Canadian Crepe Company

After a not so satisfying dinner at Safari, we decided to check this new kid in the town for desserts. Located in one of the by lanes of greams road (near Plan B), we didn't have much trouble in finding this place. With 5-6 tables on one side and an open kitchen on the other, this place was brightly lit. The decor was soft and the ambiance was very pleasing. Their menu is limited and simple. 3-4 savoury and dessert crepes along with milkshakes, smoothies and freshly squeezed juice is what they offer as of now. 

We visited this place twice within a week and this is the summary of both the visits.

Kiwi-Lemon-Mint drink : We were in no mood for heavy drinks and wanted something light and refreshing. We were offered the kiwi-lemon-mint drink (drink of the day) as complimentary. First serving was very less in sugar and it was replaced. After addition of sugar, it was kickass. Light and refreshing with the mild tangy notes from kiwi, citrus-y notes from lemon it was way too good. We ended up ordering one more round of this. Though this one is not on the menu, they serve it upon request.Kid enjoyed his milkshake and no complaints from him on that.



Mexican delight - A crepe with avocado, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos and mozzarella. The menu said asparagus, but it was not available on that day. The crepe was a tad bit dry. The pesto used for plating purpose threw us off the trail and left us confusing whether it was Mexican or Italian. The filling was very good. Even though it had slight bitterness, salsa and mozzarella compromised it.


Le French gruyere - We had this during our second visit. A delectable combination of cheese and white sauce along with mushrooms and corn. Every bite of this was a trip to heaven and back. The salad accompanying was fresh with light dressing and tasted perfect.





Cinnamon, Sugar and butter - This classic crepe made of a combination of ragi and maida with cinnamon flavoured sugar and butter smeared inside was pretty decent. It needed more butter to overcome the strong ragi taste. The cookie and cream ice cream served along made up for the dryness. 



Nutella & Banana - I badly wanted to try this but the banana left me thinking. Knowing our hesitation, they offered to make it strawberry instead of bananas. It was served with loads of sliced strawberries and nutella along with a scoop of cookie and cream ice cream and whipped cream. Doused in maple syrup, oh boy what a deadly combo this was. Loved it to bits and we wiped the plate clean.




Apple crepe - Another crepe made of ragi with caramelised apple as filling, served along with coffee ice cream. Apples poached in a mix of cinnamon n sugar was simply delicious. Crunchy, juicy and tangy apples with coffee ice cream was to die for.




They are 100% vegetarian. Since the crepes are eggless, it feels a tad bit dry. They are working on more base like buckwheat flour, ragi flour, a combination of all purpose flour and ragi and so on. Pricing is perfect. Crepes starts from 120 and goes upto 275 bucks. Both the times the bill was around 500-700 which I feel is absolute value for money given the taste and the quality of ingredients that goes in.

Place                 : Canadian Crepe Company
Location            : Greams Road, Next to dhabba express
Cuisine             : Crepes/milkshakes/smoothies - Vegetarian
Cost                  : A meal for two should come around 600-800 approximately

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

Canadian Crepe Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Monster Shake at Ashvita Bistro

There were days when we used to see these mouthwatering, humongous shakes in mason jars, named Monster Shakes. Well ! Now its available in Chennai too. When I saw this monster shake being available in Ashvita, me and my partner in crime, decided to check it out. It was an impromptu plan and we landed in Ashvita by 12pm.

I've been here twice. Sadly my experience with food wasn't that great. So we decided not to order anything else other than the shakes. We were handed over the regular menu and the staff didn't even bother to talk about the availability of these shakes. I had to reach to the staff and after enquiring about the shakes, they handed us the menu for the shakes. Monster shakes comes in four different flavours. Chocolate, cookie and cream, purple and caramel.

We decided to go for chocolate along with cookie and cream monster shakes. Placed the order and waited, waited and waited. One thing in Ashvita that has never changed is the extremely slow service. After about 30mins our shakes arrived. Oh boy ! It was a pleasure to watch those mason jars overflowing with goodies. After the custom of clicking pics we started digging in.

The chocolate monster shake had pretzels, chocolate chips, a slice of chocolate cake, roasted marshmallow, sugar candies, wafers, whipped cream and a chocolate cone on the top and chocolate milkshake with ice cream. We were quite confused on where and how to start as it was super messy. Managed to eat one by one. Pretzel was crispy and lightly salty which I liked a lot. Wafers and chocolate cakes was yummy. Marshmallow was very bad and so was the chocolate cone. Smelled and tasted like medicine. The moment I reached the milkshake all my excitement vanished just like that. First of all there was nothing chocolate-y about the shake and there was vanilla ice cream in chocolate milkshake. It felt like drinking frozen whipped cream with loads of sugar. Being a person with sweetest tooth, even I was not able to reach halfway.


