Situated on the Coromandel Coast, the sea-kissed city of Chennai is regarded as the gateway to southern India. Chennai's food is a reflection of its colorful history and varied identities. A rapidly evolving metropolis, Chennai has staunchly preserved its heritage and tradition, which can be seen in its quintessentially South Indian Idli-Dosa-Pongal-Vadai breakfasts and the unmissable filter kaapi. Traditional Tamil cuisines like the Chettinad and Kongunadu break vegetarian stereotypes, offering a distinctively meaty taste of the vast South Indian kitchen. With the second-longest urban beach in the world, fresh seafood is never far away and supports niche city cuisines, like the Burmese atho, Anglo Indian curries or the Marwari murukku chaat. Finally, a global industrial hub, Chennai's expat population dishes out authentic Japanese, Korean and Belgian fare.