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Simran’s Appa Kadai

This review is for the Velachery restaurant.
Have been here a few times, the latest was to collect a take-away for Sunday Lunch.
Food is okay taste-wise, and no complaints.
Dont know why, but they do not have Egg Biriyani on the Menu. So if you(or whoever) do not want the chicken in the biriyani, you have to order for chicken biriyani and tell them to take out the chicken. You still have to pay for the chicken biriyani.
It is not about the few extra bucks that you have to pay, but why complicate things when it is so common to have Egg Biriyani on the menu in almost all Chettinad restaurants?
During the fifteen minutes of waiting, there were quite a few houseflies around that reminded me of naan-ee movie πŸ˜‰ The waiters were struggling to kill them with a mosquito bat. πŸ™‚
On the positive side, I have seen this restaurant open at least till 11:30 at night, so if you are late for dinner, this is definitely an option.
Overall, a decent place in Velachery.

Visited December 2012

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

This review is for their restaurant in Parrys, close to the High Court.

The restaurant is located quite in the centre of Parrys area, close to the High Court. We had been there a couple of times in the last two months.

Once, we had breakfast and it was good. No complaints at all !

A couple of days ago, went with family and had lunch at the AC restaurant in the first floor. Small place, very few tables. Had to wait 20 minutes for a table for four. The supervisor tried to help, but couldnt do much.
Ordered Noodles, Fried rice, Gobi Manchurian and the taste was just ok, nothing amazing, but the quantity was attrocious. Quantity of South/North-Indian meals seem ok, but these items that you order separately are too little. Service was ok.

In that area, if you want Veg food, it is a decent option. Nothing worth recommending though !

Visited November 2012

Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad

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WayanadVacation, a set on Flickr.

A wonderful trip to Wayanad with family. Stayed at Banasura Hill Resort and here is my review –
We were here for 3 Nights and 4 Days from 19/10 to 22/10. We were two families (myself and my co-brother) with kids.

Ambience and Rooms
Very beautiful and unique. It is definitely not like the usual hotels that I have stayed. It gives you a feeling of being very close to Nature and at the same time, doesn’t compromise on the niceties of life.
We stayed in the Earth Rooms, located in the same building as the reception. Rooms were very spacious and spotlessly clean. Bathroom was very clean and all basic toiletries were in place.
The bed was very comfortable and since we were four of us, I had requested for an extra-bed and that was good too. An LCD TV and a water kettle to make coffee and tea are provided in the room.
Every day, the room is cleaned and the beds are made. So when you come back tired after an outing, you find the bed welcoming 

Food
We ate here three times a day for almost four days and were not even close to being bored. Delicious, yummy food with a nice variety. They have a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They maintain a good balance between Keralite food and North-Indian food. At least one or two items are typically tasty Keralite food. The spread was very good with soups, starters, salads, and decent variety for main course and a nice dessert. In addition to the normal variety, they have cornflakes, bread and jam and fresh juices for breakfast. So it was easy with small kids too. A few dishes we loved and remembered – Pazhapradhaman, Puttu and Kadala Curry, and all Keralite chicken dishes 
We loved the welcome drink (Ginger/Chukku Coffee) and ordered that at the restaurant at least thrice.  Don’t miss that !

Location
We drove from Bangalore, and took the route mentioned in one of the earlier reviews.
Bangalore – Mysore – Gundlupet – Muthanga – Mysore Road – Sultan Bathery – Beenachi – Kenchira – Nadavayal – Panamaram – 4th Mile – Tharuvana – Vellamunda – Pulinjal – Banasura Hill Resort.
The sign-boards were clear almost everywhere and we double-checked in a couple of places just to be sure. General rule – as you pass by one, ask for the next town  However, after Vellamunda, probably we missed it or there was no board, we took the other road instead of going to Pulinjal and had to come back at least 2 KM. That was the only miss .
Good if you have a vehicle at your disposal, but If you take a package that includes a few trips around, resort arranges the vehicle and then you don’t need one.

