu is divided into the country the street food is from, not much of a choice for vegetarians I should warn. It is a self service cafe, which is a little boring, but I guess its for going with the street food theme. We had Mexican Burritos and Delhi Bread Aloo Pakoda, both of which didnt impress. The French Crepe for dessert was again worth a miss. Nothing to write home about. You have fresh juice and iced tea in the fridge which you can pick up. The place is pretty expensive for the quantity of food served, with self service, each drink costs 100 bucks, even CCD right below the cafe would be a better option to have your drinks, better served, better quality and quantity at a much cheaper price. There are combos available which are pointless as they dont make your life easier in anyway, you infact pay more than the total value, I dont get the idea. Most of all, the packaging is very uncomfortable to say the least. I found it very annoying to eat the burrito as well as the crepe outa a paper wrap in a tiny plate. I think the major turn off was when the manager lady comes to u n explains what things on the menu mean, I don think people who walk in here, priding themselves to be knowledgeable foodies like to be treated like that, I mean know your audience, you can always help people who need to know. The menu is not as extensive as advertised, really people have to set the expectations right to avoid disappointing!

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  • on 05 May, 2013

    Shadir Bughari


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  • on 04 Apr, 2013

    Aarti Krishnakumar

    Strolling along a well laid out sidewalk, there are guys selling Mexican burritos, Lebanese Falafel alongside French Crepe oozing with nutella or fresh fruits & cream is the feel you get as you look at the menu in Spoonbill. This was my 2nd or 3rd visit to Spoonbill and I quite enjoy the food here. The concept is Street food, European to start with but now they have incorporated a few Indian dishes owing to demand. They also have a Sunday Morning breakfast and Daily Happy hours [ 1 for 1 offer]. There we were, a few hungry souls, most of whom had been there before, sorry, 2 of them say it was their 1st visit. Charlie came over, explained the concept, the menu, the items, and thus began the food trail in Europe. Read more on- http://aromasofkitchens.blogspot.in/2013/04/spoonbill-chennai.html

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  • on 11 Mar, 2013

    Fazil Badrudeen

    In most places in Europe and USA, whenever one needs a quick bite in between busy schedules, it is common to often end up at a street food vendor to savor some of their delicacies. But on the contrary, street food in India is always associated with tags such as unhygienic, poor man\'s food and so on. But thanks to Spoonbill, Chennai\'s first European street food outlet, we can now savor the same in a hygienic and comfortable manner. Coming to the important aspect of the restaurant, just a quick look at their kitchen work station will re-assure you of the strict quality standards that are being followed at Spoonbill. The first dish that was served for us was from the land of Germany. The famous Curry wurst was served in its chicken variant. You are provided with an option of choosing the spice flavorings from a list provided near the curry wurst station. I was recommended to go in for the Madras Spice. The curry wurst was accompanied with a Brotchen (German bread) and a portion of fries. The next on the platter was the Chicken Doner Kebab. The Doner comes sandwiched in a Turkish bread. It comes with a sumptuous filling of salad, meat and sauces, too filling for a single person to complete. The next to be savored was from the land of Mexico. A very aromatic Chicken Burrito was placed in front of me. The tortillas were super soft and the chicken flavored with the right amount of hotness. The layer of salad and re-fried bean paste along with salsa and sour cream made it a complete super dish. The burritos were accompanied by a portion of nachos with salsa, sour cream and guacamole. I had also ordered for a portion of Falafel but rather than going in for a sandwich like the doner kebab, I opted for a salad this time. The moment I took my first bite, I was transformed to my days in the Middle East. The falafels are packed with flavour and they hit your taste buds immediately. The finale was truly a mind-blowing experience. Having savored crepes at some of the best locations in Paris, I was always hesitant to try them in Chennai especially after having a disaster of sorts at an earlier outlet on Khader Nawaz Khan Road. But to give another try, I had asked for a custard filling crepe as it would help my craving of post meal desserts. The moment it was brought to my table, I was amazed as it resembled the shape of a cone. It looked yummy and gave me an instant high just by its visual appeal. Not wasting a moment, I immediately took a bite and was I not amazed. The crepe were perfectly made and the filling was just mind boggling. Not too sweet but packed with flavour, this truly was the most outstanding dish amongst all that I savored that day. Every time I keep thinking about it, I can still sense those delicious flavors. For more pictorial review of Spoonbill do check out http://www.foodinchennai.com . You can like the fanpage at http://www.foodinchennai.com while following on our twitter handle at @FoodInChennai

