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Cafe Noir, Bangalore

Cafe Noir, Bangalore

This whole area, on the terrace of the UB city mall, looks out of India, precisely someplace out of Europe. Beautiful setting, wonderful ambiance all over and some great places to eat. While we were spoilt for choice, we chose the one with umbrellas, the first cafe called Cafe Noir. I have heard about their waffles and desserts and that is why the choice. We ordered a chicken quiche and a simple waffle with maple syrup. The quiche was amazing, crusty outside, super tasty meat filling inside and served with a nice green salad. The waffle however was nice, but not out of the world. I have had better waffle elsewhere, but this is no way was a bad waffle. The creme bru lee here is supposed to be wonderful, but that day, it was not available so we missed out. Service was a bit rude. We were given a small table though the place was very empty and there were a lot of tables on the outside that could have had us seated comfortably, but I guess, along with the ambiance, the attit

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The Magic of Baking by Marsha Thompson (The Harried Cook)

The Magic of Baking by Marsha Thompson (The Harried Cook)

After the immense success of the first part of Introduction to Baking, organized by CFG with Crimson Chakra and of course, the principle baker, Marsha Thompson aka The Harried Cook, the second part was organized and unlike most movie episodes, the second one was better, tastier and superb. While I love to cook as well, baking has always been a challenge for me and watching Marsha bake and get everyone of her recipes perfect, I could not help but title this post, the Magic of Baking. The workshop started off with Marsha talking a little (ok, a lot) about baking, it's challenges, it's history etc and with almost every participant having questions, she handled them with ease. Her knowledge of baking, the products, the ones available in India, what to get when the cousin comes down from the US etc were quite amazing. And in the process, she did have a second or two for the camera. And so the process of beating up the butter started. If you have not baked, you might wonder what the

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Mash, Nungambakkam

Mash, Nungambakkam

After being at their launch quite sometime back, I was going here for the first time after what has been so long. I was meeting a friend after an even longer period and we decided to try it out. While I was waiting for the 'UK return' to wade his way through traffic, I got my self a grilled chicken burger. The burger and the friend came at the same time and after exchanging pleasantries with him and staring longingly at the burger, I dug into it. A retry nice, juicy, grilled chicken burger it was, served with fries. The friend ordered a grilled chicken sizzler and we got a beef bruschetta, but it is called by a different name here. The beef was full bodied, flavorful with the right amount of cheese on top, but the steak was a it disappointment for me. The friend thought it was not bad though, but I have certainly had better sizzlers. The ambiance is a bit cramped, but elegant nevertheless. Service was pretty good, but since the place is split into rooms, getting someone's a

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4 Seasons

4 Seasons

I have been getting complaints that I do not visit the AnnaNagar part of Chennai and there are no restaurants from that part of town on my blog. So I took a conscious decision to look out for opportunities to eat there and when a friend who works at Anna Nagar told us that we have to try 4 Seasons, I jumped. So we landed there to a nice and elegant seating on the second floor of the building,and with the recent one ways and diversions, I don't know exactly where it is. But I was driven there and we got ourselves a fruit punch and it was served in a crooked glass, so the picture you see is not some fancy wide angle lens, but indeed a crooked glass. For starters we got half a portion of their platter for Rs. 750, its not on the menu, but you have to ask for it. It was brilliant, the mutton sheekh kebab was juicy, the chicken kebabs were succulent, while I also liked the fish and prawns that were part of the platter. Five starters, three pieces each was well worth the price. The carni

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Buffet Lunch at Zaica

Buffet Lunch at Zaica

There is no way I go for a lunch meet on Friday courtesy my prayers, but Mr.Ultimate from CFG asked me to come, however late I was to check out Zaica on RK Salai. I have been there earlier and I thought it was decent food, but that day I was surprised more at their play station section with super nice on the floor seats. They do not charge extra for it and all the guests are welcome to entertain themselves when the food is getting ready or if you are taking a break between courses at the buffet. This place has a very good ambiance and it is much bigger than it looks from the outside. Speaking of the buffet, I enjoyed the veg starters of a buffet after a really long time. The veg shami kebab was very nice, the paneer was super soft and the beet root patty was excellent. The non veg counterparts were not so great, though the chicken was good, but the lamb and the fish were very ordinary. The friends from CFG were done with starters by the time I landed and I had no trouble in joining the

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Azzure Bay

Azzure Bay

CFG was at it again and this time we met at Azzure Bay on a Wednesday. I walked in late (honestly, due to traffic) and could not help but notice the very nice roof top setting. At first sight it was wonderful and if you there earlier, you might be able to get a view of the Adyar river. Not sure if its pretty or ugly though. Old memories were dug out with the 'pepsi', the flavored drink in a sachet at a time when multi nationals were kept out of the country. It was enjoyable. There were a few varieties of iced tea, but I did not like them. If possible, I would get the ice tea from Crimson Chakra next door, but I stuck to the regular iced tea and it was nice. There was so much food and I kept away from the vegetarian dishes, leaving it to the specialists. A crispy fried beef came along and it was yummmmmm. Totally enjoyed it. The next dish, which is actually a main course was served as a starter, the grilled prawns. It was super too. The prawns were served shell on and the head

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Biriyani at Le chocolate pattieseri

Biriyani at Le chocolate pattieseri

I am slowly beginning to appreciate the taste of biriyani that is not made at the Muslim weddings. I have been someone who never likes biriyani outside of home or where there is no weddings involved. But I am trying to like the other types of biriyanis as well. A friend told me about the biriyani at Le chocolate pattieseri and I was shocked to hear that biriyani is found at a place named like that. That same day, me and my collegue (who ate 1.2 kg of biriyani at my house not so long ago) headed there to see what the fuss was all about. We asked for two biriyanis and one chilli chicken. The biriyani was the tri colored pulao that I normally refer it to as. It tasted very nice and I would have liked it if it was named anything else, but as biriyani, no. The chilly chicken was excellent. The friend who is used to our types of biriyani, was sulking that we drove all the way from T. Nagar to eat this. Its good but not worth the drive was his opinion. Bottom line is, I think I have to evalu

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Wellness

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About

Hi, I am Wasim, a wellness physician from Chennai and a foodie who loves to experiment with flavours. My passion for food and the inevitable travel that came along the way has given me a wide perspective of food - both eating out and cooking. This blog is my way to sharing my food experiences with the world. What started off as being a blog on eating out in Chennai has evolved to include eating from around the world, but mostly Chennai and Bangalore for now, with the odd international ones, but more importantly has evolved to include cooking and my experiments in the kitchen. This journey has also taken me to some fantastic chefs and cooks and talking to them about their passions and their journey has had an impact on me. Whenever I have the option, I have included a perspective or two from them and at times, I have spent a lot of time, trying to understand flavours and techniques that are not native to us. Also, like most bloggers who started out blogging about eating out, I al

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About

Chennai Foodie, started off as a simple blog talking about my eating out experiences in Chennai. I am a wellness doctor by profession and I wanted to tell the world that good food and good health go hand in hand. How can eating out go often go hand in hand with good health you may ask!?! The truth is - What you eat daily is what kills you, not what you eat once a week or twice or week or even three times a week

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