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Amdavaadi – Gujarati Snack house

2 Mar

The Gujarati snack house, Amdavaadi, in T Nagar is just two months old.  Having read about it in CFG and seeing an ad in The Hindu, we were tempted to hit the place & try out.

Writing this post along with SR & RR – and yes, we 3 decided to raid the place today ūüėČ

Photography Courtsey:  Upcoming Photographer:  Radhika Raghu


So here goes a post on it. ¬†The Snack House (not sure why they don’t use the term Restaurant…but snack house does seem to fit as well) is located behind away from the main road giving it a slightly away from maddening noisy road feel ūüôā

Well lit and no fancy chairs / sofas et al.  Decor is kept simple and neat.  Seated ourselves and eagerly scanned the menu.

Ordered ourselves Rajwadi Chas and Lime & Ginger Cooler. ¬†Both drinks were nice and Rajwadi Chas – was a good choice — it had slightly stronger dose of Asafoetida with Curry leaves, coriander et al. ¬†If you are not a big fan of Asafoetida smell/taste, you might want to skip this or taste it before getting yourself a full glass ūüôā

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Starter Palette

Fafda with Kadi Chutney & Raw Papaya Salad 


Fafda is a Besan based crispy item Рgood thing to snack on.  Combining this with Kadi chutney & raw papaya salad, gave a good taste.  And yes, I quite liked it!

One of those most favourite items of mine – Jalebiiiiiiiiiiiii


Jalebi was mild warm (not too hot types) and yummmmmmmmm! ūüôā ¬†They have added a dash of Saffron to this and one could taste the saffron. ¬†It was crisp & yum! ¬†[Still drooling…and craving to eat another plate ;)]

Manager of the snack house helped us choose as well and he suggested to go with Samosa — oh yea! ¬†He did mention that it is a regular item that you get but try ours and won’t be disappointed! ¬†So there goes our next starter – Samosa!


Smaller in size yet yummy in taste!  Samosa was hot and tasted good.  Internal stuffing seemingly had kasuri methi & a pinch of mint leaves.  True though a regular item, this was definitely good.

While munching on the starters & sipping our drinks, we ordered ourselves “Methi Thepla with Oondiya” — this again was good.

We didn’t find too spicy stuffs…gave us a feel of Home made food – with right amount of spices. ¬†By the end, we were full but not heavy!

Snack items about 3-4 could easily fill you up…so watch out your appetite before ordering main course ūüôā

Overall, we liked the place.  Service was also fast.  Food was good.


Food:  Good
Ambience: Neat.
Service: Good
Pocket Friendly : Yes.
Suitable for :  Family Lunch / Dinner
Reservation Required? : No Info !
Will I go there again? :  Yes

Additional Details:
FB Profile: They are not yet in FB Рwe were told!
Address:  North Boag Road
Landmark: Between Pazhamuthir Nilayam & Godrej


Tadka Talk – Velachery

17 Feb


This new post is all about the Punjabi Restaurant – “Tadka Talk – by Chef Arora” located in Velachery. ¬†This was yet another CFG Showcase. ¬† And it is “all – veg” restaurant!!! ¬†As part of this blog, I am using the photographs clicked by “Fotographer YesDee”

Having heard good reviews about this place, was quite excited to be here for the Showcase.  Reaching a bit earlier than the expected time, gave us time to explore the interiors and here is a quick view of the interiors.





As part of welcome drink, we tasted Kiwi & Aam Panna Рwhich tasted sweet & spicy.   Chef made a twist to Aam Panna by adding some kiwi to it.   This drink was made with Raw Mango, Sugar & Herbs and is claimed to be one of the best drinks for Summer.

Kiwi Aam Panna

One of our team members asked for a different drink and what he got was yummily tasting“Kesar Pistawale Lassi”


Then it was time for Chole di Rassa” — a shorba made out of Channa with channa pieces to bite into. ¬†This was a bit spicy but tasted damn good!


With that our tables were getting ready for starter course


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Our starter course included – a plate with :
“Panneer Amristari” –— Panneer dipped in gram flour batter with Ajwain & deep fried in Mustard oil. ¬†This was a yumm Dish! ¬†Panneer was super soft.