  • on 23 Feb, 2013

    Yeshvin Mathew

    SPOONBILL, A STREET FOOD PARADISE?? SPOONBILL-I’m afraid it dint really work for me! Saturday, Quite later than USUAL lunch time I pick up a friend from her office and decide to hit the place as I pass by the restaurant everyday on my way to work and have kept my eyes on the place for a bit. Now, Your probably wondering how in the hell is a place that is situated in the heart of our city(Ttk Road), with Subtle yet sophisticated interiors(Except for the ugly Chinese things hanging from the ceiling, And yes I do know you guys have a Chinese festival or something running) a clean show kitchen, Wifi and owners who are usually there and always smiling, and most of all, It serves Global Street Food- Yes the best of internationally acclaimed dishes from around the world in one menu..!! So we enter the place and im looking around and observing the place late afternoon with a friend and the owner is kind enough to ask me if everything was ok and I wanted something. We sit down and are handed the menu and I look straight at the meat part of the menu. Now we made up our mind that we were not going to do normal stuff, but things you don’t find too much in Chennai. Pre food and the food! The system is not new, but not common in Chennai. You place the order in the counter and are given a beeper . When your order comes to the pass, it beeps and you collect the food from the counter( Nice way to cut your labour cost!) The food: Since we were 2 of us we decided to order just 2 main courses 1)Lamb Burrito 2)Chicken Currywurst Burrito is a common Mexican main course which is a tortilla(Something like an Arabic pita bread) which is usually stuffed with rice, kidney beans, meat, salsa and Guacamole(Avacado relish) and rolled like a shawarma. Now that is a traditional Burrito,Coming to the burrito we had- the burrito was decently sized alright. But for one, had too much kidney beans in my opinion . 2)The meat is minced so fine, you can’t feel your meat. 3) Now, I’ve studied food for 4 years and work in a restaurant with food being my ways of living. I know what a good Guacomole is! Honestly, it was the only saving grace( just about)It dint really have a nice mixture of flavours though, but whatever. And finally, there was no damn rice or I couldn’t feel it. Now that’s just the first of our dish, our second dish wasn’t any better. Chicken Currywurst I think it was. They seemed like ordinary local sausages which were highly overcooked and stretchy. The sauce it came with was an absolute disaster. Apart from being a bit too sweet as well. Pricing: Non veg dishes are priced around 250 average. Our bill came to 590. That is pretty reasonable pricing but the food was slightly below par. The bill also includes one of our main-course’s being converted into a meal which is an additional drink + fries. Do note the place has wifi and is comfortable to sit and really clean. Also if you end up going on a weekday between 3pm-6pm you get to pay for only one maincourse and get the second free!(pretty decent) Verdict: A neat place with a kick ass menu. The two dishes I had were a bit of a let-down. May be there Turkish donor and Chinese food that they have for the festival is better. It’s a relatively new place and I think we can cut them some slack. May be if I have the courage I’ll go again and try something different on the menu. Restaurant’s always have their good days and bad. It’s a place that usually gets decent reviews so im not going to play it down as doomed. Will go back and give it another shot and write a new review right after that. Kudos to the management. I’m sure you are working your ass off! C u sometime soon?!:) http://thetravellingfoodjunkie.blogspot.in/

  • on 20 Feb, 2013

    ChennaiFoodie aka Doc Waz

    I really liked it the two times I went. A snapshot of my experience..... http://www.chennaifoodie.com/2012/06/spoonbill.html

