Kovai Alankar Vilas, AnnaNagar

Kovai Alankar Vilas, AnnaNagar

I was looking for good South Indian places to take dad for dinner. Had seen couple of positive reviews about this place in WCE. Since dad has a liking for kongu cuisine, thought of trying out this place.

Located on the basement, place was simple and bright. Menu is predominantly non veg, simple yet interesting. We ordered for kozhi rasam, kangeyam mutton thokku, konganapuram pichi potta kozhi. Within few mins, food was served. Kozhi rasam was typical home made rasam served in steel glasses. Thin and spicy it was full of flavours and was soothing for the sore throat. Pichi potta kozhi was soft and seasoned with fresh pepper and tasted good. Looking at the portion size of mutton thokku, the first thought I had was "Here comes a competitor to Junior Kuppanna" :P Portion was too little. Taste wise no complaints. We ordered karuveppilai pepper prawn and mutton liver fry. Dad liked the liver fry. Prawns were cooked to perfection and the strong curry leaves flavour was something new to me and I liked it a lot.

The chicken kothu parotta we ordered had a spoilt taste. Actually it was kiddos order and when he took a mouthful, he started complaining it's not good. My dad thought that he was complaining about the taste and was trying to convince him to eat that. That's when he said "Aiyyo thatha, idhu kettu pochu. Adhan vendamnu solren" :D :D When we notified them, they apologised and took away the dish. Since kiddo lost his interest on kothu parotta we asked them to cancel the order. Mutton kari dosai was good. With egg and mutton kari spread over the dosai, it tasted good with the kuzhambu. A little more mutton would've been much appreciated. Vanjiram tava fry was fresh and cooked well with perfect marination. I ordered a mutton sevai and it was wonderful. Typical puzhungal arisi (par boiled rice) sevai tossed with minced mutton and spices along with coconut. That addition of coconut was a nice touch and it gave a beautiful texture to the dish. We had kozhi vadai at the end. Minced chicken with spices deep fried. It was okay.

Pollachi ilaneer sarbath was simply divine. The concoction of tender coconut water, elaichi with tender coconut pieces was very refreshing. Paid a total of 1500 bucks for all these.

Coming to the service, it was their pro as well as con. It was quick. Too quick. They bombarded us with the dishes. It was like too much of food at a time and it'll be difficult for those who would like to enjoy their food. When I expressed this concern, the person who owns the place said they were earlier getting complaints about slow service. Fair enough. They are just 12 days old and they need some time to get settled with these teething issues.

While the food tasted very good, dad and myself had acidity issue yesterday night :( That leaves me confused on being a repeat customer.

Nasi & Mee

Nasi & Mee

Eating out has reduced lot these days. After 2 weeks of sabbatical from food at restaurant, I decided to have a sumptuous meal. I was eyeing Nasi & Mee for a long time. I dragged my partner in crime along, even though she visited the place recently (being friends with me isn't easy eh !!). I was going through their menu in Zomato and already made my mind with what to order. Surprisingly, I stood by that (except for one more round of milo :P). Had Szechuan chilli dumpling and sambal prawns for starters. Both were brilliant. Dumplings were awesome with thin skin and generous stuffing. The szechuan chilli oil rendered the spicy note to the dumpling. Sambal prawns were true love for me. Spicy and juicy prawns is all you need. One bite of this hot prawns and a sip of ice blended milo to cool down ur taste buds, is hell of an experience. Chilli crab xiao long bao ordered by Shab was good too. It's basically dumpling filled with soup and crab meat. Crab was fresh and the soup was very flavourful.

A special mention to the dips. Veg sambal was top notch. Caramelised onions and chilli based XO sauce was awesome. I would've finished the jar, if Shab hadn't stopped me. The Vietnamese chilli sauce was way too hot and I couldn't handle a drop of it.

Ice blended milo. One of the two names in the menu that pulled me to Nasi and Mee (other one was laksa). Loved it to the core. Thick and icy, brain freeze drink was absolutely chocolate-y. I couldn't get over it, so ordered one more drink :)

Our main course orders were mamak mee goreng and mee laksa. Portions were pretty good. Laksa smelled divine and the taste was good too. Generous amount of prawn and chicken (I opted for the mixed meat version) in a flavourful coconut broth with perfectly cooked noodles was yummy. I was so full with the starters, I couldn't go beyond couple of spoons. I got it packed. Mamak mee goreng was very good with juicy chunks of chicken.

Paid 2400 bucks in total. May seem a little pricey, but I felt the food made justice to the pricing. Loved the quick and attentive service. From refilling water to clearing the table, everything was prompt. And they waited patiently for us to finish clicking pics before serving :P

Place         : Nasi And Mee
Location     : KNK Road, Nungambakkam. Next to Cafe coffee day lounge.
Cuisine      : singapore & Malaysian Veg & Non - veg
Cost          : A meal for two would come around 2K

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. Nasi And Mee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Vadai - Street Food, Thiruvanmiyur

Vadai - Street Food, Thiruvanmiyur

A friend of mine was raving about the taste and varieties of vadai (lentil fritters) available near RTO signal. My curiosity spiked and tried them one fine evening. From then on, I'm a regular customer here. A small kiosk kind of set up next to Lakme Salon, in Thiruvanmiyur serves you about 5 types of vadai. Priced at 5 rs each, carrot/keerai/vazhai poo/beetroot and onion vadai are served piping hot along with kaara chutney. They start by 4.30pm in the evening and they have about 2-3 varieties available all the time. The taste was so good, we requested them to supply for a small party in our apartment. Less oily, fresh and tasty bajjis (pre orders only) vanished in few minutes.

The one thing I love about their Vadai is that it showcases the star ingredient beautifully. Be it the slight tart-iness from the vazhaipoo vadai or the mildly sweet carrot vadai, the flavour is perfectly delivered

Location : When you are at the RTO Signal in thiruvanmiyur, take the left (while going towards ECR) or right (while going towards adyar). You'll see Lakme Salon on ur left. Next to that building, you can see this kiosk on the pavement. Mrs & Mr. Sivasakthi runs the show and they can be reached at 97864 71947.

196 Degree Below, Alwarpet

196 Degree Below, Alwarpet

After a fantastic lunch at NE Kitchen, we were looking for dessert places. Don't know why or who chose this place (I would blame Sudharshan and Dipak) we landed here for our dessert fix. Located in one of the bylanes of TTK road (behind Spoonbill to be precise) this place shares its space with soul garden bistro. Menu is pretty simple and we settled with cheesecake ice cream with amanera cherry syringe, milo with Oreo sand and salted caramel syringe and salted caramel ice cream with chocolate fudge syringe along with a cappuccino.

There was some confusion on the availability of sugar free ice cream. While one staff said sugar free isn't available, the other one suggested to take cheesecake as it was sugar free 😳😳 Cheesecake had a weird taste with too much of sourness from the cream cheese (I think so) Cherries weren't ripened and were tart. Milo was good but nothing wow. Salted caramel was bad. Literally bad. Tasted more like some protein powder (I remember eating a biscuit similar to this available in hospitals. Don't remember the name though.) Nutella walnut waffles wasn't good either. Nutella for the name sake over a cardboard-y texture and bitter tasting waffle. My friend couldn't complete her cappuccino as she felt it was too bitter.

Paid 1100 bucks for all these which was not at all worth the money. That too Oreo sand was charged 20 bucks. One or two spoonful of Oreo crumbs for 20 bucks was too much.
196 Degree Below Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato