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Desi Di Poes Garden Vegetarian Food Review

Desi Di has opened in Poes Garden, Chennai with selected menu items with a focus on celebrating local ingredients. The intention can be seen in the items we ate, specifically the Sweet corn Drumstick (Moringa) soup, Veg Cutlet chops with Beetroot, Corn based Butta Kebab etc. Other interesting aspect is that the Chef Aaron Coutinho has gone that extra mile to bring in regional touch to the menu.  The menu has almost 50% vegetarian items. Thanks to the chef for being a vegetarian for 3 months to understand what it means to be one and the difficulty we face in getting variety during our restaurant visits. Now on to the items we had and as usual vegetarian items – Masala papad is always our choice but here we had it  with a twist – khakra with paneer burji. A great way to start the food journey, it was served with another novel drink – litchi jamun drink.

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Royalasthan for Authentic Rajasthani Thali and A La Carte Vegetarian Food

Decent Vegetarian Rajasthani Food Experience at Royalasthan

We start this post with a positive note that Chennai is seeing opening of more vegetarian restaurants. It is encouraging to see restaurants of specific cuisine and we have a new addition serving Rajasthani food, Royalasthan, located in the street next to AVM Rajeswari marriage hall in Dr.Radhakrishnan Road. The restaurant is not a newbie, it is revamped to serve only vegetarian food. Earlier it was a non-veg restaurant. The Rajasthani restaurants that we are familiar of are buffet restaurants, and this restaurant has a a la carte menu and thalis for lunch. A look at the menu confirmed that the items are affordably priced and half portion option is certainly value for money.

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Vegetarian Buffet – Kerala Food Festival till 30th June at Regenta Central Deccan Olives Restaurant

Kerala Vegetarian Food has its own class and we got an opportunity to have it on a sumptuous buffet spread at Regenta Central Deccan’s Kerala Food Festival by Chef Saraswathi from Trichur. The food got a home touch with her personal involvement in every dish and her passion talks volumes in the food. She has brought in specific spices from Kerala to give that authentic touch to the festival. It is simply STOMACH capacity that forces us to stop.

Another interesting factor is the tholi (skin) use in the dish. The dish is made with kidney beans and nethran skin finely diced and trust me, it was simply awesome. We simply loved the zero waste policy. The chef personally visits us and interacts with us to understand how we enjoy the food. That is a personal touch which feels like Home.

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Kokkarakko – A must try place for Veg and Non-Veg lovers

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Kokkarakko, a new restaurant with no frills was a surprise package for us. The homely ambience and the service confirmed that we will be having a great experience. These days quality food alone does not suffice, we look for service and ambience has taken a new form, we look for a place  which is not noisy that we cannot hear our own voice. Kokkarakko gives us a homely feel and the food that we tasted also gave us the same. No preservatives, no stored vegetables ( all are procured fresh), and traditional spices made our dinner a good experience.

Given the list of items available, it is a haven for non-veg eaters with Khadaknath chicken – we were told,  it is a specific exotic variety of black chicken procured from Madhya Pradesh, and many other items. Vegetarian food was no less, we had a good range of starters, main course and desserts and yes, the pricing is another big plus. Quite affordable, Kokkarakko has unlimited vegetarian meals of 24 items for Rs.149.

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Sumeru Launches Desi Gourmet Dishes Curated by Indian Michelin Star Chef Alfred Prasad





Sumeru Launches Desi Gourmet Dishes Curated by Indian Michelin Star Chef Alfred Prasad

Sumeru is a household name in Frozen foods and we have always found them a good alternative to present those French fries, cheese balls, vegetable nuggets that my daughter so loved, at home. Sumeru in the quest for healthy alternatives have brought in 14 times Indian Michelin Star Chef Alfred Prasad to curate gourmet dishes that is mouth watering and lip smacking. The products were launched in a grand event at Crowne Plaza with Peepul Capital, Sumeru Team and Chef Alfred Prasad. It was a well-planned event and we had the opportunity to taste the dishes and true to all the efforts, the vegetarian dishes – Super millet kichadi and Coromandel Shahi Paneer (based on Andhra chili chicken, chicken replaced with Paneer) were awesome. The other non-vegetarian dishes include Coromandel Roast chicken and Signature pepper chicken.

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Chianti Authentic Italian Restaurant Opens in Phoenix Mall Chennai – Vegetarian Food Review




Chianti Italian Restaurant Vegetarian Food Review

On our usual stroll in Phoenix mall, we came across Chianti and decided to try it out. Chianti is the new Italian restaurant and if you are a Masterchef aficionado, you will be glad that we can try out those lovely Italian dishes in real out here at Chianti.  The food was absolutely yummy and the service impeccable. Be ready to see a menu which has Italian names of the dishes and a supportive staff who is ready to assist you.  Here is the list of dishes we had –  Zucca De Pomodoro, Piatto Di Vegetariani, Ravioli De Spinachi E Ricotta and Pannacotta with Berry Compote.

