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.
Phoenix Market City (Phoenix mall) is a happening place in Chennai not only as a shopping destination but also as the location for trying out different cuisines. Currently Phoenix mall is hosting a new one of a kind experience with Culinary Quest, a festival with specific menu and host of discounts/offers for its customers from leading restaurants such as Nandos, Rajdhani, Punjab Grill, Jonah’s Bistro, ID, Noodle King and Spaghetti Kitchen. The festival is on till Dec 4th. We along with popular food bloggers from Chennai had the opportunity to check out the vegetarian options (Many non-vegetarian dishes too but we cover only vegetarian food in our blog). Get the offers booklet for the festival carrying the respective discounts with 2 complimentary parking passes. Now to our experience on the food at the participating outlets, we tasted out the vegetarian dishes at the first five restaurants – Nandos, Rajdhani, Punjab Grill, Jonah’s Bistro, and ID.
Having been in the southern part of Chennai, we did not have much opportunity to visit Express Avenue Mall after the Phoenix and Grand Malls were inaugurated. We decided to check out on the EA mall and after checking out the various outlets, we decided to have dinner at the newly opened Chilis restaurant and as usual the vegetarian aspect of it. Chilis serves Tex-Mex cuisine and is located in the 3rd floor of EA mall as an independent restaurant and not in the Food court.
It is Christmas time and we are gearing up to celebrate Xmas in our own terms. Chennai has shown resurgence is in our blood and Chennaites and Businesses in Chennai, especially Hot Breads show it in their own way by making this celebration a way to Share and Care for Chennai. The more we buy for them, the more we donate to building Chennai. So people, no qualms about buying those specialties unique to Xmas offered by them. It is also the time of the year where giving is pleasure and why not we buy and share it to show we care. So what is in for Christmas this season from Hot Breads? We are also sharing a little about Don Pepe a Mexican restaurant serving authentic Mexican food for the past 15 years. We tried out the vegetarian options only.
Veganism is a form of vegetarianism with stricter rules of non-consumption of animal products in any form, milk, curd, cheese, in short dairy products too. Even vegetarians have reservations about this eating practice with an assumption that the food will not be tasty and devoid of the tasty creamy stuff vegetarian food are made of. There is also a common notion that this food is only for those looking for diet food. Our experience with a restaurant, VeganeR, serving vegan food proved to be quite different. Read more about our review of VeganeR restaurant in Anna Nagar, Chennai here.
We are back on the restaurant journey and this time it is to a 2 month old restaurant Tasteation in Tharamani. It is strategically located In the Tharamani link road opposite TCS in Ramagiri extension. It is in the ground floor of Velacity, deluxe service apartments. This is a fresh breathe of air for pure vegetarians living in and around Tharamani as this place lacks a hep Global cuisine Vegetarian restaurant. So on a beautiful sunny day, we decided to check out this restaurant and its offerings. It is located on the lane that turns from the Taramani Velachery main road. Since the Restaurant is part of the service apartments, the entry to it is through the Service apartment entrance. The entrance is not a typical one and can be quite misleading but once inside, a nice restaurant unfolds in decor and presentation.
We are a family of foodies and when we got the opportunity to do a restaurant review for RnMOnAskMe which I interpreted as Restaurant Majors On Ask Me, I immediately got onto the job to identify the restaurant using the Askme app I installed on my smartphone. It is not an easy task given my preference for vegetarian food and this time I was looking for Italian cuisine. I searched through the app and landed up with a number of entries (never knew so many Italian restaurants in Chennai) and we set our eyes on Jalpaan for their innovative combination of cuisines. Normal combinations we see in restaurants are Texan – Mexican, Italian, North Indian South Indian, Chinese cuisines. This restaurant had a unique combination of Italian, North Indian vegetarian food. Decided to try it out and checked out the locations and there was one nearby at Adyar, Chennai. Checked out Google and saw that the restaurant was closed on Saturdays. We were surprised because restaurants do not normally close and choosing Saturdays was much more intriguing given the business they get on weekends. We tried calling them and there was no answer and we assumed they must be closed. We are not sure if it is a regular closure or a one off occasion. So we decided to check out their restaurant in another location quite faraway from our place.
Authentic food is a different game altogether. So when it comes to scouting for one, it became a tougher search as we went from one restaurant to another, went through so many sites, reviews, people and yet the search was ongoing. Foreign foods in India undergo a change to suit Indian palates. Try the original and it is probably not the one you had here. Having been a lover of authentic Punjabi food ( the not so masala gravy type side dishes you get here) I was looking out for one to satiate my taste buds. After quite a search, found a small joint (has about 4 to 5 tables) but neatly maintained and run by Sardarjis. I have a great respect for them and their work ethics. This place called Pait Pooja is in Thuraipakkam (closer to OMR) on the 200 feet road connecting Pallavaram to OMR. Though my family had apprehensions for going all out to this place which was quite a drive from our residence, I was insistent that this might be the authentic Punjabi food experience we are looking for and we were not disappointed. This post is without pictures of food because they are not presentation conscious and serve the food in disposables. The look might pull the air off the interest to visit the place, nevertheless the food was class and lip smacking to the core.