The cookie and cream monster shake had a slice of fudgy brownie, half a oreo cookie along with the same things that was in the other shake. I absolutely loved this one. One of the perfect oreo shakes even though it was a bit high in sugar.



Paid a total of 732 bucks (Priced at 325+taxes each), I felt it was not worth the money.

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

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Chaa - Simple North Indian Khana

When my non-foodie friends rave about certain places, I'm quite keen in trying them out as those places turn out to be great in my experience. Recently a friend of mine was going gaga about this place and their snacks. A week later, I had to baby sit a group of kids and they wanted to have something different for dinner other than pizza. Now that's a rare request as the kids always stick to Dominos. I decided to order from Chaa through Swiggy. Their menu is very simple and limited. Few starters, rolls, roti, 2 types of subji and stuffed parathas. First time I ordered murukku sandwich, bhujia sandwich, cheese bullet, aloo paratha along with roti and special subji. I called them up and enquired about the special subji which was paneer butter masala on that day. I ordered an extra portion of it. Order arrived in 30 mins piping hot neatly packed in aluminium foil tins/covers/sheets. The kids were already hungry and I know I'll be crucified if I delay further by clicking pics. I tasted few of the items. Murukku sandwich and the bhujia sandwich were absolutely fresh and weren't soggy. Murukku sanwich was crunchy. It was less spicy to my liking but was a huge hit with the kids. The bhujia sanwich was decent. I absolutely loved the cheese bullet. A mix of boiled potatoes with spices and crunchy peanuts, in a thick and crispy bread outer layer cut into two halves and served with a generous amount of grated cheese and chopped onions was a delight. I loved the addition of peanuts as it took the dish to a whole new level. Parathas were soft, well cooked and taste was homely. Sabji was a little bit thin but worth the price. Paid 670 bucks for multiple servings of above said items.




Cheese Bullet

Corn Cheese Balls
From then on we've started ordering from this place frequently. I've also tried their corn cheese balls which is another star in their menu. Same outer layer of bread with cheese minced green chillies and corn creates a medley in the mouth. Their thali which comprises of 5 roti, dal, subji, salad, curd and pickle. For 85 bucks this is simply value for money. The aloo subji that came along with the thali was very good. I like their lime mint cooler too. Tasting fresh with a balance between the lemon and mint and not too sweet, this one was very refreshing.



Murukku sandwich, bhujia veg sandwich, corn cheese balls, cheese bullets costs 60 each which is absolutely value for money given the taste and quantity.

Place         : Chaa
Location     : Perungudi
Cuisine       : North Indian - Only vegetarian
Cost           : A meal for two will cost 250-300 bucks approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal and multiple experiences over a period of time. Chaa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Atho - Burmese Street food at Parrys Corner Chennai


Last week was a busy week. We hogged daily almost two meals a day for 4 days :D When I realised I was free (read kid was at his grandparents place) for one whole week, the first thing I thought was at any cost I've to go to Parrys for having Atho and Mohinga. Executed the plan on the very first day of the week. After a overdose of chocolates at Zuka, we headed straight to Parrys. After getting recommendation  and exact location from Suds, we reached the place early. Too early that they just arrived and had started setting up. They said it'll take atleast 30 minutes to serve the atho and we were like "We are not going anywhere without tasting atho". All the while we were watching them setting up to dish out atho. The thick orange coloured noodles, salt water, tamarind extract, garlic oil, chilli flakes, onions, bejo and loads of cabbage goes into the atho. They toss all these ingredients in a big vessel and top it with some corriander. The atho was simply delicious. With the crunchiness from the bejo, onions and cabbage, soft well cooked noodles and the unique flavour from garlic oil and the mild tanginess from the tamarind extract it was worth travelling all the way from the South of Chennai.







A thick, spicy and flavourful soup with big chunks of plantain takes this dish to a whole new level. I liked the soupy version much more. Then we had the egg with fried onions. A small slit is made in the hard boiled eggs and are stuffed with deep fried onions and some chilli flakes. Just before serving they are dipping it in tamarind extract and garlic oil. The caramelised onions and the chilli flakes rendered excellent flavours to the egg.



We witnessed the making of atho fry rite from setting up the tava to fry it. A humongous amount of cabbage along with loads of chilli powder is stir fried first. Then the special egg gravy goes in along with the noodles. Lots of eggs are added in and the entire mixture is fried nicely. It may sound easy to read. It's hell lot difficult to stir such a huge amount. We just took half plate of the fry. It tasted good with egg dominating all the other flavours. I still side with the soupy atho over anything else.





Prices are very much pocket friendly. Paid 100 bucks for all these (the veg atho is for 50 bucks. Half plate of fried atho for 40 and the egg is 10 bucks each) which is absolutely worth the money. This is the first shop in the second line beach road. Cross the parry building and take the left after the SBI ATM. This shop is in the first right bang opposite to a juice shop and a hotel called senthur.

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

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