Dewberry’s Candle Light Dinner ~ Review

I love a good romance any day 😉  Awarding a day/place/setup to celebrate ‘Love’ which is the best of all emotions, was never in his mind.. But then I realized, a candle light dinner does little wonders in him 😉


Dewberry’s had invited us to review their candle light dinner on Valentines day. We reached the spot, very late evening. Few starters that I relished in my previous visit to Dewberry left a lingering aftertaste, and Yeah, I was all eyes upon the ambience and set up this time. As we were welcomed warmly, “Of course! valentines day or a candle dinner is all about the ambience & set up” said Kavitha Ajay who owns Dewberry.

Cold night, balloons, flowers, lights, melodies surrounding us, and on top of it amazing food served with a pleasant face made our day ! They greeted us with a warm welcome . Wooden planked chairs & table, creepers and climbers wrapping the poles behind, small fountain body at the front, soft lights on the pathway making the greenery shine, red heart balloons on the sky.. Oh yes! you will surely love this place..

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Turn anywhere, you see a heart 🙂 On the table was a Led candle tucked in a tracing paper bag with hearts punched, good enough to  veil all those negatives and unveil that fresh love in you ? 😉 I would have loved having some scented flowers on the table, but I was told that they arrange it for you on request with a cost involved. We ordered few favorites from my last visit – malai broccoli, nut stuffed paneer tikka, prawns, mushroom pasta, elaneer payasam and few more. Starters & Welcome drinks were fantastic as usual. Mushroom pasta was normal and had nothing much to rave about. The Fish steak meal was good. The chocolate sauce and biscuit crumble dessert is a total win win and quite filling. More review about food here. Two beetroot hearts were sitting on every plate to bring a smile in us 🙂

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Very courteous staff, kind enough to help you out with choosing dishes. Oh I forgot to mention, they have a limited menu for a candle dinner, however it includes all their top fame dishes. Staffs visit you upon your request. Someone said rightly that, I ought to be pampered more by my valentine than the rest in a candle dinner. However, there is someone always at a distance your eyes can reach, ready to attend you or take a snap when you do not want a selfie. The place is well maintained and Hubby spotted on those all-outs plugged at the bottom of each table, which reminded me about the mention of mosquitoes in a review I read about Dewberrys in the past. Good to see the prompt care taken.

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One beautiful thing that I took back home along with lushy green memories, is the fresh Strawberry Bouquet. Red Strawberry’s dipped in chocolates, wrapped with green parsley into a bouquet was a romantic punch at the end. Believe me, it was sooo yummy :)You will definitely want to buy it again 🙂

Overall, this outdoor candle light meal is perfect for a romantic evening except for times, the pavement becoming busy with ppl going in and out. No extra charges for the candle light dinner is something attractive. Enjoying a lovable date without spending a bag of bucks on the ambiance, set up, candle light, Popeye would definitely slip in that ring into his Olive’s finger HAPPPPILY . Agreed? 😉

Address :  #6/29, ‘Rajam’, Rajasekaran Street, (Next to Van Huesen Showroom on RK Salai), Mylapore, Chennai

Cost for 2 :  1000 Rs/- Approx

Contact :      098 84 321111


Absolute Barcbecue, A CFG Showcase

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Visiting Absolute Barbecue for the third time, this time as part of CFG Showcase. And every time I go, my fingers voluntarily fills the checkbox – I feel pampered by AB 🙂 In spite of the busy packed venue, the AB guys make sure you feel pleasant as no one else is there.

Let me take you through what I relished in AB the most.. Like every other BBQ resto, they make you feel tummy full with the unlimited starters. AB has quite a wide spread of starters. Vegetarian starters included cottage cheese grilled, Achari mushroom, crispy corn, American cheesy potatoes, coconut peanut kebabs, grilled ( bell peppers, corn slices, watermelon balls, spicy pineapple chunks ). The cottage cheese was perfectly grilled and delicious. Coconut peanut kebabs were too soft, melt in mouth kind with chunks of peanuts here and there. Crispy corn was perfect. American cheesy potatoes were good, less spicy but I have had better ones elsewhere. The other grilled veggies and fruits were as usual. Finally the fantastic grilled pineapple glazed with cinnamon and honey. One cannot stop with just one slice, I bet!

