Sunday, November 27, 2011

GRT GRAND...

Yesterday we went to GRT grand fro a lunch buffet. It was raining heavily and we were getting so bored sitting at home., so thought of trying a new place, and were we surprised..yes..it is a very nice place with awesome food......Only I missed some juices or soft drink..

They started with mushroom soup, since we dont like mushrooms, my hubby asked for tomato soup, though they didnt have it in the menu, still he got it for us, though took some time.

Starters...lots of variety..baby corn with dip and broccoli with dip..there were tens of things with dips, then potato dumplings...tasty,onion rings,cheese toast..also tasty, and papad and salsa..salsa was awesome.

in the main course, we had lots of variety...vegetables in balsamic,, kozhambu,sweet potato fried with something and many more, what I liked specially was paneer preparation and one potato dry,dahi vada,rice with corn and lemon rice and butter nans were very soft and good..rare to find anywhere.

Desserts..now this is my favourite counter and they didnt dissapoint me....it had, malpua, rabri, kheer, rajbhog, kaju roll, coconut barfi, trifle pudding, chocolate cake,cheese cake, tarts and few more and three types of excellent ice cream.

Preparations are good, and so is the service and ambiance.....

All this for 760/ person.

And at the end they give some mouth freshener too..it is really worth it


COPPER POINT
20, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017 044 28150500

Monday, October 24, 2011

JEEVAN.your cafe

When we saw in the paper that CCD people have opened a cafe, we wanted to see it.Now a days my hubby also keeps looking for pure veg restaurants. It is in Nungambakkam on Jagannathan street, near Motimahal.First thing I look for is ambiance and comfort, so it has a ethnic look(my favourite) and seating is comfortable.

Then in the food, with north Indian food as the permanent menu, rest everyday they keep rotating..that is for buffet lunch, Dinner is a la carte.

we went for lunch and there they had...
Jaljeera and chhaas and mushroom soup, I dont like mushrooms, so didnt try it, but chhas was very good.
In starters we had Golguppas,panner fried and spiced .Golguppas were good.
Then they had4-5 types of salads,
in vegetables..shahi paneer, stuffed chichinda,potato fried,panchratan daal,rasam,banana flower,gobhi manchurian,pakori curry and some more southIndian preparations.and pastas
Rice....lemon rice,boiled rice,pulao,curd rice,fried rice.
Naan and chapati.
Dersserts..Gulabjamun,carrot halwa, semian pyasam and icecream..all very good.
Sevice is also good and all this for Rs250/ person only..
I found it a big steal.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

THE PIANO

Last weekend we tried Savera hotel on RKSalai road.There they had buffet in their Piano restaurant.
I just loved the food here, their most of the preparations are very good.
We started with mango drink,thye had one strawberry and one punch too. we tried the first one, but it was too sweet.
For the starters they had..paapdi chaat,samosa, kachori, gobhi manchuria, and pakoras, golguppas.

In the  main course there was..two varieites of aloo.both yummy,and paneer bhujai, beans,3types of south Indian curries, curd rice, three varieties of pulao..all very tasty, and noodles with 6-7 varieties of salad including choley also..rice varieties were very good and so were the naans.

for the desserts there were 5-6 baked varieties and few were really good, three types of icecreams with toppings, then, moong daal pyasam, almond gulabjamun and carrot mysore pak..these two were awesome, I really hogged them and then some fruits.

All in all a very good buffet and price is also reasonable...730/ per person.

what I miss there is the endings, if they add paan to it, it would be awesome and the place should be more spacious.
But I would love to go there again

SAVERA HOTEL,
146, Dr.Radhakrishnan Road,
Chennai – 600004
India

Phone : +91 - 44 - 2811 4700

Thursday, August 18, 2011

MINT LEAF

This is one of the fine dining Indian restaurant in London. It has many branches here.we went to the Piccadilly one.Very nice ambiance , service and food too.Paneer preparations were yummy For a detailed menu you may check here.We could get the parking also and its the biggest advantage here.The pricing is little on the higher side, but then its called an upscale restaurant, so one is warned in advance. we were 8 people and men took wine, whereas women took soft drinks and then one starter each and then main course.Then since it was bday celebration we had chocolate cake and it made up for desserts. It came out 30 pound per person...for an enjoyable evening.
Mint Leaf Lounge & Restaurant 
M
12 Angel Court, Lothbury, Bank
London EC2R 7HB
T: 020 7600 0992
F: 020 7600 6628
l: reservations@mintleaflounge.com

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
Mon - Tue: 11.30am - 12:00am
Wed - Fri: 11.30am - 1:00am'''


