Winter Outside, Tummy Warming Inside Guppy, Delhi

Guppy for me has managed to be on my “go to restaurants” when I crave for authentic and flavourful Japanese food.
Every time I visit guppy it never ceases to amaze me in any manner what so ever, be it the food or the drinks or the hospitality of the staff and the managers or my favourite part, the decor of the restaurant. It speaks the language of quirk. It’s bright and mysterious in its own ways.The little masks detail or the authentic Japanese knick knacks. The indoor seating which is personal or the outdoor seating option which is open and lively in the pretty Delhi winter sun.

Having told you everything I like about Guppy it’s time I discuss what I went to try out this time around. Their winter menu.

We started with a delicious lobster and seafood soup kaminabe – served beautifully in a paper pot , this soup was comforting and soulful. An absolute delight in the sweet Delhi winter. The proportion of lobster meat , prawns and fish in relation to the veggies such as broccoli tofu and carrot was perfect. This broth-based soup is a must have on their winter menu.
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Next, I tried the slow cooked Tuna steak – Tuna cooked to perfection with a warm spicy ponzu sauce served with some thinly sliced veggies, textured orange slices and a poached egg. An overall lovely dish with a burst of flavours.
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Next, on the menu, I tried the different types of sushi, first of which was Battera sushi, an authentic pressed Oishizushi. The tuna version was overpowered by the topping of wasabi, while the salmon one tasted more of the sticky rice than any taste of the salmon on it. A skip on this one is what I would suggest.
After Battera came the black rice vegetarian California rolls – I was a little hesitant to try a vegetarian sushi, but toy surprise two sushi was very well balanced with a crunchy center and a lovely layer of black sticky rice. It’s was very earthy in its flavour. Guppy sure knows how to balance flavours and provide precision in the ingredients it uses.
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With everything on the table I tried Tatami Cocktail which paired beautifully with all the food served, tangy with a spice kick to the end of every sip, this cocktail might not be for everyone, but it sure suited my palate.
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Post the sushi, came the grilled rock lobster – lightly grilled with seasonal veggies, the lobster was creamy and super soft.
In the mains, Karashi Chicken and Bacon Casserole was a foamy fatty dish which was overpowered with the taste of wasabi. Guppy surely loves their wasabi. Sadly due to the wasabi, the chicken and bacon took a backseat. Would suggest a miss if you don’t like wasabi.
Next came the Lamb Toban Yaki – Where the lamb was tender and slow cooked to perfection in a homely brown gravy with diakons, some carrots and greens.
Do not miss this one on the winter menu if you like rooted flavours.
For the veggies out there, the Mushroom Toban Yaki is amazing, assorted mushrooms and lotus roots cooked with greens, cherry tomatoes and baby corn in a creamy coconut base is a must have.
To finally a sweet ending:
Warm Carrot cake – cute plating but lacking taste
I’d rather suggest trying our the chocolate ice cream – it was a bitter chocolate, perfect for the light winter chill.
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Overall – if you haven’t yet knocked on Guppy’s doors, do so now. It’s a restaurant with a heart and soul.
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Address: Guppy, 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony

Food Delivery Service Review: POHA Xpress

I recently happened to receive some delicious and importantly healthy breakfast from POHA Xpress. POHA Xpress is based out of Gurgaon and does different kinds of breakfast meals like poha, daliya and other healthy meals made of oats.

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They also do many drinks and I especially loved the range of lassis they do – in particular, the ghamandi lassi. With a hint of cardamom, rose water and saffron it is refreshing, flavourful and healthy.

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Come and try this new breakfast place , it is a fantastic alternative to regular old breakfast at home or the unhealthy, greasy breakfast one is served everywhere else.

POHA Xpress Phone Numbers: +91 9999447742, +91 9999447752

Saket’s New Delight – Locale

locationLocated just around the corner of PVR Anupam, Locale is a perfect outing for a quick catch up with friends. A huge space with beautifully done rustic interiors, we found the staff to be extremely humble and welcoming.

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Food – It was mixture of various cuisines lined up to serve the best from their menu. Their Crispy Chimi Changa bites were the best of the lot with salsa served on the side.

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Falafel with pita and hummus were perfectly crisp and hummus tasted amazing (because that’s really important). The Green Stripe Pizza with a crisp and thin base was an excellent offering.