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Now to the non-vegetarian starters. We had mutton pudina sheekh kebab, asian chicken, burnt garlic fish, Tandoori tangri, grilled prawn. Mutton sheekh kebab was okay. The chicken varieties were good. Burnt garlic fish is anytime, the best pick of this lot. They were extremely soft and pleasant in flavors.

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Starters were served perfect hot and there is always a floor chef to cater to your spice level requirements. They remake any dish for you, in case if you do not feel satisfactory. Complimentary drinks are also served based on your choice. Nicely served in tall glass jars, they were perfect to accompany the starters.

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Next on the journey is the wish grill!! AB stands out with their WISH GRILL

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Wish grill is an opportunity to taste the uncommon meats. Non Veg wish grill has  exotic meats like rabbit, duck, bbq chicken, quail, chicken sausage, scrambled egg, egg fritata, sea food like octopus, squid, prawns. Veg grill includes almost all exotic vegetables like zucchini, bamboo shoots, jalapenos, paneer etc. Choose your meat/veggies, sauces and they grill it for you on the spot. They are delivered in those small red bowls at your tables. Tastes good, yes good 🙂 And not great!!

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I have tasted their non veg soup in my earlier visit – A chicken soup and it was damn yummy. Over to the main course. The spread has hot naans/garlic breads/butter naan/tandoori roti/flat breads, which they serve on your choice request. Some delicious curries to go with them, were on the counter. There was a kofta curry and dum aloo curry which was mindblowing. AB’s special dal was one of the yummiest I have ever had. A hot ball of rice with the dal and the taste still lingers in my mouth! 😀 Besides, there were veg biriyani, thai green curry, Dahi vadas, creamy curd rice with some smoked garlic pickle – yum yum 🙂 Their dahi vadas were one of the best I have ever had. Extremely porous in a cloud of creamy dahi, just awesome.

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Non vegetarian spread included a biriyani, srilankan crab curry which was perfectly spiced and rich in flavors, Lal mirch ka machchi – a delicious fish curry, Omg, I am drooling right away 🙂 Yes the taste still lingers! You should try them out. Biriyanis were okay.

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Besides all these, they also have a hot idiyappam counter with a special Mutton Kheema 😀

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Finally the desserts and AB is a winner in desserts!! They have an amazing array of Indian traditional desserts along with few mousse, cakes as well. I admit that I could not stop with one bowl of their moong dal halwa. The sweetness and ghee proportions were perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Earlier visits, I enjoyed hot Jelabis from their live counter. There were phirni in earthern pots topped with rose petals, spoon mango cheesecakes, yummy Angoori Gulab jamuns and apple streusel which was just okay.

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Out of all the dishes, the one which garners more attention is their coldstone live ice cream. You choose the flavour, sauce, toppings, addons and they make icecreams for you “live”. The Queue for it makes you impatient at times. Pan shoot icecream is amazing, I should say.

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AB is the first restaurant which impressed my mom, dad 🙂 Anybody visiting AB, the first time enjoys thoroughly for their pampering service and the food worth the price. Hospitality at the best! Crossing the waiting area to grab the main course and desserts is not at all comfortable and I am sure AB does something about it. I would definitely recommend AB for you, and reservations before 4 days is mandatory since the place is all the time crowded 🙂

Buffet Price as below:

Rs.555 Lunch – Veg (Mon-Sun)
Rs. 665Lunch – Non Veg (Mon-Sun)
Rs. 585Dinner- Veg (Mon-Tue)
Rs. 695Dinner- Non Veg (Mon-Tue)
Rs. 695Dinner- Veg (Wed-Sun)
Rs. 835Dinner- Non Veg (Wed-Sun)
Absolute Barbecues, No. 45, GN Chetty Road, T. Nagar, Chennai
044 30853625Love & Shalom,