“Lahori Sheekh Chollia Te Khumbwalli” – ¬†This had green gram, paneer, cheese, almonds etc. mixed and made as kebab.

Corn based Kebab (not sure of the name!). ¬†These started tasted good with the “Mango Chutney” (see pic above on 3 chutneys).

Mango chutney needs a special mention here as it tasted so nice that we were literally drinking on it ūüėČ


As part of main course we had Tandoori Roti, Butter Naan & Pulao —¬†Breads were soft and Butter Naan was rich with butter that we could even smell the butter ūüėČ

As side dishes we were served :  Rajma, Aloo Gobi & Paneer Рall 3 dishes tasted good.

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With all dishes tasting so good….it was also filling our stomach fast! ūüôā

Now with time for desserts, we had two options — One was Hot Gulab Jamun¬†— this was super yummy just that I missed my Vanilla Ice cream combo with it

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& other was “Rasamalai” ¬†—¬†this was good; it had a bit of strong rose flavour which wasn’t giving some of us a good feeling but nothing to complain majorly here! ūüôā


One of our team members also tried Kajar Halwa during one of his visits and was raving about it. ¬†So you can also check that out ūüôā

The whole experience was super yummy I should say!  And the chefs behind these yummy dishes are:


The menu that we were served was part of “Tasting Menu” — which includes 1 Starter, 1 soup, unlimited main course, 1 dessert – costing only Rs. 385/- (as of today). ¬†Check this menu out if you want to get an overall feel !

Though located in Velachery and some of us could feel that it is far away….I should say this place is worth the effort to travel. ¬†We had our team members coming from Anna Nagar & Mogappair…so yea…go for it!


Food:  8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Pocket Friendly : Yes.
Suitable for :  Family Lunch / Dinner
Reservation Required? : No Info !
Will I go there again? :  Yes

Additional Details:
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Address:  Velacity by Purpletree
6&7 Ramagiri Extension
Taramani Velacherry link road
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600042
Phone:     044 43213838, 044 43213939
Landmark: Opp. TCS

Khansama – The Royal Indian Master Chef

10 Feb


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!!!


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 ūüôā

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


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!! ūüėČ

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 Рkind of paneer dumpling in a green gravy dish!  Tasted good.  Had a tinge of sweetness though.









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









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 ūüôā

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


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


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! ūüôā


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? :  

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Address: No: 15, Khader Nawaz Khan Road
Chennai- 600034
Phone:     044-431 68 111

Dario’s Restaurant

3 Feb

Time to blog yet another CFG Showcase @ Dario’s Restaurant, Chennai. ¬†In this blog am using pictures clicked by Fotographer Raghu

An Italian restaurant that serves only Vegetarian & Eggless dishes is the USP of this place. ¬†I was impressed with the first thing that I saw the “Outdoor Seating” that this restaurant had. ¬†Now, Chennai & Outdoor eating don’t go well…but this was an “Enclosed outdoor seating”. ¬† It is more of Sicilian Cuisine than just saying Italian! ¬†What’s the difference? ¬†Find out …for I don’t know ūüėČ

It was spacious and had a special roofing to keep cool during Chennai Summers.  This area also housed open kitchen for Pizzas.

After initial greetings & introductions, we seated ourselves and found a printout that had the menu that we were going to be tasting. ¬†This was a sweet surprise, I should say…because usually, we note down the names and the names of the items we relish in comes to us later to put up on the blog. ¬†Ok that was a carefully planned step. ūüôā

We had РStarters, Salads, Pizzas, Pastas & Desserts on the menu to be served.   I shall write the names of the items here and for the contents in each of the items, do refer to the menu on their website here


Starters:  Funghi Darios, Polpette Di Spinaci E Formaggio, Antipasto Siciliano, Assorted Bruschetta

I found Funghi Darios exhibiting strong garlic taste.

Spinaci E Formaggio Рwas good Рesp. the Spinach cheese dip!  These are spinach & fresh cheese balls served with the dip.


In Sicilian platter, do check out Olives with chillies. ¬†Olives were fresh & spicy ūüôā ¬†We were served “Gorgonzola Cheese” — a variety that I certainly dislike — but this one was damn good! ¬†Wish the platter had only that cheese ūüėČ Not sure if they serve the same cheese every time…may be they variate it.

