Orange Wok

Once in a while our gang plans lunch/dinner. This time post the rain havoc we decided to meet up for dinner. After sorting out many places, we settled with Orange Wok as it received strong recommendation from senior members :P

Orange wok is located on the busy 100ft road of Velachery, this place is easy to spot. No issues with parking too. The place is small and can seat about 30 people. Interiors are bright and colourful. We took the table near the open kitchen. We ordered lots of starters out of which few made several repeats. To start off the crab meat soup was yumm. I just had couple of spoonful and it tasted perfect in all ways. Others too enjoyed it every bit. We ordered an array of starters including chicken lollipop, Chicken taipei, garlic and pepper beef, prawns delight in birds nest and honey glazed fish. Out of all the garlic and pepper beef was amazing. So soft and tender meat with strong peppery taste it was dish of the day. We ordered it again couple of times. Chicken lollipop was also very good with soft meat and spicy marination. While the first round of fish was very good, the repeat order was salty. Prawns were a disappointment. It was kind of semi gravy with loads of soy sauce which spoiled the dish. Also there were too much of capsicum in the dish.

We were almost full and wanted to keep our main course simple. So ordered for a Nasi goreng, thai red curry with prawns, a portion of steamed rice to go with the red curry and a mee goreng along with couple of drinks. Nasi goreng was very good, spicy with loads of prawns and a fried egg and chicken satay. The rice was spicy and the fried egg complimented well to the rice. The only thing I didn't like was that there were too much of capsicum in the rice. Thai red curry was a tad bit salty but while having with rice it was good. The mee goreng was meh!! It didn't have flavour or anything good to talk about. The drink, Mama mia was pretty good with strong strawberry crush and mild pineapple flavour.

Total bill was around 3400 bucks. Considering we ordered quiet a lot of starters, the pricing seems to be moderate for the quantity and quality. Service was quick and friendly. We gave our feedbacks to one of the owners which was taken positively. Altogether a good place for decent thai/chinese food.

Place          : Orange Wok
Location     : 100ft Road, Velachery, Opposite to Sangeetha
Cuisine       : Oriental Veg & Non Veg (Serves beef)
Cost           : A meal for two would come around 1000 bucks approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal experiences only. Orange Wok Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Mount Mani Iyer Catering - Sabha Canteen Round Up 2015

After a perfect Sunday Sleep, decided to check Mount Mani Iyer's catering at Vidhya Bharathi Kalyana Mandapam, Mylapore. Went there by 1.20 and it was crowded heavily. Waited for about 10 minutes to get a seat. Lunch is priced at 275 bucks (Kids meal available at 150). Got kasi halwa and asoka halwa extra.

This was the menu :

Dangar Pachadi
Potato Curry
Plaintain Stem curry
Vaangi bath
Chakka pradhaman
Kadhamba Sambhar
Vendhaya keerai kuzhambu
Pineapple Rasam
Paruppu, ghee, appalam, curd and pickle.

Every item on the leaf was damn good. Especially the kadhamba sambhar, potato curry and avial was a kickass combo. Pineapple rasam was too good and so was the vendhaya keerai kuzhambu. Only the Vaangi bath missed the mark.

The Kasi halwa and asoka halwa were excellent in taste but again pricey for the quantity. 30gms at Rs.60. For the price, I would like to see some more items like a vadai, some chips and a sweet on the leaf. Other than that no complaints about the meal.

Who                   : Mount Mani Iyer Catering
Where                : Vidhya Bharathi Kalyana Mandapam, Mylapore
What                  : Lunch
How Much           : 275 for lunch. For kids its 150


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Evening Snacks at The Music Academy - Sabha Canteen Round Up 2015

Our plans to visit Vani Mahal for lunch vanished in thin air. To make up to that we decided to hit Music academy for evening tiffin before taking off for shopping. Went there by 5.30 and the canteen was almost filled up with silk sarees and cotton kurtas :P

The canteen at Music Academy is managed by Mint Padmanabhan of Padmanabhan Catering and Contractors. Before getting a table, one needs to get tokens for the food that we are going to have. To make it easier for us, they've displayed the menu along with the price near the entrance of the canteen. 

