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Marina

I don't know about you, but I have had a tough time finding a specialty sea food restaurant in Chennai. And the very few around are not places I would recommend. It's sad that Chennai being a costal city has a dearth of specialty sea food. Yes, there are a few places that serve good seafood, but for great seafood, I will have to drive to Mahabs! Hopefully, with Marina, the scenario should change. An effort from the Mahadevan stable of restaurants, Marina is a concept seafood restaurant that promotes responsible fishing. They have adopted a fishing hamlet, given them boats, teach them hook fishing as supposed to net fishing, buy the produce from them and bring it straight to the restaurant. Yeah, concept is nice et all, but nothing will work if they don't taste good. But there is another concept built inside. You pick the seafood of choice, pay for it by its weight and you can take them home! Of you can get it marinated for a fee and then take them home and cook them. Or eve

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Parmesan grilled chicken with boiled corn, spinach salad and mashed potatoes.

Parmesan grilled chicken with boiled corn, spinach salad and mashed potatoes.

Parmesan cheese is one of my favorite cheeses. I love using the grated Parmesan in cooking and when it comes to eating healthy for Wellbeing, cooking at home tops it all. Grated Parmesan cheese is available in supermarkets like brown tree, amma nana etc, so it isn't difficult to get. So a couple of Sundays back, I had made the Parmesan grilled chicken with a little salad and here is the recipe! I used a leg piece, but of course, you can even use a boneless breast piece for this dish. In a deep dish, add two to three teaspoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of dried oregano, some pepper and salt to taste. Mix well and drop the washed and dried chicken in the dish and coat it well. Keep it aside for about 30 minutes to marinate, but you can leave it longer. While the chicken is marinating, boil some baby corns and spinach and potatoes. Once boiled, peel the potatoes, drop them in a deep dish, add about two teaspoons of milk for two potatoes, two teaspoons of melted butter, some

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Desserts at Ramee Mall

Desserts at Ramee Mall

Since the new Ramee Mall is walkable from my wellness clinic, there are times my colleagues and me take a walk for lunch and more often than not follow it up with desserts. It gives us a break from Subway and Quiznos which is our usual lunch and breaks the monotony. While the food court is certainly not the best in town (and neither is the mall), but two dessert outlets did catch my attention. In the food court, there is this small waffle stall, called Woops or something like that. They serve Belgian waffles (ok, shaped like Belgian Waffles), but pretty decent ones with a huge variety of toppings. Sadly they don't have either maple syrup or whipped cream, I think whipped cream makes a star appearance on weekends, but their caramel topping is first class. We usually have caramel topping with dusted sugar, bananas and vanilla ice cream and more often than not, we go back for a second waffle. The waffles are really small and really pricy, but they are tasty. At Rs. 160 fo

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Grand Siam, RK Salai

Grand Siam, RK Salai

When we decided to do a double date, the four of chose (ok, the two men chose) Grand Siam to spend the Sunday evening. After a slight struggle to even give the car to the valet driver, we got in and go seated in a nice comfy part of the restaurant. I really liked the spacing, you don't feel like salivating at the neighbor's table food and it sort of gives a decent amount of privacy which is a huge premium these days. We were presented with a festival menu, but we also asked for their regular menu to have more variety as this was a sea food festival that was on! We had just one drink, called Summer Chiller, which was coconut shaved well and dumped with honey and mint leaves. We picked a Tom Yum chicken soup and a prawn dumpling soup to share and asked for sticky rice to go with the soup ( I hope you read my Benjarong post, it tells you about the soup sticky rice connection). The Tom yum soup was a little too tangy for me, but tasted good. I was not born or brought up in china,

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Change of Ratings!

Change of Ratings!

Evolution is essential! As the eating out increases and you are exposed to different types of food, your understanding of food also changes. It has certainly happened with me and so this is the time to move to a radically different rating scale. So when you read a review, does the rating make sense to you? When I put in a rating out of 10, I know what exactly I mean, but as a reader, do you? What is the difference between a restaurant rated 7/10 and one rated 8/10. Some of my readers have sent me requests to have a more rational rating scale. Because there are restaurants that serve food which is almost the same as most other places in town and a rating of 7 or 8 really makes no difference, where as there are restaurants that serve very different and tasty food which land up getting the same points. So here is the new change. I am moving over to a 5 point rating scale. 0/5 means stay away, period! 1/5 means I don't plan on going back 2/5 means, food is below average compared to oth

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The Only Place, Bangalore

The Only Place, Bangalore

After another round of coffee at the Matteo coffee lounge on Church Street, we decided to go to The Only Place for dinner, because it came with very high recommendation from friends. So we walked down the road, then turned on Nokia maps and found our way only to realize that the place was rather packed! Since it was a little late and not having the mood to look for another place to eat, we decided to wait the ten minutes and were seated in a corner. It's a nice little joint, with bits and pieces of greenery around, almost like a shack surrounded by a small garden. We ordered an iced tea, my friend ordered a veg lasagna, as it was his weekly day off from meat eating and sins cleansing, the other friend ordered a beef steak, thinking I will help him eat it and I ordered a Irani burger! Food came out in about 10 minutes, but the portions were humongous. The burger was pretty large, nice soft patty, topped with grilled mushrooms and sauces which made it very very ju

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