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Seafood Festival at China XO

Seafood Festival at China XO

Oops. Leela Palace is in Chennai! After two bad episodes (though one was made up by the hotel), I forgot about Leela Palace. The fact that it is not on my way anywhere didn't make it difficult to forget and not having heard of food festivals here made it easy to wait to make a visit! When my friend reached out to give a Chef's table a shot, I wasn't too keen. When a fellow blogger, who now works close to Leela said that things are so much better now, I thought, maybe this is a good time to give it a shot. Any restaurant which is full on a Monday evening needs to be studied. It was after dinner that I realised what I have been missing for so long! Oh man! So this was a chef's table at China XO for their Seafood festival at the invite of the hotel. The dishes that came out were getting better, one after the other. Take the restaurant chef's Singapore experience with the mid eastern experience of the exec chef, Makwana, China XO is

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Gourmet Flavours, On The Rocks, Crowne Plaza

Gourmet Flavours, On The Rocks, Crowne Plaza

Citibank has now got its Food Festival back in a brand new avatar, the Gourmet Flavours. Along with FBAI (Food Blogger Association of India), they've gone all out in promoting their own version of the week long bonanza where 5 star hotels dinners are made available at a fraction of the cost! The menu at On The Rocks looked amazing and that was my choice for dinner! FBAI set up the invite for two of us and off we went! This was a 3 course dinner and it started off well with a nice modified Scottish Egg. There was no runny centre (and that is why, modified) on a bed of salad. The coating on the egg was heavenly. My friend ordered the Mackerel and he quite loved it, while me, not being a fish fan, was able to tolerate it! The second was awesome for me with the fantastic slow cooked lamb shoulder! It was beautiful cooking with the perfect sides and melt in the mouth meat! My friend wasn't so lucky. The chicken breast was dry and while the potatoes an

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Southern Spice, Madras Food Festival

Southern Spice, Madras Food Festival

It is so difficult to go for a fine dine South Indian restaurant for South Indians, I guess. Unlike most countries where fine dine is a way to showcase home cuisines, here we would prefer to try our fine dining at places that serve more exotic cuisines! Why pay for the ambiance when you eat what you normally eat at home, right? So a food festival titled MADRAS, celebrating the Madras Day, was the perfect excuse! I came back thinking we should go more often! The best way to enjoy this would be to call the chef, tell him your budget and ask him to surprise you! Believe me, it takes away the hassle so much and he knows how to make it happen. It starts off great with the papad platter, but with a twist. Crisp lotus stem papads! South Indian? I don't think so, but you wouldn't care. It was super yummy, flavoured like the mormozhaga  and so was bang on South Indian flavours and set the tone for the dinner. Rather, set the tone for the rasam. So the lotus stem is n

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Thai Express

Thai Express

   Walking all over walking street can be exhausting. For the eyes! So as you cross the Walking street and head to the beach, the walk can be exhausting for your brains, now. Deciding where to eat is a huge huge burden. When you are on tour, you want to find the balance between not going wrong and experimenting! While Thai Express looked like a chain of restaurants, we didn't know if it was and  decided to walk in! The menu was inviting and we ordered things that were on their best seller list. The Massaman Chicken Gravy, Thai Basil Chicken, a beautiful Thai soup and the grilled Chicken thigh! The Thai Basil chicken that came first was a stunner. It was spicy, but inviting every taste bud on the tongue and was a flavour bomb. The basil and spices were noticeable individually and all three of us loved every morsel of it!! Beautiful dish. But it was upstaged by the main course, the Massaman Chicken gravy. Oh wow, it was a stunner! Served with some roti and (we ordered

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Gastronomy of Pattaya, Thailand!

Gastronomy of Pattaya, Thailand!

The mention of Thailand brings about different images to different people. For food lovers, Thailand is another food paradise! A beautiful one at that. But having experienced Thai food in multiple countries will be of almost no help when you actually arrive in Thailand. While the tourist places may be monotonous, it also gives you a chance to savour food from around Thailand in one place! You will be surprised that there is more than just the green and yellow curries! In this Pattaya series, let's look at some yummy foods from various spots! Nope, we couldn't get reservations at Gagan's in Bangkok, but this post is all about Pattaya!  1.  PATTAYA FLOATING MARKET The Pattaya floating market is the largest in Thailand and gives you glimpses from food from around Thailand. Everything from ice creams to bite sized foods to crepes, all in complete Thai avatars are found every few steps. Starting off with a 200 THB entry (900 if you want to take the boat ride, but I&#

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