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Yoko Sizzlers

Yoko Sizzlers

For the first time, I was having trouble juggling my life as both a wellness doctor and a foodie. Work took a lot last week and sincere apologies for the week long delay in getting you experiences from eating out. God willing, I hope this does not happen anytime soon again. Today Yoko sizzlers it is. It's a big name in Bombay with a dedicated fan following and having them in Chennai where a good steak is still not so common was supposed to be nice. So my friend and me decided to test the waters and got there, two Saturdays back. The setting is a nice red interior, not so spacious between tables, but real estate in nungambakkam does not allow that luxury right now,so can't blame the establishment. We were very hungry and asked for some garlic bread while my steak keeps getting done, I got a simple steak with pepper sauce, well done, while my friend asked for fish satellite. Mine was a perfectly well done steak, very nice flavors and sufficient portion to fill me for a while, but

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Ayna, Hilton

Ayna, Hilton

I was excited when Hilton came to Chennai. Though I have never visited any of their properties world wide nor dined in them, I had very high expectations. So for a special occasion, we visited their roof top and came back amazed by the ambiance but disappointed with the food. The very next week, I got a call from Hilton to check out their world buffet and I went, ate and wrote a not so nice review. I had said that this was purely a business buffet and I would not spend 3k for a meal for two here. And when people invite you and you don't give a nice review after eating their food, they won't invite you ever again, and that is why I was shocked and pleasantly surprised when Hilton called me last week to try out their latest Indian restaurant, Ayna. So we went there last Sunday and as we entered the restaurant, the interiors and the ambiance impressed us. Easily the best decor in all of Chennai and that includes most of the five star hotels too. It had a pal

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China Town

China Town

It's been ages since I visited China Town and when a friend insisted on Chinese, we decided to go there. Decor is simple and elegant but nothing to write home about. We were seated and we started off with glass noodle soup for two of us and a hot and sour veg soup for the vegetarians. Both were very predictable and comforting, I infact thought the glass noodle soup was quite filling. We then ordered a whole lot of starters. Basket chicken, pepper chicken, chicken pan fried dimsums, a crispy fried corn and a veg wonton. The basket chicken was a big let down and we are used to much better basket and a rather well flavored chicken, but this one I would avoid. The pepper chicken was the best of the lot, it was a perfectly spiced dish and we all (the carnivores), enjoyed it. The pan fried dimsums were a little different, they were dimsums that were then shwllow fried again and tasted very nice too. The corn was very nice and we are now getting this dish in a lot of restaurants and thoug

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Cup cakes in Chennai

Cup cakes in Chennai

                                    Cupcakes are the in thing now, and we have reports that there are cup cake ATMs in the US. I don't know if its a new phenomenon the world over, but in Chennai, cup cakes were the small ones with almost no cream on top and sold in the neighborhood bakery, but all that is changing and real fast at that. The fact that I had a craving for cup cakes has become common knowledge now, thanks to Facebook and Chennai Food Guide. But last week I had a years worth of cup cakes and I am very glad that Chennai is not far behind on the cup cake scene. A friend, a wonderful baker, who incidentally is having her introduction to baking classes in association with CFG, came to my rescue baking me three different favors- vanilla, red velvet and lemony. We were meeting for a food review and all of us there thoroughly enjoyed the cakes that she baked. If red velvet is your thing, then she is the one to go to. For those of you who are not friends wi

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Bobotie at the Kitchen

Bobotie at the Kitchen

I have been meaning to start the cooking section of my blog for a very long time, but it just did not happen. So today, I am taking the plunge. A big thank you to everyone who appreciates the stupidity I do in the kitchen and calls it creative cooking and encouraging me to write the this and to all those who have been asking me for detailed recipes, here goes. Sometime back I posted a picture of a Bobotie that I made at home on FB and i was bombarded with requests for the recipe, so I am starting with that. It's a South African dish, but the beauty is that it can be made to suit any palette and I made it with an Indian twist. It has a simple three part cooking to it, you need to have cooked minced meat that you like, mashed potatoes and bread soaked in milk all used together, you need to pour a milk egg mix on top and step three, you need to bake it. So here goes For the chicken mince (this is what I do, but you can make the minced meat anyway you want, or even buy

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CFG @Dewberry

CFG @Dewberry

So here we were again, six bloggers from Chennai Food Guide, all set to test the waters at Dewberry, a nice cafe restaurant all put together in a small lane tucked away on R K Salai. I was late and everyone was there already and I sheepishly walked in to join them. This was probably my fifth time there and I miscalculated the time it takes go get there.The owner was there to make us feel at home in their small interior seating area. But given a chance, l would rather eat outside at their wonderful ambiance, of course if the chennai weather and the mosquito menace gives permission. We all had various mocktails to start off, but I will stop by mentioning only one of them, the lemon chilly mocktail called the chilly twist, served with a small chilli on top. Pretty much makes every other drink go into depression. With the perfect blend of lemon and chilli, this is a must try if you hit this place, especially for the Chennai summer. Everyone agreed too and in fact a few of them changed thei

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Equinox

Equinox

I got a mail from the promoters of Equinox and was asked if I have visited their restaurant. I said that I have been meaning to and just did to get a chance to do so and at that, they invited me to try out the food. After setting a mutually convenient date, I set out with my friend to see what they have to offer. And since I keep getting requests to post about vegetarian dishes, my friend who came along was a pure vegetarian, so, that part of the review comes from the perspective of a pure vegetarian. One of the owners, Shirley, was there to receive us and made us comfortable in a dimly lit, elegantly set restaurant. After asking us our preferences, we were offered a hot and sour soup while we waited for the starters to come in. A nice comfort soup it was, very similar to what you get in most places. And then came a shrimp that I fell in love with, something that I have not had anywhere else and it was called the cereal shrimp. Apparently it was made with cereals, but I could not care

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