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Christmas Specials

Christmas Specials

So what's happening in town for Christmas. I contacted my friends in the hotel industry and asked them to tell me if they something happening for Christmas and so here is an update. My favorite fancy place to eat at is Marriott and they have a special Christmas brunch being a Sunday. The brunch is prices at about 1400 plus taxes and apparently Santa is paying a visit so it could be the place to take your kids as they have a lot of activity for children. Residency Towers is also having some special works for the kids, can't vouch for it, but I know it is happening. Apparently the menu includes Cajun Grilled Chicken with Jalapenos & Cilantro, Seafood with Balsamic & Spinach, Broccoli with Almonds & Sour Cream, Grilled egg plant stacked with Tomato & Parmesean are some of the delights awaiting you this year. With an extensive Dessert Menu including Chef Special Chocolate Mud Cake, Yule Log, Caramelized Bana Flan, you are bound be asking for more. Also Kids

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The Crown, Residency Towers

The Crown, Residency Towers

When I first heard about the crown, some nine years back, my uncle took my family for a dinner. The setting was great, the outdoor deck was unbelievable, but the food was bad and we completely forgot about it. When we were invited by Residency towers to check out Crown, I only then remembered the restaurant and was curious to see what had changed. So six of us from Chennai food guide landed there to see what was the fuss was all about and we learnt that they have two menus, one for those sitting "under the dome", which was the inside part of the restaurant, and one for those sitting on the deck, which is the rather beautiful area to be sitting in. The new under the dome menu is a fixed three course meal, unlimited portions and rather reasonably priced. As we were settling down, we could not help but notice the rather ordinary cutlery, especially for a place positioning it as a fine dining restaurant. I certainly expected better plates to match the rather pompous

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Nala's Appakadai

Nala's Appakadai

Easily the best appams in town, this joint is needless to say, my favorite too. Last Sunday, we completely pigged out at the Express Avenue mall outlet. I love their cheese appam. Great fusion and if the chef is in good mood, it will be really cheesy and super tasty. Their egg appams are quite nice and their keema appams are just amazing. Their gravies can be quite inconsistent, but I normally stick to their chicken chettinad or south indian type gravy and usually leave satisfied and my cellphone camera cannot do justice to the photos of the appams. I don't think I will ever they their chilly chicken or other Chinese dishes, but if you have and it is good, I would like to hear. The combos are quite pricy for the kind of food, but yeah, these days, everything is souped up in price. The combos with two appams and gravy are priced around Rs. 125, the cheese appam at Rs. 48 and the keema appam around Rs 90 ( I think) Generally my safe bet when in a mall. Food 9/10 Price

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Street food walk, Mylapore

Street food walk, Mylapore

Chennai food guide is organizing a street food walk this December and I was there on day two to sample the authentic tam bram cuisine at its best. Just off the Kapaleeshwar temple in Mylapore, the eateries astounded me. First stop was at Mami mess, a mess started by a lady and the sons have now made it bigger, but the style and authenticity has not been compromised and neither have the prices gone up too much. We had their traditional Sundal and I loved it. Fellow foodie Raghu gave me his expertise and asked me to stuff the Sundal inside a dosa that we ordered and the combination needs to be patented. We had their kesari, the ghee roast, the vada and the bondas all being done just as it was decades back apparently. And live kitchen, Madras style. The next stop was at Jannal Kadai, a small eatery operating out of a window, just next to the temple. His chilly kadalai chutney was outstanding. We had kal dosai there, but the bajji that we had was to up to the mark. Then we

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Paprika Brunch,Marriott

Paprika Brunch,Marriott

I keep wondering why restaurants keep calling their Sunday lunches as "brunch". I guess it makes the whole thing sound cool. But in the race to get people's attention, almost every fancy place now has a Sunday brunch. While I have been to quite a few of them, for me, Paprika at The Marriott just stands out. And now Paprika has added a totally new dimension to their brunches- street foods. While most places stuff you with continental cuisines, Paprika has turned the focus back to the Indian street food. While I have written about their Sunday brunch earlier and their astounding 11 live counters, the street food addition has just about added to their theory of constantly upgrading their menu. Courtesy my frequent visits, Chef Amit gave me a Chef Table and guided us through the street foods, which they have attempted to re create in a hygienic environment. The kuzhi paniyaram with the chilly chutney was one of my favorites. It was nice, ghee filled tasty stuff.

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Azulia,GRT

Azulia,GRT

Chennai food guide has really come a long way. What started off in 2004 as an orkut community grew slowly and when i joined in 2006, we used to have meetings in small places which offered us discounts. Casa picola used to be a regular meeting place for the CFG meets. Today, the likes of Tuscana and now Azulia from GRT call us over to test their foods. CFG has also played a huge role in the growth of my blog to where it is today. When we met today at the invitation of Azulia, Ali, Nishant and myself, the only old members from the original community were reminding ourselves of our old days in cfg and how we now have so many new people on board writing reviews and promoting the food blogs. Azulia is one of my favorite eat outs in chennai. They used to have a lebanese chef and now they have a Turkish chef and authenticity is not compromised on and the tweaks are very minimal. They are careful about the choice of ingredients and source them from abroad. Chef Aetham guided us t

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Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore

