Cream Centre


We were two families with kids and we went to this place for Dinner. Since we did not have a prior reservation, we were asked to wait. After about 15 minutes, our names were called. Until then, the small play area kept the kids busy.
The menu was very impressive with a good choice of food. The photographs on the menu were even more tempting. Overall, the food was very good, not a smallest complaint. I’m not going into each of them, but my photos may be able to convey how it was.
What I felt was lacking was proactive service. The tables were not cleared as and when we finished starters, food and drinks. So we literally had no place on the table when the waiter showed up with two sizzlers in his hands. So I had to jump out and remove the plates and make place for them. That should have been done by them. It was very difficult to get an eye contact with any waiter, even a shout wouldn’t get them to your table. A reluctant service was disappointing.
Otherwise everything was fine and we had a nice evening. I would go there again and definitely recommend it to friends.

Visited May 2013

Spoonbill

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Spoonbill, a set on Flickr.

Myself and my friend dropped in for a quick lunch and were impressed. The ambience was classy and the place was well-airconditioned and welcoming.

This is a self-service joint, and they have the pagers/beepers which is trendy and comfortable. You do not have to keep watching if your food is ready, instead feel relaxed. You also get a free wifi if your bill amount is over 500 I think. That was good.

The food was great ! We ordered Chicken Buritos and Lamb Keema Pav and both of them were good. It was a combo with a drink. That was ok too.

One of the very trendy places which doesn’t compromise on the customer comfort. I would definitely visit again !

Visited April 2013

Tadka Talk

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tadka talk, a set on Flickr.

My second review for the same place, this time we went for the Sunday Brunch. Again a very nice feeling overall.
As we entered, the restaurant manager warmly welcomed us and helped us get seated.
The gol-guppa/pani-puri was good. The appetizers/starters were very good except the chilly bajji which was toooo hot. I went with the usual impression that it is either bajji chilli/molaga or the one treated in tamarind water to make it less hot, but it was neither. Took a while to get my tongue back to normal. There were six gravies, all tasted good, mixed vegetable, dal makhni, and panneer were very tasty. Buter roti and naan were served on the table, quite quick and fast service. There was the other section with cold dahi chats, juices, desserts. Too full to taste the chat, had a berry juice, it was good. Gulab jamun was very good. Kids and myself got tattoo painting done and it was some extra fun after food. Mr. and Mrs. Arora as usual were there to say a hello and enquire if everything was ok and that personal touch is definitely a USP for this place.
I would definitely go back again and recommend it to friends.

Visited May 2013

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Ooty food clicks

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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

Sri Parthasarathy Temple

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Sri Parthasarathy Temple, a set on Flickr.

The Chariot festival at Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane. I was a nice experience to click an event like this, partly devotion, partly photography. A very different experience.

The Pasta Bar Veneto


Had been to this place for dinner with family (2 adults and 2 kids, aged 7 and 2).
The place was easy to spot on Burkit road, T-nagar. They said Valet parking was available, but couldnt find anyone to take the keys. So parked it myself. Lucky to find a spot.
As we entered, on the first look, ambience was quite good. We were well-received, found a table immediately and the service was also good. Saturday evening and I expected it to be more crowded, but it wasnt !
The food was overall very good, except G3 (Chicken breast filled with minced chicken..blah blah). It was definitely not hot. The chicken was harder than what I expected. Not very bad taste-wise though. I wouldnt order that again 🙂 Starters and desserts were very good. Other main courses were yummy..D11 and E3…You’ll find these codes on the menu..easier this way than the actual name 😉
It is not very pricey, BUT, the portions are small, definitely not enough for a good eater.
Overall a very decent place and good food. I will definitely visit again and recommend it to friends.

Visited April 2013

Pizzarazzi photography contest


First of all, I would like to congratulate and thank the organizers – ‘Chennai Food Guide’ and ‘Tuscana at Chamiers’ for a wonderful opportunity to photograph pizzas and in addition to that, eat yummy pizzas. 🙂
Having been to Kryptos by Willi a few times, I expected this level of hospitality from Vipin Sachdev and team, and truly they lived upto it. Hats off.
All the arrangements were taken care of very well. Overall it was a nice and enjoyable experience to take part in a contest like this, and my first attempt at food photography 🙂
Date/Venue – April 9 2013 4:00 PM Onwards at Tuscana on Chamiers

Grand Palace Hotel and Spa, Yercaud

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a trip to Yercaud, a set on Flickr.

Wonderful trip with family to Yercaud.  Stayed at Grand Palace Hotel and Spa and here’s my review –

Stayed here with family for two nights on 30/03 and 31/03. Overall, it was a pleasant experience.
Pros-
A very nice property in Yercaud, easily one of the best.
Nice and spacious room.
Clean swimming pool, well-maintained.
Good service, anytime.
Indoor and outdoor games for timepass. Bonfire, etc etc
Nice restaurant with good food.

I did not try the spa and the pub, so cant comment on that.

Some minor suggestions –
Please look at changing the Towels. Most of them are not white anymore. There were 2 neatly folded towels in our room, but they were DAMP, and clearly used/not washed properly. I had to call room service and change it. That is shabby service. The ones replaced were clean, washed, but still failed to impress. You could not confidently use them without smelling it. So please have them changed. This initial impression took two days to change. 🙂
The food was good in the restaurant, but at least twice, a fresh plate and spoon had some food stuck to it (even after it was washed). Had to ask for a new one. Have someone look at the cutlery before it reaches the table.
Early morning is the time when we normally try to play some games. Be prepared with what we might need to play. “No shuttles”, “Store is closed”, “Opens at 09:30” is not what we would like to hear. Try to foresee and have spares ready.

Slowly after day 1 and 2, our impression about the place changed for the better. I would definitely visit again and recommend this place. Hopefully, these issues don’t exist then.

Room Tip: Choose 110 or the ones on the same row in ground floor if you travel with elders/kids. Much easier…
Stayed March 2013, travelled with family

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