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October fest Menu @ HRC

Hard Rock Cafe introduced a new limited time menu in lieu of October Fest, which will be available till the 8th of November.

I tried a burger from the select menu as there were only a couple of veg options.
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I had the LA Confidential Burger, it was a double patty burger with a very nice crusted exterior.

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The texture of the patty really helped to bring the flavors together making this very good.

I also tried a small portion of the corn fritters and hummus platter from the regular menu.

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I also tried a Pomegranate Margarita which I liked coz it wasn’t overly sweet whereas the second drink I tried, very berry, was a little too sweet for my liking.

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The desserts were also awesome, I tried the redvelvet cake served along side ice cream and dessert bites caramel chocolate cheesecake.

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Do try and get a taste from this menu before its too late :)!

Cocoa Jaunt 1728 @ Cenatoph Road

A bunch of us were invited to the launch of this new bakery/cafe, as they call it. Its opposite to the Japanese consulate if you are trying to locate it.

The owners were there to meet and mingle with us and tell us more about the concept and how cocoa jaunt came to be. They are focused on presenting fresh breads and food for the customers.

We had quite a few things on the list to be tried that day, started with a blue Curacao drink called blue bay. It was a little too sweet for my liking.

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The above was green apple and kiwi granita, it was light and refreshing.

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Onion and cheese fries with onion and cheese dip

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Peri peri fries with peri peri dip

I preferred the mix and match combination when it came to the fires and the associated dips. The cheese and onion dip tasted better with the peri peri fries and vice versa. Do try it that and take a call for yourself.

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Pander tikka garlic bread, was good we all polished it off in no time 🙂

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Peri peri paneer sandwich, was also good and quite filling.

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This was a nutty caramel milkshake, also very thick and filling.

A couple of pizzas were also served, I was too full to try anything so missed out on them, but the rest of the crew loved them so make sure u get ur own slice

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The desserts platter had a German cake, bitter and blanc with vanilla sauce (this was the one in the cup) Madeleine cookie and a caramel chocolate.

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This dish called paneer curry bunny chow sort of resembles a bread bowl soup. This curry was very spicy and I did not enjoy it very much.

CPK pizza trails Menu

California Pizza Kitchen has introduced a new pizza trails menu featuring select pizza from different countries. I was able to try a few different ones, here goes…..

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First up was a blue horizon drink, with citrus flavors and Blue Curacao syrup, was quite refreshing for a hot day.

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Next up was a cottage cheese dish, crusted with seasoning. While I got the veg version the non veg version also looked similar and both were good.

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Since I can’t full pizzas by myself I got 2 different flavors in the same pizza, half and half.
The first set was peri-peri and Thai curry flavors.
Both I felt were lacking a bit in flavor, the peri peri can be spiced up more and the Thai curry one had a very unique flavor which didn’t agree well with me.

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The next set had the friolles from Mexico and the pizza from south Africa (I forget the name) both were really good full of flavor and textures.

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I could get the pic of only the Mexican one.

Finally for dessert got the Enigma, which is a dessert in a jar with lots of mascarpone cheese and cream and figs and was absolutely decadent, a definite must try for the end of the meal.

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Do go and chk out the other country pizzas as this is available only till Nov 17th.

Ciclo Cafe, kotturpuram

I’ve decided to leave the weekend rush and madness to try any new restaurants or anything else for that matter. So my daughter and I went to Ciclo on a Monday night.

Right from the start I was very impressed with the service how they took care, from the valet to the person seating us. After we were seated I saw that they had a combo deal going on which would hold true till 7pm. As we were there before 7 we chose the veg combo with pizza, sandwich was the other option, it came with a mock tail and was priced at 299. Non veg was priced at 349.

We got a cucumber mint refresher as the mocktail, and true to its name it was very refreshing and light.

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The pizza we got was verdure, or so was the name. Was quite huge, 6 slices, I assumed it would be small as a part of the combo. It too was delicious.

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I also got a soup, the bellpepper zucchini soup. This was also very light and had good flavor, a tad bit too much Rosemary for my preference though.

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Finally got dessert, the salted caramel cheesecake. This was disappointing to me. The crust was not like a crust and very soft, which I don’t like, the cake was very doughy. It almost felt like eating a yeasty thing.

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CPK PMC blogger event

As a part of the Phoenix Market City food blogging event, in association with Chennai food Guide, went to California Pizza Kitchen.

