Good Food and Decent Service at Texas Bar, Hotel Thulashi Park, Chennai

Texas Bar is a part of Hotel Thulashi Park, Periyar Road, Chennai. My first visit was very short that I hardly observed how the service was and how the food tasted like. So, during my second visit last recently, I ensured I did both.

When my friend ordered for a British Empire Beer, I asked him why he chose that over Kingfisher Beer. He said that it tastes better than the latter. So, I asked the waiter to bring one for me too. The waiter brought two chilled beer mugs and two British Empire beers. It was extremely cold and was perfect for the evening and to cool down our bodies which were heated up by Chennai's Hot Weather. I sipped in immediately after saying "Cheers". The moment it went in my body, I felt great and relaxing. And, the air-conditioner in the bar was good too.

While I ordered for Chicken 65, my friend ordered for Gobi Manchurian and Egg Pakoda as he is a vegetarian. We liked the starters as it tasted good. The Chicken was cooked well and was delicious. While the Gobi Manchurian was sweet and sour. It could have been a bit spicier to balance it. The Egg Pakoda was cooked well and tasted nice.

I was a bit more hungry since I had less lunch and skipped breakfast. I chose to order chicken tikka. It looked nice but felt that the quality of the chicken could have been better. When I told this to the waiter, he asked me if he could replace it. I said "don't worry" will continue to eat this".

Overall - Less Expensive Place with decent food and good service. The quality of food can definitely improve. 

Price for two people - Rs 1,000/-
Service -4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Location - 3/5
Food - 3.5/5


Great Food But Extremely Poor Service at KFC Nungambakkam, Chennai

My mate and I walked in to the KFC at Nungambakkam, Chennai. We had to wait for our time to order as there was another customer waiting for his food to come after having paid the bill. After a couple of minutes, we ordered for our food. We were unhappy to not see the Zinger Chicken Meal in the menu so ordered for two Chicken Burger Meals with fries and a breast chicken piece. We clearly indicated that mayonnaise should be added on our burgers. However, after taking our meals to the first floor and having seated, we found that there was no Mayonnaise in our burgers. We did not want to make a scene as such things errors could happen. So, we decided to give them another chance when we ordered food for the second time. We both were extremely hungry from the morning as both of us skipped our breakfast and lunch.

KFC Chicken Rockin Burger

Source - KFC

We went down to order a few burgers. We went to the till and the employees were working on the ice cream machine. Three of them were working and despite we calling them thrice, they refused to attend to us for some reason. Then, having screamed "Excuse me", one of the staff members come to the till to attend to me. This time, we again indicated very clearly that we want our burgers to have Mayonnaise. We got the burgers in a couple of minutes after ordering. Quickly came the burgers and then we took them upstairs. To our shock, we saw one burger with no Mayonnaise and two of them with possibly quarter of quarter tea spoon. That kind of quantity was bloody nothing. Both of us have restaurant backgrounds and know how important customer service and satisfaction is. My friend was angry and so was I. I wanted to complain to the manager but as we came down, we saw a few customers waiting to order. We did not want to create a scene and make it embarrassing for them.

The food was brilliant but the service was a nightmare. KFC Nungambakkam should start listening to their customers and serve accordingly.

Average Price for two - Rs 600/-
Ambiance - 4/5
Food - 4.5/5
Service 3/5


A Visit To The Tiger's Cave

My best mates and I went on a road trip recently. One of the places we stopped by was Tiger's Cave. Though having born and bred in Chennai, I never visited this place before despite knowing it exists. From the name of this place, I was excited and was gearing up to see a cave and tigers. Surprisingly, even my friends did not know what was in store for all of us. We parked our car, purchased a ticket and gradually walked through the entrance.

Now, we were extremely excited. We were planning on how to take pictures with the tiger, how close should we stand near the Tiger, what should we do once we see the cat et al. Believe me, we saw a huge stone on the right as we entered. Now, we got even more excited. I was telling my friends "wow, we got a huge stone here, may be that is the cave, and there is a tiger or two in there." I was even jumping and behaving like Aaron (the character) in the movie "Hangover". As we were getting closer to the stone, we were waiting to go inside the cave. 

When we reached the stone, the biggest shock came to us. There was no CAVE, there was no TIGER. The so called TIGER was a goddamn STONE. We literally fainted. Then, in no time, we started laughing like never before. We were literally ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing). We started cursing each other for choosing to stop by by this place. 