Restaurant Opening HoursMonday - Friday
M
Lunch: 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Dinner: 5.30pm - 11.00pm
BAR FOOD AVAILABLE FROM 12noon - 


Press and Public Relations Enquiries
onday - Friday
lease contact:
Gerard McCann
General Manager
Mint Leaf Restaurants
0207 930 9020
Mon - Tue: 11.30am - 12:00am
Wed - Fri: 11.30am - 1:00am
Monday - Friday
Lunch: 12.00pm - 3.00pm
Dinner: 5.30pm - 11.00pm
BAR FOOD AVAILABLE FROM 12noon - 12pm
Please contact:
Gerard McCann
General Manager
Mint Leaf Restaurants
0207 930 9020

Suffolk Place SW1Y 4HX

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ZIZI

It is an Italian restaurant, and a favourite of my son. we frequently go there,specially the one in Canary Wharf.
Here the ambiance is good, one gets an excellent view of Thames and service is also good with a smile.
Detailed menu can be found here..what I like is..
in starters...Arancini
Crispy risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella
and peas, served with a tomato chilli sauce. 5.15..this is like Indian cutlets:)
and

Bruschetta al Pomodoro
Toasted ciabatta with fresh baby plum tomatoes,
basil and red onion. 4.95

In the main dish we ordered Pizza Margharita and one pasta..pizza is delicious , we normally like thin crust.

in dessert I just loved....
Torta Amaretti

Mascarpone and amaretto fl avoured cheesecake with
a fruit compote and fresh mint. 4.95
Tiramisu..is also good.
Light sponge soaked in espresso and liqueur, layered with mascarpone and cocoa. 5.10

and for chocolate lovers...

Chocolate Melt
Rich chocolate dessert with a soft, melting centre served
with vanilla mascarpone or gelato. 5.25 V..it is sinfully delicious.




Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TAJ CLUB HOUSE CHENNAI

Last week on our anniversary we went to Taj club house for buffet Lunch, as we had already seen Fisherman's cove and Connemara..I decided to check this one.
Here the ambiance is good like a five star and they have lots of variety too..
In the non alcoholic section they have two types of mocktails.I liked the strawberry flavoured.
For starters, it was usual chaat, 2-3 fried items, and assortment of breads.the last one was really good, chaat..I dont think any good hotel serves the real taste:(
Then they had all sort of pastas,pizzas and noodles, variety of rice and Indian breads, and yes salads.Rice was very good ..all varieties, dont know why they kept biryaani and daal on a separate counter and we came to know only when we were full, whereas both these items were very yummy..otherwise there was very little variety in vegetables and whatever was there wasnt good even.
Dosa was also there.
In desserts, they had gulabjamun, chamcham, and carrot halwa, and then there were tarts, cakes, mousse,ice cream etc etc.
I dont know why most of the good hotels look after western taste more than Indian palate, even on the table we had olive oil and vinegar, instead of chatneys.
and in then I missed any paan, saunf, supari..anything like that.
All in all I wouldnt say that food is good, its only for the ambiance if you want to pay, then fine.
All this for a price of 1100 plus taxes..per person.
Taj Club HouseNo. 2
Club House Road
Chennai - 600 002
Tamil Nadu
India
Tel : (91-44) 66313131
Fax : (91-44) 66313030
Email: clubhouse.chennai@tajhotels.com

Thursday, May 19, 2011

SIGREE

In my building whenever I lamented about the shortage of north Indian good food, everybody told me to go and check Sigree, so I went there with lot of expectations:) but not all of them were fulfilled.
A la Carte menu is highly overpriced, so we set out to have the buffet lunch.

They dont have any cool drinks in the buffet..its only soup..and I dont like to have starters without anything to drink..so starting only dampened my spirits:)

In the starters, they have 2-3 items with chilli paneer and some pakora and chaat also..chilli paneer was good, but here I never like Golguppas anywhere and sometimes I get tempted to start my own corner, because I make them much better then them.

Then in the main they had...4-5 type of salad, chola, one paneer dish,daal, and few other vegetables and rice....I miss the pulao here and dahi bada, they had curd rice too. but preparations were good.all this with naan and chapati.

In the dessert we had...some payasam, two flavours of icecream,jalebis, gulabjamun and some baked delights too.....good  fare.

All this for 500/--per person..its value for money if they include some cool appetizers too.

Ambiance is OK and service is too prompt, as soon as you sit they start plying you with the dishes, it looks like as if they want you to finish and go, whereas in buffets, I prefer to relax and enjoy with some privacy, here they hurry you up.

