Friday, July 11, 2014

instant snack

I was looking for some fresh snacks and didnt want to spend too much time and I got this idea..
If you have some namkeen lying with you , just dry grind it in the mixer and your filling is ready.Or you can take any daal mix from Haldiraam and grind it.
Then knead some maida with some oil and water. make it a hard dough, now you can make small samosas and .Bhakar badi.........both
for samosa take a small ball of dough, roll it in an oblong shape, cut into half and make a little samosa and deep fry on medium heat.
For..Bhakhar badi....take a medium size ball and roll it like a chapati, then spread the filling with a spoon and press it a little so that it sticks. Then roll the chapati int o a roll and then cut into small pieces and then deep fry on medium heat.
You can eat it fresh and keep it also for long period

Monday, June 30, 2014

PESHAWRI..ITC GRAND chola

This is the new hotel in Velachery Chennai..They have many restaurants and Peshawri is one of them..here one can order the food a la cart only.

Hotel has grand area in reception and its quite huge, then we go to the restaurant..quite opulently decorated...in Afghan's style...Here for vegetarians there are green aprons and non vegetarians red ones..the apron are there in place of napkins. Service is OK, not much to talk about.

Mocktails are all good..papad and chatney is served on house..mocktails are around 375/ E

Then we ordered main course, he suggested us one......and when ordered it was like starter ..like kababs .we ordered paneer khurchan and daal makhani..it was yummy.to the core. Then their Naan bukhara is so big that it can be shared by 4-5 persons..All the side dishes are in the range of 975-1050 and breads around 195. though naan bukhara is for 1050/..

They have quite limited menu and though service is good, its not value for money at all.


ITC GRAND CHOLA
63, Mount Road, Guindy,
 Chennai,  600032, 
Phone:+91 44 2220 0000

Thursday, May 1, 2014

La Shakahari

This restaurant is there in residential area of Nungambakkam..Pyrocroft garden road..It had special appeal for me as its a pure vegetarian restaurant and with global cuisine.
When we entered we were surprised to see that it wasnt very crowded, normally on sundays all of them are.But we were happy because I dont like crowded noisy places. That way here seating and ambiance is fine..one can eat in piece.

Now i looked at the menu..they have Mexican, Mediterranean, oriental and Indian, but for that they have made journeys..like whole Mediterranean or Mexican  package for one person is 475/ per person and one cant share it..Like I cant eat that much on my own, so either they should limit the quantity  and then let the guest share..that way we can try many things..Because of their mismanaged menu I couldnt try anything like that, we went for a la carte...

We asked for tomato soup and then we came to know that they are having a scheme where some dishes are being given complimentary one for one, so we got two soups. Anyway that scheme also wasnt very clear, so we didnt bother. Soup was excellent, worth it
Next dish we ordered was Paneer tikka..it was ok, Paneer wasnt marinated properly, so it was bland inside.
And then we took vegetarian platter ..it had variety of kababs..some ok, some good.
For dessert, I wanted to try gulabjamun baked with rabri...it was horrible..and not value for money even..very little quantity and then they baked it in the same place where garlic bread was being done, so it had all the smell of garlic..imagine a sweet smelling of garlic.

All in all its an average restaurant with average prices..
!000/ for two.

20, Pycrofts Garden Road, Nungambakkam,

 Chennai

044 28265000, +91 9940415747


Thursday, March 6, 2014

BASERA

Basera is located on ECR with a very good ambiance. For buffet one can sit inside, otherwise outside there are tables under trees. If in a group of 20, tree top arrangements are there.We went for lunch and found the surrounding very very good, with water falling at one place...

Now about food, since i am a vegetarian, I can tell you about vegetarian only..There are three types of soup to order in the range of 90/..E

In starters there is Paneer Tikka, Hare bhare kabab, in Chinese section..spring roll and all. We tried hare bhare kabab, they were good and healthy too as they were baked not fried.Every dish is around 190/..

In the main dishes there were lot of varieties we tried Malai kofta and Kadhai paneer, both were very well prepared and portions were also good.All special side dishes are in the range of 220..230,daals are around 160..190.

And naans..they were the best, In Chennai I havent seen better than them, we tried pudina paratha, butter naan and stuffed kulcha and everything was perfect.Its in the range of 45..70/..

