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Khansama – The Royal Indian Master Chef

10 Feb

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I am back with yet another blog post.  This time it was “Khansama – The Royal Indian Master Chef” restaurant as part of CFG Showcase.

Here again, I am using the Photographs clicked by “Fotographer Raghu as part of the showcase.  We were served a Set menu as part of the showcase and we tried to stick to it barring a few additions.

We were there a bit too early before even the restaurant opened.  After some minutes, we were seated inside and waited for other CFG members to join.

While waiting for others, hunger pangs led me to taste the “Pappaya Pickle” on the table and chutneys.  Though called as “Pickle” it tasted sweet!!!

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Starters:  Soon “Makkai ka Shorba” (Corn Shorba) was served.  No it is NOT a soup!  It IS Shorba.  That’s what people told us.  Honestly, I have no clue what the difference is between them.  Google search tells me it is same just different languages!  If there is a difference & you know it, do post a comment to this post on the same 🙂

Barring all that, it tasted good.  True it tasted a bit bland yet good!

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Next we were served “Chhene se bhare Kumbh” – Mushroom Kebab stuffed with cheese & malai.  Tasted ok.  Not a fan of mushroom, so nothing much I can say here.

Then came “Bhatti Paneer” – Paneer kebab with Chat masala.  Paneer texture was quite soft and good.  Only flip side of this dish was that Chat masala was overpowering the taste.  May be one of those days they sprinkled slightly more!! 😉

Last of the Vegetarian starter was “Paneer hare mattar ka tikka” – Another paneer dish with peas paste spread in between.  This had a bit of mustard taste – not sure if there was mustard sauce used in the paste or was it the peas.  With Chutney, tasted good.

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Main course started with Butter Naan & Roti – both were done nicely and was not the type where you have to pull too much as it cooled down!

Accompaniments for Naan / Roti was:  Dal Kalbeliya [(a) Dal Makhani].  This dish was super!  Very nicely cooked and tasted yummmmm

Another one was Pachcha paneer – kind of paneer dumpling in a green gravy dish!  Tasted good.  Had a tinge of sweetness though.

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Our next main course dish was “Shahi subz Biryani” and yes it was also good 🙂  Tasted good with Raitha & Dal Makhani (oops…Dal Kalbeliya)

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Our Desserts section – had 2 sweets served – Chikki Kulfi & Anjeer Halwa.  Chikki Kulfi, the name was very tempting for me, that I decided to try it even if it was not part of showcase menu.  Luckily it was 🙂

It was kulfi with bites of sweet – the sweet tasted more like coconut-jaggery though I am not sure what it was.

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Anjeer Halwa – was a bit disappointing.  Both desserts were too sweet esp Anjeer Halwa.

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In the whole showcase, there were a few flips – not in terms of food though!  Vegetarians had to wait until the non-veg eaters finished the starters & moved on to main course.  Wish people were a bit smart enough in attending.  Found that service has to go up a bit more…felt the people attending were a bit confused even with just 15 of us.

Secondly, when the non-veg smoky kebab starters were served, fire (or should I say smoke) alarm buzzed at least 3 times.  This is yet another let down confusing people if the alarm goes off due to smoke from the kebabs or is there a real fire!!!  They should do something about this.

Over all, was a nice experience in terms of food.  A meal for two would easily cost around Rs. 2,500/-  — Yess…being in KNK, it is certainly a very coshtly place! 🙂

RATINGS

Food:  8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: Should improve
Pocket Friendly : On the higher end.
Suitable for :  Family Lunch / Dinner
Reservation Required?No Info !
Will I go there again? :  

Additional Details:
Website: 
FB Profile: https://www.facebook.com/Khansamachennai
Address: No: 15, Khader Nawaz Khan Road
Nungambakkam
Chennai- 600034
Phone    044-431 68 111
Landmark:

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Tuscana – New Menu Launch – CFG Showcase

16 Dec

Tuscana is no new name to Chennaites when it comes to Pizzas.

As part of CFG Showcase, we were invited for “Launch of New Menu” in Tuscana.  There isn’t much that I am going to write about here instead just put up some pics from the Showcase.

Dessert Coffee Pannacota might not be every ones’ choice unless you are a “strong coffee” lover – it has espresso flavour – so beware before you order.