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Kerela Kozhi Chicken Roast, again a unique blend of roasted chicken with coconut sprinkling. However, Caesar salad without croutons and only lettuce was a disappointment. We highly recommend The Green Kiwi Mountain – an excellent Kiwi cooler! Murg Tikka Lababdar with Butter Naan & Subz Jalfregi is a recommendation from the main course. Nutshell – Excellent starters, their drinks catch you by surprise and a reasonable main course on the offering. Definitely, a place to visit if in Saket!

Papa Cream

Just across the street from Churchgate railway station, Papacream is located near Cafe Coffee Day in the iconic Eros theatre building. Colourful interiors and an open counter that shows the ice-cream makers operating their queer machines, breathe life into an area surrounded by take-out places.

The cosy ice-cream parlour has unicycle high stools on the ground floor and leather sofas around round tables on the first floor. Triangular mosaic tiles protrude from the walls to act like tables. Rice lights wrapped around wooden fixtures hanging from the ceiling give the place a very cafe like feel.

Quirky flavours, bright colours and puff of liquid nitrogen await you when you visit Papacream. Done up in bright colours with quirky touches through out such as the unicycle seats Papacream projects a fun ambience. Their mission to make ice cream fun extends to the quirky combinations they have taken the freshly prepared ice cream in both the savory and sweet sides of ones palate.

It serves 100% vegetarian ice creams prepared using natural ingredients, no artificial colours and flavours are used in the making.

Apart from ice creams, papacream also serves sorbets, milk shakes and coffees.
It’s amazing to see live ice creams getting prepared upfront using liquid nitrogen.

So here is what I had –

Tiramisu – Tiramisu flavoured ice cream on a bed of sponge cake, dusted with cocoa powder.  Nice flavour of mascarpone cheese and coffee liqueur was coming from the ice cream. The sponge cake base added to the drama. Loved it!!

Bubble Gum Candyfloss –   Honestly, this was one of the best bubblegum ice creams that i have had to date. Bubblegum flavoured ice cream topped with candy floss, this ice cream, not only combines your childhood fantasies into one, but also delivers. TOTALLY RECOMMENDED.

Ferrero Crunch – The menu itself said no description needed and after having its first bite i couldn’t agree more. Thick, creamy, luscious, chocolaty, sinful, divine and i am falling short of adjectives. MUST TRY!!!!!! The taste was so good and pure, i felt like i ate 10-12 ferrero rochers in a bite. My mouth is watering while i am writing about it. You are sure to fall in love with this ice cream

Cookiewich – It is the best cookie and ice-cream combination i have savoured. Delicious combination with a soft and crunchy essence.

Belgian Chocolate Sundae- The dish looked very promising when it came to our table and in fact has the potential to be a real stunner. But a few tweaks from the Chef are required. So what you have essentially is a large, thick waffle and a little scoop of Belgian chocolate ice-cream in the middle, topped with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauce and chocolate chips. Each component on its own tastes divine. But together, the waffle overpowers the ice-cream which in reality should have hogged the limelight. If you do order this, ask for the dish to be delivered on a tray or plate instead of a glass and emphasize that you’d like a larger scoop of the ice-cream and less of the waffle.

The new ice creams are a mix of some revolutionary sweet and savoury ice creams and  have been designed with with a lot of patience and care with a view to titillate those senses and amuse that palate.

Take my word, one will never be enough. God bless the people who run this place, I’m definitely coming back!

So go get your FREEZE at Papacream soon!

Review: Freshmenu.com

We at Delhi Food Club love to try new things. We jump at the opportunity to explore interesting eateries. Food delivery services are our favourite because then we can chill at home with our beer and order what we like. Fresh Menu is a brand new service that helps people like us to do just that.

Fresh, delicious food, delivered at your convenience is amazing but we are usually not easily pleased. FreshMenu.com has some very attractive pictures on its website and what we loved the most is that they delivered exactly when they said they would. Their punctuality was impressive. If you want a fast food delivery service in gurgaon or a fast food delivery service in delhi, pick Fresh Menu.

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Coming to the food, the Dim sum is what we started with. This isn’t fine dining at all. These dim sums were proper street food kind of dim sums, comfort food at its best.

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Then came the Farfalle, the sauce of which was very subtle, a little too subtle but we liked.

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The desserts consisted of a mind-blowing chocolate tart with a crumbly cookie base and rich and creamy chocolate  ganache. The brownie was good too.

Overall, our experience was quite fulfilling.

Stop My Starvation – like literally!

