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Opal Inn

Once known for its steaks and 'Meal by itself' dishes, Opal Inn somehow went into hibernation for quite sometime. With reports that the place was not up to its mark and poor food and service complaints, I did not feel like visiting this 'once upon a time' restaurant. The last time I remember going there was in 2000, when I did not really enjoy the food. But last Saturday afternoon, after debating for a long time between Opal Inn and Sparky's, we tossed a coin to make the decision and headed to Opal Inn! Soon as we entered, we could not help but notice the cleanliness of the place. The interiors were neat- definitely not like a worn out old restaurant! We were seated and we decided to order 3 'Meal by itself' and one of my friends wanted to try kulcha and gravy. I was surprised to find 'Diamon Grill', my 90's favourite from Opal Inn. We ordered one each of Diamon Grill, Devilled Prawns and Grilled Fish, with 2 kulchas and buttered vegetable gravy

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JewelBox Restaurant

JewelBox Restaurant

This place is almost as old as Madras itself! Started in 1974, as a part of the Blue Diamond Hotel, it was, apparently, at one time in history, the 'in' place! No renovations, no upgrading of the restaurant, no change in interiors, in fact some of the waiters have been around for a few years too and no change of arrangement. But if it is comforting, the quality and taste of the food has remained the same too, atleast for the time that I can recollect. Delayed at a meeting, 4 of us headed to and were hunting for a place to eat at 330 pm. With some reputed restaurants being shut at 3, we were hovering around and decided to enter this place. For me it was a kind of nostalgia, for I have not eaten here in a very long time, though I always knew that this place served great food. And there were about 6-7 tables that still had clients in them and the waiters were kind of busy too! So we settled down and placed our order for starters. Finger Fish and Fried Crab- the fried crab in

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