East Coast at Madras Square - Foodies Meet

We bookmark few places based on the food/ambiance. Its hard to bookmark a place or add it to the wishlist other than these two reasons. The only place I added in my wishlist not because of the above reasons was Madras Square now christened as "East Coast at Madras Square". Would you believe if I say that I wanted to check out the place just because I loved their plates :P Yes !! The Tamil letters inscribed in the plate left me intriguing to try them out. Language fanatic huh ?!!! When I got an invite for (read food on the house)  a bloggers meet I happily said yes. This place is located on the side lanes of East Coast Road, near Neelangarai. Stick to Google maps and you won't have any trouble finding the place.

We reached there for an early dinner. At 6 pm , the cafe looked so magical. They've outdoor as well as air-conditioned space for dining. The ambiance outdoor is simply beautiful. You feel calm, peaceful, happy and also romantic when you are here :) While the outdoor seating is calm and pleasant, the air-conditioned room is colourful, classy and vibrant. Since this was an invite, the managing partner Ms. Mathangi was there to take care of us. She asked us for our orders and we left that to her. We just asked her to bring the best out of their kitchen.

We started off with a seafood bisque and a mushroom soup. The seafood bisque was very good with flavours of prawns and basa fish. Veggies seemed to enjoy the mushroom soup. There were an array of starters including the crab cakes, assorted platter of bruschetta (tomato and basil, mushroom and feta & olive and hummus), panko chicken, prawn tempura, creole spiced french fries and falafel. Crab cake and panko chicken was crisp, meaty and tasted excellent. The accompanying mustard mayo and peri peri mayo lifted the dish to a whole new level. Bruschetta was clearly the winner of the day. Especially the mushroom and olive toppings were simply yummy. Creole spiced fries was quiet different with the regular fries tossed with bell peppers served along with the mint mayo. It tasted more of the south Indian style stir fry but tasted good.





Crab Cake

Panko Chicken



Prawn Tempura
Main course was pasta, pizza and steak and stuffed chicken. The basil walnut pesto pasta with cherry tomatoes had a strong pesto flavour but fellow veggies seemed to enjoy it. I liked the lamb bolognese. It was tangy with minced lamb but a tad bit dry. Little more cheese and sauce would've been great. I fell in love with the carbonara. Sphagetti with crispy bacons, cream, eggs, cheese and olive oil - what a delectable combination it was. One mouthful and I was experiencing the foodgasm :) Even the Aglio E Olio was equally good, but I'll definitely lean towards the bacon :P
Aglio E Olio

Lamb Bolognese

Carbonara

Basil Walnut Pesto
The speciality of their pizzas are that the dough is fermented slowly for about 5 days which gives an unique taste to the pizzas. Out of the different variants we had, I loved the Diavola - Pizza with tomato sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella. Thick slices of pepperoni with mild smoky flavour was simply yumm. We asked for a repeat on this one :) Other pizzas like the Quattro formaggio - pizza with cream sauce and four cheese mix, Margherita - pizza with tomato sauce and mozzarella, Polla alla pesto - pizza with tomato sauce, grilled chicken & basil walnut pesto and Gambas con salsa di panna - pizza with cream sauce, 4 cheese mix & garlic prawns were equally good. Personally after the pepperoni I liked the Margherita and the prawn pizza a lot. We requested them to make small sized pizzas. So the actual ones served will be bigger than the ones in the pictures.


Pepperoni Pizza


Margherita


4 cheese pizza

4 cheese & garlic prawns
We also tasted steak with chips and stuffed chicken. Steak was tender and juicy with mushroom jus and parsley flavoured butter. Stuffed chicken was pretty decent with butter sauce and peas.





We were so so full by this time. But how can a meal be complete without the desserts? That too the sinful The obarama and the banoffee pie. We had a slice of each. They source the desserts from Fresh Baked Goodness. I've tasted the obarama before and I should say it had become more denser than before. It used to be light and fluffy, but this time it was quiet dense. Later learnt from Madhangi that the availability of cream is the culprit. Nevertheless loved it to bits. The banoffee was yummy too. With buttery base and caramelised banans it was very good.


Since the meal was on the house, I cannot comment about the pricing. But a look at the menu, I feel it's worth the money given the taste and quality. It was absolutely delightful dinner. Great food and company gave the week an wonderful start. There was some minor glitches in the starters section, and the feedback was taken constructively. I'm definitely going back for the pepperoni pizza and the carbonara soon. Very soon. If you are looking for a place to spend time with loved ones over great food, East Coast at Madras Square is the place. Highly recommended. East Coast at Madras Square Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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