Stop My Starvation is a small breakfast joint in the Malviya Nagar Market. With a name as quirky as ’Stop My Starvation’ this place aims to satiate your small time immediate hunger. We all have those moments when we know dinner is ready at home but we need to grab a quick bite to satisfy the tummy, telling it to believe that more is coming just in a while. So, this is the place you would want to head to the next time you have your quick bite moments.

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Their menu has crepes, waffles, sandwiches and shakes. This is one of the few places that serves crepes in Delhi and that too with both sweet and savoury fillings. Similarly, it was the first time that I had a waffle with vegetable/chicken toppings instead of the usual maple syrup and ice cream to go with it. Their waffles’ dough is simply melt in the mouth. They are preparing it with Malted Barley which is being imported from US and that makes their snack options even more delicious and healthy. And, on top of that, all of their sweet waffles by default come with a scoop of ice cream. Also, they have add on options for toppings in case you want to customize.

Some of the things that I ordered here were:

Magic Mushroom: It was a savoury waffle with mushroom, cream and cheese topping, sprinkled with herbs. Great to taste. As mentioned above, super soft dough of waffles and the gooey mushroom with cheese and cream was making it all the more tempting.

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Archie’s Favourite: This was a savoury crepe with chicken keema filling. The chicken keema was cooked to perfection in delectable chipotle sauce. It was a light dish and the flavours were coming out really well.

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Nutella Factory: Heavenly is the word for this dessert. Waffles laid with Nutella spread along with ice cream scoop and chocolate sauce- simply yummy! After having the above two dishes, I still can’t remember how fast I finished this one and still wanted some more. It was the hero dish for me.

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After trying out a couple of dishes at Stop My Starvation, I  would recommend this as the pit stop while you’re shopping, coming back from a class or even on your way to home from office. It is a super pocket friendly destination. Nowhere would you find a Nutella waffle along with ice cream priced at 120/- bucks. They are also delivering till a radius of 3 km in their vicinity. What more can one ask for!

Review: Bong Appetite

Being a Bengali and staying in Delhi, it’s rare that I get to eat quality authentic Bengali food when dining out. So it was a wonderful surprise for us when we dined at Bong Appetite at Qutub Institutional Area, Delhi.

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The décor of the restaurant is pretty good and has a very café like feel to it. The owner himself manages the kitchen and runs the place with great passion and enthusiasm.

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Coming onto the food, we went by the owner’s recommendation and were simply wowed by the delectable food present in front of us. The Bengali cuisine is a little on the sweeter side, and perhaps the reason of our sweet voice 🙂

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First was Crab Malai Curry paired with steamed rice, superb in presentation and wonderful in taste. The crab was wonderfully cooked, and the feeling of cracking open the shell to be able to eat the tender flesh was amazing. The steamed rice went well with the malai curry.

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Golda Chingri Paturi came in next, which was king prawns marinated with turmeric paste, wrapped in banana leaf and steamed. Too good, and made me nostalgic, reminding me of the wonderful food of Kolkata.

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These 2 amazing dishes were followed by vegetarian fare – Potoler Dolma with Chena Stuffing which was pointed gourd (parwal in hindi), Allor Dum and Chollar Dal. I personally would never think of ordering parwal when dining out, but this dish was just too good! You’ll be missing something in life if you haven’t had this dish. Allor Dum was a traditional Bengali Dum Aalu, with mildly sweet gravy and tasted perfect and Chollar Dal is Channa Dal. All these were presented with Luchi (Poori) & Kochuri (Grean Peas stuffed kachori) and I loved every bite of it.

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Mutton Rezala paired with Kolkata Laccha Paratha came in next and disappeared within minutes of coming onto the table. The paratha was crispy and flaky and the mutton – pure bliss!

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Completely filled with the amazing food spread presented in front of us, we couldn’t think of taking another bite, but when the chef presented his signature desserts – Mango Patishapta and Nolen Gur Ice-Cream, we couldn’t control ourselves. Bengalis are crazy after nolen gur, and we get it during a very limited time period. On asking with the chef, he told us that he had made a huge batch of nolen gur which would definitely last for some time – so my advice to you all, go ahead and grab a plate of this wonderful ice-cream before the stocks run out!

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All in all, it was a wonderful dining experience; the Bengali spread was wonderful and transported me to the by-lanes of Kolkata. The best part of the food was the hint of sweetness in all food items, but never overpowering it – which generally happens in many places. A place definitely not to be missed!

