“I Wanna be Loved by You”

16 Jan

The ever so talented Tanvi Shah has sung a beautiful cover of the classic “I wanna be loved by you”, and recorded parts of her fabulous music video at none other that Chamiers! Look out for scenes in our cosy cafe and on our staircase made famous by sketches on the wall.
The song, written by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby, with lyrics by Bert Kalmar, is one of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous musical performances from Billy Wilder’s classic “Some Like It Hot.”

Reinventing Tradition

7 Oct

Gulmohar is a young new label with a vision to responsibly create clothing that is handcrafted, high quality, beautiful and elegant. With Gulmohara focus on natural fabrics, quality craftsmanship, responsible and sustainable business practices, Gulmohar aims to preserve the legacy of Indian textile art in all its glory, making natural fabrics and traditional craftsmanship viable again

Every Gulmohar garment is a tribute to old world charm and in the same breath an ode to the cosmopolitan woman of today. A deep appreciation of fabric art is combined with an understanding of body types, modern lifestyles and fashion trends. Gulmohar 3

Inspired by the traditional block prints of Rajasthan, Gulmohar combines traditional motifs with elegant silhouettes, in tops, tunics, dresses, skirts, jackets, sarees, stoles,. With the finest techniques, every Gulmohar outfit is designed for comfort. The clothing is a celebration of fabrics, from soft cottons, delicate muls and wrinkled voiles to natural khadi and crisp linen. Gulmohar recently showcased at Chamiers again, introducing a  line of home linen including bed covers and dohars, in addition to garments.

Don’t miss Gulmohar at Chamiers on October 10 & 11, 2014!

Tia Pakhi: Kantha with a French Twist

6 Aug

Anais Basu is a designer of French origin, who has made Kolkata her home. Her label Tia Pakhi, a collection of home linen, clothes and accessories with kantha embroidery, recently showcased at The Amethyst Room at Chamiers, the first time in Chennai. The vibrantly coloured cushions and throws, funky spectacles and iPad cases, as well as her range of adorable children’s clothes with intricate kantha work were a hit at the store. Anais, who speaks Bengali almost as fluently as she does French, discussed her life as a designer in India with Chatterati…

Continue reading

A first timer at Chamiers

19 May

A blogger writes about two days in Chennai with her family and her post features Chamiers with some beautiful photographs! Read the original post at : http://chuzailiving.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/how-to-spend-two-days-chennai-tamil-nadu-india/


CHAMIERS CAFE was like an Oasis to me after a visit at the Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Kids were thirsty and needed to be fed. Chamiers is a life-style store with Anokhi‘s line of clothing and furnishing. It also has a section with a range of jewelry, craft and home decor. Chamiers Cafe is located above Anokhishop. In case you are not familiar, Anokhi is one of the very popular fashion brands from India. I have heard about Anokhi from my Japanese friend who lives in Mumbai, but I have yet to try Anokhi store there. I was glad to have a chance to visit Anokhi in Chennai, though!

Eco Cafe Chamiers

Chennai 201326

Chennai 201327

Chennai 201328

Chennai 201329

Eco Cafe Chamiers-10

Chennai 201330

Chennai 201331

106 Chamiers Road, R A Puram,
Chennai – 600028
Shop: 044 24311495
Cafe: 044 42030734
Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Open 7 days a week
Email: chamiershop@gmail.com
Blog | Home Page | Facebook

This is outside of the jewelry shop of Chamiers. There are so many lovely items sold inside the shop!
Eco Cafe Chamiers-15

Breakfast at Cafe Chamiers – a Review

5 May

Breakfast at Cafe Chamiers – a Review

A blogger writes about breakfasting at our cafe. Read on, and then drop by for scrumptious waffles, omlettes and some of the best coffee in town….
(Link: http://birthdaydessertideas.blogspot.in/2013/06/breakfast-at-eco-cafe-anokhi-chennai.html)

Breakfast with a friend and her friend was what that saturday morning was dedicated to. This friend Ar, had a friend As visiting her from the Middle east and woven within the tour of Chennai was this Breakfast! I was the first one to reach Eco Cafe [ Anokhi] on Chamiers Road. The other gals landed within a few minutes and after a brief spell of introductions, we got down to business- ordering breakfast.

Ar & I ordered for a masala omelet with egg whites, As ordered one with both white & yellow and we also went ahead and ordered for some waffles. The waiter told us they had waffles with cheese & jalapenos only. And we also ordered coffee and iced teas.

I love Eco Cafe- it is one of those quiet places where you can sit and sip on a hot chocolate, read a book or do some work [free wi-fi]. There is no TV blaring or music screaming in your ears. Infact, that particular morning the music couldnt have been better- it was Jazz and all the legends were featured~! 🙂

Soon, our drinks arrived following which came the food. The table was too small for the dishes and so we requested them to hold the waffles till we were done with the omelets. The omelets were served alongside toasted bread accompanied with butter and jam.



