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Royal Marwar Cuisine, Beyond Indus, Taj Clubhouse

Royal Marwar Cuisine, Beyond Indus, Taj Clubhouse

Can someone make you go gaga over basa? Like, really? Really? When he cooks for the king, apparently he can! Introducing us to the Royal flavours, chef Chandar Singh Rathod, with his ever folded hands left a smashing blow! Done perfectly, with a-la-carte, he took us through royalty. When I saw the menu and was startled at the 'Gulab Jamun Gravy,' he assured me that he makes gravies out of even Rasagolla. Oh man! So, coming back to the basa! Starters were nice, but nothing stood out after the main course. Clearly, the maharajas weren't into starters. The Sangri kebab was a completely different flavour than what most of us might be used to. The corn kebabs were yum, the slightly pickly Chicken was nice, but only God knows how he infused so much flavour into the basa fish. Those were yellow fillets from heaven. Yes, starters were great but after main courses............. Then the platter of the ingredients used for cooking food for the

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Restaurant Week India, Prego, Taj Coromandel

Restaurant Week India, Prego, Taj Coromandel

Yay. RWI is back. Let's get one thing out of the way. While it is still superbly priced for a 3/4 course meal at fabulous restaurants, the ridiculously low prices of the previous editions are not there. After all the taxes and fees, it now will cost you Rs. 2300 for two people. Still brilliantly priced, especially when you book restaurants like Prego, which would normally cost you close to 3.5k for two for a 3 course meal each. So, with the price out of the way, the menus have gotten more interesting. Our dinner started with the simple, yet awesome Grilled Scamorza for my friend. Grilled cheese with the Italian breads were great as it is, but small little mushroom on the side was fantastic addition. I had to have Scallops and so, I opted for that. The Scallops are RWI special and will cost Rs. 100 more. With the brilliant lentil sauce for company, this was a superb match. For the main course also, we decided to go with one from the menu and one from the RWI s

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Thai Food Festival, The Flying Elephant, Park Hyatt Chennai

Thai Food Festival, The Flying Elephant, Park Hyatt Chennai

                              And Park Hyatt shows the way! A food festival, a-la-carte done to perfection. Now a festival like Thai Food festival can be boring. I mean, there are specialty Thai restaurants in Chennai and some very good ones, so what can you bring to the table that is new? Turns out you don't have to! What better way than to fly in their Thai chef from Park Hyatt Dubai, a Thai native to whip up some for Chennaities? No buffet. Simply off the menu. Would have loved a set menu though, but knowing Park Hyatt, you simply have to tell the chef to create a four course meal for you and they will oblige! Being a bunch of five people, we had the freedom to try a lot of dishes. Amazingly, the vegetarians had a field day!!! While the simple raw mango and peanut salad is quite common here, the second starter, the seafood salad was a stunner! Along with some mojito, the salad, with a melange of flavours, but dominated by a kind of chilli sourness was

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Kerala Food Festival, Spice Haat, Hyatt Regency

Kerala Food Festival, Spice Haat, Hyatt Regency

Sometimes food is sooooooo good that you know it while looking at it. And then the rare thing happens. I eat it without photographing it! Really! Completely missed photographing the starters here! Oh so yum. And having a Mallu friend who certified the dishes really helped! OK, so here is what is happening. Another buffet food festival, this time from Kerala and hosted at Hyatt Regency. The simplest of foods are the most difficult to make in a restaurant setting, I guess. When was the last time you felt at home in a restaurant? OK, why will you go to a restaurant to feel at home!?! Let me try again. When was the last time you felt like being in a friend's home when you visited a restaurant? Bingo! There were two starters - a fried chicken and this awesome awesome thing called Mutton Ularthiyathu. Couldn't care less what that actually meant! It was soooooo yum. One look and though not pretty, it was love at first site. OK. At first Bite. And I don't have

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Two States, Mumbai to Goa Food Festival, ITC Grand Chola

Two States, Mumbai to Goa Food Festival, ITC Grand Chola

I find it hard to believe that you can have a food festival in a buffet, but that is how it is in Chennai. And invariably all those places have average food festivals. One place that was an exception with the consistency was the Madras Pavilion at ITC Grand Chola. I've been to three food festivals, the Arcots, the Telangana and the Navaithas and loved them all. I've always wondered, 'How do these guys do it?" and when I got the invite for their Two States food festival, I was rather excited. The drive between Mumbai and Goa is supposed to be exotic, but I've not done it. Always did it via Mangalore, so I don't know what you get on the way. Here, the drive starts with a couple of musicians belting out live Goan music! Definitely sets the tone for the evening! The Mumbai chats were lacklustre for me. Except the Keema Pav, the rest, including the Pav Bhaji, the pani puri and the others simply didn't cut it for me. Definitely nowhere c

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Salt, Forum Vijaya Mall

Salt, Forum Vijaya Mall

Rarely do we get to eat in the same restaurant twice in three days. Rarely do we get to see Indian food served in style in India. Possible, but rare. Rarely is it celebrated outside of fancy hotels. Salt is one such place. I am sad that I did not get to visit this place earlier! So, we were late for shopping and early for a 1030 movie and hence after a 5 minute wait debating between the known devil, ID and an unknown angel SALT, we went for the new one, Salt. The restaurant was packed at 10 PM, but luckily the rest of those waiting were in larger groups and we got seated needing only two seats! Loved the decor at first sight. With olden Indian style (South Indian, definitely) chairs and teak looking tables, this is a modern eclectic set up deep in roots. The pinnal chairs (I don't know how to say this in English, but it is a type of woven chairs in wood), with the book shelves and quirky interiors, but a very English outdoor was a refreshing combination

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Songkran Festival, Benjarong

Songkran Festival, Benjarong

Chennai restaurants are waking upto platters? So, in an attempt to reduce the amount of food that goes in, that really doesn't need to go in......OK, you with me here? Hmmm....an example would be the fourth piece of spring roll. Or the 3rd piece of fried chicken. So, in that attempt, which was herculean earlier, but with easier now with platters, I was really really happy to see a food festival, and one that I quite love being spiced up! With platters. This year, Benjarong is celebrating the Bangkok Street Food festival along with the Songkran! And real street side sea food with street side drinks. Not street side prices, but hey! The leaf with condiments is a staple at Benjarong, but today I thought it was unusually tasty and thats why the photo came in. Anyways, so the street food thing. They've brought in some fresh flavours and according to the staff, who seem to know quite a bit about the food, stuff has been brought straight off the street

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Mamagoto

Mamagoto

Eat Dessert First - Some wise dude! I saw this at Sandy's, but never acted upon that advice, till Thursday night. After dreading a long wait, was surprised to get a table quickly and since we were only two of us, we got a table immediately. The place was almost full on a week night. The dessert craving hit and the history of their Banofee Pie was a little too much to resist. Before the menu came, we asked for the Banofee pie, much to the surprise of the waiter. So, my last visit here was mixed as I wrote. Mainly because I was expecting the Bangalore's experimental menu. This time, open mind! So, Banofee pie was half polished off, enjoyed and left the half for the actual dessert! We were not exactly in a pig out mood, so we completely skipped main courses and had three starters. The grill platter from the bar nibbles menu, a shrimp dim sum and a spicy sweet potato fries. The dimsum was super yummy. While it definitely wasn't as thin as a fantastic o

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