Amdavadi – Place for Gujarati Snacks

It’s been long time since we knew this place and always wanted to go there to satisfy our gujju food appetite , specially the Gujarati snacks  which i have grown up eating.

The restaurant called Amdavadi near Residency towers in Tnagar, Chennai.

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A quiet place,wonderfully designed and its very rare that you are going to a Gujarati restaurant and place is so quiet.That is the credit we must give to the people who designed the place. They have done a commendable job .

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When you enter the place the ambiance is good , they have given a semi antique yet fresh look to the place. Wooden chair with marble as a table top, the place is painted in a white which makes it peaceful and soothing with a view of clever greenery outside.

Once we settled down we got 2 menus one is of the Thali which was having sweet , snack and a refreshing drinkThis option we found was over priced, so  we selected our food from the other menu which was having a list of authentic Gujarati snacks. All the items are very well explained so if you are new to Gujarati cuisine you will get a fair idea before ordering.

After lot of discussion and going through each and every item in menu, we finally ordered
Khaman – Exactly we call it Nylon Khaman in Gujarat,It was tasty , sweet,spongy and perfect texture as expected.

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Methi Gota -I felt it was bit over fried but the feel of methi was there and black pepper which made it taste  good and perfect.

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Khandvi – It was not par with our expectation , it has to be more softer than it was but the taste was good.We liked it nevertheless , sesame and mustard seed in it made it more  delicious .

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Fafda – This was disappointment as the masala was too much on it and taste was not  as it has to be, the authenticity was missing.

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Rajwadi Chaas – It was a good blend of masala in butter milk, Very soothing to down all the food with and

Kokam sharbat – The typical taste of kokum sharbat, simple, nothing extra in it and refreshing .

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For us it was a perfect place to try Gujarati snacks but there is place for a lot of improvement, which they can do to bring in the ‘WOW’ factor.

Ambiance – 4/5
Service – 4/5
Food – 3.5/5
Price – 300-500 rupees for two(approx.)

we are definitely going there for the second time to try out the menu

Note: This is not a paid review. It’s based on my experience of going there and we paid for our own meal.

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Pizza republic ,Taramani

We had heard about this Place for a long time , It was the talk of the town and It was not a planned visit , accidentally we went to Pizza republic , Taramani. We reached just before the closing time but they were welcoming and asked  us to place the order of whatever we wanted (Thank you for the gesture I must say.)

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When we asked for Menu , it was something new. The box in which the pizza is usually served had the menu behind it. So you have to go through the list of all the pizzas and the ingredients and put a tick in front of it . You can have your own selection of spicy/ non-spicy,normal cheese or extra cheese, in the topping they have various options to add on.There are also other options like Garlic bread , Salads, sandwiches to select from . We feel they should have more options in there menu , more varieties of pizza is fun.Once you are done with the selection of your pizza and toppings hand over the box to cashier and he will do the billing for you.
Prices were cheaper as compare to other pizza outlets in the city but the Quantity is a little less with comparison.we were invited to cook our own pizza(That is the option they give) but it was too late and we were lazy to do so (we will go next time to try that for sure).
Then we were escorted to dining area , It was designed eco-friendly place and a comfortable arrangement.

We ordered
Garlic bread :- It was good, fresh and tasty, it wasn’t like the usual Garlic bread you get everywhere , It was thin and soft.

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Veg supremo  :- we chose thin crust base with capsicum, onion, tomato, cottage cheese and cheese . It was tasty , cottage cheese was very soft and fresh and overall taste was excellent.

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I will be going there again to try out more items from their menu and to concoct my own pizza.

Ambiance – 4/5
Service – 4.5/5
Food – 4.5/5
Price – 300- 500 rupees for two(approx.)

Note :- They also serve pizza in slice , but that is not available in Taramani branch. Also this is not a paid review. It’s based on our experience of going there and we paid for our own meal.

Sugarush – Beasant Nagar

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Went to Sugarush for the second time on Saturday evening as we had already fallen in love with the cosy little place in Besant nagar when we casually walked in the first time looking for a place to quench our dessert cravings.

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Although a small place, its ambiance is colorful, cute and just wonderful, the people serve with a smile and since we went on a weekend we had a lovely chat with one of the proprietors as well. the decor is fit for the absolute sweet fantasy and a little escape from the mundane.

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Sitting arrangement there has a variety sofa’s , chair and cup cake shaped stool,  also they have long stool arranged in lobby where you want to sit and enjoy your  ” me” time, read book while enjoying the weather.

we went there for a sweet fix and found that they are soon going to start with a light food / snack menu and much to our delight they could offer us some right away. We had

Cottage cheese sandwich – which was superb with tasty soft yummy filling inside and crisp toasted bread outside.