Assorted Bruschetta : Among these, my favourite was the one with Goat Cheese (the cheese was so damn creamy!) but the rest weren’t as impressive personally for me. I must say the Bruschetta bread was rightly crispy.


Salad: Aranciazola, Verdure Grigalate

Both salads were good.  Try Verdure Grigalate with some cheese crumbs (not part of the dish but ask for it!)  Tasted yummy!



Pizza: Carduni, Stromboli

Of the pizzas, liked Stromboli with right amount of Mozarella, spinach & red chillies. ¬†Yes you can add more chilly flakes if you wish to ūüôā

Pizzas were rightly crispy and with right amount of cheese. ¬†Possibly with a little more cheese, they would have drooped down in weight ūüėČ ¬†Each pizza has approximately 180 gms of cheese, we were told.



Risotto & Pasta:  

Risottoragli Asparagi  : One of my favourite dishes of the lot.  A bit bland but tasted great Рa perfecto combo of Aspharagus with Cream & Cheese!


Risotto Siciliana РBeing a dish with tomato sauce & aubergines, it did taste tangy.  Not my personal preference.

Risotto Al Funghi Porchini, Ravioli Kamarina, Fussili Vitale,  Tortellini Formaggi & Funghi

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Crespelle Ai Funghi –¬†Pasta with Cheese filled and dipped in White sauce – a dish that will easily fill you. ¬†So watch out while ordering ūüôā

Desserts: Tiramisu, Panacotta, Erupting Chocolate Cake, Lemon Cheese Cake

Tiramisu – just lacked something…may be because it was eggless!


Lemon Cheese cake was nice.


Wish the erupting chocolate cake had that warm effect to go with cold ice cream ūüôā



Overall, this was an exciting showcase with all dishes Veg and everyone could try each of them ūüôā ¬†A meal for two would cost approximately Rs. 1, 200/- here. ¬† Menu link given above indicates the prices too.

I should mention the Moroccon Mint Tea that we had – was too good and made me feel light & also served as palette cleanser too ūüôā and one of us tried the cranberry tea (see pic below). ¬†I am not a fan of flavoured tea and only exception now was the moroccon mint tea.




Food:  7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: Nothing to write here as it was a showcase
Pocket Friendly : On the higher end.
Suitable for :  Family Lunch / Dinner
Reservation Required? : No Info !
Will I go there again? :¬†Just the price makes me hesitate but once in a while is ok! ūüôā

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Address: No: 11, Kasturi Rangan Road,
2nd Street, Teynampet,
Chennai- 600018
Phone:     044-4919 3333
Landmark: Near Russian Cultural Centre / Next to Ashwini Hospital

Peaches Restaurant, Velachery – CFG Showcase

28 Dec

Back to my food blog with yet another CFG Showcase. ¬†This time we were slotted for Showcase at the fairly new restaurant in Velachery, called “Peaches”. ¬†Let me warn that this blog post will not have pictures…[Damn me! ¬†Forgot my camera and that too for Showcase…clear signs of aging…huh..?!]

First attraction to vegetarians like me is that this is an “All-Veg” or should I say “Only Veg” restaurant. ūüôā ¬†That said, with initial greetings & settling down, we had Chef Koushik starting the introduction about the cuisine type and introduced us to two welcome drinks :

Melon Cooler : ¬†Milk based drink with a fusion of nuts & ginger with melon balls immersed. ¬†Supposedly a summer drink. ¬†[Watch out for the ginger taste…not too hot don’t worry :)]

Deep Blue Sea:  A Citrus fruit based drink having the look like a blue curacua with sugar coatings on the rim of the glass.  Idea is if one likes to have it with sugar can drink so or avoid those edges of the rim if not.  Chef claimed that this drink is quite popular with the kids.

Of the two drinks, I personally liked the Melon Cooler.

Time for soup and we tasted Tomato soup – ok what’s the big deal about this? Well, it was tomato soup with Basil but we found Basil taste too strong on the soup. ¬†Had some good bread pieces to chew in. ¬†The thickness that you normally find in Tomato soup was missing….or should I say the richness…no it wasn’t watery either…but i felt it like thick rasam with Basil. ¬†Personally, feel this could have been a lot better.