As this is one of my usual jaunts I was excited to try things that I normally would not order by myself.
We ordered drinks first and i choose a strawberry lemonade.

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First up was the Thai Crunch salad, which is listed with chicken on the menu and therefore I’ve never tried it. But i was told that day that all of the non veg items on the menu can be made veg!!! How cool is that!!

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Then got to try the black bean quesadilla, which was also good.

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Had the lettuce wrap next, this uses lettuce leaves to hold the veggies in while you roll it up and eat. Very tasty and refreshing.

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Finally another salad, can’t remember the correct name! It had nuts and dates and had lots of flavor.

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First pizza we tried was the Tostada which is one of CPK signature dishes. It’s a hot and cold pizza, where the pizza is hot and has a topping of cold lettuce.

Next was the kasuri paneer pizza, this was very flavorful. The paneer had a good flavor and texture and it blended well with the other toppings.

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We also had the Greek pizza, which was topped with olives and feta. It had good flavor and very filling.
For desserts we ended up having Tiramisu and the white chocolate strawberry cheesecake. Both of which are very good and what I usually get. 🙂

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.

Ruth Reichl

Jonah’s goes to Japan, PMC blogger event

Chennai Food Guide in association with Phoenix Market City organized a food blogging event showcasing a few of the restaurants in Phoenix mall.

Jonah’s goes to Japan was our first stop for this event. I had never been to this place before and was looking forward to the experience there. We were introduced to the staff and the chefs at the restaurant and they had laid out quite an extensive menu for is to cover.

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Looking at the menu I realized that my veg options were few, but the staff said they wld ensure I had enough to try.

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We started off with a paneer appetizer, it had a good flavor to it although I found the paneer itself to be a little tough.

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Then moved on to a crossaintwich, the roasted veggies had a good flavor and also had a bit of a crunch which enhanced the overall flavor.

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Next I was served a pesto pasta, the pesto was very good and tasted very fresh. The basil and walnut flavors came thru and I did enjoy this pasta quite a bit.

There was also steak served for the meat eaters and I saw they got mashed potatoes along with it. It looked soo good I asked for a serving for myself and it was just so creamy and so yumm!!

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Finally we got sushi, the orange crusted one was a seafood variety and the other 2 veg. The sushi was very good and very well made. The wasabi and the ginger also were good. I really did enjoy the sushi a lot especially since the wasabi did a fabulous job of clearing my sinuses 🙂

Sinuses clear I could now tackle the desserts, the desserts here come from Pondicherry. We tried the opera cake which was ok as the wafer portion tasted a little odd.

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I forgot the name of this one! It was good, it had an internal filling of some  berries compote.

Definitely worth going here, especially for the sushi.

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.

Ruth Reichl

Jonah’s goes to Japan, PMC blogger event

Chennai Food Guide in association with Phoenix Market City organized a food blogging event showcasing a few of the restaurants in Phoenix mall.

Jonah’s goes to Japan was our first stop for this event. I had never been to this place before and was looking forward to the experience there. We were introduced to the staff and the chefs at the restaurant and they had laid out quite an extensive menu for is to cover.

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Looking at the menu I realized that my veg options were few, but the staff said they wld ensure I had enough to try.

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We started off with a paneer appetizer, it had a good flavor to it although I found the paneer itself to be a little tough.

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Then moved on to a crossaintwich, the roasted veggies had a good flavor and also had a bit of a crunch which enhanced the overall flavor.

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Next I was served a pesto pasta, the pesto was very good and tasted very fresh. The basil and walnut flavors came thru and I did enjoy this pasta quite a bit.

There was also steak served for the meat eaters and I saw they got mashed potatoes along with it. It looked soo good I asked for a serving for myself and it was just so creamy and so yumm!!

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Finally we got sushi, the orange crusted one was a seafood variety and the other 2 veg. The sushi was very good and very well made. The wasabi and the ginger also were good. I really did enjoy the sushi a lot especially since the wasabi did a fabulous job of clearing my sinuses 🙂

Sinuses clear I could now tackle the desserts, the desserts here come from Pondicherry. We tried the opera cake which was ok as the wafer portion tasted a little odd.

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I forgot the name of this one! It was good, it had an internal filling of some  berries compote.

Definitely worth going here, especially for the sushi.

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.

Ruth Reichl