17/02/2019

Rooftop Lounge, Ramada Plaza, Guindy, Chennai

10:36:00

I have always believed Chennai has had only Hot Summer, Hotter Summer and Hottest Summer climate but of late due to various factors we have weather south of 30 degrees even in the month of February. This calls for the opportunity to dine at open air restaurants. I was recently invited to The Rooftop Lounge at Ramada Plaza and what follows is my take about the experience.




Food:
We started with Charcoal Roasted Twin Pepper Soup served with super light toasted bread which was simply awesome. Light and at the same time full of flavor and also a delight to look at. Following which we were served with a nice Berry Mock-tail.



Next came the deconstructed Chicken / Paneer Carolina Salad which I would rate as a must have. The honey mustard sauce with sensationally marinated Chicken/Paneer and the Cheddar and Parmesan cheese was a delight. This is nothing like the salads from Subway and I would highly recommend it.


Next a dish from the veg part of the menu, Cottage Cheese & Green Peas Kebab. This dish was served on a park-bench kind of a plate with charcoal underneath it to create a smoke kind of theatrics. The taste definitely matched the antics with which it was served.




Banjara Kebab was served next. It was chefs take on Chicken Tikka which was mouthwatering. Next up were the Mini Falafel Wrap ( Arabian Platter ) and the Mango Cheese Fingers. Both brilliant. I would recommend having the fingers while they are hot unlike me, who went about wasting time to click the right picture.



In between all this I was given a different mock-tail based on Guava & Litchi to relish on! After munching such delicious starters we were served with Bento Box kind of Mains and Polenta.


The Bento box contained Mini Butter Naan, Steamed Rice, Mutton Roganjosh, Dal Makani and Vegetable Kohlapuri with assorted condiments. The kicker was the mutton and naan. Mutton was so soft without any of the smell which we associate with it. Polenta is a the Italian take on Indian Upma which was neat.



We finished off  dinner with Country Fair Apple Rasamalai Pie and Rabri Angoor which was definitely the icing on the cake.

Also we got to have a friendly chat with Chef Pawan Kumar about his experiences and his connection with Chennai.

Ambiance:
The restaurant is located on the top floor of Ramada Plaza with 360 Degree view of the Guindy Skyline. With weather being pleasant in the month of February is the right time to visit.

Service:
NA

Price:
A meal for two should cost an upwards of Rs 3000/- depending on the number of courses and items beings ordered.

Roof Top Lounge is located on the top floor at Ramada Plaza in Guindy.

Disclaimer - I was invited for the meal

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04/02/2019

Galitos, Forum Vijaya Mall, Vadapalani, Chennai

09:32:00

There is no hiding the fact that Chennai people loved Nandos and I too was one among them who loved it. I can distinctly remember the 'n' number of times I had visited both their outlets at Phoenix and R.K Salai. But somewhere down the line they lost favour and finally shut shop in Chennai.

So for those who crave for the Espetada enter GALITOS!. Yes Galitos is here at Forum Vijaya Mall, Vadapalani. My O My! and I am in love with it.


Food:
I was invited here for lunch to try out their spread. I loved everything which I was served, so I would let the photos do the talking and start up your salivary secretions.

Lemon and Herb Satay

Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled Chicken Livers

Grilled Chicken Livers
Chicken and Veggie Rice

Mocktails


Quarter Chicken

Chicken & Prawn Espetada

Baked Yogurt with Berry Sauce

Malva Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

This is a very good place to take your family for a good Sunday Lunch.

Must try's-
- Grilled Chicken Salad
- Chicken Livers ( Even for people who have never consumed chicken livers)
- Quater Chicken
- Espetada
- All of their desserts.

Ambiance:
Contemporary interiors with good lighting.

Service:
NA

Price:
A meal for two should cost from Rs 1200 to 1500/- .


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26/01/2019

Gossip Bistro, ECR, Chennai

13:46:00

I have heard a lot about Gossip Bistro. So on our way over to Sheraton Grand we stopped over at Gossip Bistro for Lunch. The Bistro is located in Kanathur on ECR with good amount of Car Parking. People traveling on weekends are not gonna have difficulty finding the place or the need to worry about the parking their vehicle.



Food:
We started with Potato Wedges and BBQ Chicken Boneless as my one year old like both of them. The wedges were deep fried with skin and had a dash of cream and spices on it. This made the dish mildly spicy but with a really good zing to it. While the other dish had small morsels of chicken marinated in a typical smokey bbq sauce and shallow fried served along with mayo and blue cheese dip.


While we were munching on this we were served complimentary breads with herbed butter and Ice Lemon Tea.



For our mains we had Penne Cajun Chicken Pasta and Chicken Pot Pie. The Pasta was creamy with a hint of cajun spice which made it delicate. While the latter had a short crust pastry with a serving of chicken, bell peppers and cheese. I found the pastry slightly on the sweeter side, but definitely a tasty dish over all.

The menu does feature Indian dishes as well for the people who want Indian dishes.

Ambiance:
The restaurant design is contemporary with large glass areas to lend adequate light which enhances the appearance.

Service:
Service was good overall even though they were swapped with customers. One minor grouse is the restaurant had only one high chair for kids which was already taken by a group of customers. We had to wait until they were done to get the chair. I really do wish they invest in more high chairs which will drive in more young families.

Price:
This meal cost us 1428/- which we felt was worth the feast we were served.

Price - 8.5 / 10
Ambiance - 9 / 10
Service - 8 / 10
Price - 8 / 10.

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22/01/2019

The Reef, Sheraton Grand, ECR, Chennai

18:24:00

It has been over a year since I had updated the blog. With lot of work going into my pet project, I was unable to post anything. I was kind of active on Instagram with photo reviews.

I had recently taken a short break from work. I got to dine at The Reef at Sheraton Grand. I will try and summarize the entire experience.


Food:
For people who have become like me, impatient to read through the entire blog, the verdict is Simply Sensational.

We had gone for the dinner buffet on Pongal. The Reef was not hosting any special menu on the occasion. So my impressions are based on the regular affair served here.


We started with the soup which was a Thai Chicken Soup. One Sip of it and I was blown away by the taste. It was delicate and well balanced.




Buffet also had Veg Cream Soup which I did not get to taste. The buffet spread was quite extensive with a Selection of Salads, Make Your Own Salad, Assorted Breads with Cheese and also Live Counter for Chaat items, Pasta and Pizza.

The spread had a good mix of Indian dishes and Continental items. Paneer to Lamb Shank to Dals to Wok Tossed Noodles.




The Dessert spread was another highlight. Comprising of Indian Sweets to Cakes to Ice Creams to Brownies. All in all, loved the entire spread. One the best buffets I have had in a long time, with each and every dish being tasty. Some may not like certain dishes but my palate seemed to love em.

Ambiance:
The Reef is nestled in the spanking new property of Sheraton Grand on ECR. The property is Grand and befitting of the word GRAND.

Service:
Full marks here. We loved the service.

Price:
The buffet for a person is priced 1600 plus taxes. But if you have AMEX card you can knock 20% off the Bill thanks to AMEX alliance with SPG and Marriot group. So we ended up paying 2550/- for the two of us.

Would I visit again, 100% I will.

Food -  9 /10
Ambiance - 10 /10
Service - 10 /10
Price - 10/ 10

Disclaimer - I paid for the meal.

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