Chettinadu Virunthu @ Hablis Hotel, Oct 10 to 19′ 2014 – My review

I happened to attend the ongoing Chettinadu Virunthu at Hablis Hotel, Guindy as a part of CFG showcase. I was introduced to my host Mr. Maxwell and also to the Executive Chef Vellaisamy Ganesh who gave a briefing about the fest. The fest has a varying menu on each day and it is blindly obviously that they have handpicked each & every dish. I particularly clicked the menu & the man behind it for you to take a look at.

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All the dishes were served in traditional mud pots at the counter. The chef disclosed that there will be changes in the entire set and even the costumes of the staffs too, in the coming days.

Welcome Drink

Inchi Puthina Saaru   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Quite refreshing drink prepared with mint & ginger extract. It was mildly chilled which satisfied me.

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Keerai Saaru ( Veg ), Nandu Sothi, Hot and Sour Chicken Soup. I opted for Nandu Sothi.

Nandu Sothi  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

A mild hot crab soup with tiny chunks of crab flesh made me elated. I have never clean swiped a soup bowl before.

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Main Course

Let me talk about Non-Vegetarian dishes first..

Pudina Varutha nethili 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Quite flavorful crunchy fried nethili fish was perfect starter after the soup.

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Varutharaicha Vanjaram Meen Kal Varuval 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Medium sized boneless seer fish well coated with raw spices roasted & blend in perfect proportions and most importantly fried with very little oil. They were good, however I was not able to eat more than one.

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Kutharisi soru 🙂 🙂 🙂

This Biriyani was made with handpound rice having few chicken pieces here and there. It was mildly spicy and healthy but it could have been more tastier.

Aatuiraichi paaya 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The mutton paaya was a perfect textbook paaya. They tasted the best with hot appams from the live counter.

Shangai Squid 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

being a squid lover, I personally loved this. It was well cooked in tomato based curry with copious masala coat of squid.

Naan or Rotis 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Don’t miss them. I have never tasted such thin soft butter naans. They were excellent.

Live Aapam Counter 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Loved the aapams, I went ahead and had two. Aapams came with coconut milk and garlic chutney. I added aatukaal Paaya too, which was bliss.

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Moving on to the vegetarian counter…

There was Varagarisi Kanji/millet rice kheer which I missed to taste. They were stored in chettinad pot covered with banana leaf. I sincerely regretted missing that!

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Aama vada 🙂 🙂 🙂

Small parippu vada crispy & good. Came with a chilly garlic chutney. Nothing much to rave about.

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Karuncheeraga vazhapu piratiya soru 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Rice sauteed with roasted Jeera and Plaintain flower with a nice aromatic thazhipu/tadka. This was the one dish that made me fall in love with the authentic chettinadu cooking style that night. Proud of my TamilNadu Cuisine 🙂

Thengai mulakatti 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Sprouted beans stir fried with roasted coconut. For the heap of coconut chunks with each bite, any Malayali will fall in love with it. It was good, healthy & also tasty.

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Sundakai Vathal Kuzhambu 🙂 🙂 🙂

Usual homemade vatha kuzhambu. It was good and nothing much to say about it.

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Maravalli Masiyal 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Tapiaco cooked & smashed with dal, it was a good accompaniment to the vatha kuzhambu rice. It was cooked soft with right spices.

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Vazhaikkai Podi Varuval 🙂 🙂 🙂

Raw banana slices roasted with hand blend spices. It was quite okay.

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Desserts   🙂 🙂 🙂

There was paasi paruppu kali which made me nostalgic. It was too good. Motichoor Ladoo was quite normal.

Kaoni arisi sweet was totally different to me. It is a traditional chettinad sweet made with thick black rice.

Pal Paniyaram was fine.

