Sunday, September 13, 2009

INFLUENCE


ENTRY

This is a new multicuisine restaurant designer in Chennai, owned by Manish Malhotra
. As soon as I came to know about it and read that even Waiters wear Manish Malhotra there, Iw as so curious to see it. Yesterday we thought of dining there. This is in Egmore near Dasprakash. It must be the first restaurant where the outer wall is completely transprent glass. Restaurant is on forst floor.
Entrance is wow with all that pink roses in water and then seating is very spacious.I just loved it..its comfortable, good to look and with sufficient privacy.
Now the food..they have north Indian food and pasta and pizza also. For a couple they have a package wherein you can get two soup, two starter, four main course and 2 desserts for 699/--only.

We started with golden tomato soup with saffron cream......it was yummy, this is the first time I liked soup outside, otherwise I dont ever take it outside..perfect creamy. served it a bread stick.

In the starters we chose.. dahi ware kabab and paneer tikka.....they are served in a long plate with green chatney....Kabab were delicious and my H liked even tikka also, and I really tasted this type of green chatney after a long time.

In the main course we had....vegetable khurchan and lawabdar paneer with alu kulcha and paneer kulcha...This is the first time in chennai where he brought green chatney, papad( rolled beautifully in cones), onion rings and pickle with the food.
Both the vegetables were good. For me Khurchan was a little spicy, as I love bland food. Paneer was very tasty and sowere the kulchas.

In desserts we took..Kulfi and gulab jamun with icecream.
Kulfi was more like Rabri,and tasy, icecream was just ok but gulabjamun was very good.

I know that we are going to frequent it very often.

Ambiance...Good because here most of the restaurants are cramped, and here even cutlery is very special.

Service....is good with a smile.

Food.....very good

Rates..I think very reasonable, if taken a.la carte..soups for 65/- main course..95/..and mocktails 95/--, for us quantity was more than sufficient, as we had to leave half of the vegetable, but otherwise its ok.

But for the witers wear..I was expecting something different..something in Manish Malhotra style, but was dissappointed, nothing special, I didnt like even, would have prefered if he had given some traditional wear with a different syle to their uniforms..here waiter were wearing black shirt and trouser with a little embroidery and other staff beige and black...both looking very drab and dull.
INFLUENCE
91,PONAMALLE HIGH ROAD
EGMORE
CHENNAI

It is closed now.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Eggless banana bread

This recipe is courtesy my daughter, i have included her in my team:) for this blog, She is very fond of cooking or should I say working:)..
Read it in her words.......
I got this recipe from Cook With Love and must say this was my best experience with a recipe tried for the first time! The banana bread came out perfect, in fact DH and I kept comparing it to the Banana Walnut loaf that Starbucks sells . Believe me, it WAS that good!
The crust has a slight crisp texture and the inside was soft and moist! Since I had 2 bananas, I scaled the recipe to 2/3rd and that seemed to suffice for 2+ persons.

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
3 bananas
4 tbsp melted unsalted butter
2 tbsp yogurt
1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional), I’d 1/4 cup and that seemed fine.

Method

Pre Heat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit
Mash the bananas.
Add sugar and yogurt to it.
Add butter, salt, and flour. Mix well.
Add Baking Soda, milk, vanilla essence and walnuts. Stir till everything is well blended.
Pour this batter in a greased bread tin and bake for about 50-60 minutes or till a tooth pick inserted comes out dry.