Batlivala & Khanabhoy, a Parsi restaurant in Chennai

If you ask me what is about Parsi cuisine that is different, I would be at a loss for words. For it is pretty similar to Indian food that includes rice, roti, sabji and curry. But somehow it was different. At least that was what I learnt after dining at Batlivala & Khanabhoy, one of…

Nitrogen ice cream at 196 Degree Below, Chennai

The best part about Soul Garden Bistro in Alwarpet was not their fast selling pink sauce pasta or the super filling italian sizzler. It is their dessert and drink corner 196 degree Below, where you get to eat Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream.  The order of Blueberry ice cream (it was super cold and you could…

Dining at Mamagoto in Chennai

I had a decent meal at Pan asian restaurant Mamagoto in Chennai last Monday. Somehow it was a pretty satisfactory meal in a long time. right. It is the kind of happiness that you feel when you look at empty plates and your tummy is content.  It is most likely because I learnt to order…

Making pasta in tomato sauce at home in a jiffy

It was the first time I tried to make tomato sauce from scratch without resorting to shortcuts like readymade sauce or desi Indian pasta with chilli powder and all-purpose masala. Unlike what I thought, the process did not take a long time and tasted better than my previous failures. So this is what I did…

Pasta for the belly and John Denver for the soul

Who doesn’t love a good Italian pesto? I’m no exception. It is hardly a wonder that there are as much restaurants that serve pasta as good Punjabi thali in Chennai. Needless to say it is a go to dish for many like me. Places like Spaghetti Kitchen and Ox and Tomatoes were my favourite hangout places….

A study of South Asian cuisine at Noodle Bar

Best kind of dates are those that are unplanned. It was one such impromptu call from my friend that took us to Noodle Bar on a sultry summer afternoon in Phoenix Market City in Chennai.   As you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by a statue of Buddha. The seating area and surroundings…

Tale of misal pav and broken ankle in Pune

It was supposed to be a relaxing two day trip to Pune. Evenings were supposed to be free and to be spent with a friend there, eating and looking around the city. If only I had not fallen down and not strained my ankle ligament. Anyway Pune did happen and I somehow tried to make…

Abyssinian: Taste of Ethiopia in Chennai

After trying my hand at most Japanese restaurants, I was wondering if I should try something else like say Ethiopian. That was the conclusion I came to after an impromptu lunch date with a foodie friend of mine. I was really glad we decided to try Ethiopian that day. So one pleasant afternoon we met…

Dahlia, the oldest Japanese restaurant in Chennai

After months of planning I finally visited the oldest Japanese restaurant in Chennai, Dahlia last weekend. Though finding the restaurant could be a problem, I loved the experience. The restaurant was almost hidden, as if it does not want unnecessary attention, in the far end of the corner in an old building that could use…

How I went from being a poor eater to a foodie

People who know me will say that my appetite is poor. I have never been able to finish food when eating out. If it is a three course meal, be sure that I will be full by the time second course is served. Somehow I was never able to find much pleasure in the act…

Yet another bowl of Ramen in Chennai

I tried Ramen again. This time in GoGo Ramen, a Japanese Ramen restaurant in Chennai.  I have tried Ramen in two other places before. However the taste was not quite the same and it differed from one shop to another. But I loved all the three, probably for their distinct versions. The one I had…

Danish delicacies that will make you swoon

If you are a vegetarian and going to Denmark dreaming about all that good food you could possibly eat, you might be disappointed. Danish cuisine is meat-based and you will not find not more than one option and if you are lucky, two in most restaurants. But that is no reason for not making the…