Eatza - Eat All You Can Pizza...

On a normal, weekday I will not even think of travelling all the way to Porur, to have pizza for dinner. But when I was invited to try out pizzas and other stuffs at Eatza, I couldn't refuse. Mostly for the company :) So a group of us landed at Eatza Pizza for some fun and food.

Located bang opposite to Ramachandra Medical College/Hospital, location is spot on. And with the unlimited pizza & salads, starting from prize range 179, this place is definitely set to pull the crowd. Ambiance is bright and neat. A huge space with entrance on one side extending all the way to the kitchen. Graffiti work on the wall are eye catching and funny. Part of the walls are tastefully done with pleasant colours. And amidst the length of the space, lies the salad counter.

We started off with soups. They serve 2 types of veggie & 1 non-veg soup on the table. The chicken soup was not upto the mark. It tasted more like warm/diluted tomato ketchup and was way too oily. Surprisingly the sweet corn veg soup was amazing. Then we moved on to the salads. Around 25 varities of salads. 75% of the salads were in cream/mayo dressing. It's a huge spread with different varieties like pasta, fruit, sprouts, legumes, vegetables based and all. Rite from simple black channa to Russian salad, the spread amazes you. By taste, few were hit, few were miss and few in between. I loved the carrots and French beans blanched and dressed in cream. It was perfectly seasoned and the veggies had a nice crunch to it. The Russian salad was good too. The Penne pasta was creamy & yummy. Purple cabbage with some dates thrown in was different. Almost all the salads had coloured bell peppers. The salad containers are pretty small and gets over quickly. In my personal opinion they can have around 10-12 salads that are excellent, instead of having 25 salads with mixed response to each.

Then started the array of pizzas. There were around 4-5 varieties of non-veg pizzas with chicken toppings and couple of veggie pizzas. The pizzas were either thin crust (at least that's what they call) or pan pizza. The thin crust pizzas comes as half n half. Two different types of toppings in the same pizza. But the crust was neither thin nor pan crust type. It was hanging in between. The thickness was of couple of bread slices. Out of all the things we had I liked the Hawaiian chicken, Eatza pollo and fiery chicken. The Hawaiian, inspite of having pineapple, didn't taste too sweet and clubbed perfectly with the chicken n other toppings. The fiery chicken stood up to its name. Thanks for those extra chillies, the heat was turned on an it was good. The other one which had chicken sausage, onion and capsicum was good too.

The pan pizza which was mainly veg was delicious when compared to the thin crust ones. The fiery veg didn't have the sauce when served first. Later it was perfect with rite amount of sauces and cheese and the toppings complementing each other well. The pasta was so so. Though it had the rite amount of sauce, cheese, seasoning and all, the pasta was overcooked and broken. The garlic bread lacked flavour. There was not enough garlic punch to it and the centre was way too soft and soggy like a bun rather than a bread. We were too full to try the other variants of the garlic bread. The bottomless aerated drinks were surprisingly as fizzy as it can be. We ended the dinner with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a chocolate brownie drizzled with chocolate sauce. It was nothing extraordinary and tasted average. Neither bad too.

To sum up the experience, though its definitely steal for the money, it would be much better, if some tweaking is done on the salads and base/crust of the large/thin crust pizzas. Once done, this will be a major crowd puller in the locality. 

Place       : Eatza Pizza
Location  : Porur, Opposite to Ramachandra Medical College & Hospital
Cuisine    : Pizzas, salads, pastas & drinks. Veg & Non - veg.
Cost        : This was an invited dinner. Going through the menu, there are various combo/unlimited offers to avail. Prices starting from Rs.179 for unlimited pizzas, pasta & salad. Prices vary from weekdays & weekends to veg & non-veg.

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

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Pista House & Daawat-a-Biryani - Iftar 2015 Part 1

As a foodie, Ramdan is one of the festive period, I eagerly wait for. All the food, biriyani, kheema samosa, kheer and all other delicacies line up ready for people to break their fast and also to be devoured by people like us. My childhood day memories leave me crave for that rich and creamy rice kheer and hot and spicy cutlets that my neighbour makes to break her fast. Aunty is very sweet and friendly, she never fails to call us for a cup of kheer :)

I've been eating out, trying my hands on all the Iftaar specials for the past 4-5 years. Haleem has started dominating the Iftaar season for the past few years. Here's my round up on what the city got to offer us for Iftaar.

Pista House Haleem :

Every season this place was raved about by fellow foodies for their haleem. This year, they've opened a outlet (only for the holy month I guess) in Triplicane and their haleem is also available in selected outlets across the city. Picked up a container from Top See, Adyar. Packaging was spot on. Around 350-400ml of haleem packed in a sturdy, sealed plastic box is priced at 160 bucks.

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I've not had haleem in Hyderabad but I've tasted better ones here. The first time I had this was not so good. Both consistency wise and flavour wise. And it had hell lot of bones which really put me off. A week later, tried them agai. This time the consistency was thick, flavour was bang on and tasted very good with caramelised onions and a mild tangy-ness from the lemon. But again bones!! bones !! and more bones. Ranging from small ones to chunk sized, it was really annoying to scrape the meat off from the bones and eat it. With that being the only setback (major one though), I would say that this is one of the best haleem I had till date.