And finally I became a happy kid to see the nostalgic pori urundais too in the dessert counter 😀

Pori Urundai

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Kaoni Arisi sweet

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Pal Paniyaram

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Dessert platter

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Besides these they had variety of salads, homemade thokku, pickles, thick curd in pots, fish stir fried in wild basil, mutton kheema and couple of other North Indian delicacies too.

Overall, this buffet was excellent, nostalgic. Most of the dishes were from villages of Chettinadu, Some could have been made a bit more tastier to make it a perfect royal fest.

Price : Rs . 850 plus taxes

Address : No.19, Grand Southern Trunk Rd, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600032

Contact : 044 2233 4000





Dewberry’s Spice 29 – My Review

It was a long tiring week packed with deadlines at workplace. My soul longed for a relaxed chai time. Unfortunately, there was no munching time even 😦 But dear, God does not leave His child unfortunate. That weekend introduced me to this charming place – Spice29. I had gone there as part of the CFG showcase. Located at the inner side of a street, i was so skeptical that I walked in and out the street twice. Please do not be deceived by the location. This charming place of greenery & shady trees with mild music & chairs remain inside of the street with a small ad-board on top highlighting Drewberrys, their initial brand. They have expanded with the addition of new Indian Cuisine- Spice29. Kavitha and Ajay, the proud owners of Spice29 gave us a warm welcome and there was the big center table ready for our gang. Then came the dishes one by one. I loved the garnishings that came with each dish, I was mind boggled how in chennai these guys get a fresh mint and kothambir leaf to garnish each and every dish, and even the onions that were kept to accompany the starters were dipped which added to the taste. A salute to them for their serving ettiquettes, I took home the garnishing part as a learning for me !! Okay enough of my talks, lets move to the dishes 🙂roti


Mushroom cappuccino soup 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Rich and creamy mushroom cappuccino soup topped with cinnamon dust, also had a crispy crostini topped with a small dollop of butter and a basil leaf. Served in a coffee mug, throwing an earthen aroma with each sip. But a full mug, definitely makes you full.


Usilampatti Ghee Roast Chicken 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

At the very first glimpse, it was like Usilampatti to USA. As said earlier , I couldn’t stop admiring the way each dish was garnished. Look at the splash of colours!! 😀 I just tasted the tinge of masala around the chicken which was delicious with right blend of spices and a nice ghee aroma. My fellow bloggers too enjoyed it !


Tandoori chicken 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The tandoor was good with a nice mint dip.


Karaikudi  spiced winglet popons with cheese 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

If you are a non-veg lover, please do not miss to order these winglet beauties. They show you the taste oh Heaven taste . By far the  best dish  in town. They are nicely fried with a cheese indulgence. Comes with finger fries and a tangy delicious dip. Yummy !!


Look at their attitude,haan 😉


Chennai Meen varuval 🙂 🙂 🙂

Chennai Meen Varuval was a bit on tangy & lower side since the above dishes dominated. It was okay.


Malai Broccoli 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

If you are a veg-lover, please don’t miss this yummy starter. This gives your money worth. I have always thought that broccoli finds hard to fit in Indian cuisine. The very first bite of these divine crunchy malai broccolis, changed my idea. I have been trying to replicate this but in vain 😦 Not even close to how delicious it tasted in spice29. They were perfectly tandoored in clay pot, spiced and topped with malai. The mint dip was equally good.


Nut stuffed paneer  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Nut stuffed paneer tikka was quite new to me. They tasted rich and delicious. It grabbed me twice or thrice . Had them again and again.


Mumbai style onion bhajia 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Crispy Onion Bhajis topped with cheese. I would have preferred it plain without the cheese/cream topping.


Main Course

Appam & Vegetable Stew 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Appams @ spice29 are larger in size and close to my mom’s melt-in-mouth appams. They were perfect with the vegetable stew loaded with colourful veggie chunks.


Dal baneras – Black Dal 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The usual dal makhani was served with a basket of rotis and naan. It was good.