However, having stopped by, we wanted to do something. So, we ended up going to the sea and getting our legs dirty. At the end, we laughed a lot and that made us happy and set a start to our ongoing journey. 

Tiger Cave Chennai


Kailash Parbat - A Restaurant In Chennai - Review

Kalaish Parbat, situated in Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai. After an evening's music concert, my friends and I visited this place for dinner. Many of them ordered for Naan, Kulchas, Palak Paneer, and few more side dishes while I ordered for a Paneer Sizzler. I stepped out for 5 minutes with my friend as he wanted to smoke and by the time I returned, the sizzler was on the table. It looked big and hot.

I started to eat the sizzler and took ages to finish it. In the mean time, my friends had already finished their dinner. My sizzler was definitely scrumptious and huge. It had fries, rice, sauce, vegetables, and paneer grill. It was very tasty and enjoyed every inch of it. It took me nearly twenty minutes to eat it. The food was hot too so I found it hard to eat fast. I also noticed that the service was fast and wonderful.

Price for 7 people: 4/5            Rs 2,500
Ambiance - 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Kailash Parbat Chennai

Idli Vilas - Review

My friends and I recently visited Idli Vilas as my friend highly recommended this place. He mentioned that the quality of Idlis are very good here. He also added that the variety of Dosas/Parottas are good here.

We went into the restaurant and I took 5 minutes to see the menu and decide what to eat because I could see some really nice and new variety of Dosas/Parottas which I have never dreamt of eating all my life. I finally chose to eat Pudi idlis. Within a few minutes I got them served. They looked beautiful and tasted yummy too. I then got my Parotta which was very very delicious. I forgot the kind I ordered but definitely remember that the food made me happy.

Price: Rs 200        4 /5
Ambiance: Good  4/5
Service: Bad          4.5/5


The Right Place - Residency (G N Chetty Road), Chennai

My friends and I are regulars to this place. It is open 247 and one can find a place to sit and eat all the time. During the nights (past midnight), generally there are only a few items on the menu that are available. There will be a few rice and curry dishes, bisibela bath and few other South Indian dishes. Then, there is this chocolate ice cream cake and a couple of other desserts. The menu may be less but a lot of people come in to eat this especially for those who work late nights or visit after clubbing/partying. 
One may find a few television actors or if lucky one may find movie actors too. This place is very old but the tradition and the quality of food isn't depleted. For those who love chicken, Kozhi valta curry and rice is one of the best dishes but let me warn that this dish is spicy hot. 

During my last visit, while my friend had the Kozhi valta curry and rice, and curd rice, I ate a cocktail salad. The salad came very late. It also had a lot of mayonnaise but the prawns inside was cooked really well. Hope they reduce the mayonnaise by a spoon. 
This place serves the chocolate brownie ice cream which is absolutely delicious but one has to go before 11:00pm which is Bad. Am a fan of that dessert but most of the time I visit between 1:30am and 3:00am hence always end up getting upset and forced to settle down with the chocolate cake ice cream.
This is a nice place if one wants to eat late night. Price for two - Rs 800


Sea Shell - the place to eat Shawarmas in Chennai

Do you fancy Kebabs or Shawarmas??? Sea Shell is the place to be then. 

My friends and I are regulars to this place. We visit this restaurant at least once a month. The food at this restaurant is very tasty, filling and economical. The service is very quick and good too. So, let me tell you about our previous experience. My friend and went to the T Nagar Branch to have Shawarmas. We wanted to eat the Chicken Shawarmas. So, the waiter asked if we wanted normal ones or the spicy ones. When it comes to eating spicy ones, am a bit wary as can get a severe stomach upset or get burns the next day. So, I chose a normal one but my friend ordered a spicy one too just to find the difference in taste. Within ten minutes, we got the food. And, we also ate at the rate of the speed the food came. We were gobbling as if there was no tomorrow. Just when I thought of asking for the bill, my friend said lets try the tandoori chicken. So, the waiter asked us if we wanted the half or full chicken. My friend asked how many pieces would we get for the half chicken and he said we will get 4 pieces. That was perfect and we ordered it. Within 10 minutes, we got the half chicken and hogged on it immediately. 

Then my friend ordered for a Salt lime Soda. We had that and then asked for the bill. Bill - Rs 471/- Guess that is quite economical for 3 Shawarmas, One half Tandoori Chicken and one Salt Lime Soda. 

Suggestion: This place is highly recommendable and would be a good place to eat after a few drinks. 


Rayar's Mess - South Indian Breakfast in Mylapore, Chennai.