Factsheet

C-8, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi
Open 12 PM to 11 PM; Monday closed.

Chili’s, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Chili’s is one place that’s never going to disappoint you be it in terms of food or drinks. This place serves awesome cocktails and even awesome-er food.

Their ambiance is just like any American café with booths and lights hanging from the ceiling over your booth. LED screens for sports nights and a small area for private parties.

I have been to its Saket branch quite a few times but Vasant Kunj was my first time. Needless to say, the experience was as good as it can be. The food was delicious and the Chili’s hospitality was impeccable. The chef was there for us to explain each and every dish that we tried – how it was prepared, what flavors it has, and how we must go about eating it with all the dips and sides.

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I tried quite a lot of things from their menu. It was a lavish spread and everything tasted so good that I had a hard time deciding what to eat more and what to eat less. So, here goes my list of dishes:

#1 Classic Nachos

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Best nachos ever! Trust me when I say that because no place you’ll find nachos laden with chicken and cheese and topped with a jalapeno slice. The sour cream makes it even better to go with.

#2 Triple Dipper

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A combination of three appetizers of your choice with three different dips to go with each. Our appetizers included Chicken Crispers, Chicken Wings and Southwestern Eggrolls. Chicken Crispers were primarily chicken rolled in crispy layer of floor. The chicken wings were soft and tangy in taste and the Southwestern Eggrolls were the best of the three I would say. They were basically crispy tortilla rolls stuffed with chicken, spinach, corns, beans and jalapenos. They were well stuffed and tasted really good with the Avocado dip.

#3 Texas Cheese Poppers

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Crispy on the outside and gooey from inside- that would be the exact phrase to describe these cheese poppers. It was a vegetarian starter dish and it was quite spicy too.

#4 Presidente Margarita

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Hand shaken margarita – a mix of tequila, triple sec and brandy topped with lime juice. Perfect drink for summers and to get high. The best part is they shake it at your table and serve you fresh!

#5 A combination of three margaritas – World’s Freshest Margarita, Blue Pacific Margarita and Watermelon Margarita

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All three were tequila and triple sec mixed in lemon juice, blue curacao and melon juice respectively and all three were good.

#6 Spicy Smoked Pasta

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Penne pasta cooked in spicy Alfredo sauce and baked in cheese with grilled chicken, finely chopped bell peppers, and corns and garnished with cilantro. This pasta was very unusual from what you get normally at any Italian place. Those taste good but this one was absolutely amazing. A dish recommended by the chef and treat for your taste palates.

#7 Southern Smokehouse Burger

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Burger with choice of patty (here it was chicken), topped with melted cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion rings, sauces and served with bbq sauce, pickles and of course French fries. The burger was huge in terms of size and adding to the taste and crisp were bacon and onion rings. Simple amazing!

#8 Classic Bacon Burger

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This one was with beef patty and it was topped with bacon, melted cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and chili’s sauces. I really liked this one with the softness of beef patty and the crunchy onions it was one of the best bacon burgers I have had till now.

#9 Blackened Fish
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The picture explains why the name ‘Blackened Fish’ cuz’ it was grilled really well. Grilled fish fillet served with herbed rice and veggies. We had it with spicy garlic dip and our choice of fish was Sole Fish. One can also have Basa Fish. The fish was really soft and the herbed rice was making it the perfect dish of the evening. A must try!

#10 Chipotle Chicken Flat Bread Pizza

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A pizza that’s square in shape but still has triangular pieces. Interesting, right? But more than that it was yummy in taste.

#11 Mix and Match Fajitas

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Fajitas, the typical Mexican dish that sizzles and served hot in wooden pans. Here, it’s a match of three – grilled chicken, grilled steaks and shrimps served with bell peppers. It came along with tortillas, dips- salsa, jalapeno, sour cream, and pico de gallo. It was really good in terms of taste and kudos to the chef sitting with us who rolled the tortillas for us the exact way it should be eaten and then presented it to us to eat. Never had such warming experience at any place.

#12 Fresh Mex Rice Bowl

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It was marinated grilled chicken over chipotle rice mixed with chopped veggies and tortilla chips and dressed with sour cream and chipotle sauce. The dish tasted way too well. It is a must try if you are in a mood to try something different yet pleasing.

