Category Archives: Outstation Restaurant Reviews

Cafe Sara, Oslo

I was here to meet a friend and an ex-colleague. Just catching up with old times. This place was nice and warm. It can get crowded a bit, but good if you manage to get a seat early. The outdoor seating is great during Summers, but in November, doesn’t help much even with the warmers 🙂 I was very impressed with their collection of beers. In fact, haven’t heard of some names at all 😛 So tried some stouts, IPAs, in addition to the stor Ringnes 0,6 🙂
Really a good place !

Marinos Pizza og Grill, Oslo

This is one of the very good places for pizza/kebab, either to eat or take-away.  The place has basic seating arrangement, not too fancy stuff.  Have tried kebabs and pizza here at least about 4-5 times during this visit to Oslo.  I have eaten here during my previous visit to Oslo last year too.  Not once I have had any complaint regarding the food.  It is just yummy and so consistent.

For a quick bite and just simple stuff kinda meal, this is a must-try.  It is open till very late in the night and is bang in the center of Oslo on Torgata.

Punjab Tandoori, Oslo

Not just for dinner, but a good place to drop in for a beer with some snacks too.  There are about few brands of Indian beer available here.  I must have visited this place at least four or five times during my stay of two weeks in Oslo.

Visited November 2013.

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Palmyra Cafe, Oslo

A recent visit to Oslo, and Palmyra Café is a sure shot !  This is the only place in and around Oslo that tells the people that Indian food is not just Punjabi food.   They serve Idly, Dosa, Idiyappam, and chicken koththu parotta too. That’s my favourite here and that’s the reason I visit this place too.  The food is not bad, at the same time, do not expect it to be like the restaurants in Chennai.  You are far away from home and after a while, anything close to our food feels tasty.  The normal Indian Chai/Tea is good.  A few more days left in Oslo, and probably another visit pending too.

Visited November 2013.

 

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Akshaya Bhavan

This is probably the third or fourth time we are visiting this restaurant.  The restaurant is in Tiruvallur and most of the people travelling to Tiruttani or Tirupati usually stop here for breakfast.  If you start by around 6AM in Chennai, you should reach in about an hour and a half, just rite time for a breakfast and coffee 🙂
Ample car parking, good service and a good breakfast is what you can expect here.  Since it is on the highway, weekends usually is very crowded and you may have to wait to get a table if you go during peak hours for breakfast or lunch, other days are a fine.  Definitely recommended for a good decent breakfast on the way to Tiruttani/Tirupati.

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Ooty food clicks, a set on Flickr.

Most of these clicks are from The Gateway Hotel, Coonoor where we had dinner on 17th May 2013, on my Birthday 😛
The restaurant was good, food was also good and a nice buffet spread. A memorable dinner overall.

The Pav Bhaaji photos that you see in this collection are from The Garden Cafe, Ooty. This is my review about this place.

We were two families and we visited here after sight-seeing around 5:30PM for some snacks. We actually went to Sidewalk Cafe and that was opening only at 06:30PM, hence opted for the coffee shop in the same complex.

The place was good, a small lawn outside with chairs, colorful flowers, the ambience was also good.

The food was a mixed bag –
Paper Dosa was good, we ordered two, the waiter mentioned that it was really big and asked us to have a look at the first and order a second one if needed. That was nice advice, really appreciated.
Sanwiches/Toast – Cheese and Chilly toast was very good, similarly the cheest toast was good too..
Chat was very average. Bhelpuri was so so and Pav Bhaji was very average.

Overall, a decent place, nothing very special.

Visited May 2013

Hotel Maurya, Tirupati

We were there for two days in Tirupati with family and we ate twice here in this restaurant, a dinner and a lunch. This place basically brings backs lot of childhood memories and hence made it a point to eat here !
Good tasty food, a tad expensive if you look at the ambience. It is probably a 3-star restaurant and the ambience doesnt justify that. In fact, there was a puja(ritual) being performed and the whole place smelt like a temple 🙂 Well, at least I feel that a restaurant should smell of food, not incense sticks.
I found the service pretty good, and no complaints on that. Valet parking is helpful as the parking might be full and congested.
Overall a nice place to eat good food in Tirupati.

Visited January 2013

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 ! 🙂 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

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. 🙂

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.

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