Customer Service
This beats all other categories hands down. Everyone serves you with a smiling face, be it a room boy, or in the restaurant, or at the reception. That was something very pleasant and not easy to see everywhere.
Mr Rajesh, GM of the resort was very friendly and helpful. In fact, he drove us to Vellamunda late in the night, to buy some medicines for my child. Many thanks for that. πŸ™‚
Mrs Swapna, Manager Reservations, was a very pleasant person enquiring now and then about our stay and suggesting places to see and so on.
Praveen was very helpful at the reception.

Around the Resort
Lots of greenery, plantations of coffee, tea, spices in and around the resort. A small trek and there is a beautiful waterfall. A trip to a tribal village is interesting. Speed boating at Banasura Sagar Dam was good. Tholpetty Wildlife sanctuary was disappointing, just saw a few deers.

General
There is a free wi-fi that you can use around the reception area. It works fine.
Mobile signal is not available in the rooms. Airtel works at the main gate. Vodafone and BSNL are better I guess.

Overall, this turned out to be a very memorable vacation for our families. Another trip with friends is definitely on the cards !

Room Tip: 106 and 107 have a good scenic view.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with family

Hotel RRR, Mysore

We were a group of 4 adults and 3 children travelling from Bangalore to Wayanad and on the way, stopped at this place for Lunch. It was 19th October, and was pretty much during lunch hours, around 01:00 or 01:30 in the afternoon.

Not crowded at all, so got a table easily. Started to order. They only had Mutton and Chicken Biriyani. No Egg Biriyani !! why ?? That is very normal to ask for. Asked for Omlette, or egg Burji, sorry Sir, No Egg !! Thats even wierd ! Then had to settle for Veg Thali. After the meal, wanted a Lemon Soda with salt…sorry, No Soda ! πŸ™‚ I am not saying food was bad, whatever we ate was fine and ok, but very limited options.

Meanwhile some guide/friend brought in a group of foreigners and the waiters were hell-bent on impressing them. So you had to ask twice for water and for the bill too.

I wouldnt try this place again if I had a choice to go elsewhere !

Visited October 2012

Rajdhani

Have been here a few times and was never disappointed. Their Thali is very tasty and it is a must-try.
I am very fond of Gujarati/North-Indian food. But since I am not from there, I cannot comment on how authentic it is, but everything in the Thali tasted yummy.
Ambience is decent, service is good and quick.
I havent given it a 5/5 just because getting a table can be difficult especially if you are more than four people. The restaurant is small to handle the crowd at EA. On weekdays, you are fine. Weekends can be a nightmare.
Will definitely recommend to others and visit now and then πŸ™‚

Visited September 2012

Malgudi

My first visit to Malgudi to specifically taste Guntur food. A nice atmosphere, wonderful ambience, good seating arrangement, very tasty food, exceeded my expectation.

Today was the last day of the Guntur Food Festival and it was my friend’s recommendation to try Andhra food, from Guntur.

We started with a couple of beers and starters – Alasandala garelu and kodi vepudu were wonderful. Expected it to be a little more spicy, but it was very tasty.

We ordered Kodi Biriyani, Guntur Kodi koora (traditional gravy) and Rage Sankatti (mudhdha or Kali as you may call it) for Main course. All the items were cooked to perfection and were very tasty.

Too full to order desserts, so we finished. We were very satisfied for having tried yummy food from Andhra.

Not sure about the normal menu, but definitely seems to be a very good place for fine dining.

Visited October 2012

A2B – Adayar Ananda Bhavan, Bangalore

This review is for the Indira Nagar A2B restaurant.

Tasty breakfast. Too few tables, so had to stand and eat in the round tables provided. It was a self-service restaurant, so no complaints on service. πŸ™‚

OK for quick breakfast, not for elaborate eating out. Easy access right below Indira Nagar Metro.
At least it is one of the places where you can enter without doubts in mind. You will get good food.

Visited October 2012.

Vegnation

Have been here with family about 4-5 times and last visit was about a month ago.

