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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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L’ amandier R A Puram

Chennai is slowly becoming the home to lots of small bistros which are popping up all over the city. One such, relatively new one is L’ amandier which is in the next building to Cream Center at RA Puram.

After not getting reservation for lunch for a bunch of us girls, someone picked this place to try out. The owners have certainly taken the trouble to make the place look nice. The menu is a simple sheet with a la carte offerings on one side and set menu offerings on the other.

We decided to try the set menu which included a soup, starter, main, and dessert. I got a broccoli and mint soup which lacked any real flavor and was very watered down. For the starter I got a German potato salad. This was literally 6-7 small cubes of potato and a few leaves and not much flavor.

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For the main I got a risotto. This was decent portion but had no salt whatsoever! There is a difference between cooking with little salt and with none at all. And this was the case for all of the main courses that people got. As I was the only veg in the group I thought there was a problem with mine but then everyone was frantically shaking the salt shakers.

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I truly believe that a good dessert will make up for any bad meal if that happens. So finally I ordered a white chocolate mousse with some orange sauce. What I got was no mousse but more little badly whipped cream with some orange stuff on top.

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Here are some of the other desserts that the others had.

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The first is a molten lava cake that was decent. And the second was a fig and something pancake.

The service was also very slow and quite sloppy which made our experience of eating there not very nice. I do hope that the kinks will be worked out as time goes and this will be a place where I can go and enjoy a good meal

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Little Italy Besant Nagar

Long ago I saw that little Italy had opened at Besant Nagar and it looked really good from outside. So was looking for every opportunity to visit this place.

This Saturday was meeting some friends for dinner and we decided to go there. We were 5 adults with one child. As it was my daughter’s dinner v quickly ordered some pasta for her and got Nachos for us. We told the waiter to bring it quickly and so they did. Kudos for that.

I ordered a Robin Hood drink which was supposed to be strawberry but tasted more like lime!
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Our friends were delayed coming but not once were we asked ” is the rest of ur party joining shortly”. And it was a busy night all the tables were full, but the service was gr8 !!
We got risotto pizza and spaghetti all very good and generous portions. The only thing was v ordered the pizza with sun dried tomatoes, which were tiny that they passed for olives, but tasted good nonetheless.
Definitely going back again! !
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Lemon cheesecake as our daughter loves lemon/lime who also finished my drink!

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