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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 😉
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 🙂 !
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

Karaikudi Chettinadu Restaurant

This is a good Chettinad restaurant that belong to the Shyam Group (The Dhaba, Amaravathi, Shogun, etc). So almost all places, you will see these restaurants together.

We have tried quite a few branches in Chennai – RK Salai, T-Nagar, Besant Nagar, Velachery, Chrompet and found that the quality and service was good in most places, except Chrompet.

My most recent visit was with friends to the restaurant in Velachery. It was a friend’s treat and we were about ten of us for dinner. Good and tasty food, nice variety, quick service and nothing worth complaining at all ! There was a Dosa festival going on with some good choices on the menu.

I have tried their home-delivery quite a few times and that was also ok. Sunday lunch can take a while to be delivered because of the demand. Expect at least 45 mins to 1 hour for delivery.

A decent place to visit.

Visited September 2012

Nalas Appa Kadai

This review is for their restaurant in Velachery.
Since we stay close to this restaurant, it is obviously one of the “favorites” when we suddenly plan to eat out and have limited time at our disposal. It is better than many other options nearby.

The food is very good and tasty, and the service is quick. They have a wonderful variety of appams and they are made in a “live counter” so you can actually see it being made.
They have reasonably priced combos so you dont have to order too much and waste.
Most of the waiters dont speak Tamil 🙂 , so it might get a little difficult with Tamil names, better to point it out on the Menu and be sure to get what you ordered.

Since there are a couple of BPOs close by, there is a never-ending stream of people until late in the night. So be prepared for a wait for about 10 minutes to get a table.
They have an option of Home Delivery, the food arrives within reasonable time and is quite ok too, but only when you go and eat in the restaurant, you know what you miss when you order for home delivery.

Definitely worth a visit now and then !

Visited August 2012

Yoko Sizzlers

We have been here with family about three times and the most recent visit was in August 2012.

First of all the place is a little difficult to find, I mean, its not a building with a big entrance on the main road, but more like an apartment. It is just next to the Wills Lifestyle store. You need to find the board, drive inside and the valet parking really helps here. The restaurant is on the second floor. There is a lift and it works, no issues 🙂

The ambience of the restaurant was good. Decent seating arrangements, small though. Once we felt the AC was a little too cold on our heads, but was soon adjusted.

The food was really very tasty and we all loved it. Have tried Chicken Sashlik with fried rice, Yoko special chicken sizzler, Prawn sashlik, and vegetarian too with Mushrooms and stuff, cant remember the name. All of them were tasty and no complaints at all ! We all liked it.

Those who would like to taste sizzlers should go here !

Visited August 2012

Murugan Idly Shop

This review is for their T-Nagar restaurant.

They serve good authentic South-Indian food. Everything is fine and tasty, but grossly over-priced. They make money in all possible ways 🙂 They charge separately for idly molaga podi (thats a powder mixed with oil and eaten with idly/dosa). Even these things can be overlooked, when you pay Rs 200 for breakfast, wouldnt you pay another Rs 10 or 15 more? Thats also ok.

Getting a table is a nightmare. You have to wait outside the restaurant, give your name and seats required to the guy at the door and he will call out when the table is free. Basically the reaction on people’s faces when their name is called is nothing short of winning a lottery.

As I said earlier, food was good, nothing worth complaining. However, because of the crowd, you are constantly under pressure to finish fast. The Waiters expect you to order quickly, eat quickly and get out quickly. In fact, if you choose to delay it a bit, the waiter will ask you if your bill can be brought. Slow-eaters will struggle, similarly with kids, it is not a good idea.

Verdict:
If you have a catch a train and you only have 30 minutes to reach and want to finish breakfast within that time, THIS IS THE PLACE ! You will reach the station ten minutes in advance. 🙂

Visited August 2012

Sree Annapoorna Lodging, Coimbatore

I stayed in this hotel on the night of 21/07/2012. I travelled to Coimbatore with my family to meet my grandparents and basically the plan was to spend most of the time at their place and just have a decent place to sleep for the night.
This hotel is in R.S.Puram and is easily accesible. There is an auto stand nearby, you may call for call-taxis, or take a bus. Getting to and fro is very easy.
The room was clean, beds/blankets were very neat, asked for an extra bed and it was also done immediately and was comfortable. There was an LCD TV and some Tamil channels and that worked fine. Ordered coffee from room service and got it quite soon. The AC worked fine as expected. There was a small balcony and fresh air and sunlight in the morning was a perfect start to the day. Overall the room was spacious, and clean for a good sleep.
Their restaurant is supposed to be one of the best options for vegetarian food in Coimbatore. I have eaten here earlier, but not this time.
Dont expect a plush ambience, lounge, etc as you enter. As the name states, it is a decent lodging, not a plush hotel. So be prepared for ordinary door handles (the old type with a seperate lock), old bathroom fixtures, etc, but nothing worth complaining.
Recommended for a visit with a purpose for just for a day or two. Not a place if you expect to relax for a long vacation.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family

Barbeque Nation

A wonderful place to visit. Nice ambience, a nice concept – grill on the table.
Nice variety for both non-vegetarian and vegetarian folks. in addition to what you barbeque on your table, you are served more starters, kebabs from the kitchen.
You can go on with the starters as long as you like within the stipulated 3 hours window. (Typically, for dinner, you have to reserve your table either at 7PM or 10PM or try your luck on a weekday in the evening. Weekends without reservation is just NOT a possibility).
Buffet spread for the main course is just ok, nothing really that shouldnt be missed. Probably after the binge on the starters, it makes you feel that way about the main-course.
Generally, we go there for starters+desserts, not the main course. 🙂
Once you are settled in your table, it gets better. But until you manage to sit, you have to put up with the crowd.
Overall, easily one of the best restaurants in Chennai. Definitely recommended.

Visited July 2012

Ratna Cafe

It used to be a very good place to visit, nowadays hardly visible from the road after all new buildings have come up. Needs a facelift, a well-lit name board, bright lights and so on.

It has been a few months since we visited this place, cant remember April or May 2012. Earlier, we used to visit this place quite frequently. Their buffet is ok, not too great. Tiffin items like Dosa, idly-sambhar, etc have always been good.
Chat is ok in the evenings. Seating outside is not very clean, so better indoors.

Idly and Sambhar is still the best compared to other places in the neighbourhood.

Yes, once in a while!

Visited May 2012