Hard Rock Cafe, Bangalore

This time when I went to bangalore, I prayed to god to not miss hard rock cafe. I have been wanting to eat here and the last few visits to bangalore did not give me a chance to do so. My prayers were answered when my bro in law decided to take me there for dinner. I loved the ambiance straight away. There is a noisy part of the restaurant and a quieter part and both are full of flavor, superbly done. I was warned that the portions are huge here, typical of American sizes and so we went straight to the main course. We got ourselves one beef burger with caramelized onions and one jerk chicken steak. We chatted away with the the order of a berry mocktail, the name of which I forgot. The drink was super and the next few minutes were nirvana for me. Finally a super burger and unfortunately it was outside of chennai. It was huge, juicy, tasty and well done. The Jamaican jerk chicken steak was very nice but not something you have to travel to bangalore to get, but the burger certai

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Kumarakom

Kumarakom

Continuing on my Kerala food journey in thrissur and Cochin where I had to travel for work, the wife and me decided to test Mallu cuisine in Chennai. And what better way than to compare the two, when I just landed back home. So we headed to Kumarakom on Valluvar kottam high road and settled in pretty late. The waiter came for our order and made it clear that kitchen was closing soon and we had to place order at this point for our whole meal including desserts. We obliged and ordered two plain appams, two egg appams and a gravy. "Saru, each person naalu appam kalichka koodum. Rendu seri illa" he said. So we increased the plain appams to six and ordered a puttu to go with it. "puttuku kadala curry best gom- bination" he declared and ordered it on our behalf. We just smiled to ourselves, got one karimeen polichadhu and waited for our order. The meal was pleasant. The appams were perfect, the egg appams were very nice, the karimeen polichadhu with its banana

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Corner House, Bangalore

Corner House, Bangalore

I have shuttling between Bangalore and Chennai a little too much for my liking. But on the upside, I had the chance to sample some great food at Bangalore. So while a bangalore foodie is way too far off for now, I guess if you are one of those traveling to Bangalore, Corner House is a must visit. I am not sure about other stuff, but Death by Chocolate is something that you must try. It has some chocolate cake, some brownie, chocolate sauce, more chocolate sauce and I think it also has Willi Wonka chocolate factory inside it topped with generous amounts of nuts. It is one hell of a dessert and is aptly named. So if you step by in Bangalore......... Not very clear about the anatomy of bangalore, but I had it twice, one on MG road and once at Marathali. I was told that they have quite a few branches in Bangalore

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Jaawaid's Kebabs and Kurries

Jaawaid's Kebabs and Kurries

We (two of us) were scouting around for a place to eat last Friday night and as we were driving down Wallace gardens, we spotted a place calling itself Jaawaids kebabs and kurries. We walked into an empty restaurant and were told that they had just opened up last week and they specialize in kebabs from north India, especially Kashmir. So we went in an made small talk with the promoters of the place and the chef and we were suggested a platter like thing called some wazi something, which apparently has kebabs, two curries, a starter and a dessert and is fit for four people. We were told that a half platter will be served for us. We decided to try it out and a platter being a good way to try out a place's variety, we went with it. The starter that came out was exquisite. I think it had cheese on it, but the chef would not give away even a whiff of his recipe and for good reason, the kebab was super. Then we saw the platter and it was by no means for two people. When a co

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Thalapakatti

Thalapakatti

It's been a week since I updated the blog due to me not eating out as often due to various silly reasons. Thalapakatti has been around for quite sometime now and somehow I have never been there. Last Saturday, two of my friends had a strong urge to eat there and having never been there and a new place to write about was enough reason for me to join them. So rather than ordering Chinese and complaining about it, we stuck to their specialities. For starters, we asked for a pepper chicken fry, a karandi omelette, kolu urundai and fried fish for starters. Tiny cannot define the quantity. My friend even joked that the length of the plate was only as long as his index finger and asked me to shoot a picture as proof too. But the food was decent I must say. The karandi omelette was tiny, but quite nice. The kolu urundai (i think it was kollu urundai or some urundai, but there was only one urundai on the menu) plate had only three pieces and was decent again, while the chicke

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Burgundy

Burgundy

The day finally arrived. I got a message from Ali, the ubiquitous chief of CFG, informing the invite from Vipin to check out Burgandy. With a few friends already having tried the place and giving me the feeling that I was missing something in life by not having been there yet, I was really looking forward to the lunch. By the time I landed, everyone else was settled in with Vipin (for those who don't know what I am talking about, he is the owner of Burgandy and Tuscana and Kryptos and the Subways in Chennai), at the center and being his usual entertaining self. Looked like I was not the only one who was dying to get here. The ambiance is beautiful to say the least, but I was dying to get to the food. Starters came and we had some great kebabs. The chicken kebab was juicy and tasty, the paneer was outstanding and the other starter for the day was also great. Starters are served on the table along with the pizzas, so you can warm up before walking to the buffet. Talking

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5 Senses

5 Senses

People have been talking about five senses for a while now and I have been wanting to see what the big deal was. When I had to meet an old friend and a new one, we decided to check out five senses. The ambiance is just brilliant. It reminded me of a hotel in Barcelona, except that resto was sea facing. The outdoor seating area was very eclectic and extremely well done. It also doubles up as their performance area at night I was told by the waiter. The menu is very interesting and it talks about traveling and has the dishes by the side. Generally well done with the interiors and gimmicks. We ordered a cold mezze platter and a pizza for starters. The hummus was pretty nice, but certainly not the best in town. The baba ganoush was actually very nice and the hung curd made up the trio. However I loved their pita bread, really soft with the pocket and baked to perfection. The chicken pizza with paprika and feta was quite awesome, it looked like wood fire baked pizza but apparently it is

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