Got ourselves token for few items and quickly settled in a table. We got a plate of medhu pakkoda(50 bucks for 4 pieces), cauliflower pakkoda (35 for a plate), godhumai halwa (wheat halwa - 50 for a plate), morekali (55 for a plate) and a coffee and tea. The medhu pakkoda was very good. Crispy on the outside and soft inside. Perfect flavours. The accompanying sambhar (tiffin sambhar) was simply delicious. I had two cups of it separately. The karuveppilai (curry leaves) chutney was very good with strong flavour of raw curry leaves. The coconut chutney was so so. Cauliflower pakkoda was below average. Very oily with too much of besan coating. A roadside push cart will make a better version of this dish.

The halwa was very less in sweet, ghee. The texture was also not upto the mark. On the other hand morekali was brillliant. Slightly tangy and sour, the way I like with perfect seasoning of moremilagai (chillies flavoured with buttermilk) and channa dal. That too with the curry leaves chutney and sambhar it was a delight. Coffee was strong and good. A perfect way to end the tiffin. But the tea was pathetic. Very very light, my husband had a doubt whether it was tea or milk :P

Overall we spent 245 bucks on the above items. A bit over priced with some dishes scoring high and some failing miserably. Will visit them for lunch soon :)

Who         : Mint Padmanabhan Catering
Where      : The Music Academy
What        : Evening Snacks
How Much : Approximately Rs.80 per person
Timings     : 3.30 pm onwards


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Meenambiga Catering - Chennai Music Season - Sabha Canteen Round up - 2015

"Sindhu bhairavi raagaththa Sivaranjani raagathoda kalandhu, Ataana raagatha Aarakonathula pudichu, thodaila aadhi thaaLatha potta kedaikkara ragam Kalyani-ya, Kaambhodhi-ya? Karakarapriya-va, shanmugapriya-va? illa Sripriya va?"

This is the only time when I spoke about a lot of ragams :P As a tradition, like every other tambrahm girl even I was taught carnatic music at the young age. Fortunately, my music teacher got married and left the town and hence saved the public from a greater agony :P So me visiting the sabha during the December music season is to taste the food in the canteen.

Started off this season's Sabha Hopping from Meenambiga Catering at Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Mylapore. A very very simple but perfect meals. This was the menu :

Akkaraadisil (rice & lentil sweet)
Tomato thayir pachadi
Vazhakkai podi curry (Raw banana stir fry)
Vendaikkai puli mandi (Ladies finger in tamarind gravy)
Mullangi vengaya sambhar (Radish & Onion Sambhar)
Mysore Rasam
Manathakkali vatha kuzhambu
Curd, appalam and pickle.

The puli mandi was to die for. So yummy we had multiple servings of it. Everything served was awesome. No flaws and tasted perfect. Only negative thing was that the pickle was store bought. Would've been better if a simple ginger pickle or kalyana mangai was served. Other than the meals we had Kasi alwa too. Though it was excellent, I felt the quantity to be too less for 30 bucks. Meals is priced at 150 bucks and Kasi halwa at 30.

Had a quick chat with the person who was serving me. He said weekend menu will be special with 2-3 extra dishes. They also have evening snacks and dinner.

Who       : Meenambiga Catering
Where     : Mylapore Fine Arts Club, Mylapore (Next to Isabel Hospital)
What      : Lunch
How much : Rs.150 per meal (unlimited)
Timings   : 11.30am - 2 pm


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Thanks Giving feast at Weigh-Out

When it comes to festivals, I'm more than satisfied with humongous list of festivals we get to celebrate. I'm not a person who is interested in celebrating western festivals / special days unless it involves food :D Of course if it has food, that too specially to that particular festival, I don't mind pretending that I enjoy the festival :P So our foodie gang was planning to check out this fairly new restaurant called Weigh-Out. As the name suggest the USP of this place is that one can pay based on the weight of the food they eat. You first check into the restaurant, get your table, then a card. Fill your plate with the delicacies you like from the spread and weigh it in the counter (The weight of the plate is deducted from the total weight), eat and finally pay it as Rs. 0.75/gram

We were unable to make the plans workout on the Thanks Giving day. So we reserved a feast for 8 on the next day. The restaurant is located in Greams Road (in one of the side lanes) and parking is not an issue. The place is quiet spacious with more tables laid with good space between them. The food counter is in the centre and has this weighing stations at 4 different places around the spread. Once seated we were served complimentary drinks. Some pineapple flavoured tang/rasna. I wish the restaurants stop serving these kind of artificial stuffs as complimentary. Since our feast was a pre designed menu, we didn't explore much of the spread. Just had few starters, which weren't that impressive. We 
had chicken tikka, bbq buffalo wings and a couple of veg starters. The baby corn fry was pretty good. BBQ wings tasted more like a manchurian.