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Mushroom sandwich – was a little too spicy for our taste but was tasty never the less.

Red velvet cupcake – it looked delicious but on tasting lacked the super moisty cupcake i was imagining it to be.

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Chocolate decadent cake – it was perfect. chocolate moist and not too sweet left us craving for more.

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Flavours of cold stone ice cream –    strawberry ice cream with waffers and  , mango ice cream with   , lychee ice cream with berries   and mint ice cream with Choco chips and chocolate sauce. all of them were superb and their portions satisfying.

Ambiance – 4.5/5
Service – 4/5
Food – 4/5
Price – 200-300 rupees for two(approx.)

we are definitely going there for the second time to try out the menu

Note: This is not a paid review. It’s based on my experience of going there and we paid for our own meal.

Lloyds Tea House – A place for Tea lover’s

A high-end tea shop one of its type in Chennai. If you are passionate about trying different flavors of Tea (Hot or Cold),From the different part of the world with the variety of snacks to eat like pizza, pasta , sandwiches and a whole bunch of other dishes then “Lloyd’s tea Shop” is  the place.

In Gopalapuram near DAV school , a small 2 storey white colored building having a small artistic board written with the name Lloyd’s tea House. when you enter the building on the right side you find an old wooden bench (Probably kept there for the people waiting ) deceives you from what there is inside the Glass door.

It was Sunday 10 ‘0 clock ( they have breakfast special on Sunday) . so We planned and went there. Place was soothing with the beautiful ambiance it will give you a feel of drawing-room of your house with the book racks, A beautiful showcase displaying antiques ,flower vase and crockery. There is different table arrangement to choose as per our comfort from sofa’s and chair . They have really worked on the ambiance of the place to give you soothing,relaxing and chill out  experience.

we settled down on the sofa’s as we were really hungry and excited to taste the food and tea.The host Ms.Promilla gave us two different menus one for Tea and another was for the food items . what I like most about the menu’s is that they have worked minutely on it, for every item there is detailed description written and it is so well explained that you know exactly what you have ordered (although it can be a tad bit confusing to choose from so many too :P)

Once the fascination for the menu got over we finally placed order that is
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Pancake with maple syrup :-  Pancake decorated with the pieces of banana was delight to eyes , taste was okay . Maple syrup was as usual good.

Healthy breakfast (Sunday breakfast special )

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Croissant with baked beans :- Both were delicious .
corn flakes with muesli and milk :- It was good .(There is place for improvement like they can try honey, strawberry with it )
Fruits and curd :- Fruits were banana,apple,grapes which were fresh and curd was exactly the way you want.

Once we were done with breakfast to our surprise we were treated with complimentary treats that of a flavored Croissant , a glazed doughnut and a cup cake they were tasty  .

Now to treat ourselves with the Tea , we again got lost in the menu’s with more than 50 types of tea, From different countries like china, Vietnam,India .

After going through the menu which is self-explanatory we chose
Himalayan Rhapsody :- It was an aromatic tea with the scent of different flowers and the flavor of fruits like strawberry and peaches ,perfect for someone who wants smooth and soft taste. it was the hot favorite in our group.
Jasmine pearls scented :- one of the variety of Green tea with the aroma of a jasmine
.It is for someone who appreciates both aroma and flavor of different teas.
Himalayan wine :- As they say unusual tea from the Garden of Darjeeling for the
People who really like the bold and strong taste of a tea.

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our excitement got doubled, the way they served the tea in the kettle on our table.
They poured hot water in the little pots and gave us a timer for light , medium and strong tea.

All the flavour of the tea were awesome , tastier and was more than what we expected.

After the tea , we tried their Pink pasta with a piece of Garlic bread on the side .which was recommended to us and had it despite being full and it turned out to be one of the best pasta’s we ever ate. deliciously flavored with snippets of mushroom and mildly exotic condiments, it was a true winner.

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And at the last we were treated to yet another complimentary Pastry Called Opera which was a perfect finish to the whole experience . made up of a dense dark chocolate and layered with cream and coffee. it was delicious.

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I would call it an experience there , It’s a place with beautiful and soothing
ambiance ,tasty food and a huge array of perfectly selected tea.

Ambiance – 5/5
Service – 4.5/5
Food – 4.5/5
Price – 500- 700 rupees for two(approx.)

we are definitely going there for the second time to try out the menu and specially the tea’s.

Note: This is not a paid review. It’s based on my experience of going there and we paid for our own meal.

Dhaba Express – Nungambakkam

I won’t Call this place a Wow Place ,It was okay.
If you are in Nungambakkam near Haddows road or near Income tax office then you can visit this place.
If you want to eat Chinese or Punjabi , This is the place to go.

Dhaba Express serves Buffet as well as Ala-carte.

