Category Archives: Restaurants

Black Truffle Magic at Hyatt Regency in the Return of the Drama Chef

04a0be12-639e-4ad8-ac57-2350a16d054eAcclaimed Chef Mauro Ferrari on a trip to Milan came across Black truffle in the market and decided to bring it back to Chennai. Chef Mauro loves Chennai and wanted to give us the taste of Black truffle in his own creations through the Return of the Drama Chef happening at Focaccia till October 22. For the Chennai food lovers, Truffle is connected to pastries, that’s where we have heard this term often. Truffles are expensive edible mushrooms existing in two major categories Black and white – Can you believe that?  Black truffle is one of the costliest and finest of the truffles. Truffle tastes as a mushroom and it was the hero of the dishes by the expert chef Mauro Ferrari.

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Velachery Food Review: Wai Wai City Noodle Bar at Highway Food Street

Hangouts is the common term narrated by the youth today and many parents must be aware of it.  To me, when my daughter says hangout, it means my purse is going to weigh a lot lighter soon. But the necessity of it could not be overlooked because friends move in different directions after school and the close-knit group wait for common holidays to meet each other and the enthusiasm is contagious. If it is just a small group, they do meet at home but then it is not all that comfy for them and if the group is slightly bigger then they start looking out for places where they can eat and spend time together. Youngsters have limitations with their pocket money and many times they are forced to find a place to meet and greet because they have no other option but to spend more.

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Today’s visit to the Wai Wai City Noodle Bar in Highway Food Street on 100 feet road made it clear that it is a blessing for these children. It is value for money good quality food in an air-conditioned environment in a central easy to reach location, with all the Ts of a real hangout place. This is the first quick serve restaurant of Wai Wai City Noodle bar in Tamilnadu.  A decent menu certainly not the tiring book of items, but has starters, main course, beverages, and a dessert. In starters, we have both veg and non-veg options. In noodles, Vegetarians have an edge here as non-veg items are an add-on.  If you believe in your culinary expertise, you can also choose to prepare your own noodles.

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Chilis, American and Mexican Food Restaurant Comes to Phoenix Mall, Chennai

a5Phoenix mall brings more variety in food options with the latest inauguration of Chilis, American and Mexican Restaurant with its array of fresh dishes specifically Tacos, Quesadillas, Nachos, Pizza, Burgers, Soups, Salads, Chili and a good range of starters, margaritas, quenchers and desserts. The range is impressive both for Vegetarians and Non-vegetarians. A cool casual dining experience with a caring service and a warm ambience is all set to welcome you here. Chilis in Phoenix Market City Velachery, Chennai is in 2nd Floor by the end before Market 99. Just walk in the left and you cannot miss it.
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Pakwan Restaurant, A Vegetarians Delight

Pakwan, a vegetarian restaurant in TNagar, Chennai celebrated the first anniversary of their operations along with the launch of their new menu which boasts of an array of interesting dishes.  We were invited to be the part of the celebrations and taste the new menu. It was fun with games and food, and we enjoyed the lovely preparations and the ambience, a special mention to the mocktails we were floored with in the process.

This has been our first visit to the place even though it came up many times earlier. The new menu carries Asparagus risotto with almonds, and to the Masterchef fans out there, it would not sound new. Based out of rice, it was a queer dish for a South Indian but yet delicately interesting and we liked it.

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Newly Opened Temptey’s: Temptations Satisfied, Value for Money

7a26e398-36ed-4998-b9c2-9221b7e2f7efChennai culinary scene has seen a rapid change and it is varieties galore in every section of a sumptuous feast. Desserts have found a prominent space and it will be no extravaganza if we say milkshakes have evolved vying for a solid percentage of beverages menu.  So naturally dessert bars have found their way to bring those exclusive offerings. There is no way to say “enough” with this lovely sumptuous exotic collection at Temptey’s, a newly opened dessert bar exclusively for  thick shakes, at navalur, strategically positioned opposite OMR food street and AGS Cinemas, Viviera mall. Temptey’s menu of milkshakes has more than 100+ varieties and trust us, each one boasts of its own signature stuff. Shhhh, ingredients are sourced from Italy and the trade mark in-house preparations combine in a way to make them filling and fulfilling and it sure is a big plus. Let’s Meet Over a MilkShake, tag line of this brand suits the concept and it sure has an ambience of a hangout.

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Vegetarian Food Review of Maplai Restaurant, Neelangarai, Chennai

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Maplai restaurant is quite popular for their virundhu (feast) and their curated selection of dishes from the Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka region centric cuisine.  Right now, Maplai is celebrating Andhra Pradesh food festival during the month of July 2017.  The Neelangarai unit is new but we could see a good footfall on the Friday we were there.  We arrived early and was well received by Mr. Vinu Shankar, Marketing Manager of the establishment. It was interesting insight onto the process and the honesty in claiming their approach to being near to the authenticity of the dishes to the traditional way of making it.  We arrived early and hence could not participate in the virundhu (feast) but did partake various items in the menu.