The turkey feast had 

Pumpkin Soup -  Okayish. Can't expect much from pumpkin soup. A tad bit more cream would've made the soup lip smackingly good.

Garlic bread - An average one. Nothing extraordinary.

Roast turkey -  We had one full turkey roasted. It took more time for them to serve the turkey inspite of making the reservations a day in advance. Meat was perfectly cooked (except for one or two servings which we felt the meat to be undercooked). But the accompanying gravies failed to lift the dish leaving it a sad bland turkey.

Cranberry sauce - There was nothing cranberry in the sauce. No tanginess, no heat and no flavour.

Mashed potatoes - One of the dishes that tasted good for the day. Still it was more grainy and not buttery smooth as mentioned in the feast menu.

Spicy Gravy - Again a gravy which was not that spicy. But somehow it tried hard to pair up with the turkey.

Cheesy nuggets - As per the menu we were supposed to get a green bean casserole. We were waiting for it for a long time and upon asking them, we were told that the green bean casserole was replaced with the cheesy nuggets which was served in the beginning. It was just potato cutlet kinda stuff with no trace of cheese.

Mac N Cheese - Oh boy oh boy ! This one was the high time disappointment. It tasted more like overcooked, curdled version of Mac n Cheese. Not inedible though. Tasted more like curd rice.

Apple Pie : The only dessert in the feast served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pie crust was too dough-y. It was neither buttery nor crumbly. And the pie filling was okayish. Little bit more cinnamon would've been nice.

Service was slow and flustered. The feedback on turkey and the gravy with other dishes were given. Along with two plates of starter, we ended up paying 3.4k after 20% of discount. Roughly around 400 odd bucks per head, seems to be pocket friendly. But for the taste and quality it was not worth the money.

Place            : Weigh - Out
Cuisine         : Buffet on USP Pay by weight
Location       : Greams Road
Cost             : The turkey feast for 8 was priced at 3000.

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

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400 Degree F Barbeque, T.Nagar - Food Bloggers Meet

Chennai is witnessing a lot of Barbecue themed restaurants. Few places like AB, BBQ Nation are doing good. Others are struggling hard to get there. As a part of CFG's (FB Food Group) blogger initiative, we were invited to 400 Degree F Barbeque to try the new menu at the renovated/extended place.

The roof top ambiance was breathtaking. Though the tables are quite a few, the whole set up with green plants, candles and the twinkling sky, it was very pleasing. Unfortunately on that day it was raining heavily and we couldn't sit outside. They also have an air conditioned dining space which is quiet big and bright with colourful decors and pleasing music (actually a big thumbs up for the music)

Our table was flooded with an array of starters. They have around 7-8 veg & non-veg starters. I mostly had the non-veg starters. Amidst all the Banjara kebab was amazing. Succulent, well marinated meat was simply yummy. The mutton shikumpuri (minced mutton patties served over honey drizzled paratha), their signature dish, Tangri Kebab, prawns and afghan murgh were good. Out of the veggie items I had, the dahi kebab was very unique but quiet sweet to my liking of kebab. The aloo murabba was well marinated and tasted good. The paneer tikka was soft and juicy.

The starters kept coming and we were too full for main course. Still I had a spoon of few items here and there. The Omelette masala curry, butter chicken, bhindi masala and mix vegetable korma were simply delicious. Most of the bbq places don't concentrate much on the main course. But here the spread was huge and as far as the dishes I tasted were excellent. The chicken dum biriyani and the navratan pulao tasted pretty good and paired up well with the prawn chettinad.

What makes you sad? For me leaving the place without tasting each and every dessert makes me sad :P Even though I had just a spoonful from the main course, I was too too full to gobble the desserts. I kept myself to the mousse, gulab jamun and vanilla ice cream. The gulab jamun was delicious. Soft, warm little ones along with the vanilla ice cream was a heavenly combo. Fellow foodies seemed to enjoy the carrot halwa and the oreo cheesecake.

Since this was a bloggers meet, I'm avoiding commenting about the service and pricing. But learnt that the pricing is 700 for dinner and little less for lunch. Given the spread and taste, I would say that it will be worth the money package.

Place                 : 400 Degree F Barbeque
Location            : Thulasi hotel, T,Nagar
Cuisine              : Veg & Non-veg BBQ with live grill

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. 400 Degree F Barbeque Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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