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

Kobe Sizzlers, Bangalore

This review is for the restaurant in Indira Nagar.
We are based in Chennai and we visited Bangalore for a couple of days and stepped in to try this restaurant on one of the days for dinner.
We were four and were with another family of three. So getting a table for seven was the biggest challenge. It took us about 25 minutes to get a table. Well, again, we spotted this and suddenly decided to drop in. We didnt have prior reservation, so probably wouldnt be so bad otherwise, but with 2 kids, it was definitely a struggle.
After getting the table, the service was not very quick. I understand sizzlers take time, but it could have been faster. We were too tired and hungry and each one was so focussed on their plate that we hardly spoke to each other until we ate a little.
The food was quite good, not worth complaining. I have had sizzlers just a few times earlier and I am not an expert to comment on this, but it tasted good and we were happy 🙂
Ultimately had a nice evening with family and I would definitely recommend this !
Tip: Not sure if reservation is available, if so, please book a table in advance.

Visited May 2012

Bolgen & Moi Tjuvholmen, Oslo

We had been to this restaurant with office colleagues after completion of our project, so obviously a company-sponsored dinner. 🙂
Nice place, good ambience, expensive though.
Since I would eat only chicken (thats my preference by choice), the waiter was kind to agree to customize some dish on the menu with “only” chicken. That was good.
Had a few beers and a dessert (mango sorbet..or it was called something like that) and it was ok too.
The chef happened to be from Hungary, and was friends with a couple of our colleagues from Hungary too. So it was a surprise meeting for them ! 🙂

Overall a wonderful dining experience.

Visited March 2012

MGM Beach Resort

Stayed here with family for a night on 13 Jan 2012.
Got delayed and reached around 18:00 hrs, wherein I could have checked in around noon. Check in formalities were normal. Enquired with the concerned person if I can get a delayed check out around 16:00 the next day and the answer was a pleasing NO 🙂 However he was kind to offer the use of facilities like Swimming pool, etc until 16:00 free of charge.
Spent sometime around and went to the restaurant for dinner. The buffet Spread was ok, food was tasty, the bar was well-stocked.
Room was comfortable, but was slightly far away from the restaurant. Ask for a room closer if you have elders with you.
Next day morning, had a good view of sunrise, used the Swimming pool (opens only at 07:00). Kids loved it.
The breakfast was good, restaurant nice and airy, but the nuisance that the crows cause spoils the mood. At one point it came so close to the table that the kids were frightened. So had to opt to move inside the AC restaurant. The play area for kids was good.
Overall, the place is good for a weekend break.

Stayed January 2012, travelled with family

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