Relaunch of Kwality Restaurant

I had the opportunity to go and try out Kwality Restaurant @ egmore. This is a veg restaurant. The restaurant was open a number of years ago and then closed down. It has now reopened and hopes to serve some delicious dishes.

We started out with some soups and salads. I got the corn potato soup, which was from the Chinese section of the menu. This soup had low potato flavor which gave it a more broth like feel.

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The others got a manchow soup which they claimed had good flavor.

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There was one of us who was starving so got some paneer tikka, which was polished off in a matter of few mins πŸ™‚
The paneer was super soft and very flavorful.

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The Chinese salad we got was different and had a good blend of flavors.

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Chinese salad

Some of the starters we tried were achari paneer, dragon roll, pepper corn.

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Pepper corn
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Dragon roll
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Achari paneer

We also got a dahi sheek Kebab which was very good and had very good flavor.

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For main course we tried a variety of Indian subzis, and assorted breads.

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Paneer subzi
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Assorted breads, naans and pudina paratha
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Mixed veg subzi

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This was methi paneer and it went very well with the naans.

We also got to try chana bhatura

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Channa

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We also tried 2 different types of dals. Dal peshawari and dal makhani, although similar looking each had a distinct flavor and were good.

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I had no more space to eat to I didn’t try the veg biryani, but I was told it was also good.
Finally it was time for desserts, and there is always place for desserts πŸ™‚

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Tutti frutti, hot fudge sundae and gajar ka halwa

All very tasty πŸ™‚
The prices were very reasonable total vfm!

The Indian selection on the menu was very good and plenty of choices, the Chinese selection needs some work ( which has been informed to the management) definitely worth a try if your in that area.

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

Ruth Reichl

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CPK after a long time!

This past weekend was in Phoenix to watch a movie and decided to grab some lunch before v got to the movie. My daughter wanted pizza so went over to California Pizza Kitchen, it had been a long time since we visited the place too.

Being Independence day, the mall was super crowded even at noon but luckily CPK was quite empty. We didn’t have as much time to eat as thought we did so quickly got the veg soup and ordered our usual Tostada Pizza

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Both were good and we were able to polish it off quickly too. The problem with CPK, which has been there since they opened, is the number of insects and flies in the place. I did have to keep swatting away flies from our pizza, this was not good at all!!

Finally got the white chocolate strawberry cheesecake, it was good but a bit on the hard side. I remember it being so creamy, which was not the case this time which was a little disappointing.

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

Ruth Reichl

Sandwich Square, Besant Nagar

After spending an hr running around the beach with my daughter and her friend, we wanted to much something light so that dinner would not be affected. Decided to try sandwich square as sandwich was light enough to b had late evening.

The inside air conditioned are was small, some seating was available outside also. It was clean and had nice pictures on the walls. They had a whole bunch of sandwiches listed and also some combos.

I got the masala cheese sandwich and got a kiddie combo for the kids. The kiddie combo comes with a chocolate sandwich, we got a strawberry chocolate one as the dark chocolate one was unavailable. Also in the combo are fries and a crusher, drink. The drink also was strawberry flavored, what can I say my daughter loves strawberries :). The whole thing cost Rs. 160, where the combo was priced at 99.

The sandwiches were good, kids enjoyed theirs and I mine. Will definitely go back to try some of the other ones like noodles sandwich and few other interesting ones.

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

Ruth Reichl

Double Roti, Chennai

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Went to Double Roti for the first time with my gal pals and haven’t been able to stop from going back. It’s amazing how such a small place is always packed!!

Took my family there recently as I could not think of any other place. We ordered the masala lemonade to start with

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I like the quirky ambience and the fact that you can see how things are being made, no nose diggers here πŸ™‚

We got the corn and spinach panini, the mex veg burger and a chicken pita sandwich (don’t remember what it’s name was). There are no pics of the food as everyone was hungry and didn’t want to wait till I took pics 😦

The panini and pita sandwich were good but the Mexican burger stole the show!! The crispness of the patty drove the flavor to new heights. The sauces along with the crisp lettuce just melted in the mouth giving a very surreal experience!!

Some might say its pricy, but the portions are large. I’m yet to finish a whole sandwich or burger by myself. Waiting for the maggi ban to lift  so can try out those delicacies they offer too.

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

Ruth Reichl

Dipping Pot, TTK road

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After a not so thrilling movie, it was not yet time for dinner but way past snack hour, so we headed to dipping pot. I had seen this place number of times on my way home and decided to chk it out.

The soups and sandwiches posted outside drew us in as we didn’t want anything heavy. Also they had pasta which is what my daughter wanted. The place was empty expect for another couple.

The place was done up well. The menus were swanky Samsung Tabs!! On looking at the sandwich options there weren’t too many that were adult friendly and veg. So ordered a pink sauce veg pasta for my daughter and paneer fritters as starters.

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The pasta was nice, had a good helping of veggies which I personally like, especially when feeding my daughter. Normally most places skimp on the veggies so I was happy in that front here.

The paneer fritters were also good, the paneer was really soft. The fries served with it were spiced which complemented the relatively low flavor paneer. The sweet chilli sauce that accompanied the paneer also worked well.

We were quite full and didn’t have anything sweet. I was also told that more items like burgers and soups will be added soon to the menu.

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

Ruth Reichl

Olive and Basil, Adyar

Today out of sheer lazinessΒ  ordered food home! Wanted to get from a nearby place so that the food came hot and fast. Decided to go with Olive and Basil, Adyar

I ordered mixed veggies with cashews and I was suggested the chilli garlic fried to go along with it. Also some veg dumplings.

The veg dish was good, had good flavor. It was spicy and a hint of sweetness from the cashews and carrots. I was however disappointed with the fried rice. It had no chilli or garlic flavor. If I was told it was plain fried rice I wld have not disappointed. So I’m not sure if I got the right dish or if this dish really lacks any flavor.

All of the above set me back 400 bucks which was not so bad considering the portion size was good.

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

Ruth Reichl

Pantry talks, Idly/ dosa batter

I have been spending time at mom’s place as they are off visiting my brother. It’s nice to have a empty house to work/ relax in. This also poses the problem of feeding myself? As my mom emptied everything before they left.

As I started getting hungry everyday for breakfast and after consuming a lot of other junk I decided I need to get batter to make Idly or dosa.

In my quest to find good batter I picked up the first packet i saw at Spencer’s in the refrigerated section. I had never heard of this brand, why would I I’ve always had batter prepared at home by mom or mom in law. This brand was called ID.

After a few failed attempts to get anything resembling a dosa I was almost ready to give up thinking this was not my piece of cake and I should just stick to bread and croissants for breakfast. Little did I realize that the batter needs to room temperature and the pan hot for the best, crispy dosas. Well I’m sure by now u can tell I dont do this very much! :/

After ditching a sticky pan and using another dosa pan, I was finally able to get good, tasty dosas. Learnt my lesson there. But the question still looms over the horizon; was this the best available in the market today?

So I picked up a batch of dosa batter from grand sweets (GS) in Adyar.
This batter looks different, while the ID batter was pure white this one has some specks. I’m not sure what else they r adding to make the batter. The GS one was a lot thicker too, I had to thin it out a bit before using. In the both were equally good, although I thought the dosas were a little crisper with the GS batter.

Will update here as I different brands and other  batters πŸ™‚

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

Ruth Reichl