 

#13 Molten Chocolate Cake

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Best way to cease the day is to have a nice and warm dessert at the end of your meal. This was it. Shaped like a volcano with drizzling chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream and chocolate dome on top that needs to be broken first to enjoy your dessert to the fullest. Mouth wateringly delicious it was.

#14 Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

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Layers of cake and truffle sauce infused with rum. Very gooey in texture and leaves you wanting more with each spoon. Ah! Need I say more?

I had a great time here and I am certainly going to visit them again. I would recommend this place if you want to chill out with friends and simultaneously want an amazing gastronomical experience. This place is easy on the pocket and great in terms of portions that they serve.  Chili’s is truly value for money!

Navratri has never been better! @Sattvik, Select CityWalk, Delhi

I am a hardcore non-vegetarian but Chef Anoop Singh Bisht from Sattvik made dining experience extremely enjoyable (I wasn’t expecting it to be at all!). The special 5-course Navratri meal at North Indian fine dining restaurant,Sattvik was something everyone should try. I associate Sattvik food with loads of oil but it was truly commendable how chef prepared everything in minimal oil and managed to keep everything delicious.

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Sattvik Restaurant is located in Select CITYWALK, Delhi’s most exciting Shopping & Entertainment Destination situated in the heart of South Delhi. Need for a good fine-dining restaurant  in South Delhi that serves only vegetarian food gave birth to the idea of this restaurant.  Since it serves pure vegetarian food the name was derived from   sāttvika  – relating to or endowed with the quality sattva (Sanskrit word referring to  pure, true, genuine, honest, good, virtuous). Since it’s inception in 2008 it has been a place where people come and relax and have a hearty meal and holistic fine dining experience.

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On offer will a delicious range of beverage, snacks, mains and desserts- a total of over 15 items such as Masaladaar Chaach, Saboodana Papad, Kuttu ki Papdi Chaat, Bhuni Shakarkandi ki Chaat, Jimikand ka Kabab with Mirch ki Chutney, Kacche Kele ka Kebab, Masala Arbi, Kuttu aur Singara ki Puri, Samak ki Phirni, Kheer Gud Makhana and many other such satvik delights.

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My favourites on the menu were Kuttu aur Singara ki Puri, Paneer Makhni and Samak ki Phirni. I was quite amused to see how beautifully chef had managed to maintain balance in the gravy without using any salt. The puri went beautifully with it. The phirni was subtle and lightly sweetened and was the perfect end to my meal.

The chef sent a beautiful and fragrant cup of tea with Gur Makhana. I am certainly going to come back again and again for that brilliant tea time snack. The menu will vary every three days for Navratri. Those fasting this Navratri (even those who are not!) could not have asked for more!

What: Navratri Food Festival – Special 5 course meal @ Rs. 595

Where: Sattvik, Select CITYWALK, S-5, 2nd Floor, Saket, New Delhi

When: 12noon – 11pm , 8th April – 15th April, 2016

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Colors of South, Chettinad Food Festival @ Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon

Crowne Plaza held the amazingly aromatic Chettinad Food Festival. Starters consisted of Kozhi Varuval (masala coated fried chicken morsals), Kari Kola urandai (minced lamb dumplings spiked with chettinad spices), Keerai vadai (spinach and lentil patties), Vazhakai kola urandai (Golden kebabs of raw banana with coconut and chillies). Our favourite was the minced lamb. The flavours were delightful. The chutney it was served with was brilliant too.

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The Main course consisted of “Meen kozhambu” (Spicy tangy fish curry simmered with shallots, cumin and curry leaves), “Kozhi uppkari Chettiyar” (spices rubbed chicken simmered with shallots and poppy seeds masala) but our favourite was the “Kari chops masala” (A traditional Lamb chop preperation).

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We had a few vegetarians at the table who particularly enjoyed the main course “Kai Kari mandi” (A combination of vegetables , green chillies cooked in gravy of tamarind and garlic) and the Vellai poriyal Cauliflower and double beans tempered with garlic).

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DSC_0850The desserts of “Kalkandu Pongal”(A sweet preration of sugar candy and rice) and “Chettiiyar carrot halwa” (Grated carrots and reduced milk finished with ghee and nuts). The buffet wasn’t restricted to only Chettinad food though. There was Sushi, Chinese and Chaat that we all loved.

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The food festival lasted until the 20th of March and was hugely successful, the menu was changed almost everyday and the chefs ensured that the spices were just right to suit the taste of North Indians and Expats.