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Orkut, at some point, was a rage and the first group that I became a member of was my class in school. As I was browsing groups and came across some pretty interesting and pretty weird ones, chennai food guide popped out. Pradeep Ragunathan had written a stern message on the group page that 'Spammers will be banned in this community' as a tag line. When spamming was the norm in Orkut groups, there was none in this one and I immediately joined the group. The group grew and slowly we started having some wonderful reviews of places. Then pradeep brought up a rule - each restaurant should have one thread and if someone posts a query again, they were redirected to the original thread with a line 'This thread is up for deletion in 24 hours' Vasista and Me were made moderators in about 6 months, because we were active and also stuck to the one restaurant one thread rule and encouraged members to do the same. My first meeting was with five people, all men, a

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Oktoberfest, Hyatt

Oktoberfest, Hyatt

I have never felt so lost with food around me! I was invited by Hyatt to test their Oktoberfest before it went live and so my friend and me went with high expectations. This friend of mine specializes in eating crocodiles, kangaroo, camel and octopus among other things and is a contender to succeed Andrew Zimmerman. We landed there and the wonderful Executive Chef Thomas introduced us to the festival. The setting is nice et all, but when the food was presented, almost everything was pork! There was one roast chicken, but every other wurst was pork. And I don't drink beer, so here I was watching my friend gobble everything and all I could do was eat that one chicken with the fantastic curry sauce that the chef made. He is from Austria and so German cuisine is like the back of his hand! I spent the next hour or so chatting with the chef about wellness and lifestyle and other stuff, while my friend was doing the eating. I had the breads which were outstanding an

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Sushi Festival, Teppan

Sushi Festival, Teppan

Teppan is one place I have been meaning to check out sometime, but somehow it never happened. In fact, I knew about this place almost a year after it opened and when I was invited to check out their sushi festival with a special chef, I did not know what to expect. My tryst with teppanyaki cooking is when an outstanding Hibachi chef showed off his cooking skills in a Japanese restaurant in the US, an experience that I am yet to have anywhere else, so I did go in with a lot of expectation. We started off with Mojaco maki, a dish dish that turned out excellent, both my friend and me polished off the eight pieces between us. It was salmon, tuna and cream cheese rolled inside an omelette and served like a sushi, while it may not be a real sushi, it was great. The next one, a more traditional prawn maki, rolled with the seaweed was pretty good too, but we kept talking about the first one! Then came a grilled tofu that really did not catch our attention too much, but the next two dishes, an

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Mahamudra, Isha Life

Mahamudra, Isha Life

Somebody made a movie. Lots of people did not like it. They could not find the guy, so they were pelting stones at the consulate of the country of the guy who made the movie and the roads were blocked. People like me were not able to go to our usual place to have lunch! And that is how I landed in yet another vegetarian place for lunch! This time with my collegeue who swore by a restaurant and took me there. But yet again, I was wowed by the place. The ambiance was excellent and on a weekday, the place was almost packed. The menu was brought and I felt like I was looking at the realty prices of Chennai. 'Its worth it' was my colleague's answer. So we got ourselves a vazhapoo vada to share, a bisi Bella bodhi for him and a pudina dosa for me. The vada was superb to say the least, at least when it is priced at Rs. 130, I was hoping it will be good and it was. The bisi bela bodhi was slightly different, the typical bisi bela bath, but with broken wheat instead of rice and it t

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Veekes and Thomas - Vegetarian

Veekes and Thomas - Vegetarian

Picture this - a hard core carnivore, who takes every dig he can at vegetarian food and paying for vegetarian food (not me, what were you thinking?), is making a trip to Sabari mountains and is now a vegetarian for a while and said that he will just accompany us to eat food an will order a juice for himself. Yeah, the guy did not even say, I will order veg food, but he said, 'juice for myself'. The other friend felt really bad and said, 'No, it's not fair, let's all go to a veg restaurant' and this is from a guy who eats crocodile and camel meat. Later I realized that he thought if he ate non veg in front of the 'Sami', he will have to take a share of the blame too! And that is how three carnivores landed in a veg restaurant. As soon as we landed, the juice guy announced that he was very hungry and wanted us to order three starters. What else can we expect after 25 laps of swimming, all of us were pretty starved. And the tomato basil soup arrived! And it

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Quiznos comes to Chennai

Quiznos comes to Chennai

There is no way Quiznos is not going to be compared with Subway and I am not going to try. I love subway, to the extent that at least three or four times a week, we end up having lunch there. And for a very long time, I used to keep telling my friends that Quiznos, being the premium sub, should come to chennai, now that subway has proved that the business model works. My only exposure to Quiznos was the one time I had it abroad and I loved it, so I was mighty exited to try it out here. On Saturday, with the sub of the day at Subway being vegetarian, it gave us the perfect excuse to try out Quiznos. The place is tiny to say the least and at max can seat about 25 people comfortably. The menu is slightly more expansive with subs, Sammy, a small range of pizzas, soups, salads and dessert. I went for the classic Italian, which has chicken ham, salami and one other type of chicken with the usual veggies, while my colleague helped himself to a chicken carbonara. Each of the subs have a standa

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Chennai Food Guide, Celebrations

Chennai Food Guide, Celebrations

I am not going to say anything more. But I am pretty sure that this is going to be a great evening. More information coming soon. - And hey people, if you enjoyed reading this, please share it.

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