  • on 14 Jan, 2013

    Nishanth Radhakrishnan

    Shadir Bughari - Chennai Soru : Spoonbill, Alwarpet http://chennaisoru.blogspot.in/2012/08/spoonbill-alwarpet.html

  • on 19 Mar, 2013

    M. R. Nishanth

    Dinner at the new street food joint in Alwarpet - Spoonbill on TTK Road. With Fazil had Chicken Doner Kebab, Chicken Currywurst, Chicken Burritto, Nachos with Guacamole, Falafel Salad & Cone shaped Caramel Custard Crepe. Living through the Street Foods of Europe & America. Stuffy portion sizes & authentic taste. Yes, customers could find items on the menu to be a little pricey yes but for the quantity & quality plus the variety of street food on offer its worth it I the money spend I say. Also a relief from the usual coffee shops & bakery outlets in the city. Also one of the restaurants in Chennai city that has taken the lead with technology support - impressed! And yes must add - if you want to try out the half a dozen plus cuisines & a dozen plus items on the menu ; gather your friends and head to Spoonbill during Happy Hours only on weekdays 3-6pm & indulge. Looking forward to trying out the Sunday breakfast Menu soon.


Spoonbill!!! Isn’t that a really fancy bird? But what is a spoonbill doing in a bustling city like Chennai. Well for those of you lost in your thoughts, the Spoonbill that was spotted on TTK Road, Alwarpet is not a birdie. It is an amazing initiative undertaken by Street Food lover Charlie to bring authentic street food from Europe to namma Chennai. Still confused at the name of the restaurant or assuming it is named so because of the spoon shaped mouth of the bird. Well you got it half right but the exact reasoning behind the name is owing to the fact that Spoonbill’s are predominantly habituated in Europe but migrate ever year travelling across vast lands to our very own Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary located close to Chennai. It is this similarity and Charlie’s passion for ****************** (Bird watching) that the bird’s name shares with the restaurant. Charlie has taken meticulous effort and risk in bringing the same authentic taste of European street foods to patrons in Chennai a task akin to migration of birds. Having traversed the globe, Charlie has always had an immense liking to street foods available in European countries. In most countries in Europe, street food is a concept rather than a class of restaurant. Whenever one needs a quick bite in between busy schedules, you often end up at a street food vendor to savour some of their delicacies. But on the contrary, street food in India is always associated with tags such as unhygienic, poor man’s food and so on. Noticing a gap in this segment in Chennai, Charlie’s goal was to serve authentic street food to Chennaite’s in a hygienic and ambient setting. Thus was born the reasoning for starting Spoonbill. But street food is not something that is restricted to a few varieties. In fact when Charlie began channelizing his thoughts, he had a list of 300-350 items that he wanted to introduce. When it came to logistics of operations, his thoughts had to take a beating. With difficulty in sourcing ingredients that go into making these many varieties, Charlie had to re-evaluate his intentions and finally decided to reduce the total number of items in his offering. Thus was born in 2012, Chennai’s first European street food outlet ‘Spoonbill’. Spoonbill is a spacious 40 seater restaurant with a Resto-Café ambiance and with Wi-Fi to keep you occupied during your dining experience. Spoonbill also offers an unobtrusive dining experience similar to that one will enjoy in Europe where you get to experience first-hand how your meal is being prepared. They are also into outdoor catering for parties where you would like to have the taste of some authentic European street food. Coming to the important aspect of the restaurant, just a quick look at their kitchen work station will re-assure you of the strict quality standards that are being followed at Spoonbill. The first dish that was crafted for us was from the land of Germany. The famous Currywurst was served in its chicken variant. You are provided with an option of choosing the flavorings from a list provided near the Currywurst station. I was recommended to go for the Madras Spice. Charlie enlightened me with the knowledge that the particular spice that he recommended is called ‘Madras’ not because of the city. In fact the original street vendors in Germany too call this combination of spice as ‘Madras’ and it is this that provides you with the authenticity. The curry