This is the food review of So Bar Away, a RestoBar located in Citadines, Shollinganallur, OMR. It is obvious it is a bar with a restaurant and here we are reviewing the vast options of vegetarian dishes we had, surprisingly quite a good menu to have a tummy fill with satisfaction. So friends accompanying in the “not so booze” mood can have a sumptuous food time here. A cozy friendly ambience coupled with abundant parking, a DJ playing peppy numbers and an easy access is a big plus. The menu we had covers starters, main course, desserts and mocktails.
BBQ is the in thing in today’s restaurant scene and few major players are Absolute Barbeques, Barbeque Nation, Coal Barbeques and it is a Buffet available with Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian menu items. The challenge in visiting this restaurant as a family is our inability to do justice to the large menu and a Rs.700 plus and minus per person price tag. This has prevented us from visiting this restaurant often much to the disappointment of the youth gang in our family. We got this issue addressed finally when we visited Axpress BBQ located in Karapakkam (Opposite to TCS) with its a la carte offering. Another plus is it is a Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) and has an interesting menu on cards. The ambience is vibrant and a flash mob now n then adds to the enthusiasm of the crowd. Contributing to the Go Green initiative, disposable paper containers and plates are used to serve food, we leave the restaurant with a gift box with seeds to make our home green. The moment we go in, we are greeted with a welcome drink, dhaniya Shorbet, light and an appetizer in soup form.
Copper chimney known for its traditional and authentic North Indian food has opened its new outlet in Phoenix Market City, Velachery, Chennai adding to the gastronomic journey of food outlets in the mall. Being an avid lover of Copper Chimney, we were happy when they opened their outlet in Ascendas IT Park. Now they have moved from there to Phoenix mall which is much closer and better for us. A sampling of their menu gave us an idea about the variety fare they have brought us with specialties in their own signature pattern. Here is a review of the food we had which was a full course meal beginning with soup, starters, main course and dessert.
Ab-e-hayat – light vegetable and coconut water soup flavored with turmeric and celery. It was refreshingly different, less creamy with a lovely aroma.
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.
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.
Phoenix 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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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.
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.
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 –
Focaccia, Hyatt Regency Chennai’s Italian restaurant has revamped their menu based on the expertise of well-known Chef from Milan Chef Mauro Ferrari and we could not be more excited to taste the vegetarian dishes out.
For us who are familiar with spicy pastas and pizzas as Italian food, it was surprising to see that authentic Italian food more on moderate spices with lot of vegetarian options.
Chennai Focus wanted to try out a Punjabi Restaurant, Pind as we came across too any good reviews and wanted to try it out. Pind is a pure-vegetarian Punjabi restaurant located at Velachery, Chennai.
Ambience : It looked like a Dhaba themed restaurant with the bamboo/cane chairs and tables (Moda) that you find in Dhabas. Wall Paintings signifying Country life was also seen in the place we sat. We were not happy about the lighting. It was dimly lit and we could not even read the menu card and had to take the help of our mobile torch. Much with the trend now, they have a live Mocktail counter.
Chennai Focus visited Kaidi Kitchen, a vegetarian themed restaurant located in Bishop Wallers Avenue, (Opp. to Savera Hotel), Chennai.
Ambience: it is a jail themed restaurant with the waiters and the supervisors dressed like cellmates and jail wardens respectively. There are tables outside the cell ambience with a prison feel and decor. We sat in the normal tables. The restaurant has a live Mocktail bar but there wasn’t much of activity and felt uninviting and more like a shop. From the entrance to the tables, everything is carefully set so as to give a feeling of dining in a jail.