Next started our “Paneer Parade” — Lol – yes next 3 dishes are Paneer based starters.

Malai Paneer Tikka:  Nice texture of Paneer, bland in taste and had mild poppy seeds coating. [You will understand why i mention bland when you read further]

Achari Paneer Tikka: ¬†Paneer marinated in Sathrangi Pickle (mixed vegetables pickle) with mustard oil & Kashmiri chilli powder. ¬†Tricky part of this dish is — one needs to have a tongue for this. ¬†Wondering why for Achari Paneer? ¬†Well, it is the mustard oil — if you are not used to the mustard taste (oil or sauce types) you won’t like it. ¬†Taste of pickle is evident. ¬†Though I liked the mustard taste, the pickle tangy taste kind of killed me. ¬†Yes some parts felt the spice level too.

Angora Paneer Tikka:  Thick & dehydrated paneer slices with raisins stuffed inside & cooked.  Sweet in nature yet felt tasty.

In all 3 Paneer starters, generously sized paneer were used. ¬†Liked that aspect ūüôā

Moving out of our parade yet staying in the starter zone, next dish was Vegetable Malai Tikka – different vegetables coated with malai & made as tikka. ¬†Carrot appeared sweet (but that’s usual) and best was Broccoli – simply loved the malai coating & tikka make. ¬†Malai coating is made with Cashews & white cream.

To break the taste monotony of malai / paneer based dishes, we were served “Chennai Kuchi Varuval” — before you get excited about the name it is nothing but our own French fries coated with spices / chillies. ¬†Spice level was a bit high if you bit upon those small coatings of red chillies ūüėČ

Well…before I thought end of Paneer – came the next dish – Paneer Phuket ūüôā ¬†This is named so as they tried to mimic a vegetarian version of Phuket Fish using Paneer. ¬†[Now don’t ask me about Phuket Fish…have no clue!] ¬†This was hard on the outer with soft Paneer inside. ¬†Coated with some finely cut mix of onions, chillies etc, this dish did not suit my taste buds. ¬†Coating doesn’t get soaked into the Paneer unless kept for sometime but by that time the outer layer gains hardness ūüė¶

Now moving away from the Indian line up of starters (oh yea, we are still in starters) – next dish was “Cheesy mushroom tortellini” – a dish with oriental filling but continental sauce. ¬†Nope I didn’t try it…so try it if name sounds interesting ūüôā

Well…when they say “World on your plate” — surely there must be something “American” isn’t it ?! ¬†Yea, it was “Crispy American Corn” – nothing much to say here again as it is one of those usual dish you find.

Did you notice all this while, there wasn’t much on the drink front except water. ¬†Yea, was time for another drink and we had a great surprise with “Bovonto with Vanilla Ice cream”. ¬†Instant hit with some of us. ¬†Loved this totally. ¬†Nothing about Peaches customisation here. ¬†One can do it at home yourself. ¬†Watch out – if you are not a fan of Bovonto you might not like it ūüėČ

Filling ourselves with all these starters, sure we did have some space left to take on the main course.

Main course had varieties of Parathas / Kulchas introduced РTil Kulcha, Garlic Paratha, Methi Paratha et al.  Side dishes were Subz kohlapuri Рmixed vegetables gravy and spicy one.

Dabhewale Dhal – Naming comes after the Dahl that is made on those Dabhas. ¬†This was truly a hit cooked with rich ghee ūüôā

Dhal was so tasty that we urged the chef to bring rice as the best combo to go with and hence were introduced to “Shahi Kashmiri Jeera Pulao” — It was Jeera Pulav but with taste of saffron & smell of rosewater. ¬†Yes, cooked with those, the smell of rosewater can appear a bit too strong for some. ¬†Rice with Dhal was a nice combo & quite liked it.

Then came Kofta Biryani which was a let down personally for me. ¬†Biryani had cardamom taste dominating and the kofta was like cutlet in a small ball shape & salty. ¬†This dish had two types of Raitha – Sev Raitha & Pineapple Raitha to go with. ¬†Pineapple Raitha taking the sweet taste didn’t go well with this Biryani ūüė¶

Then it was turn for World wide – main course which I never touched – had space left in my stomach only for the desserts.

