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Brunch at Colony, Rain Tree

Brunch at Colony, Rain Tree

There is only one thing better than brunch on a Sunday. Sleeping in. But at times, there is pressure from the family to step out on Sunday and so, gladly, there is something that is nice in the form of brunch. While brunches in the city were getting passé, thankfully, some are working on reinventing the brunches. There are places which pass of lunches as brunches and such, but slowly, I believe, some restaurants are getting creative and really working on that brunch.  Colony, the newly revamped coffee shop at Rain Tree, St. Mary's road has started off a nice note. With a new chef at the helm and the manager from Marriott (for me, the Marriott brunches of 2010/11, till date were the best. Even they are not able recreate what Chef Girish had at the time), the brunch has a focus, not on quantity but on quality.  The restaurant has a nice look and feel to it. With a casual sit out space which could be ideal for the brunch, I like the starters on the table

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Potlam Rice

Potlam Rice

For everything that is there now, there is a reference in some ancient Indian book! Yeah, you can check. Even if there isn't, someone will say there was! We take credit for everything! Not a bad thing, though. Biriyani is no exception. The awesome awesome biriyani with all its variety in flavour and spice and all things food, has an ancient Indian mention in the 2 century. Called, 'Oon Soru,' the reference talks about a one pot dish, with a variety of flavours, meat and veggies. Isn't biriyani the same? But references to the oon soru  talks about more than just meat, but different consistencies of meat. The reference talks about the dish being made for soldiers for whom all kinds of flavours and meat were essential not just to keep their spirits and energies high, but also to ensure that it could be packed easily and can be taken and eaten easily. I'm sure they knew that eating chapati, dipping in gravy and having a side dish wasn't exactly a good dining

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Manhattan Fish Market

Manhattan Fish Market

I now have a special love for Manhattan Fish Market. Even before the first morsel of food was served, we were told in our 'Menu Tour' that Manhattan Fish Market, a food company based in Malaysia and presence in about 10 countries, comes to India and CHENNAI is the first outlet in their India attempt. CHENNAI!!! Isn't that amazing? Not Delhi, not Mumbai, not Bangalore but Chennai! So, disclaimer, I love this place already! OK, so this is a spacious two floor restaurant with about three private dining rooms which is high tech, with apple TV, a board, (yes, a board with chalk) and an almost board room type seating. The waiter then takes you through a menu tour explaining their menu. Oh, I forgot, as soon as you enter they all shout, WELCOME, that can almost startle you! If I were to shorten their 5 minute menu tour to one line, it would be, 'they have five types of cooking. Poach, Grill, Flame, Bake and ......,' I forgot the fifth. But they h

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Dipping Pot

Dipping Pot

In 2008, I was talking to a friend who wanted to set up Teppayaki , but was disappointed with the Chennai market. He said it will take Chennai a very long time before Chennaites embrace new concepts. I think that 'long time' has arrived! Either new age restauranteurs are taking risks and pushing new concepts or people are open. OK, who cares if the egg came first or chicken came first! We have both now! So, fondue has arrived in Chennai! Perfectly named the 'Dipping Pot,' set up in TTK Road, the restaurant has taken the easy way out by having a cafe menu and having the fondue menu at the end. I really thought they should have it before people give up the menu! But then...... I like the fact that they have tweaked the fondues to include a slightly spicier and flavourful fondue while also retaining the classic Swiss fondues. The cup sized portion is also a welcome change and the only thing the cup takes away is the crisp layer of cheese that settles in c

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Sonargaon Festival at Beyond Indus, Taj Clubhouse

Sonargaon Festival at Beyond Indus, Taj Clubhouse

Fish fry! No offence, but that is all I thought of when five of us met, by invite, at Beyond Indus, Taj Clubhouse to taste their Sonargaon Festival! Though it was supposed to be Zamindari cuisine, the Bengal part of it was quite emphasised and me not being a big fan of fish, I was a little worried. The evening turned out to be one that will be difficult to forget! Read on. Beyond Indus serves cuisine, from, well, duh, beyond the Indus! So there is a lot of North West Frontier type food and the concept of bringing an East Indian cuisine to a North West frontier restaurant was intriguing. But apparently , Zamindars, did have some influence from the west in their foods and the outcome, last night, was brilliant. I was not able to properly pronounce any of the names with the emphasis on the o sh, so I'll skip the name calling! A roasted mango pulp with cumin was a great way to start the meal on the first day of the hottest period of the year!!! This was follow

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