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Sree Gupta Bhavan, Velachery

Since the time Sree Gupta Bhavan opened on the 100 Feet Road in Velachery, I’ve always liked this place. A brighlty lit place is hard to miss when you drive on this road. We finished some work and decided to have lunch here as kids were feeling hungry. Continue reading

Bhatinda Xpress

A sudden plan to eat out somewhere in the vicinity of our home. Most of the times, I try not to repeat the restaurant we have visited. This gives me a chance to write something new on my blog 😉

Bhatinda Xpress is one place that I have been waiting to try since they opened, or in fact, reopened after they relocated from the Velachery Link Road, Taramani to the same building that houses the popular Vegetarian Punjabi restaurant ‘Pind’, in Velachery. These two restaurants are run by the same management.
The restaurant is located on the First Floor and entrance to the restaurant is on another side as compared to Pind. However it looks like they have a common valet parking and that was convenient. As we entered, the ambience was impressive. Similar to Pind, it was catchy with a lot of attention to detail. The atmosphere was very inviting with a Punjabi number in the background, hard not to shake to the Punjabi beats 😉
We settled down and were good to order in a few minutes. They served a welcome drink which was a nice Jaljeera (grape..I think) juice.  Ordered Two by Four of Sweet Corn Chicken soup. For starters, ordered Banjara Kebab and Malai Chicken Tikka, both recommended by them. The soup was very good, hot and tasty, just how we wanted it. Banjara Kebab was spicy and kids struggled a bit, but they were more than happy to have Malai Chicken Tikka as that was specifically recommended as non-spicy and good for kids. Both the kebabs were wonderful!
Ordered two Butter Rotis, a Garlic Naan, Methi Malai Murg (you read it right, Chicken again!) and a Chicken Special Dum Biryani (and again!). Only after the meal we realized that this was an ‘all-chicken’ meal and only the dessert did not contain Chicken in it 😉 Butter Roti and Garlic Naan were awesome ! Malai Methi Murg was the highlight of the meal, absolutely delicious! The only not-so-impressive dish was the Special Chicken Dum Biryani. We all felt the masala was a bit on the higher side and it could have had a little more salt. A pinch of salt would have definitely made it taste better. We were quite full by now, and asked for more than half of the Biryani to be packed.
Not wanting to miss the Pan ice cream, ordered just one and shared it among ourselves. It was very good.
The dinner set us back by about 1.2K and included a Service Charge of 5% which, in my opinion, was absolutely worth it. Tinku waited on our table and the service was very polite and pleasant. Overall, a very satisfying dinner !
Just to add, we entered around 08:30 PM and I should say, I was surprised to see that there were not too many guests in the restaurant. Out of curiosity, just browsed through a few reviews on Zomato, which still features the same restaurant with the earlier address. Quite a few reviews seem to suggest that the food was good, but the ambience was very average ! Curious if that could be one of the reasons for still not being so popular after their relocation – Same name with an earlier listing on Zomato. I think their Advertisement team needs to fire all guns to clearly push the message that the ‘new’ Bhatinda Xpress is entirely different from what they have seen in Velachery Link Road, Taramani. I would love to see this place pick up and start drawing steady crowds!

Salt

This was one of those Boy’s Day Out ! Wifey and my 4-year old daughter were away shopping, so the plan was that myself and my 9-year old son will have dinner and then if possible, they’ll catch up with us for desserts 🙂 Area was decided, place was decided – Forum Mall, Vadapalani. The choice of the restaurant was very obvious – Salt !! Continue reading

Epicures Junction Food Court, The Grand Mall

We spent some time in The Grand Mall and had lunch at the food court on the top floor.   There were a quite a few cuisines to choose from – Punjabi, Mexican, Indo-Chinese, South-Indian and so on.  We decided to mix-and-match a bit and share it among ourselves as we were a family of two adults and two children. Here’s a brief review 🙂 Continue reading

Rajdhani

It was Pongal festival and my very close friend visited us with his family and we decided to go out for dinner.  Being a festival day, family was particular about vegetarian food.  It was quite sometime since we visited this restaurant.  So we decided to go to Rajdhani restaurant in Phoenix Market City in Velachery as it was very close to where we stay.  During our previous visits, I somehow missed clicking pictures of food, and that was successfully accomplished today 🙂 Continue reading

Krishnavillasam

We were three families for dinner at this restaurant.  I have heard about this place in the food groups and this was on my to-do list for quite sometime.  My wife’s two sisters came over to our place with their family, and we decided to go to an evening show movie at Woodlands followed by dinner.  A few of them were particular about South-Indian and this place immediately came to my mind.  I called up the restaurant to reserve a table.  I told them we would be coming around 21:45 hrs after watching a movie and I was told that reservation wasn’t required. Continue reading