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Hard Rock Cafe

It is not even a week since Hard Rock Cafe opened in Chennai, and already people are raving about it on social networking sites.  So I wanted to check out this place.  It is located in Phoenix Market City in Velachery.  The restaurant/cafe is actually on the second floor, but the Hard Rock Shop is on the first floor.  Overall, the place looked very neatly done.  We were welcomed with a very pleasant smile and the waiter politely introduced himself. Continue reading

Tuscana Pizzeria

A lunch at Tuscana was something pending for so long.  A couple of visits to Kryptos happened, but Tuscana didn’t.  At last, had another strong reason to push myself to go to Tuscana in addition to their wonderful food.  I was the winner of 2nd prize in the DSLR category of the pizza photograpy contest and received gift vouchers for INR 3K. 🙂 So decided to use them.  We were four adults and two children in all.

We reserved a table for 14:00 and stepped in just about the right time.  The table was reserved and ready as soon as we came in.  The ambience was nice and classy.  Already having been to Tuscana on Chamiers and Kryptos, in a way, knew what to expect.  I should say the restaurant was packed being a Sunday afternoon.

Coming to food, it was absolutely wonderful !  We loved everything we ate except for some very minor personal choices here and there.  Each dish truly lived up to its name in terms of quality.  There was nothing you could really complain about.

We ordered Minestrone soup and a chicken clear soup, Bruschetta pomodoro, baked mushrooms and a salad for starters.  Salad was just plain lettuce with cheese.  Probably we didn’t get the description rite, we expected some veggies, olives and stuff and not just lettuce 🙂 . I am no big fan of salads, so the others ate that.  Baked Mushrooms was delicious with a nice flavor.  For the main course, we ordered a very spicy veg pizza, the last one on the menu in the veg section and an Americana for non-veg.  The waiter did warn us that it would be very spicy, and sure it was 🙂  Struggled a bit to finish that, but managed to.  We also ordered Penne with Mushrooms in white sauce, and a chicken lasagna.  Loved the lasagna.  This is probably one place where I have seen lasagna the way I remember it outside India.  Quite full already, proceeded to the desserts.  Already had Tiramisu and Panacotta in mind when I entered Tuscana and so ordered that.  Also ordered something which was a shot of expresso with whipped cream.  That was good too.  A black coffee to end it all.  The desserts were simply awesome!

Overall, all of us relished the lunch and loved the food.  No complaints whatsoever, but have to mention that good food comes with a hefty price tag.  Used the gift vouchers for 3K and in addition, had to pay as much.  So for me, this place is a sure-shot on my list, but for some nice occasion and not just a casual meal now and then.

 

Burmese food at Parrys Corner

This is probably the second or third time I am eating at this place.  This is one of the several shops that serve Burmese cuisine in Parrys Corner, opposite to the Beach Railway Station.  There are about five or six places here and most of them open around 5PM.  This is the only place I have seen serving lunch.  So obviously all the times, this has been our choice.

The most common items here are Atho, Fried Atho, Mohinga, Kowse, Peijo.  Atho is vegetarian, while Fried Atho has egg in it.  Atho is eaten with plantain soup.  Some outlets serve a fish soup to go with Atho.  Masala egg, called “Muttae-Masala” in Tamil is a boiled egg sliced partially with fried onions in between and little oil and to be eaten in one mouth. 🙂 There is chicken fry and chicken leg pieces that you can buy separately.  Overall, I liked the different taste of the food and few of my friends are regulars here too.  Also I should mention that few of them refused to eat here considering the hygiene of the place. 🙂

Please be informed that this is a street food stall.  There is no seating here.  This is just a road-side fast food shop.  For a while, please set your hygiene standards aside, otherwise you may not be willing to eat here.  I am used to eating in such places once in a while and have not had any issues with my stomach 🙂 If you are experimenting for the first time, take care.  Good to carry a bottle of water, do not drink water from any of these places.

California Pizza Kitchen

We have heard about this place earlier from friends and this restaurant opened in Phoenix Market City in Velachery.  We had planned a Saturday outing for some shopping and combined a lunch at this place along with it.  The pizzas were thin-crust and tasty, they had some options for children.  So the pasta with cheese was perfect for my 3-year-old daughter. She loved it.  Nice ambience, good food, and overall, it was a nice dining experience.

Eden

After an evening at the Chennai Trade Fair, we were headed back to Velachery and since it was already about 09:45 in the night, we decided to have our dinner here.

The place is easy to miss as the name board is not that catchy. As we entered close to 10PM, the first sight surprised me – All tables were occupied ! 🙂 The restaurant was packed !!
We had to wait for about 5 mins and then managed to get a table. It was a small, but nice place. They had a kid’s chair and that was comfortable.

The continental choices were good. Cottage cheese steak, Lasagne, and Chef’s baked bowl were all very tasty, however, I felt the portions were a little small.
Close to 10:45, we were informed that it was time for the last order. The only tandoori choice available was paneer Tikka and we ordered that. It was a letdown totally ! Either it was not cooked enough or probably was removed from the tandoor because it was closing time. It was hard and not cooked enough. They could have said they didnt have it. 🙂
Almost full, so just one dessert for all four of us – Choclate Sundae and it was yummy !

Overall, a nice place to eat vegetarian food. But no reservations and you may have to wait for a while to get a table.

Visited February 2013

AnyTime, GRT Grand Days

Visited with family on Valentine’s Day 2013 for Dinner.

Right from entering the restaurant, we were attended to very well. Got seated in less than a minute. Attentive waiters, nice service, no complaints at all. While we were finishing, at least two people, (one of them was a manager) enquired if we enjoyed our food.
The ambience was very good, decorations were not overdone for Valentine’s Day, it was just apt. Seating was comfortable.
Now food 🙂 – The spread was excellent with a lot of choices in Veg and Non-Veg. Starters were tasty. The desserts in particular, were very yummy !
Overall, we had a wonderful evening and a nice Dinner. Would definitely recommend this place and visit again.

Visited February 2013.

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

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