QT Grills - United Tastes of America !!!

I have been eyeing this place for quiet sometime. After spending a good back-aching 2.5 hours at kid's karate exam and spending another hour on the two wheeler, hubby was kind enough to lemme choose the place for dinner. After all being sick has its own advantages ;)

A small and cosy place with bright red interiors. A part of the place is arranged like a bar kinda look alike with high stools. Pics of celebrities of 80's adorn the wall. Menu is kept simple with selection of various dishes under small eats, sandwiches, burger and steak along with some drinks. Surprisingly, hubby wanted to try the soup. We had chicken & roasted green pepper soup. The soup was served with crostini. The soup was fresh and had loads of well cooked cubed chicken. For starters we had, Potato crunchies and peri peri chicken skewers. Both the starters were perfectly done but lacked seasoning. The wedges lacked salt. And the chicken needed more marination. Portion wise they were good.









For mains, I was so oscillating between a burger and a steak and finally settled for a New York steak. The steak is served with pepper jus, mashed potatoes, grilled veggies and a bread roll. The steal was medium and juicy. Again it lacked a tad bit of salt but was okay to eat with the pepper sauce and mashed potatoes. The pepper sauce was full of flavours ans the mashed potato was smooth and silky. Didn't touch the bread as I didn't feel like eating it. On the other side, hubby ignored my suggestions to try a sandwich, and chose to have chicken schezwan fried rice and gobi manchurian. I was like "Oh!! Come on. Out of all that is listed, you want to have this??". And boy I was so so correct yet again. The fried was below average. It just had the colour of the schezwan rice but had nothing to with the flavour. The gobi manchurian was spicy and yumm. 







Since we were full, we skipped the desserts. The bill was 1300 for all these which I find it moderate. Service was excellent. Staff were very attentive & polite. I will definitely go back to try the burger. Oh and for the awesome 90's pop being played :)

P.S : The write up is based on personal experiences only.

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Cleo's Grill & Cafe

When one door closes, another opens. ~ Alexander Graham Bell

A group of us were in such a situation. We knew one door was about to close. Without giving much thoughts, we unanimously decided to go with our friend's choice and this door lead us to hot and spicy and finger licking good heaven :) Tucked in the silent lane off the ever buzzing LB Road, this place is perfect for a peaceful dinner with friends/family. The interiors were stunning. The place has metallic copper-y finish to it. With gears and pulleys everywhere it's very vibrant.






Menu is simple and does justice to the name of the place. It has a collection of grilled dishes from around the world, ranging from sea food to poultry to lamb and beef. We went with Nags suggestions on chicken wings, as he had already tasted it. Along with the wings we also had Chicken Piquante and Harissa grilled prawns. All the three starters were mind blowing. The wings were juicy and plump and had this perfect 'V' shape. The chicken piquante was melt in the mouth kind of meat and was damn spicy. It was soo good that we went for another round :) The harissa grilled prawns were perfectly cooked with a generous coating of harissa sauce marinade. All the starters were accompanied with harissa dip. It was damn good and added extra heat to the already spicy starters. The purple cabbage salad accompanying the starters were a bit tangy and sweet and complimented the spicy meat very well.








We also ordered few drinks along with the starters. A lime mint cooler, a chilli blue sea, a super thick chocolate shake and a lime chilli. The lime mint cooler was good but not mint-y. Both the chilli blue and the lime chilli had a faint trace of chilli. The chocolate shake tasted like hershey's syrup and the kid enjoyed it a lot.






We wanted to keep the main course simple. So we went with Cleo's Grilled Fish n Chips and a chicken schezwan rice and chicken sichuan gravy to go with the rice. Though the main course was good, and we did not have any issues with the food, after all those hot n spicy starters, the maincourse didn't impress us that much. The fish was grilled perfectly and served with a portion of fries, sauteed veggies and mashed potatoes. The fish came with a creamy white sauce which was quiet bland. I ate the fish with the harissa dip that was served with the starters. Rice came in pretty big portion and tasted good. Unlike the fierry red schezwan we used to get in other oriental places, this was quiet subtle. So was the gravy.







The desserts options are limited and nothing exciting. So we took one chocolate pannacotta and a mango cheesecake in  a glass. The pannacotta was heavenly. It can't get anymore chocolate-y than this. Everyone of us were going ooh ahh with each and every spoonful ;) Something was wrong with the cheesecake. We felt it tasted weird. So we sent it back and got another pannacotta instead :)

The service was very efficient. With more than one staff attending us, we got things in a swift. They were polite and friendly too. We had a chance to interact with the chef and the owner. They took our feedbacks positively. The dinner set us back by 2500 bucks. Given the fact we ate quiet a lot it was aptly priced.

Place             : Cleos' Grill & Cafe
Location        : Indira Nagar, Adyar
Cuisine          : Veg & Non-veg, Indian & Continental
Cost             : A meal for 2 should come around 1200 approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only.

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Italy & America, Eatalica..

There would be places, which you would have visited ages (read 6 years) ago and have totally forgotten about, as your previous experience was nothing outstanding. And one fine day, you see your friend's post about the same place and this urge to visit the place sets in. This happened to me recently with my friend sharing a photo of food from Eatalica. I was like hey, I know this place. Is it still there? and all. From thoughts to actions, three of us met here for lunch on a weekday.