It was divine. We had the toast with butter & jam, with omelet and along with the conversations the food and time also swept by. The waffles then landed on the table and we were amazed at their size. They were huge. We knew then that here-forth we shall order one waffle and share it. We were able to eat only 1, packed the other for later.
Before we knew it, it was nearly noon and Ar had to go pick her son up from school. Spent a few minutes browsing through the store upstairs and one on ground floor and scooted from there. There are very few places in Chennai where you get this kind of food and ambiance. Totally worth the money you shell out.
They have quite an elaborate menu to choose from, so indulge!
Breakfast worked out to Rs450 per pax.
Food- 9.75/10 [waffles had gotten cold by the time we got them]
Service- 10/10 [very attentive and prompt]

Celebrating Madras by Sushila Ravindranath

22 Aug

Image Sushila Ravindranath is a city-based journalist.

It is August and is that time of the year to celebrate Madras Week. What started as a daylong event nine years ago has now spread over a month. Why do we need to celebrate Chennai? “We have it all… the Railways, roads, the museum, the Medical College. Yes, the Cholas and the Pallavas began it, and the British, Dutch and the Danes contributed. But today, all that belongs to us. As citizens of Chennai we have to take pride in all that is Chennai today and try to maintain what remains. After all Madras is the pioneer of modern India,” says S Muthiah Chennai’s own chronicler.

The founding day of Madras is considered to be August 22, 1639. It was on that day, in that year, that a sliver of land, where Fort. St. George stands today, was acquired by the by the East India Company. It is believed that this deal was made on August 22, 1639.Today, Chennai stands tall for a variety of reasons. Education, healthcare, IT, history, tourism, auto industries, movies, etc. And yes, it also has its warts.

Madras Day celebrates the city. Continue reading

Get Size Wise with Dr Sheela Nambiar

25 Jul

photo (9)

Dr Sheela Nambiar is a gynecologist whose interest in fitness grew after she interacted with women from all walks of life in her medical practice and realised that their lack of fitness, poor eating habits and obesity often impeded their quality of life. She trained as a Fitness & Lifestyle Consultant – and now runs a program called Training for Life, making a difference in women’s lives. She has been writing a fitness column in The Hindu’s Sunday Magazine for the last ten years.

My book, GET SIZE WISE, was published recently. The launch was held at Amethyst on Whites Road, Chennai, a sister concern of Chamiers. The warmth and ambience of these two places are very similar. I absolutely enjoy them both, depending on which part of town one wants to be in. Ideal, for a brunch with a friend or a chit chat over coffee. I find even quick business meetings are possible. The informal yet classy atmosphere is ideal when you want to have a semi-formal meeting with none of the stress associated with ‘meeting at work’. Continue reading

The Magic of Romance by Chitra Mahesh

23 Apr

Chitra Mahesh

Just recently Full Circle played host to what people think of romance – does it rule lives? Does it make people better? And does it exist at all, given the hurly burly of life and this fast paced era with no patience and compassion? This came about ostensibly as a book launch of a breezy version of the ‘desi’ romance – when Seema will fall in love with Ajit and a Sita who will probably not be like the proverbial Sita in the Ramayana. But that is an entirely different story.

Continue reading

Portuguese food in Macau

30 Dec


Sanjay Matta, is a freelance Chef specializing in French Cuisine. Having got his Diploma in “The Chef Course and Culinary Arts” at Institut de Formation (INFA), Chantilly, (France), he has been a consultant chef for Dune Beach Eco Hotel in Pondicherry, 10 Downing street pub & restaurant in Chennai to name a few.

I was in Macau last week on a culinary tour to the region and was being introduced to the food there. The locals are very proud of their heritage and rich influences from their colonial past. I was recalling that this is much the same as at home, where our food has been so much influenced by our colonists that we don’t realize how much. Much of the food that we eat today has its roots in the colonization of the “new world” during the 17th to 19th century. Along with trade and commerce an inter-mingling of culture and architecture was in process. Food habits were evolving thick and fast. Continue reading

Murphy’s Laws of Moving

30 Dec

Kalpana Aswath

Kalpana Aswath manages the Santa Fe India Pvt. Ltd. Office at Chennai, a team dedicated to helping families and individuals with every aspect of the relocation process. Here are her and Kamini Murthy’s helpful tips for those moving to India:

Murphy’s Laws of Moving

1. No matter how many boxes you have, you will never have enough.

2. The more your friends promise to help, the more likely it is they will be deathly ill or out of town the weekend you are moving. Continue reading