that goes in is usually put to cook for close to 24 hours before the true flavor can be obtained. The next on the platter was the Chicken Doner Kebab. The Doner Kebab, an all-time personal favorite is the most commonly had street food just not in Europe but indeed all across the world. Doner Kebab is very similar to the Shawarma and Gyros. In fact except for a little difference in the preparation, they are mostly identical. Again depending on where you have them the presentation can vary. For example in the Middle East it is usually rolled in a sort of Pita bread known as Kuboos, in Greece it is filled in Pita pockets, in a few other countries it is served in the form of a sandwich. For those seeking it out in Spoonbill, the Doner comes sandwiched in a Turkish bread. It comes with a sumptuous filling of salad, meat and sauces, too filling for a single person to complete. Taking a break in between the tastings, I ventured out to find out what are their offerings in the beverages department. I was amazed to see that tea at Spoonbill is prepared in almost the same way most of us do it at home and yet more wonderful is it gets done right in front of you. True street style on a stove. Besides different varieties of Tea and Coffee, Spoonbill also has an assorted variety of soda drinks and their own FroYo. They have wonderful monstrous muffins to accompany the hot beverages. These are probably the biggest muffins I’d ever see till date being served in a Resto-Café. With the short break taken, the next on the table was from the land of Mexico. A very aromatic Chicken Burrito was placed in front of me. Already being stuffed with the portions of currywurst and doner kebab, I had to honestly accede to the fact that I can only have a few bites of the burrito. Good for me, Nishanth of Chennai Food Guide accompanied me for the feature and requested him to share the same with me. The Tortillas were super soft and the chicken were perfected to the Tex mex flavor. The layer of salad and bean paste made it a complete super dish. The burritos were accompanied by a portion of nachos with salsa, sour cream and guacamole. Being a major fan of Falafels and to give a fair judgement to my vegetable loving friends, I ordered for a portion of Falafel but rather than going in for a sandwich like the doner kebab, I opted for a salad this time. The moment I took my first bite, I was transformed to my days in the Middle East. The Falafels are packed with flavor and they hit your taste buds immediately. The finale was truly a mind-blowing experience. Being a sugar-addict, it is mandatory for me to have a sweet ending to any meal. While scanning through the menu, Charlie asked if he could give me a suggestion. He asked me to try their crepe. Having savoured crepes at possibly the best locations in Paris, I was always hesitant to try them in Chennai. But on Charlie’s insistence I decided to give a try once again. I had asked for a custard filling crepe as it would help my craving of post meal desserts. The moment it was brought to my table, I was amazed as it resembled the shape of a cone. It looked yummy and gave me an instant high just by its visual appeal. Not wasting a moment, I immediately took a bite and was I not amazed. The crepe were perfectly made and the filling was just mind boggling. Not too sweet but packed with flavor, this truly was the most outstanding dish among-st all that I savored that day. Every time I keep thinking about it, I can still sense those delicious flavors. Being a self-service restaurant, Spoonbill has introduced an innovative technology in their ordering system which is prevalent in many eateries in Europe and the USA. They have a paging system that alerts the customers once their order is ready so that they can go and collect the same. “This helps resolve a lot of problems as the customer is not disturbed nor is his/her name/token number yelled out which can be embarrassing at times”, says Charlie. Spoonbill is open from 11 am to 11 pm and has a European themed breakfast on Sunday’s during which they open at 9 am. Also they have a fantastic Happy Hour offer running between 3 pm and 6 pm when the customer may order any item equaling to their bill amount. They are also provided with a free Wi-Fi password which can be utilized during their time at Spoonbill. Most of the items in their menu can be upgraded to a full meal by paying Rs 80 extra which will provide them with a drink and a portion of fries. Spoonbill is located on TTK Road, Alwarpet and has free parking too. Written by Fazil Badrudeen : http://foodinchennai.com