Gluten free again might not be every one’s choice.

Starters

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Pizza Variants

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Gluten Free Pizza

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Multi Grain Pizza

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Desserts – Coffee Pannacota & Vanilla Pannacota

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Italia @ The Park Pod

4 Sep

Italia Restaurant @ the Park Pod is away from the maddening Nungabakkam traffic in Khader Nawaz Khan Road.  It is right opposite to Wills Life Style Showroom but the restaurant is not visible from the front.  Look for “the Park Pod” sign board and drive into the driveway to locate the restaurant.

Ambience is good. Interiors too. You can check how the restaurant looks in this website – http://www.theparkhotels.com/park/chennaipod/hotels/index.html?gclid=CIiOsu6bxaMCFQxB6wodeSJkXg

Belonging to the Park Hotel group, it is definitely heavy on your pockets. Food meets the expectation, if not exceeds!
A Penne arabiatta easily costs you Rs. 400 plus. Health Cocktails (read non-alcoholic) costs anywhere between 300-450 Rs


If you are not familiar with too many italian dishes then stay away from trying new things…tried a Gnocchi with smoked cheese and mushrooms and the verdict is – you better have a different tongue for it!!! Not a normal person’s choice.

Menu has veg and non-veg items clearly marked…so safer options to choose from!  Dessert has Gelatos, Sorbetto and of course more.

If you are a vegetarian, possibly Pasta choices would be limited to 3 or 4.    Safe option is to have Penne Arabiatta; alternatively try their Bow-tied pasta with deep-fried spinach & zucchini.   The highlight of this dish is the deep fried spinach (we liked it…hope you do!)

We requested for a plate of deep-friend spinach alone and they were ready to get us…but we just opted out as we were already filled by then 🙂
Portions of main course is just right. So watch out if you decide to order starters and filling your stomach up before the main course!

Health Cocktails – check out “Naughty Dance” – a mix of blue curacuao syrup, coconut syrup, galangal and coriander leaves.

Bottom line – visit this place if someone else with heavy pocket is inviting you 😉   Place is most suited for the rich & famous!

RATINGS
Food: 7/10
Ambience : 8/10
Service : 7/10
Pocket Friendly : Wayyyyyyyyy toooooooo costly
Suitable for :  Casual dining, Couples dining, Family Dining et al.
Reservation Required? :  Preferred given the standard of the restaurant to keep up with decorum! 😉
Will I go there again?  :  Never Again (price is way too expensive)!


Additional Details:
Website: http://www.theparkhotels.com/park/chennaipod/hotels/index.html
FB Profile: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111372405550791
Address:
23/13 Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 006
T: +91 44 4295 5555
Landmark: Exactly Opp. to Wills Life Style
Note: Restaurant is tucked in from the main road – there is a small drive way to the restaurant.

Tuscana Pizzeria

27 Aug

Located away from the main traffic prone area in Nungambakkam, Tuscana Pizzeria presents an italian touch to the Chennaites.

Small & creatively done place. Ambience is good! Food portion is just right for you to indulge in different courses. Pizzas are thin crust ones and good. Try Lasgna Verdi. Don’t miss Tiramisu – just sweet enough with a good coffee taste.

Food is slightly on the expensive side….yet good to indulge once in a while! Have marked a few items to try it the next time.

If you are vegetarian, ask for their Vegetarian Menu. Of course, you won’t find Tiramisu on the Veg. Menu so just ask for it. Friendly staffs will explain why Tiramisu is not on the Veg. Menu 🙂
Book your seats in advance and the restaurant also encourages seat reservations.

Will update as and when I visit them and write more precise on the different items when I try them 🙂

RATINGS
Food: 8/10
Ambience : 8/10
Service : 8/10
Pocket Friendly : Costly
Suitable for :  All kinds of dining – be it Party, corporate outing, casual dining, family dining, couples / sweet hearts dining et al.
Reservation Required? : Preferred & Restaurant encourages it too!
Will I go there again?  :  Certainly Yes!


Additional Details:
Website: http://www.tuscanarestaurants.com/home.asp
FB Profile: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=135022094407
Address:
No.19, 3rd Street, Wallace Gardens,
Nungambakkam,
Chennai – 600 034.
Tamil Nadu , India
Telephone : +91 – 44 – 4503 8008

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