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Camembert Cheese Dip

Camembert Cheese Dip

Ok, disclaimer - This is not for everybody!!!! The reason, I started with a disclaimer is that eating cheese without spreading it on some form of bread - either a bread slice or top of a pizza is not to everybody's taste. But in places abroad, cheese is even served a course in a meal. I am one of those people who loves cheese enough to eat it as a course, but my knowledge of cheese is very limited as I have not traveled enough to master too many types of cheese and I don't like to learn too much by only reading without experiencing it. But this recipe is one of the most simple ones made from one of my favourite cheeses - the camembert cheese. Camembert cheese was introduced to me by a friend/colleague from my previous company and I was smashed! When I happened to visit Paris, we did one course in a meal that had only cheese and Camembert was there too. Its a super soft, creamy cheese with a thick rind on the outside and comes in circles. When my friend and me were di

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Nandos comes to town

Nandos comes to town

There was this time when we used to crib about the lack of international food chains in Chennai. Bangalore was eyed with envy. We had to be content with our home grown brands, not that they were bad, but a man's wants are never ending. It was not just food, but it applied to everything, mainly fashion and clothing. For me, it was just food though, because I had never heard of any of those brands and so I did not care. Foodies who had not heard about those brand would not have cared either, but, not me, unfortunately. Slowly, but steadily, we started getting those brands - some have turned out to be disappointing after the hugely watered down versions of great food abroad being served here, but, I guess, we have learnt to deal with it. Now, I rarely look forward to an international food chain opening its shop here as I prefer to have these abroad and keep my taste buds tuned to those and not the watered down versions. Nandos has set shop in Chennai at the posh new P

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Cake Walk - Rebirth

Cake Walk - Rebirth

My early memories of Cake Walk date back to the 90's, when Cake Walk was a small outlet on Pantheon Road where my birthday cake was made for the first time from there. Bossotto Bros was the place it was always made and my uncle wanted a change and recommended Cake Walk. Then I don't remember what happened to it until I saw it opp my gym on Montieth Road (opp Ambassador Pallava Hotel) and it was there for a long time. They even tried their hand at a restaurant, but failed miserably and they went back to serving cakes and short eats. After some bad experiences at French Loaf, I started going back to Cake Walk and found their cakes to be excellent, not very exotic, but excellent. And then I spotted the new Cake Walk on Sterling Road and after my sister packed home a wonderful chicken sandwich from there, my friend and me decided to test it out. The ambiance was elegant making it a good bistro, with the self service counters with the savouries, two counters with the cak

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Starkes

Starkes

In the quest for a new place to eat, my colleague and me set out and spotted this next to our laptop service center and decided to give it a shot! A guy with a nice warm smile and an eagerness to sell was at the counter and was making suggestions on what was best there. We went with his recommendations - a grilled lamb burger and a grilled chicken burger! We were seated and he called us when the order was ready. One was a combo with fries and an iced tea (for which I paid Rs. 25 extra as the combo originally had coke in it) and the other was just the burger. The lamb burger was better than the chicken one and both were reasonably ok. The grilled chicken had just lettuce in it, while the lamb had some tomato and onion too. So, we have another burger/chicken joint in town. Prices are similar to other joints - the burgers were priced between 70 and 110 and the combos were between 150 and 200. 3/5 Looks like there are many such outlets, but we were at the outlet next to SIE

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Ecstasy - Michael Besse

Ecstasy - Michael Besse

Being one of the best places for dessert in Chennai, I wish it was outside of the Satyam Complex as dessert here requires some amount of planning! If you park your car first and then extend it for a movie, you pay double the parking charge and if you plan it along with your movie, then you get very little time to savour these amazing desserts! I don't know the names of these two that we had that night before the movie. One was a special eclair and if you like variety in your eclair, then this is a must try. Served with a scoop of ice cream and an edible outside coat which was nice on its own, it was wow, but after the first half went it, it started to hit me! The second dessert, the square one, was either new or I have never noticed it in the display before. It was outstanding, crunchy, chocolaty, nutty all at the same time and no flavour overwhelmed another. Yeah, this post is a little rushed and as you might have noticed, there was no post this week, but I promise to m

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Tangerine

Tangerine

It's been two years, at least, I think. Tangerine was once the go-to-place for steaks and sizzlers, but after an onslaught by various other places, and a couple of bad experiences, I sort of forgot about Tangerine. Last weekend, my friend and I were both craving for a nice sizzler and so we decided to try out Tangerine after another friend had tried it and said that her meal was enjoyable. We started off with a simple mushroom and mascaporne soup - it was nice simple and just about right and this was followed by a 'Take 5' - a grilled chicken with lemongrass, oregano and garlic - which was excellent. We then went for the Steaks - my friend asked for a grilled lamb in mushroom sauce in a sizzler and I chose a stuffed chicken breast steak from their 'special menu'. Both of us loved our steaks, the lamb was soft, juicy and succulent and the flavour was fantastic, while my chicken breast was stuffed to perfection and the sauce was brilliant. The jacket

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D Cafe

D Cafe

When we were talking about places to chill out and read a book in Chennai, D cafe was suddenly brought out by a couple of friends. So my colleague and me decided to try it one day for lunch and we set out. Half the property is not complete yet, rather the front portion is not complete yet. But whatever was completed was excellent. Both of us loved the ambiance - a part outdoor and part indoor with a little greenery and comfortable seating on couches - loved it!!!! We asked for the menu and it was extensive. Coffee was not available that day and so we settled for one sandwich and one pizza! The food was disappointing to say the least. The sandwich was served without any fries or coleslaw - just a long bread with an average tasting chicken inside. The pizzas were very home style and equally average - in fact we saw the oven from which it came out and my oven at home is definitely better!!! Maybe these are teething problems, but since the ambiance is excellent if they imp

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Pan Asian @ Grand Chola

Pan Asian @ Grand Chola

Expectation is a good thing - it keeps us looking forward to something! Sometimes when our expectations are met, we are very happy, when they aren't, we are not so happy. But there are times when expectations are neither met nor unmet, but thrown out of the window! Pan Asian at The Grand Chola called me on a quiet Friday evening and asked to join them for their opening celebrations the following Sunday and I could not make it. 'Monday or Tuesday would be fine', I suggested. And after not being able to make it on Monday either, Tuesday it was and when friends from CFG said that they were invited too, I was looking forward to a night of exotic Thai, Singaporean (though nothing is really Singaporean) and Malay dishes and maybe a bit of Chinese here and there! The nasty traffic played it's part and I missed the 'Amuse', which was supposed to be an introduction to the cuisine. And yeah, the restaurant, a fine dining pan Asian one in a five

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