We begin with a Complimentary Chianti Bruschetta which we prepare given the ingredients. Every table has a simple instruction on the table and it was fun preparing our own Bruschetta with Baguettes, garlic, cherry tomatoes, basil and olive oil. We were so busy preparing and eating it as our Zucca (soup) was getting ready.

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Dakshinapuram Vegetarian Restaurant Food Review





Dakshinapuram Vegetarian Restaurant Food Review

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Dakshinapuram, vegetarian fine dining restaurant located in Teynampet, Chennai celebrates South Indian specialties with an affordable pricing, good quality and justifiable quantity of dishes. We, at ChennaiFocus, were thrilled to try out the dishes at this restaurant which boasts of traditional dishes with a perfect South Indian touch.  Before we list out the dishes we had, kudos to the team, who churned us lip smacking dishes, the only drawback being our stomach which filled in fast. 😊

Drumstick soup
Crispy corn

The dishes we had include Tomato Dhaniya Soup and Murungakkai (Drumstick) soup,Crispy corn, Tapioca Crispy fries, Vazhaipoo 65, chilli gobi,  Apollo paneer, Avakkai Rice, Baby PotatoBiryani, Thenkasi Chilly Parotta, Malapoondu Kuzhambu, Kuzhi Paniyaram,  Benne dosai, Mushroom masala dosai, and indesserts, Falooda and a classic way to finish a South Indian meal – FilterCoffee.

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Tuk Tuk Asia Vegetarian Food Review

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5440cf62-0a0e-42d6-ac0a-fe73578684d1Craving for authentic Asian food especially vegetarian food, head to Tuk Tuk Asia located next to Fat Boy Pizza, Alwarpet, Chennai. It is q difficult task to serve Asian Vegetarian food without the hint of the sea food smell but Tuk Tuk Asia made us forget the thought of it by its well-seasoned adapted versions of lip-smacking Asian Food.  Understanding the role of sauces in Chinese food, we have been keen to test it out in every Asian food outlet we go. Here too, the sauces ruled with some beautiful in-home preparations that made every dish spectacular. The menu has soups, salads, dimsums, stir fries, small plates – Fried and sauce tossed, Big plates, curries and a total Non-veg only tuk tuk asia special. Many dishes have the Veg and Non-veg option and ours, as always is the Vegetarian food review. We had soup, dimsum, small plates – fried, sauce tossed, big plates, curries and dessert.  We also had watermelon juice and pineapple juice.

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So Bar Away – Vegetarian Food Review

73f9569a-d8a4-4717-8769-7e93498e286c.jpgThis 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.

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Axpress BBQ – OMR Chennai Vegetarian Food Review

axpressBBQ 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.

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Head to Café CakeBee for a MasterChef Food Experience

254a85cb-50eb-4b35-ba02-709f155bf3f4-1Masterchef season is On in Star World and for those Masterchef fans out here, there is certainly a change in the way we look at food and its presentation. Though we do enjoy the presentation, there is always this absence of not getting to taste that description, the great chefs George, Gary and the food critique Matt so adoringly explain through their words and expressions. To a certain level, we got an experience which made us connect to those food at the Café CakeBee, the newly opened Café at Seethammal Road, Alwarpet, Chennai. The location is a bit difficult to locate now as it is still not up in the map, but do not worry, we are putting the location map at the end of the post, because we are sure you will want to visit it as soon as possible.

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Kerala Food Festival at Courtyard Marriot Paprika Café till May 20th

Kerala food is quite popular in Chennai with few specialty restaurants serving authentic mallu cuisine. It was a welcome food festival at Courtyard Marriott – Paprika café as Chef Saji P Alex, the masterchef who has cooked for Ellen de Generes, curated the special dishes that spelt traditional Kerala food in every mouth. The festival is on till 20th, do read our experience and look out for that exquisite offering at Rs.1399 plus taxes. The festival menu has the special dishes along with the regular menu and is quite widespread and quite satisfying to our palate. We had starters, main course, dessert and a special mention to the chips and pickles that drew us repeatedly towards the counter. The ambience was so aesthetically organized to give a street food feel and being in Kerala environment. Now to the food – We had two starter options Cheeri masala vada. This was our typical south Indian vada, a crunchy spicy starter, a good start to a lovely culinary experience.

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