No dedicated parking. If you can find a spot if you are lucky. Otherwise leave the vehicle in the side lanes and walk. That's what I did. The interiors/ambiance was completely different from my last visit. Posters on famous hollywood movies adorning the wall, more seating and bright ambiance. It can accommodate around 20 people at a time. Couple of people manning the service. The menu is just a pile of papers stapled together. We started off with a Pink Cindrella. It was lemonade that was pink in colour. It was way too sweet for me. The Oreo shake called Michelle Obama was simply yumm. Thick shake with perfect sweetness is definitely one of the best oreo shakes I've ever had. In fact I can term it as best in the city.





Friend ordered a Stew Barrymore (All the dishes are named after a celebrity and its quiet funny & weird), a soup with mushrooms and leeks. It was damn creamy and yummy with chewy mushrooms and fresh leeks. Just comfort food. It would've been great if it was served with a slice of garlic bread/toast by its side. Monica Chewinsky - chilli cheese fries, was quiet disappointing. The grated cheese didn't mix with the fries well. Infact it was like a portion of fries, topped with grated cheese which had hardened and generous sprinkling of chilli cheese. We sent it back and it came again a bit better. Still then the cheese and fries were separate. The top layer of fries alone had bits of cheese sticking to them and the ones in the bottom were plain.






For main course we opted for a Tiger Wood burger, Scooby Doo - hot dog & Joe Dimaggio Pasta. The burger comes with a patty of our choice (we chose chicken), BBQ sauce, bacon, ham, fried egg and cheese. It was super delicious and very filling but not juicy. The patty was quite smaller and it was dry. The BBQ sauce did its best to make the burger moist, but couldn't help much. The hot dog was a big disappointment. Both the sausage and the bun were dry. The cheese was of no use in lifting the pathetic dish. On the other hand the pasta, spaghetti with spinach & mushrooms in white sauce was damn good. Friend who ordered it found it a tad bit salty, but for me it was okay. It was creamy with generous amount of mushrooms and bell peppers along with spinach. The portion was quiet huge. But the garlic bread served along was not upto the mark. Soggy slice of bread, smeared with some butter, which was not even melted properly had no flavour of garlic.






The total bill was 1000 bucks. Though for the portions & taste it was quiet easy on the pockets, I would really like to see some improvement in few dishes like the garlic bread & fries. Other than that, pretty decent place to have Italian & American dishes.

Place       : Eatalica
Location  : R.A.Puram, Diagonally opposite to Billroth Hospital
Cuisine    : Italian, American Veg & Non-Veg
Cost        : A meal for two would cost around Rs.700 approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only.

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Food Trials : Khichda from Chaacha's Kitchen

Tried the Khichda from Chaacha's Kitchen which is a new venture to serve authentic & unique, traditional Muslim home food. Got a call from Murad, one of the brains behind CK to try out the Khichda. First thing that hit my taste bud was the richness of the dal. Khichda (may be another version of Khichdi) is a dish made up of dal, rice, mutton, ghee and other spices. Wiki says its another version of haleem, but I disagree. It resembles our very own pongal/bisibela bath, only thing is it is more rich and flavourful and needs no accompaniment. When you start eating it, you can feel the slight tangy-ness from the tomatoes and the heat from the spices sets in at the end. No bones, no disturbing whole spices is another advantage.





Unlike haleem its not too gluggy. The consistency is thick but neither pasty nor too grainy. I encountered really small pieces of tender mutton. And in some spoonful I had this fine shreds of mutton. The aroma of ghee is so invigorating.

Yes it's too heavy because of the dal + mutton + ghee combo. I struggled to have even half of it. But it can be had as a meal. Can be shared between two normal eaters. It comes in 300ml portion which costs Rs.150. Given the taste, quality & quantity its definitely worth the money spent.

Wishing Murad & Maaria all the best for their new venture. And hoping to see more delicacies from Chaacha's Kitchen.

To grab your share of Khichda follow them on Facebook - Chaacha's Kitchen

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only.

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Fisherman's Fare - Iftar 2015 Part 2

After beginning the Iftar series with Pista House & Daawat-a-Biryani, this time wanted to check out the most celebrated haleem in the city. Gave up one of my weekend meals and persuaded hubby to go all the way from Besant Nagar to Egmore, just for this. Well, the trip was worth it. The best haleem I've tasted so far. It was a tad bit spicy (which is absolutely okay with me), full of flavours and no bones. Yayyy!!! They sell like hot cakes. I grabbed a 300ml container. The haleem is topped with caramelized crispy onions, corriander & mint and roasted cashews with generous dosing of ghee. It costs 140 bucks which is absolutely worth every penny spent.






Apart from haleem, I also picked up Ande ka Meetha, Khubani ka meetha, chicken pakoda and mutton samosa. We also had rose milk, badam milk and falooda. The drinks were very watery and lacked flavour. Priced at 40 bucks, Ande ka meetha was lip smacking-ly delicious.  Slightly crumbly in texture, sweet with a taste of eggs and milk solids aka khoya with the flavour of ghee, this was simply yummy. The Qubani ka meetha aka the apricot pudding was good too. The apricots were well cooked and people who don't have a sweet tooth may find it too sweet. But for me it was perfect. Chicken pakoda was average and nothing to rave about. The mutton samosa were full of flavour. Crisp on the outside with good amount of filling that had mutton, onions and peas, it was spicy and good.










The iftar offerings from Fisherman's fare was very satisfying. Planning to go again for the haleem and ande ka meetha again if possible.

Place       : Fisherman's Fare
Location  : Casa Major Road, Egmore (Opposite to Don Bosco School)
Specialites : Haleem (chicken version is also available), Ande ka meetha & Khubani ka meetha.

*Haleem gets over quickly by 5-5.30pm. 

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only.

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