You have to climb 3 dark and a very narrow stairs to reach this place ,It’s in aldarado Building.

Interior there is Good It’s replica of an old city Delhi , by having name of few squares on the wall.one thing which  impressed me about their ambiance was the photos they were having on their wall. Later I regret why I dint click them.
Its Air-conditioned(Only for Ala-carte) as well as Non-air conditioned. When I went there day was overcast so It was good. I feel on a hot day it will be a terrible to have your lunch there.

Buffet was looking Good and seems value for money.
we were bit disappointed but then there were few things which satisfied us.

For Buffet , They were Serving Chinese, Punjabi ,sweet,raita and Salad

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In Chinese , They were serving
Manchurian, Noodles which was okay , I will not rate that as one of the best.
additionally there were Potato wedges, Onion Pakoda Both of them were Disappointing as they were not Hot.

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In Punjabi , They were serving
2 sabji,Palak panner and Chole which tasted good , 2 Daal , Dal Makhani and a Dal fry .Bundi ka raita was perfect.
They were serving hot Khulcha and hot Puri which made me happy and turned my experience of being there better.

For sweet they were serving Jalebi which was awesome.

Also they will be having Butter milk, Mango lassi (seasonal) and Lassi. For which you have to pay extra.It will not be included in your Buffet Charges. We selected mango lassi it was good.

Ambiance – 3/5
Service  – 3/5
Food     – 3.5/5
Price    – 250 to 300 rupees for two

I may go there next time.

Note: This is not a paid review. It’s based on my experience of going there and we paid for our own meal.

Panipuri in chennai

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For the all the people who are in Chennai from the northern, western part of India , their craving for Panipuri will always be  un-satisfied.

So here is the review for one of the best pani-puri or gol-gappa in Chennai,which I have tasted up till now.

Om madhuri chat in Thiruvanmiyur,  sea ward road, near Singapore super market.

Pani puri here will have flavour of North India.
Puri will always be crispy .
Pani is one of the best I had in Chennai up till now. Pani will have pudina, bundi , chilli with the Aloo stuffing in puri.

Along with Pani-puri They also serve regular Chat like Bhel puri, Dahi puri, Dahi bhalla samosa chole and it was all satisfying.

Ambiance – It’s small shop so No ambiance score
Service  – Depends on the People waiting Generally it’s Quick by a smiling Guy who serve.
Food     – 4.5/5

Note: This is not a paid review. It’s based on my experience of going there.

Masala Kart Street food festival-2013

Imagine a place where you can get food From different states of India like Gujarat, Maharashtra,Andhra,Tamil Nadu ,parathe from paratha gali and Tunde k kebab from Lucknow. yes everything at one place , that too in Chennai .

It’s masala kart Street Food Festival-2013
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we were going there for the second consecutive year , Last year it was in Besant nagar which wasn’t that great as it was in a very small area (I think last year they were not expecting so many people) this time as they were claiming it to be the largest Street food fest in India, They took it to bigger Place Island Garden near Marina beach.

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When we reach there I was happy that they had Good parking arrangements that was a relief. Then the real tough task was of Buying coupon. A huge Queue,Though there were 6 counters but that was not enough for the crowd which they were able to pull this year.
Entry fees were minimal, 50 rupees entry coupon and you have to take 50 rupees food coupon , which is okay.

Once you enter the place it was heaven for a real foodie.Aroma of a food and a happy faces was all around.
I was totally confused from where to start , what to eat first . This year it was better planned than last year because they had  number of stalls which were selling food coupons inside which was not the case last year.

There were 6 different domes. out of which 2 were Non-vegetarian while 4 were Vegetarian.

List of items they were serving were endless , more than 100 cuisines .Prices were at the higher side but that is expected so no complains. A high level of hygiene was ensured.

Few of the food items which I tried was

Pav vada       –  It Was good but very small .
Misal Pav      –  It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting So total disappointment.Even the worst misal pav in Mumbai will be better  than   what was served.

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Dabeli         –  It was good , Spicy very spicy. I never had so spicy in Gujarat they would have made it better.
Ragada pattice –  Total disappointment , they call it Ragada but It was Chole.

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punukulu       –  Flashback of my Hyderabad days,It would have been better if it was hot.

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putharekulu    –  A sweet dish from Andhra tasted for the first time and I must say now I am craving for it.

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MLA Pesarattu  –  I must say it was the best item of the day.

Malpua        –  It was as expected served hot.

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Ice Gola       – This stall has the longest  queue , It clearly shows that in Chennai we don’t find Golawala easily.

Additionally there were Dhokla, Chat items and many more to add into this list.

Looking forward to many such food festival in Chennai .
Definitely I will be the first person to be there next year.

Note: This is not a paid review. It’s based on my experience of going there and we paid for our own meal.