Tag Archives: #veg

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 :)!

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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. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 someΒ  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

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

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