SIGREE
Hotel Tulip Aruna Complex,
5th Floor, 144 Sterling Road Chennai,
 Tamil Nadu 600 034
- 044 42664222





Monday, February 14, 2011

Pleated Masala Khasta Bread




I got this recipe from Nita Mehta's book. The bread is very "khasta", not sure how to translate that to english - maybe you could say butter crisp. It's not crisp like potato chips but crisp like phyllo pastry. You can fill the bread with any filling of your choice. The original recipe called for a mushroom filling but since we don't eat mushrooms I made a potato filling like the one used for samosa.

For the bread:

Ingredients:


  1. 2 cups all purpose flour

  2. 1/2 cup butter (cold)

  3. 1 tsp baking powder

  4. 3/4 tsp salt

  5. 1/2 cup milk

  6. 1/4 tsp ajwain (carrom seeds)

Method:


  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt together.

  2. Cut butter into small cubes. Rub the butter lightly into the flour till it resembles like bread crumbs.

  3. Add milk and kneead lightly to form a dough.

  4. Cover and keep aside in a cool place or in the fridge till you have the filling ready.

  5. Roll out the dough into a square about 10" long. It's more important that the dough layer be thin - so if it's coming out longer than 10" that's fine.

  6. Imagine that the square is divided into 3 parts and leaving the center part intact, divide the corner most parts into diagonal strips around 1/2" inch in width.

  7. Spread the filling in the center.

  8. "Close" the bread by overlapping the diagonal strips alternately from each side.

  9. Bake in an oven at 350 F for 40-50 minutes till the top is golden brown and crisp.

For the filling:

The instructions for the filling are somewhat hand-wavy because I never measure them. So I would say go with your instinct and adjust according to your taste buds.
Ingredients:
  1. 3 medium size boiled potatoes, chopped
  2. 1/2 cup chopped onions
  3. 1/2 cup peas
  4. 1 tsp turmeric
  5. 1 tsp red chilli powder
  6. 1 tsp dhania powder (coriander powder)
  7. 1 tsp amchur (dry mango powder)
  8. 3 tsp oil
  9. salt to taste

Method:
  1. Heat oil at medium heat and then fry the onions till golden brown.
  2. Add the dry spices (except amchur). Fry for 15-30 seconds.
  3. Add the potatoes, peas, salt and amchur. Mix well.
  4. Taste it to see if the spices are per your taste. It's better to have the filling spicier than your level. The spicyness gets toned down because of the bread.

My family absolutely loved this bread!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

RAJDHANI EXPRESS

Express Avenue mall has this restaurant,last time when we went there we didnt chk it. But then someone said that this is a chain restaurant and have good, so we thought of trying this week.
And we were in for a disappointment. They serve thaalis and food was very mediocre .Nothing very tasty,though it was usual affair
Buttermilk,
Dhokla,layered samosa
6-vegetables and daal but nothing was tasty,
boiled rice and khichdi
phulka,makki ki chapati and poori, papad
White rasogulla,malpua..it was good and kheer..very insipid
service was not very good, every time we had to call the bearer, and ambiance is also very ordinary.
At the rate of 300/ per person its not worth it at all, if one compares the same type of food, Mansukh is much better.
I wouldnt ever go there again

Thursday, January 13, 2011

NANKHATAI

Once you make this receipe you will never be able to eat the nankhatais in the market. They are so good:).This receipe was told to me by my very old friend Anuja, an expert in baking
.ingredients
1cup sugar-ground
1cup ghee
1and half cup of maida
half cup besan
sieve maida ; besan and mix all the ingredients together thoroughly and nicely ,then make small flat balls ,put them on a greased tray a little apart. make a cross over them with knife. and bake them in a preheated oven at 400 degree for 15 minutes(time may vary a little depending upon the oven and quantity, so please check it.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

MANSUKH

I have been hearing about this place for a long time, once I went there , but couldnt find it, this weekend we got lucky and tried it.

It is a small place but food is good. We tried Maharaja Thali.
It is a thali with unlimited quantity and fixed varieties.
Chhaach.sour curd with salt and pepper and mint is served as appetiser and in the starters there are three snack..dhokla,cutlets and kachori...all of them are very tasty, so we start with a pleasure:)

In the main dish we have gujarati kadhi,paneerveg, daal,one more curry, dahi vada, chapati, poori,rice, curd rice and,papad.

For the desserts..carrot halwa, rasmalai and icecream..I just loved the first two.
If one doesnt want to take thali, they have all sort of parathas and other snacks and sweets too.

And end it with Paan.
All this for 160/..per thaali.

Ambiance is just ok and so is the service, but food is delicious and value for money is more even.and they have all gujarati snacks and north Indian too.

MANSUKH

10 Ramasamy Street
T. Nagar
Chennai -600017

ph:044.24351258