It is the same place previously known as Palimar restaurant. Entrance is on Nungambakkam High Road, just before The Park Hotel. The parking in this complex is cramped in general, however, they have a decent arrangement for Vegnation customers, so there is a dedicated place. Just ask the parking guys and they will direct you.

Tip: After you finish food and you are about to leave, ask for the parking token at the cash counter. You have to give that Token to the parking guy. That is the proof of having visited the restaurant πŸ™‚

The restaurant has a decent seating arrangement, two sections, one for buffet and another for a la carte.

Moderately priced, special rate for children.

Decent food, a couple of starters, decent spread, a couple of desserts. Soup, breads and icecream served on the table. No complaints with these at all.
The issue is that one day you have a wonderful time and if you come back again, then you find starters are not tasty, soup is not hot, they dont refill soon, takes ages to bring roti to table and all this leaves you unsatisfied. Overall quality and service is inconsistent.

There is a pan shop right outside the restaurant and he makes wonderful Pan πŸ™‚ thats a must-try πŸ˜€

Golden Sun Beach Resort

We have visited this place with a gang of friends few times earlier to spend one full day at the premises, but this time, we decided to stay overnight. In a way we were familiar with the place.

Agenda for this trip: Catch up with a couple of college friends and spend time chatting and drinking.

Checked in around 18:45, no prior reservation, just walked in. It was ok. Paid around 3400 INR for a AC double room with an extra bed.

Room was just reasonably ok, definitely not comfy, but clean though. Low ceiling, make sure not to lift up your hands when the fan is on, it is really that low. AC and TV worked fine, the lighting in the room is dim, not enough if you plan to read. Bed mattress is not soft, but adjustable. Carry your towels, the one you get are very very old, but still clean and washed.

We decided to have a few drinks, asked them to set up a table in the lawn, just opposite to the bar, that was very good. The interiors of the Bar is not very inviting, so definitely better on the lawn. Watch out for mosquitoes, have a mosquito repellant cream handy. After a few drinks, either they go away or you dont feel them anymore πŸ˜‰
When people complain about the food, it is most likely about the buffet that you get when you pay INR 400-something. Almost all that we ordered was hot and very tasty. Service was pretty quick and they didnt disappoint. The Bar/Restaurant Manager was present to check what we wanted now and then. Had a break, had a stroll and resumed our session again, ended with dinner. No complaints here at all, prices moderate.

Simultaneously, there was another gang of about 10-15 men, obviously having fun among themselves, lot of drinks, dance, loud music, using the swimming pool, etc. It definitely was not an issue for the three of us. In fact we were enjoying the fast, peppy numbers that they played, but with family, it probably wouldnt be too comfortable in those circumstances.

Room service was ok. We asked for two bottles of water, and was delivered to the room within 10 minutes. Since the property is spread out, expect a slight delay in room service.

Swimming pool was clean and well-maintained. We didnt use it this time, but have used it on previous trips. Get your swimming costume, or you can buy it from the store there, not very cheap though.

Woke up early around 05:45 AM and took a leisure walk to the beach. It was pleasant, got a nice view of the sunrise, and by 07:30, we decided to check out.

Overall, for us, it was absolutely wonderful. What we came for, we got. No complaints whatsoever.

Verdict: Yes for trip with friends, Think twice or Probably not with family

Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends

Sree Annapoorna, Coimbatore

This restaurant has been and is the best option for Vegetarian food in Coimbatore. Havent tried the meals here, so cant comment on that, but the south-Indian tiffin items like Idly, Dosa, Pongal, Vadai, etc are just wonderful. You get a wonderful Filter coffee to end the breakfast πŸ™‚ !
There is a steady crowd always and if you are a family of four, you can get an exclusive table. but if you are just one or two, and there is a lot of crowd, be prepared to share the table. You will not get an exclusive one. Service is very good and fast.
If you are in Coimbatore, a South-Indian breakfast at this restaurant is a must-have!

Visited August 2012