Monday, 28 April 2014

L'Amandier - The Bistro, R A Puram


Bistros in Chennai have become the latest trend. One of the recent entrants to this scene is L'Amandier - The Bistro. It has been open for a couple of months now and I have been constantly hearing rave reviews. While taking a stroll down the road on a Sunday one would find it jam packed. This weekend I braved the crowd and entered the joint. I must thank my friend who had made the reservations or I would have been the person waiting outside for a table. From the moment I entered the restaurant it looked and felt as the most happening place in the city. From old grand parents to foreigners, everyone seemed to be here.


Food:
I was here for the Sunday brunch, and this is the one which most people had raved about. I am not much of a soup person so gave that a pass. Salads looked really tempting, so grabbed a plate and took a bit of the fresh cut veggies and also tired the pasta salads. My favourite of them all was the Chicken Salad. Maybe I am a little biased as I am a Non-veggie, but I loved it the best. 


After a short stint with the salads I quickly headed to the main course. I skipped the steamed rice and the two veggie sides. The non-veg sides looked really appetising. I severed myself the Creamy Fusilli Pasta with Corn, Stuffed Aubergines, Chicken Sausages, Grilled Herbed Chicken and finally the Grilled Fillet of Fish with Marinade sauce. The dishes which I had served myself ticks all the boxes. They were absolutely delicious. No knit picking here. Of the lot I loved the grilled fish the best. Fish felt reasonably fresh in a non-fishing season. 

They do have a live egg counter with various sides which one could add. With so many permutations and combinations in the way egg could be made, one would need a supercomputer to figure out the different variations. Of the top of my head I am thinking of 40 different ways it could be made, maybe even more. I had gone in with the Cheese and Chicken Sausage Egg, which I loved. Maybe the next time I should ask if they would not mind making me a local special Kalaki! :P


Finally headed to the desserts, I grabbed the Vanilla Panna cotta, Chocolate Tart and Custard Cake. The desserts were decent. They also had some freshly cut fruits which I skipped. On the whole the food here is really good.

Ambiance:
The decor looks nice, but I found the restaurant bit crowded because of the buffet. Will surely visit some other time and enjoy their dining space.

Service:
The service was reasonable with water being refilled and empty plates taken away.

Price:
Here comes the best part. The meal was priced at Rs 400/- person which I think is the best bit. A VFM!

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

L'Amandier - The Bistro is located in RA Puram right next to Cream Center.

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*A review about a place holds good only for 6 months as there can be a change in quality and quantity of the food, the service and the staff, due to reasons best known only to them. So kindly consider these factors while visiting the places.
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