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…

Nagercoil, where sambar and pulisserry coexist

Adai pradhaman, pulissery olan, ada aviyal and puttu paruppu. They are my favourite dishes my mom makes when I go home. You are mistaken if you think I’m from Kerala. This is a traditional menu in my home town in Tamil Nadu. I hail from Kanyakumari district, which is situated in the Southernmost part of Tamil Nadu….

Sticky rice and seaweed, recipe for longer life

This restaurant in Chennai has always missed my eye. For one it was in a area I do not request and most importantly when I google for top Japanese restaurants Fuji Japanese restaurant does not top the list. So when I visited the place today, it was pleasant surprise. The interiors for me brought the…

Russian Winter Palace in Chennai

Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia was once the official residence of Russian monarchs first built in 1700s. Architecture of the palace resembled that of its European counterparts in the Petrine Baroque style in shades of white and green that resembled snow. So why am I talking about some palace in Russia? You could say…

Japanese cuisine, Teppan style

Teppan is the third Japanese restaurant I have tried in Chennai. Given that it is a Japanese restaurant, vegetarian options were limited and the price was on a higher side. It costs close to Rs 2300 for two people. But the place was cosy and ambiance was good. So  I think I will let it…

Battling caffeine hangover

When you wake up with a very bad headache after gulping down you-forgot-how-many glasses of wine, just the aroma of coffee can stimulate your muddled brain. Take a shot of caffeine, you are almost normal. Coffee is the best hangover medicine. But what if you are suffering a hangover from overdose of caffeine? You just…