Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Le Cafe, Novotel, Hitec City, Hyderabad

18:44:00


"All you need is love. But a  little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -  Charles M.Schulz.

Let me start off my food expeditions in Hyderabad with Le Cafe, at Novotel Hyderabad. Novotel is located inside Hyderabad convention center. My this property is huge! I was here at Novotel for a conference and this lead to me dining at the cafe.




Food:
 I wanted to try-out the food and definitely did not have the intension of eating alone. So I asked one of my batch-mates to join me in sampling the dishes. We ordered a Chocolate Trio, a cookie shake and finally a Chicken Quiche.

The Chocolate Trio was just fantastic. It was a moose of sorts with a base layer of dark chocolate, followed by a  layer of regular chocolate and then a layer made of white chocolate. It was topped with a thin chocolate slab bearing an orange made of white chocolate. Every bite was heaven. 




Chicken Quiche was awesome too. The thick cheese layer mingled with chicken was just magical. The only let down of the lot was the cookie shake, which is cold coffee with cookies broken into it. The drink was not sweet and also lacked the coffee punch.

Ambiance:
A very neat looking cafe along the corridor of the hotel. Could seat around 20 people at the max, I suppose. There were also a couple of paintings put up for sale.

Service:
Service was more like the types which we experience at Barista. Waiter was in no moods to let me click pictures of the food and kept saying it was for security reasons. Still I managed to snuck a few clicks.

Price:
The 3 items made my wallet light by Rs530/-

Food - 7/10
Ambiance - 7.5/10
Service - 7/10
Price - 7/10

Le Cafe is located inside Novotel Hotel which is inside Hyderabad Convention Center, Hitec City, Hyderabad.

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

CCD Square, KNK Road

18:44:00



I was here with a friend at the newly opened outlet of Cafe Coffee Day called the CCD Square at Kader Nawaz Road, Nungumbakkam. Actually we were waiting for a friend to join us. Since we both were not in the mood for coffee, we decided to have a light snack.

Food:
Since it was just the two of us, we ordered French Fries in BBQ sauce and Crispy Chicken in BBQ sauce. We were given the option to select how the BBQ sauce was to be served : BBQ sauce along the side or mixed with the dish. My friend thought it would be bold and new to try the mixed variant.

Firstly the fries when mixed with BBQ Sauce became very soggy and chewy. Not a worthy combination. But as for the Crispy Chicken, it remained crispy inspite of the sauce and tasted good Definitely worth the order. I did not get to try-out the other stuff. Maybe some other time.

Ambiance:
The place looks swanky, posh and screams out luxury.

Service:
Service is really good, also a note, it feels like you are pampered by an air-hostess!

Price:
Posh ambiance plus air-hostess service sends the price sky-rocketing to Rs 390 for the two dishes.
CCD has really tried hard to re-invent itself in a luxury avatar, however I still find the CCD tag tied down to cheaper coffee and poor service at the regular outlets.

Food - 6.5/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Price - 7/10

CCD Square is located on KNK Road bang opposite to the old Mocha building.
Interestingly, there are 3 CCD outlets in KNK Road. From the regular CCD to high-end Square.

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Spice Haat, Hyatt Regency, Teynampet

20:47:00


I know I have been away from my blog for a while. Been busy with college work, which has kept me on my toes. This one has been a long pending review of a lunch buffet at Hyatt Regency - Spice Haat. From my previous experience here over a year ago, I knew this buffet was all going to be about the starters and desserts. I just wanted to see if it had changed.




Food:
I skipped the soup, as I had, had a heavy breakfast. I headed straight for the starters.The starters comprised of two non-veg and two veg starter. There was a huge spread of salads plus few a chaat items. Chicken Hariyali Kabab and Fish Tikka for the non-veggies and Tandoori paneer and potato for the veggies. I skipped the potato and helped myself to the Fish Tikka & Hariyali Kebab. Both were very yummy and the paneer was pretty decent.



I just could not let pass  the hummus and pita bread. Hummus was rich and the soft pita bread made the combo heavenly. Moving to the chaat, we had a choice of 3 items, but the one we wanted was the dhai poori. Unfortunate for us, the waiter offered us the other chaat items apart from the dhai poori as the poori had broken down. But we really insisted that we would like to have a chaat item which had some curd to it, Volaa! a mixture of dhai and papadi chaat was presented to us. Yummy!!!! we just couldnt resist it. In-fact we had 4 servings of the same.




I just had a sample of some of the main course which was available. I took a bit a romali roti and sampled the mutton rogan josh and a bit of the grilled chicken from the salads. It was decent, but I was saving up some space for the dessert.



The desserts were just divine. Tiramisu, Mango Mousse, Chocolate Pudding, Raspberry Yoghurt, Black current Mousse, phew the list goes on. I had one each. Now that is called sampling!

The entire buffet has remained unchanged from my last visit, with nice starters, decent main course and finally outstanding desserts.

Ambiance:
The decor has remained the same. Just one grouse though. On this particular day the A/C was a bit off. We found it  hot and sultry through the entire meal.

Service:
The service was fantastic, the waiters were kind and courteous.

Price:
Finally the price for the meal at Rs 1799.- per head might sound a little expensive, but you just cant resist the desserts which are served here.

Food - 7.5/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Service - 8/10
Price - 8/10

Spice Haat is located inside Hyatt Regency on Anna Salai.

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