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Punjab Grill Introduces Heirloom Recipes in Phoenix Mall’s Culinary Quest 2017

23301bd9-178f-49a0-88e7-06a3069ecd85Phoenix Market City (Phoenix mall), Chennai is celebrating its 2017 edition of Culinary Quest through the month of July. The specialty of this food festival is the introduction of new items in the menu by participating restaurants and a 15% discount on the bill, a bonus at the time we are facing the brunt of GST in our food bills. We visited the Punjab Grill, a participating restaurant to check out the offering for the culinary quest.

Punjab Grill has always been specializing on Punjabi food and justifies its contribution to the food lovers with its quality and service. It was something to look forward to when we came to know that Punjab Grill is working on bringing heirloom recipes for the Culinary Quest this time. We love such food festivals happening occasionally because it makes the restaurant expand its menu and embark on identifying food that lies hidden in our age old culinary treasure. As a foodie, it gives me immense pleasure to see new items being offered to beat that familiarity with the food in their menu but it is no ordinary task to go in search of heirloom recipes and bring it onto our table with the perfection to make sure we enjoy it. Thanks to Punjab Grill Chef team, it was a job well done and we enjoyed the food at its best.

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Dialogue in the Dark – An Eye Opening Experience

BLACKDark! The word has been associated with color, absence of light and with thing eerie. But to many, it is the way they see the world. Do we really know what it is to be in dark? Not the dark we think of when we do not have sufficient information about a subject, the REAL Darkness. It will be an interesting question to answer since darkness in real is never experienced by many of us, not even in the night. Pitch darkness has literally existed only in thrillers for me. This realization dawned on me when I visited “Dialogue in the Dark” in Express Avenue Mall, Royapettah, Chennai. It is located on the other end of Food Court.  Wondering what is “Dialogue in the Dark”?

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Mango Madness at The Forum Vijaya Mall

Summer time, the king of fruits makes its grand entry in many forms. Needless to say about the varieties of mangoes we are familiar with, dishes that celebrate mangoes find a place in the menu of every restaurant in the city during this season.  With the advent of the concept of food courts, people of varied taste find it easy to get together to taste the food of their choice under one shelter. Forum Vijaya Mall boasts of multi cuisine food joints in the food court and many of them have curated special items to bring the best of the seasonal fruit.  We were invited for a tasting session at the Forum Mall Food Court to taste the #MangoMadness currently on which extends till June 18.  We had the pleasure of tasting vegetarian dishes and it was interesting to see the array of innovative dishes from the participating outlets such as Kailash Parbat, Amaravathi, Kobe sizzlers,  Dashing Dhaba, Quiznows–

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Copper Chimney’s The Great Indian Kabab Festival – Dig into Authentic Traditional Food

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Authentic! Traditional! That 90s touch! Old street taste, inviting aroma – Few phrases we use to locate that specific food that will take us back to those golden days when each dish with that one common main ingredient tasted so different and unique. Those days, the chef signature was imbibed in everything and whatever we try at home, we will go back to him for that specific flavor.  These days, most of the times when we eat out, we end up feeling better making the dish at home and let me tell you, at times it is much better. Take for example, tomato soups at restaurants taste almost like Maggi soups we make at home. Where is that signature that makes us drool and walk in to the restaurant for that experience? We happily had one such experience with Copper Chimney at The Great Indian Kabab Festival happening now till April 14th 2017.

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Following Tea Trails in Chennai – Let us Eat and Drink Tea

9449a512-9fb5-4a97-862f-2a2e5a226fa3Chennai known more for its affinity to Coffee or kaapi is now getting its share of tea tasting experience with exclusive outlets for getting that Tea experience. Tea is no more limited to the hot beverage you get in roadside shops with a huge bag like filter and served in glasses. Tea Trails located in Ashok Nagar near the police station serves 80 different types of tea categorized as black, white, green, Oolong and herbal teas. Known as Chai, it is served without milk and there are 12 types of tea with milk.

The most interesting part of having the tea is the setup placed on the table along with instructions on brewing the specific tea.  The tea we had was Kashmiri Kahwa. Expecting a glass of dark brown tea (we had without milk), we were surprised to see an apparatus placed on the table with an instruction card specifying 1 to 2 minutes to brew the tea. So we waited for 2 minutes and pressed the button and lo!, we had 150 ml of  filtered brewed tea.  We were told we can brew the tea 4 times with the same ingredients making for 4 cups of tea when you buy one. Certainly an interesting concept and we were surprised at the cup of aromatic yellow tea. It is not over yet; we were served with Almond bits which we were told is sprinkled as an add on to the Kashmiri Kahwa tea.

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Flower Drum brings Vegetarian Chinese Thai Food to Adyar

Flower drum has been in our hit list for quite some time for its Vegetarian Chinese Thai Food.  Located in Egmore, it was just not forthcoming rather getting distracted to other restaurants once we hit heart of Chennai. Flower Drum opened their other restaurant at Namma Adyar near Aavin circle (above ICICI Bank).  We are thankful to Flower Drum and the Chennai food bloggers community to have made it possible to have a firsthand tasting session at this new establishment. First thing we noticed is the ambiance. Few tables were arranged to have a circular seating accommodating 6 people and more. This has always been an issue when we go as a family for get-togethers.

The menu was exhaustive with good varieties highlighting Paneer, Corn, baby corn and Mushroom.  For Tofu lovers, we had few items for you too. Now to the food we had –

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