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.
We heard few of our friends talk about Tawa 9 in Mandaveli and decided to check it out. Located near the State bank of India branch of Venkata Krishnan Road (Near Mandaveli Bus Stand), Tawa 9 is a decent vegetarian restaurant. We met the owner Maitri and got to know her recommended items to try it out. We were a mixed group of South Indian and North Indian / Continental food lovers and this place had items to cater to our various needs. We were there at lunch time and we saw Tamilnadu and North Indian meals available.
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.
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.
Cafes are meant to have the perfect hang out experience just the way you want. If you are alone, you can just sit back and read your favorite book while savoring some nippy bites and piping hot coffee or, you can spend some jolly good time together with your friends or colleagues, or you can have endless chat with that somebody special while relishing yummy food and refreshing beverages. Today we are covering from the same kind of café, a café which offer you to try your musical notes as well! Yes, you read it correct. A Café where you can sing along with Karaoke and have a fun-filled café time invites you for a gala experience.
Osteria specialises in authentic Italian cuisine (100% vegetarian), brought to Chennai by the man behind the scene, Vineet Bokaria… from Dubai. The interiors are warm, rustic and a cozy Italian tavern look, designed by Vineet himself. The idea is to give every table a feature, and a difference to feel upon.
The chefs are from Dubai, as well, and have around 12 years experience in star hotels in this cuisine. The key feature of Osteria is that all the breads and pastas are made in-house with Italian equipments. They are as fresh as ever (which none of the Chennai restaurants of this category can claim so). Cheeses and oils are imported, which enhances the authenticity of the taste.
Nivedhanam, is a month old restaurant, promoted by Amithra Hotels and Restaurants. They serve Indian, Chinese and Continental vegetarian cuisines. The Restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner.
Be treated to a traditional ambiance with international menu items, a unique fusion for the gourmet lovers. Menu items include Chinese specialties, Continental dishes like Veg Au-gratin, baby corn fries, American cheese balls , North Indian Tandoori Dishes and last not the least sumptuous south Indian cuisine.
For Dessert lovers, be sure to try out sizzling brownies with ice creams, fruit salads that live true to their name, fruit truffle, banana splits, and more.
Chennai has plenty of good vegetarian restaurants. For the past few years city exclusive vegetarian restaurants have introduced new varieties of vegetarian dishes. These restaurants have new and different items other than regular idli, dosai and uthappam. Sizzlers, Kebabs, stir fried greens and pastas the list goes on and on. With huge number of vegetarians in Chennai, it is no wonder innovation in vegetarian restaurants with changing times has taken place.
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