Two Desserts were showcased – one was Carrot halwa stuffed samosa type fry with creamy sauce and another dessert was called Oppan Gangnam — don’t ask me what it was. ¬†Didn’t bother to try.

Personally would have preferred the carrot halwa with creamy sauce without the fry. ¬†But then it’s just my taste preference.

With that long list of items and lengthy showcase session, it was time to wind up & just head to bed.  This I felt, was one long session and so much to eat.

Located in Velachery By pass road, it is a small restaurant with good ambience.  Overall find it as a place where you can try it once and subsequent visits is up to your preferences.


Food:  7/10
Ambience : 7/10
Service : Nothing to write here as it was a showcase
Pocket Friendly : On the slightly higher end.
Suitable for :  Family Lunch / Dinner
Reservation Required? : Not Mandatory
Will I go there again? : Not unless someone takes me there. Distance stops me.

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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.




Pizza Variants




Gluten Free Pizza


Multi Grain Pizza


Desserts – Coffee Pannacota & Vanilla Pannacota



Aahar Restaurant

28 Mar

Newly opened vegetarian restaurant in Mylapore (Opposite to Yellow pages) was our next stop for CFG Review.  Restaurant in Mylapore did raise a doubt on the Parking space but relieved when we found ground floor has been converted as Parking space.

We went to 3rd, 2nd and then hit the first floor where the restaurant is located.  Probably, we missed to notice the sign or ask someone.  Never mind.  We still had a look at other floors

After greeted with ‚Äėhi‚Äô and settling with the CFG team, I personally settled on reading the menu while our welcomes drink ‚Äď Orange Juice – was on its way.¬† Menu had south-indian, north-indian, tandoor and chat items ‚Äď a menu that kind of fits whatever your taste bud demands.

Starter course was soup and salad and included Cucumber-Onion Salad, Chilly Vegetables, Noodle Salad, Paneer Tikka, Baby Corn, Paruppu Vadai, Tomato / Mulligatawny Soup.

Mulligatawny Soup is worth a try.  Tasted different and good!  Tomato soup was  ok but don’t get confused with Cream of tomato.  They aren’t the same.

Chilly Vegetables was a mix of veggies like Cauliflower, capsicum etc. sautéed in sauce.  This was not my personal choice.  Noodle salad was good & some crispy noodles added to the crunchy aspect.  Paruppu vadai was a tad bid extra crispy yet tasted home-made.

From the starter options, do try Mulligatawny Soup and Noodle Salad.

From the main course, we had Podi Dosa and Mysore Masala Dosa to start with.  Dosa was served with two varieties of Chutneys and Sambhar.  Dosa was like paper roast and since I am a fan of such roast it went well with me.

Butter Naan and Paratha¬†accompanied by ‚ÄstRajma Masala and ‚ÄúMilijuli Subji‚ÄĚ and Shahi Paneer,¬†as side dishes were the next stop.¬† I happened to taste only the side dishes reserving space for rice J¬† Among the side dishes, Shahi Paneer scored — was a bit too bland & mildly sweet (coz of the malai) and extra on cardamom.¬† Rajma Masala & Other subji just scores an ok for me to go with Naan or Paratha.¬† Coming to rice items,¬†Vegetable Biryani¬†tasted good.

Then it was time to try some Chinese cuisine with Fried Rice & Vegetable Manchurian.  Both the dishes were not my choice.  Fried rice had a strong Chinese flavor and Manchurian was also Chinese in every bit.

Finally it was sweet time when we had a chance to relish Basundi, Gulab Jamun, Carrot Halwa & Ice Cream.  Naturally, my all time favourite of Gulab Jamun with Ice Cream went well and I relished it thoroughly.  Jamun was nicely made.  Carrot Halwa was slightly soft and it also made a good combination with ice cream.

Overall food serving our any time hunger needs and living up to filling your hunger, this place has potential to grow and offers reasonable prices.  Certainly, a place for people to visit with their family for Sunday Brunch and eat to their laziness.

Thanks to Aahar management for having the CFG team.

Food:  6/10
Ambience : 6/10
Service : 7/10
Pocket Friendly : Yes
Suitable for :  Family Lunch / Dinner
Reservation Required? : No
Will I go there again? :¬†Yes, when I don’t want to cook.

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