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Mainland China

This review is for the restaurant in Phoenix Market City.  Visited Mainland China for Dinner on Diwali with family and friends.  We were six of us, four adults and two children.  We have been to this place a few times and have always loved the food here.  As always, this time was no different, but for a few small disappointments.

We ordered for the Siu Mai, both chicken and Veg and it was served without the usual accompaniment of sauces – mustard, and the other black colored one.  Really missed that and these dimsums were incomplete without those sauces.  Couldn’t enjoy it as much as we always did.  When we asked for it, we were told that the restaurant opened just today after being closed for about 20 days for some maintenance.  Hope this will not be the case in the future.

Rest of the food was yummy, not a slightest complaint here.

While we were eating, as it was nearing closing time, they switched off the AC and it turned out to be suffocating.  On request, it was turned on again.  This was not in good taste.  They could have waited a little as we were almost done.  There were a few others who were still having their meal.

When we wanted to order some desserts, they had only icecream and something else which I cannot remember.  So not all the items in the menu were available because of the same reason.

Overall, these could be just some minor coordination issues which will probably be fine as they settle down into a routine.  Food was awesome and this place remains one of the very nice restaurants in Velachery.

Visited November 2013.

 

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Nammaveedu Vasanta Bhavan

Just after finishing shopping at Phoenix Market City, terribly hungry, we barged into the nearest restaurant – Nammaveedu Vasanta Bhavan.  We couldn’t wait any longer, so decided to order whatever would come fastest.  We ordered for two South-Indian Combo Meals since the North-Indian Combo wasn’t available.

Meanwhile looking around, the restaurant sported a red theme – the sofas, wallpaper designs, and plates were all red.  It was nice and very clean though.  The food arrived quite quickly and it included Veg. Biriyani, Sambhar Rice, Curd Rice, pickle, 1 Chappathi, Kurma, Cucumber Raita, Kesari and some awesome appalam.  The food was tasty, no complaints but for some naaru(fibre) in the beans in biriyani.  Rest was all fine.

Now coming to the pricing, it was Rs. 230. This, I felt was expensive.  Agreed, the taste was good, but it was limited.  Saravana bhavan has a quick lunch which is priced at around Rs.100.  Considering the nice AC, cushioned sofas, a little more quantity and an extra chappathi, I felt anything between Rs 125 to Rs 150 would have been apt for this meal.

I wouldn’t  be too keen to eat here next time when I am at Phoenix Market City.

Visited October 2013.

Subway

Have always been a fan of sub and this time, it was no different.  Didn’t have much time on hand, so quickly dropped into Subway Velachery to pack 2 subs.  Loved it ! I have always felt that this was more healthy than stuff from other fast food chains.

Visited October 2013

 

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Tasty Pizza

Visited a place called Tasty Pizza in K.K.Nagar. This is a very recently opened outlet and their other branch in Ramapuram has been there for quite sometime now. Since the owner of the place was a distant friend/acquaintance, I told him I will be clicking pictures while I eat and he readily agreed.
As we entered, the first thing we noticed was that the place was clean, the ambience was pretty ok, an all-red theme, comfortable seating six-seaters on one side and four-seaters on the other side. We had a peep into the kitchen where we saw how the pizza was made. I managed to get a few clicks of how the pizza was made.
Back to our seats, we ordered a few short-eats – french fries and there was masala fries which was better than the normal ones. Cheese balls and potato smileys, and chicken nuggets. All of them were good.
Started with the pizzas – Catchy one was the ‘Fruit’ pizza which had a lot of fruits and it was obviously sweet. Wondered how a sweet pizza would taste, but it was much better than what I expected. Then there was a Pepper Chicken Pizza. This was again very different ‘local’ flavor. It was like eating a very familiar chicken masala, but as a pizza. Loved that flavor. Then there was Barbeque chicken pizza which was a bit too juicy because of too much sauce, but tasted good. The vegetable pizza was a standard one and was ok. All these pizzas had lot of cheese, were soft and juicy and really VFM. Those who are weight watchers, ‘Italian real pizza’ lovers, should excuse. This is just good to compare with the normal pizza outlets and not the exotic ones like wood-fired thin crust pizzas and so on.
We also ordered chicken strips and drumstick chicken and these were very similar to the KFC stuff, BUT…were much better in my opinion. I have eaten a lot of times in KFC and have never been a big fan of their chicken apart from the outside crispy layer. Here the inside of the chicken was well-cooked, juicy and tasted good.
Have heard from friends that their other branch at Ramapuram is a favorite amongst the college students. They have some discounts for students, and good taste and VFM is what attracts them there I guess.
Overall, complete VFM, worth a visit.

Dimsum


A very so-so dining experience at Dimsum. Ambience was good, service was good, but the food was missing the wow factor. Something was wrong here and there –
-Chicken basically had that smell in the dragon chicken and the soup..the smell that you get when frozen chicken is not defrost properly..
-Chicken satay was literally sour..and the peanut sauce watery..a big disappointment..
-Veg noodles was good, a tad salty
-Thai curry and rice was the saving grace and i hogged on it..
-Cassatta was ok…
-Fried icecream was a surprise punch..when my son put it in his mouth, the icecream inside was so watery that it splashed all the way to the other side of the table He enjoyed that
BUT…The restaurant was packed and only one table was free when we were dining, so obviously people probably like the place.

Adayar Ananda Bhavan

A decent South-Indian Thali at Adayar Ananda Bhavan, Madipakkam.  Surprised to hear that they do not serve North-Indian Thali though they have it on the menu.  Guess it is the time constraint.  Since it takes a while to get North-Indian meals to the table, they probably  do not want to lose customers who wait to get a seat.  The restaurant is quite packed in the afternoons and definitely not easy to get the attention of the waiter.  The food tasted good.

Visited October 2013.

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Mast Kalandar

Punjabi Thali – a disappointment !

The Thali had 2 Amritsari Kulchas, Chole, Dal Mahkni, Paneer subzi whatever,gulab jamun, vegetable salad, raita and Lassi included.
The Kulchas were very bland and almost just boiled potatos..no trace of any masala
Chole was ok, rest were ordinary..i mean missing the hotel kinda flavor..a basic paneer butter masala would have been good anywhere…
Didnt like Raddish in a Vegetable salad especially when it is cut in pieces where you cannot avoid it if you dont like it..thats my choice
Raita was good with some chat masala and grated cucumber I think..
Lassi was sweeeeet and Gulab Jamun was Sweeeeeeeeeter ! I could trace my esophagus all the way to my stomach when I swallowed it
And INR202 (189+taxes) was not very cheap. So I thought it was a very average experience.
btw – I didnt finish my plate..I left a half kulcha because I didnt like it..I can assure you I am a good eater 2 Kulchas would disappear in a jiffy from my plate and I love North-Indian too.

Visited September 2013

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Cupcakes Amore


Wonderful and delicious cupcakes. There was ‘filter’ coffee on the menu. Pleasantly surprised and ordered ! Wow..what we got was not even close to coffee, forget the filter. This part is called the learning 😉 You learn to differentiate between a cupcake and a muffin after you see the bill 😛

Peaches


A very different experience this time compared to my last visit. It was not a weekend. We were still 8 people and had a enjoyable time.
As I have said earlier, food was very good. See my clicks to believe it 🙂
Good food, service, and a pleasant dining experience !
Definitely recommend.

Visited August 2013

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