After hearing a lot about Rayar's Mess from my friends in the last three years, I thought of giving it a shot. So, my friend and I went at 6:30am on a Sunday morning. We were surprised to see a bunch of people waiting for the restaurant to open. When I asked one of the guests, when are the doors likely to open, he said "it would open at 6:45am. For a moment I thought that was bang on. At 6:45, we saw a few more guests coming. So, the ones who came before us, decided to move in. We initially assumed that the restaurant owner had called those people inside. But, only when we went inside, we realised that they went in because they saw more guests approaching the restaurant. The restaurant (Mess) has only 4 tables and can seat 16 people at a time.

The Restaurant (Mess) is about 30 years old and continues to maintain the same standard, space, format of serving breakfast. the menu is simple and small - Idli, Medhu Vada and Pongal with few chutneys and Sambar. At 6:55am, a waiter started serving chutneys (3 varieties), Mulaga Puddi (chilli Powder) and Sambar. At 7:00am sharp, the owner's brother who is the cook, started serving pongal just like how waiters serve at a wedding. So, one does not have many options when it comes to variety. Within five minutes, he served us Idlis and Vadas. One has to remember how many Idlis and Vadas he/she consumes as there is none noticing how many you had. This is all based on trust. So, a dishonest person can get away with eating 4 Idlis and just paying for 2 Idlis. My friend and I were sitting with unknown guests. They were extremely friendly and in fact kept talking about the history of this restaurant and of many other restaurants in the locality. In fact, one of them even asked me what am doing. When I told him that am a Photographer, he took my contact details.

We finished our breakfast and then came out. We were shocked to see about 40 people waiting to go in. Most of them were Hindi speaking people, and my guess that they are Marwaris and Jains. The owner's wife asked us if we needed coffee. We said yes, then immediately came the coffee in stainless steel tumbler (glass). The coffee was very watery and not of great taste. In a couple of minutes, the owner showed up and asked us what we had. He asked how many Idlis, Vadas, Pongal  (how many servings) we had? Then came the shock..... he asked us "did you have green chutney, white chutney, chutney in the up, mulaga puddi, sambar" and for that we said yes. Mind you, all you eat is chargeable and nothing comes for free. The bill for 5 Idlis, Chutneys, 4 Vadas, 2 Pongals, 1 Water bottle and 2 Coffees - Rs 188. Guess, that was a fairly affordable price unlike other south Indian restaurants in chennai. I doubt going there again. I would probably end up visiting another restaurant near my house.

Madera - A Contemporary Bar at Hotel Raintree, Chennai

Recently, my friends and I visited Madera, a contemporary Bar at Hotel Raintree, Chennai. The place looked very spacious. We went in a bit early so found less number of people being seated. The ones who were seated were Expats. However, in an hour or so, we found more people entering the bar. In a few hours, it was packed. The DJ played good music too. One of the nice things about this bar is that it is situated right near the entrance of the hotel.

We ordered our drinks and food. The staff, Manager and the DJ were extremely friendly. We had even requested the DJ to play a few songs of our choice and he did. The food was extremely tasty. We loved the Fries and the Chilli Mayonnaise Sauce which came along with it. Then, the Chicken starters were cooked to perfection and tasted wonderful.

We were there till the Bar closed. They literally pushed us out hahaha. All the staff were very nice chaps. We will continue to visit this place. For all those who are intending to go, do notice the COASTERS, which have faces of eminent personalities of Madras to give you the feel of being in Chennai (previously known as Madras).

Madera Raintree Hotel Chennai

If you fancy South Indian food, do visit their restaurant "Madras" which serves the best south indian food in chennai. 


Madras - A South Indian Restaurant

Recently, my mates and I visited The Madras. On the same evening, my family friends visited the restaurant. They had come from the USA on a Holiday. It was surprising to see them at the same restaurant. All of us thought the ambiance is good and very spacious. The restaurant has a good menu and the food was very tasty. A couple of dishes we had were a bit spicy but the dish needed that. The service was very good. We had either the Manager or the staff approach us every few minutes to ask if we needed anything else. They were very courteous. The price of the food is definitely affordable but the value for money is unquestionable. Worth every penny to be honest.We hope to visit this restaurant soon.

Surprisingly my family friends loved the food too. They are quite fussy about the food considering they are from the USA and quite aged too.

So, if you are looking at eating authentic South Indian food with your family, friends, business partners, this is the place to be.

The restaurant is part of the Raintree Hotel Group, Chennai. They have a cool and swanky bar named Madera.

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