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Coffee shop at GRT

Coffee shop at GRT

We were out late night and then realized that we had not had dinner and there was no dinner at home. Not too many options out of five star hotels at. 11 in the night, so we stepped into GRT's coffee shop to get a bite and what a bite it turned out to be. We ordered just two dishes, a grilled fish and a open faced steak burger. The grilled fish was a perfectly marinated and it just melted in my mouth, while the burger, well, I asked for it open faced so it turned out to be a beef steak and it was super. The beef was exactly how I asked for which was medium done and the bread it was served with was just as awesome. The fish was priced at Rs. 500 and the steak at Rs. 300, it is not exactly cheap, but we are talking of a star hotel, so..... Nothing special to talk about the ambiance or the service.... Food 9/10 Service 8/10 Price 8/10 Ambiance 8/10 - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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Moon rakers

Moon rakers

"I went to a place called Moon rakers in Mahabs on my way back from Pondy, the place and food was horrible". "Oh really? What did you order there?" "I ordered a pasta and one lasagna and my friend ordered a chicken fry and food was very average". This was a conversation I had with my colleague and you can imagine who said what. I have no idea why moon rakers has those things on the menu, but if you do not know what to eat here, then you will be disappointed and you will be missing something in life. This is a place you ask for your seafood to be grilled with the house masala and served with either rice or parota. Your seafood of choice can be a lobster, a tiger or jumbo prawn, a full red snapper fish or a crab. If that variety is not enough, you may add a fried calamari to your order and maybe a chicken dish to add more variety, but if you try ordering Italian, then God save you. Fancy restaurants have the"catch of the day", but here it is &quo

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Fusion 9

Fusion 9

The Chennai Food Guide met up again and this time it was at Fusion 9 inside the Quality Inn premises. I really like this restaurant and I was glad the group met here as I could try more from the menu when the group is large. The starters super, the first one we had was some Iranian joojoobe kebab, I have no idea how it is spelt, and if it is really from Iran, but who cares? It was a simply superb kebab. I made sure I ordered a guloti kebab, which is my all time favorite and is best at the Great kebab factory, but here it is pretty decent, I just don't understand why it is not served in the traditional large roti but served in small cut parathas here. But it is very nice here and I could not care less and ordered some roti to roll it in. The sushi was very nice, but since I had some fantastic sushi at the Hilton the previous evening, I could not help but compare and Hilton was better. For the main course, I got to taste their jumbo prawns, priced at Rs. 600, and I thoroughly enjo

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Vasco's, Hilton

Vasco's, Hilton

After Marriott, this time it was Hilton which invited me to check out their restaurants, and incidentally, I had just written about my night at the Q Bar on the roof. Why would anyone decline an invite from Hilton to eat out, even if you have just been there, so I took the offer to test their 'journey' as they call it at their all day dining, Vasco's. It is a nice and very well set up restaurant and a near perfect all day dining buffet as far as the set up goes. The executive sous chef, Neeraj, walked me around all their counters and I was impressed at the spread of the buffet at the look of it. They have a Madras table with loads of different Grandma time spices, where they show off the Indian spices to their western clients, kudos to that concept. We decided to skip the soup and went head on to the starters, and realized there were only two each of non veg and veg, but both, of them were outstanding- one was a superb grilled fish and the other a chicken kebab. Next w

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Q Bar, Hilton

Q Bar, Hilton

A special occasion arrived and the choice was Hilton, as we have never been there before and you expect to hit Hilton only on such occasions, so.... After getting there, we scouted around for the best place to eat and in an extremely wonderful gesture, the FB manager took us to all their restaurants, and we finally zeroed in on Q Bar, the roof top, pool side cabana restaurant. The ambiance is brilliant, with individual cabanas, the poolside and a resident DJ playing some nice music. The menu is very limited, maybe a maximum of twenty dishes on it and most of them being grilled. We settled for a mocktail, a chicken schwarma and a grilled seer fish. The mocktail was decent, just the usual mix of blue curaco and a soft drink. The chicken schwarma was decent, but certainly not out of theworld, but quite filling. The price of Rs. 750 justifies the ambiance and the relatively big schwarma, but not the taste. The seer fish grill was good in parts and some portions tasted bad, but a majo

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Crimson Chakra

Crimson Chakra

Long before Chennai foodie kicked off, there was an active community on orkut called the Chennai food guide, which was a fiercely moderated community with a battalion of moderators (including yours truly), and was the base of my blog. Though we meet at launches, the group kind of melted away and with the brutal murder of Orkut, the old bunch was not actively a part of the facebook group. Last Monday was a kind of a revival with an official CFG meet although with a lot of new members and very few old ones at Crimson Chakra at the launch of their South Indian menu. And at the end of the meal, we only remembered the restaurant and not CFG. We were introduced to at least ten different starters and I had mostly non veg (yeah right), and some of them were superbly done. The fish grill for example was a masterpiece and this is coming from a non fish lover. I am not sure if tandoori chicken is south Indian, but that night I could not have cared less. There was an Andhra chicken which was bea

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Supper Club at Ashvita - Chapter 1

Supper Club at Ashvita - Chapter 1

I was excited to hear about a supper club in Chennai.....Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi and other places worth their salt have one and Chennai did not have one thus far, so it was pretty exciting. It has been conceptualized well with a theme and a guest cook for the night and the food being very high quality and authentic as defined by the cook and not meant to please the crowd, so the invites are restricted to thirty every week. There is no fixed price as the theme and the ingredients will decide that but it will be priced upmarket usually in the four figure per person range. So here we were, being invited for the first chapter of the supper club. The ambiance at the new Ashvita is very good, supper club night or not, so it's a great place to chill out and network as it is a very important part of the club. We had live music by two guitarists and they were not disco style, but sober to set the tone for the night. We were first served blue cheese soup, which was slightly s

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Moti Mahal Deluxe

Moti Mahal Deluxe

A friend of mine suggested that we try out Moti Mahal and so we headed there on a Saturday night, only to be astounded by the quality of the crowd and the ambiance and the waiting time. We arrived the at 930 and were told that it would take them half hour to seat us, but luckily it was time to leave for most families and we were seated in 10 minutes. The cars outside were swanky and I spotted people getting into at least two Beemers and an Audi in that almost minuscule parking spot, and I spotted a black Jaguar there...... The problem was my expectation, I went in expecting a small nice eat out it but landed up going to an upmarket space with a very simple but elegant interior,and I was not even dressed for the place at least for that Saturday evening crowd. The menu arrived and the first starter was priced at Rs. 750, but we spotted half portions for most of the starters and they were priced at around 260 each. We settled for a chicken achari, a jeera pulao, a dhal makhani and a ga

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