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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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