In desserts we tried kulfi thinking that it will be served with faluda and all, but here I was dissappointed, it was like they had put amul kulfi in the bowl..for 120/..

In menu they have chinese dishes, variety of icecreams, juices and all..

It is worth going there..good restaurant.

Their buffet is priced.707/ per person

BASERA
146,ECR,VETTUVANKENI
CHENNAI...41
Phone..24492362/65482961



Monday, February 17, 2014

SPICE JAR

This is a restaurant in Residency hotel at G.N.Chetty street.We had sunday lunch over there.

Ambiance: It is OK, not very opulent, but nice. As soon as you enter the hotel, the restaurant is just in front of you. Seating is fine, we got the table immediately, though it was crowded.

Food: For the starters they have two vegetarian  variety, it was potato pakoras and small uttapam with onion. and two mocktails and vegetable soup. Starters were good and service was very prompt.
Salad...There were usual 4-5 types of it,even dahi vada was also kept with starters, I liked pineapple with spices.
Then in the main dishes, there was so much variety of vegetables..yam, radish with peas, green koftas, paneer,2-3 southern varieties,zeera potato,brinjal salan,tadka daal,Date pulao, plain rice, curd rice, gobhi rolls and naan, roti I liked date pulao very much same for paneer, was very tasty, gtobhi rolls, radish with peas were also good.
Desserts: First time I liked trifle pudding, there were three types of cakes, four types of ice cream accompanied by chocolate sauce and butter scotch( I dint like butter scotch, it was burnt),bengali sweet, milk barfi, aval pyasam, kesari and cheese cake.
All that ended with Betel leaves.
All in all it was good value for money, they had many non veg varieties too, but since I dint take it, I cant say anything about them.

Tariff....687/ per person
The Residency,
 No. 49, G.N.Chetty Road,
 T.Nagar, Chennai
Ph..04428353434

Sunday, November 3, 2013

CHOKHI DHANI

This is a small rajashthani village ..with all the little little things specific to that culture...like Baithaks..Chaupal, jute cots everywhere to relax, folk music and dances going on different place, Bhool bhulaiya, then one Chhatri for astrologer, and some games stalls and a shop selling rajasthani items, tehn there was a photographer too  with rajasthani costumes.

A cave, two temples, one fountain..lots of things and space to enjoy. There was one boy who was walking on the rope for visitors entertainment. This was one thing I didnt like for many reasons..one its child labour, we are spoiling his childhood, he must study and make his future.And he was putting his life in danger .

There were camel rides , camel cart ride,bullock cart ride.....








For food they have traditional sitting system where they serve rajasthani food with love..everything was good but there was this boy who was insisting people to eat sweet.saying it is hospitality, but too much of anything irritates me, I was very irritated and wanted to complain even, this is no way hospitality but a nuisance.

They have specified.... no tipping but my husband also gave that boy walking on  rope, then the one in restaurant,,a few more...Normally i dont support tips anywhere...

This place is on Banglore highway near Queensland amusement park and provides good entertainment.
Food is also good.It opens in the evenings only from 4 pm to 10 PM I think, I would love it if they open it for lunch around Decemebr January..i
Charges...550/ per person
                350/ per child(upto 9 years)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram

My husband went their on some official appointment and since then he wanted to show me as liked it very much. Basically it is a beach resort with cottages and restaurants. We had the buffet lunch over there.
Ambiance is good but service is neither polite nor good.In most of the good restaurants service is very important.and though its buffet, there are many things they serve on your table, but here when I asked, she said..its buffet..oh yes, I know its buffet and i am not eating buffet for the first time, I felt quite offended with her reply.

They dont have any mocktails, there is lemon soup only, since i dont like it, I didnt try even.

In starters they had good variety.with pakoras, chilli paneer and all that..vadas were good, but Indian snacks are better tasted if hot...few varieties of bread..

In the main fare..salads,pulao, few curries,and noodles..for a north Indian, there was no paneer dish,and no good vegetable.

Desserts were good, few Indian and few western with icecream.

All this for Rs 1588/..per person

I dont think that i would like to go there again..

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram

57, Kovalam Road, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104
Phone:044 2744 3636