Daawat - a - biryani :

Have had yummilicious biryani from Nigar Sultana of Daawat-a-biryani at my office parties. This time I wanted to try the Iftar pack. The Iftar pack comes with 200ml of haleem (approximately), 2 kheema samosas, 2 piece of chicken kebab, chicken roll, iced tea and phirni. To start with the haleem, it was thick and consistency. But failed to impress flavour wise. It lacked salt, was pretty bland and had lots of lumps. The kheema samosas, in spite of being cold, the samosas stayed crisp. The filling was meaty and good and personally I feel a little more would do great. After all who doesn't like more. The chicken kebab was spicy, well seasoned and a tad bit dry. But I liked it. The chicken roll was yumm. It didn't turn soggy at all. It was very filling with chunks of chicken and was delicious.

The packing of iced tea and phirni was disappointing. Packed in plastic covers, tied up with rubber bands it was not very appealing. Iced tea was okay. Nothing great to talk about. The phirni, tasted good but again had mass/lumps of sooji which was spoiling the whole dish. The iftaar pack from Daawat-a-Biryani costs Rs.295 and I paid Rs.160 for delivery charges along with the 295.

Will be back with more iftaar specials of this season. Happy fasting and feasting all.


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Teppan - Live Seafood Market

It's been a year since I started eating fish. Last year, on Dad's birthday lunch tried Vanjiram (Seer) fry at Junior Kuppanna. From then on, the journey with fishes and other seafood has been smooth so far. Still I struggle to eat fish with bones. But have learnt to appreciate the taste, find the fresh ones and identify the spoilt ones :) Starting with vanjiram, I moved on to Bassa, Prawns, Nethili, Ayirai, squid and so on. Tested my guts with having octopus once in AB. Not bad huh :)

Even with all these experience, I was quiet concerned when I was invited for the Sea Food Market festival at Teppan. Seafood? That too in Japanese cuisine? I mean I always wanted to eat Sushi. But I was not sure whether I was ready for this. Assurance from the fellow foodie that sushi is not raw fish always, I gathered my strengths to face the Sushi-s.

Situated on the first floor (entrance is through Benjorang), bright red lights, with beautiful porcelain pots around, the ambiance was pleasing. Every table is set up with a teppanayaki counter. Since it was a sea food festival, there was a display counter of sea foods like different types of fishes including Horse Mackerel, salmon, bassa, seer along with squids, baby octopus, jumbo prawns etc,. I was enquiring one of the staffs about the fishes served with/without bones. Seeing my petrified face, with a warm smile he assured me that every fish will be served boneless after filleting. I sighed with relief :)

We started off with some mocktails to refresh ourselves. Out of all we tasted, I loved the angry mango. It was very refreshing with a mild kick of spice.

I had the Ebi tamagu supu which is basically prawns and egg drops in a thick soup. It was simple and tasted good. With chunks of prawn it was very soothing for the heavy cold that I had on that day. The Yasai supu - thick soup with veggies was good too. We got to taste the Lady fish tempura and the yasai tempura moriawase - a mix of onions, zucchini and bell peppers fried with tempura batter. Lady fish tempura won the battle hands down. It was so soft, melting in the mouth with perfectly seasoned tempura batter. The sauce had nice punch of ginger and soya sauce.

Then came different varieties of Maki (rolled sushi).

The Zucchini Shitake had the tempura fried capsicum and sautéed shitake mushroom rolled with sushi vinegared rice and nori, topped with grilled zucchini and tempura crunch. Ika Mango was the maki with squid, avocado and cucumber topped with mangoes. I didn't like this one much. As I felt that the mangoes and squid didn't compliment each other well. The spicy grilled prawns with mango and avocado topped with sesame seeds called the Yaki ebi was awesome. Perfectly grilled prawns with sushi rice a dash of wasabi was too good. We went for another portion of this, which vanished in seconds. Kani sakana - the teriyaki grilled fish was equally good with delicate fish paired up with avocado and sushi rice. Out of all the maki we tasted I fell in love with the Yaki ebi. Yumm it was.

Yaki Ebi - Prawns

Ika Mango - Squid & Mangoes

Kani Sakana - Teriyaki grilled fish

Zucchini Shitake

The super pungent Wasabi
And here came the most exciting & entertaining part of the day.We always love good food and entertainment. What if the entertainment was the food itself? Sounds exciting na? Chef Leo from Philippines took over the Teppanayaki and oh my god it couldn't get more live than this. The chef floored us with his knife skills. Watch it yourself in the video

We were served grilled veggies, chicken and parai fish (horse mackerel) in two ways along with Japanese egg fried rice at the Teppanayaki. It was a pleasure to watch the chef in action. The grilled vegetables (a mix of corn, onions, zucchini) was spicy and delicious. The parai fish prepared with pepper & cumin marinade was ravishing. Perfectly cooked fillet of fish in that spicy marinade was the best form of fish I had so far. And a special mention to the squid. Squid grilled with garlic butter and chilli paste along with saket. It was so yummy and creamy. Other places where I had squid, the squid tasted a bit chewy. But here it was just amazing, melt in the mouth type. The egg fried rice was moist and had loads of flavour. Unless like the fried rice we have here, the rice grains were short and moist and sticky. But I loved it.

And for desserts, we were lead to the dessert section which had loads of usual stuffs. I loved the coffee tres leche and strawberry tres leche. The baked yoghurt and blueberry mousse was good too.

After a quick chat with Mr. Ashok, Business Manager, Oriental Cuisines, it was time to say "Sayonara". For me it was a remarkable way to celebrate the completion of one year of my sea food encounter. Will be back soon to experience the set menu offerings.

Place       : Teppan
Location  : TTK Road, Alwarpet
Cuisine    : Japanese Veg & Non-Veg with Teppanayaki counter at each table.
Price       : This was an invited dinner. Otherwise I was told that set menu which has a soup, starter and main course will cost around 999 for veg and 1400 onwards for non veg depending upon the choice of meat.

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

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