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Maki Zushi Festival at Teppan

Maki Zushi Festival at Teppan

I am officially going to claim citizenship in Japan!! That is the amount of Japanese food I've been eating in the last few weeks! I mean, like crazy. When Teppan invited me to take a look at their festival, I almost went, GROAN!!!! But I love Teppan. Though the knife skills are no way near some fabulous ones I've had the privilege of witnessing, the food is fabulous. For a hard core foodie, that's all that matters! I was dreaming up their Tempura Prawns, which for me is one of the best tempura prawns I've had around the world. Its super light, super crispy and I don't need the sauce they serve it with. Teppan also has some nice sushi, but how does a place like this with quite a decent sushi menu come up with a festival? I mean, how much more can you invent in sushi? "It was difficult, but we did it," claimed their manager, Ashok, whose knowledge of Japanese cuisine was quite a surprise. So their festival menu is split in

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Japanese Chef @ Courtyard Marriot

Japanese Chef @ Courtyard Marriot

The title is misleading! It should read, New Chef takes charge at Courtyard Marriott, Chennai! But the title does make some sense, especially, when there is a banner as you enter the lobby that says, 'Savour Japanese favourites right here in India.' Having a large expat crowd and quite a few from Japan who stay for like a month on business visits, I guess Marriott has taken an extra to step to serve comfort Japanese for the Japanese. And maybe when they non-Japanese faces, they tweak it a little. Or maybe not. Maybe Indians have found the taste for Japanese food! Whatever is the case, a new chef has arrived in Chennai and has taken charge of Marriott! The sushi platter he served wasn't much on variety but was visual treat at first. If it wasn't food, we could have kept looking at it for a while!!! Knowing fully well that a decent spread was coming for us to taste, we finished the platter. Yummy! The Japanese soup with batter fried prawns wasn&#

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Waf -O - Bel

Waf -O - Bel

Yippee!!! Hurrah!!! Phew!!! Finally!!! Waffles without Maple Syrup!!!! I took a course on mind-reading. I can read your mind now. Its thinking, "is this guy nuts?" Waffles without maple syrup!?! Remember the days we had these pizzas with super thick base? Later we learnt that Italian pizzas are thin crust? Ditto with waffles!!! Now, French Fries are not French!!! They are Belgian!!! Similarly, Belgian Waffles are not Belgian!!!  While this is not the time to discuss why and how, let's just say, you believe me! Yeah? Good! OK, I know you will be googling it now, but once you're done and you believe me again.......... So, the most common type of waffles in Belgium are what is called the Liege waffles. These are the ones that have the slightly funny shape to it, like it was eaten by somebody on either sides!!! These are made, not with a batter, but with dough which gets flattened out!!! And finally, we get these in Chennai!!! Starting at Rs 70 an

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British Curry Festival

British Curry Festival

Slurp. Slurp. My mouth was watering! The minute I heard of the British Curry festival with a British chef being flown down by the Hyatt Regency, Chennai, mouth watering took a whole new level! While the Chicken Tikka Masala is Indian, it is England's national dish! So, its not just the Kohinoor!  Having the dishes laid out on white cloth is a photographer's dream!!! That is an advantage if you're there for the press release. For a foodie who dabbles with photographs, it made life easy and all I had to do was click, click, click, keep the camera aside and wait for the Chicken Tikka Masala! Dining alongside great food critics like Geetha Doctor was special and the conversations were priceless, but I was waiting for the Hero, the  Chicken Tikka Masala . Like the 'Intro' scenes, the hero didn't come first. A rosemary lamb made its appearance. Nice and juicy, we had a couple of helpings. I was saving for the  Chicken Tikka Masala . A chilly c

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Magnum launches a new flavour!

Magnum launches a new flavour!

"So, you can go up to 90% chocolate to get the real flavours," she said. "My coffee is 100%" he said. "She has won the award twice," the MC said pointing to her. "The only reason I did not win it twice was because the winner is not allowed to participate again," he quipped! "Women come to my dessert bar at 12 midnight and rave about the chocolate," she said. "Why are they not in bed with their husbands?" he asked. "They say it is better than sex," she said. "Oh no, no no. My coffee is not better than that! You win," he said. Defeated. This was an event I was waiting for. Having heard awesome reviews about Magnum's masterclass workshop last time, which I missed, having Janice Wong, winner of Asia's Best pastry chef and Fritz Storm, winner of the International Barista competition to showcase Magnum's new flavour, Choco-Cappucino was like a dream! The event though was

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Noodle Festival @ China Town

Noodle Festival @ China Town

China Town. The name brought back floods of memories. During the last of my school days, when the eating scene in Chennai wasn't as vibrant as it is now, few places stood out! And China Town was one among them. If the 'rich kid' was throwing a party, it was here. During early college, when one wanted to celebrate an 'occasion' it was here. I was also starting to wonder why I forgot this place. There are times when we look around for a not-so-expensive Chinese eat out and recently, my brain hasn't been recalling China Town. I was glad that the invite came from the restaurant!!!! The greatest part of the evening was Chef Ram of Benjarong! Wondering why the chef at Benjarong was here? I was too! Only then were we told that China Town is now pan Asian and serves a variety from Vietnamese and Malaysian and Singaporean while having a large Indo-Chinese selection too! And being from the same group, Chef Ram co-ordinates with Chef Lee, the chef at

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