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Gizmo Menu@ Rhapsody, Marriott

Gizmo Menu@ Rhapsody, Marriott

When Marriott was advertising the new menu launch at their truly wonderful restobar, Rhapsody, they had a surprise for the eaters. I was invited to take a look a their new menu and I had no idea that a new menu had more then just new things to eat, so I was more than taken aback, when I was hande a large touch screen when I asked for the menu. You have information about the chef, his specialties, all the menu dishes with pictures and detail about what is in them and so on. The ambiance at Rhapsody is nothing short of amazing for me. It's the perfect resto bar, with a well done bar seating and lighting on one side and a super classy restaurant on the other side. For occasions like the first date, the anniversary dinner or the likes, this is one of the finest places in Chennai, both food and ambiance wise. I miss the days when Rhapsody used to host jazz festivals, but well....... After the surprise with the menu, the dinner had no surprises, just the wonderful food that Rhapsody is

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Fusion Food with a Celebrity Chef @ Fusion 9

Fusion Food with a Celebrity Chef @ Fusion 9

Olaf Niemeier, a celebrity fusion chef is in town and in what better place than Fusion 9. He is apparently called the Food Picasso for this artistic food presentation and has traveled extensively in Asia, but did not want to let go of his German roots and so he decided to fuse the two. By an invite from the restaurant, I was there to try out his creations and well........read ahead! We had two starters, a duck roast and a Mille fillu. The Mille feuille, which is traditionally a three layered puff pastry, was tweaked to be savory, and had complete Indian flavors. I was curios to see what a savory Mille feuille and it was an interesting twist. The duck roast was not to my liking at all because I do not like duck, done medium and I am not sure if too many Indians will like it that way either. For the main course, we had a lamb rack and a salmon steak. The lamb rack was tasty, it sort of had indian flavors on the lamb served with mashed potatoes and a western salad, so that was the fusion

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Latitude by Park

Latitude by Park

Going back to the Latitude after almost a couple of years turned out to be a wonderful culinary evening for my friend and me. We had skipped lunch due to a meeting and decided to have early dinner and so landed here after debating for quite a while. This a a rather expensive coffee shop type place, with it's own unique genre. Just a few tables, a nice cosy place upstairs which can seat a few people and is best for a group of 6-10 people and in general good food is a winner in Chennai. And this is no different. Since we were both hungry, we ordered a 'Chicken soup for the hungry soul'. It turned out to be a chicken soup of the hungry village! A huge portion of soup, which after splitting one by two still turned out to be too much. It's a simple chicken broth loaded with brocolli, other veggies and boiled chicken. The portion is on par with the soups at Cascade! We then had nachos and a roast chicken daily special. The nachos, though tasted decent, was a let down, because

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Ayna, Hilton

Ayna, Hilton

Ayna, the exquisite Indian cuisine restaurant at The Hilton, is one of my favorite places to dine out if there is something to celebrate, especially, if family is involved and Indian food is the way to go! Friends who have gone there have always come back with positive experiences and recently a friend who celebrated his anniversary was also pampered well. So when I was invited to try out their kebab fest, by the wonderful and down to earth Chef Vijay Singh, I was rather excited and that too, this time, they were open to a bunch of bloggers attending the fest and boy, did we have a gala time. With a rather small menu, Ayna's chef believes that the menu is only a reference point and that anything can be cooked up for the guest. The waiters were well trained and knew the food and were able explain the dishes in detail. The fact that the manager of the restaurant is always out, attending to the guests is a wonderful thing. We were served the gulkhand mojito, a signature creat

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Singh's

Singh's

After having eaten Haleem and Khubani meetha all of the last first two weeks of Ramzan, I decided to take a detour. When my friend asked me to try out a new punjabi restaurant in town that he wanted reviewed, I was more than happy to do it. I was beginning to enjoy the deviation from the Haleem and I so wish Chennai had more options where the Haleem was great, not just good! We entered this small, unassuming place near Gandhi nagar. In a dimly lit old time decor place, was this aptly named resto called Singh's! After seating ourselves, the owners, a punjabi couple, were there to help us with the menu and narrowed down to the starters of achari kebab, a stuffed mushroom and veg sheekh kebab. The achari kebab turned out to be the best dish of the day, it had a slight pickle flavor to it, grilled to perfection and tasted just brilliant. The stuffed mushrooms were pretty nice, while the veg sheekh, well,I don't know why I even asked for a veg sheekh, a sheekh has to be non veg for

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Ramzan Special Recipe - Belos

Ramzan Special Recipe - Belos

I can't remember how many people have asked me to post the recipe for Belos, a grandmom time dessert recipe of my family and I was rather surprised to not find anything under that name on the Internet. Maybe it's a name of a dish very limited to the village or surrounding area of Campellabad, down south or maybe it does not exist anywhere else. But when mom told me that this was a different version of fritters, the online search resulted in millions of returns! When I told my mom that Belos needed to be posted she was like 'What? Really? There is no recipe. It's the easiest thing to make in the world'. I then found out that this was true and she was not just spreading mom wisdom, but it is really a very easy dish to make. I am just going to describe how to make it without trying to make it sound like a recipe. 4 medium sized bananas will serve about 3 people and you will need about 150 g of maida. Mix the bananas with the flour and knead with a little amou

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Ramzan Special, 2nd week

Ramzan Special, 2nd week

After a mixed first week, I turned to the Anna Nagar side of town for week two and it turned out to be an amazing two Iftars. Whoa, I wish Anna Nagar was not far off from my office, and looks like there are lots of nice places to eat around here. First up, we landed at 4 Seasons, I have been there before and really liked the food and this time was no different. We got ourselves Haleem, a sauté prawns for the side and Khubani meetha. The Haleem was pretty decent, well spiced, creamy and almost non bony. The sauté prawn was amazing to say the least, while the Khubani meetha was almost perfect again. My friend ended up taking a portion of the prawns and two biriyanis for the folks at home. And when I last heard, dinner was over by 745, as soon as he landed home. And the next day, I finished work early and picked up the Iftar box from Zaitoon on my way home as there was nothing at home to break fast with courtesy my last minute early arrival. I did not like Zaitoon in Adyar and have never

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Ramzan Special, 1st week

Ramzan Special, 1st week

So I hope you have an idea about Ramzan and Iftar and the food and the likes of the month by now. So what are places offering such goodies? My first week of eating out turned out to be pretty average. What you see above is the perfect Haleem and no, I have not had it in Chennai this year. After staying at home to break fast on the first day, my friend and me ventured out to eat Haleem and decided to go to Charminar Biriyani. And what a disappointment it turned out to be. Like I mentioned in my previous post, a good Haleem should be pasty and when you are eating something pasty, you do not expect to encounter large chunks of anything. The Haleem here was pretty much full of it. Large pieces of cinnamon sticks, fat of the mutton and pretty much chucks and even a couple of bones. Adding to it the flavor was overwhelmed by spices of yelachi and cinnamon. Spices in a haleem should be subtle while here it was dominant. Sad excuse for a Haleem. The Khubani meetha was pretty decen

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