OMR is changing quite fast! Some of the most popular food chains have set shop here and many new resto-bars are lining up the stretch. We believe the younger population with higher spending power has something to do with it. Not that we are complaining! So after Dash, Pitcherr Perfect and So Bar Away; Mugshots is the latest entrant and has started attracting a decent crowd since it opened last month in Thoraipakkam. The outlet is the first venture of three friends – D Chitrai Pandian, P Arun Arumugam and R Jaikumar and intends to add some spunk to Chennai’s nightlife scene.

The most interesting aspect about this cozy watering hole is the reference to pop culture icons and world personalities throughout its interiors. From Pablo Escobar, Heath Ledger’s Joker, David Bowie to Bill Gates and Martin Luther King; there are police records style mugshots of one and all. There is also amazing mural art to adorn the space. The music is a mix of new-age pop hits and classic rock, which we loved.

Mugshots has a well-stocked collection of liquors and spirits. The bartenders whip out some great cocktails. If you are a teetotaler in your group of liquor-loving friends, we are glad to inform that the place serves delicious mocktails and non-alcoholic beverages as well.

As for the food menu, it is one of those places where Tom Yum Soup rubs shoulders with Moringa Melagu Rasam and French Onion Soup. The Mozarella Cheese Bites, Jalapeno Poppers, Fish Sticks and Prawn Popcorn are some starters that have been getting great reviews. If you love spicy, go for the Mugshots Hot Wings. They also have Mezze platter, Masala Bunny Chow, Spanakopita and Bacon Wrapped Sausage in the appetizer section. For hard-core carnivores, there is Kerala beef fry, Zatar lamb chops or Smoked Pork Baby Back Ribs to pick from. For the main course you can choose from pastas, pizzas and sandwiches. They also have Indian specialties like Kori Gassi, Mutton Roghan Josh and Tody Goan Shrimps.

The dessert section is pretty impressive and has novel creations like Malpua Cheesecake, Pancake Souffle and Pandan Crème Brulee.

Mugshots has a delicious and impressive food menu and intends to attract a lot of corporate revelers. However, it has a vibe to reach out to the urban and pop-culture loving crowd as well.

Location: 14, 15, OMR, Near Cognizant, Thoraipakkam

Timings: 11 am to 11 pm

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