Lamb shank Roganjosh 🙂 🙂 🙂

Yes, a large shank-ed lamb boy 🙂 He was cooked perfect and seasoned well. The curry had a tinge of tanginess which I don’t prefer in a roganjosh. Besides roganjosh, we had a hot and peppery chicken curry for the rotis.


Lime Mint Cooler 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The beverage was perfect after a spicy flavour rich lunch and Kavitha was keen enough to explain that it was not served the way it was meant to be – ice crushed smoothie. Looks like they had problems with blenders and hence they served the mint cooler like a juice. However, it was satisfying to me. Next to the desserts


Elaneer Payasam 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Elaneer payasam had the right sweetness and I was a happy soul to dig in the tender coconut pieces and quickly relish them enjoying the greens & shades around me 😀


So what do I have to say overall.. A looonggg tiring week ?! Just chill out at Spice 29…!! Gooood Ambience, Super duper Starters… Food and the place together is a treat to your  all senses!! Fresh n Fresh 🙂

Address :  #6/29, ‘Rajam’, Rajasekaran Street, (Next to Van Huesen Showroom on RK Salai), Mylapore, Chennai, TN

Cost for 2 :  1000 Rs/- Approx

Contact :      098 84 321111

Bengali Food Fest at Courtyard Marriott – My Review

I was invited to the Bengali Food Fest – Bangali Bhuribhoj at Paprika Cafe by Courtyard Marriott Chennai, a CFG Showcase. The very sound of Bengali Food made my little heart leap for joy with love for the soft little rasagullas whirling in bubbling sugar syrup. So, I am a S-w-e-e-t-h-e-a-r-t now zzzzzzz 😉

Got a gracious welcome from the courtyard staff dressed up in Bengali style. I was trying to shut the slide show of SET pictures of Namma Sappadu food fest that was constantly running in my mind since I had stepped out of my home to the hotel. I loved very much the way they had transformed the paprika cafe for this food fest, apt as the previous one. It was a no-disappointment. Howrah Bridge wall poster, monument entrance cut out, Ambassador taxi cut out and even the coasters on the table were speaking Bengali with the added effect of Bengali music!! Wow!! These guys are really good in turning the fest mood on. I captured all this in my memory but not in my cam and so no pictures for the set 😦 That’s okay!! The pictures of their delicacies will compensate. Now to the fooood part 🙂 There was chicken and mint shorba soup for Non veg and I started straight away with starters.

Beguni Chop 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thin slices of eggplant dipped in mildly spiced batter followed by a deep fry in hot oil is beguni chop aka Kathirikai bajji. I loved it for there was no release of oil with each munch in the mouth. brinjal bajji.jpg Mutton Mince chop 🙂 🙂 🙂
Mutton Mince patties dipped in batter and fried in oil. One piece is heavy enough. It was served with a nice sweet n sour sauce.mutton mince cutlet
Egg chop 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
This was a egg variant with a twist, a layer of mashed potato covered the boiled egg, before it was dipped in batter & fried in oil. I am not a liker of mashed potato, therefor I would have loved it without that.muttabajji Mutton Kassa 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂  🙂
Tender meat pieces nicely cooked and blend in a spicy indian masala, this was my pick from the lot. It was soft to chew and juicy. Mutton Besides the above starters, we had crispy onion pakoras as well.

Main Course
Roi Maach Sarson Batta 🙂 🙂 🙂
Roi Maach Sarson Batta or the fish curry was not so favorite to me for it had bony fresh river fish. meen kolambu.jpg Murghi Mangso Jhol 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Soft & tender chicken pieces swimming in a flavourful gravy served a perfect combination to the naans. There were regular naans served straight to our table. mutton gracy Fish Biriyani 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Fish biriyani had tender & no-bony fish which I loved the most.  Nicely topped with crispy fried onions. A tinge of salt & spice was missing in the biriyani. Was it put on a lower spicy end to maintain authenticity? I cannot comment on authenticity here, oops 😉 fish biriyani
On the Vegetarian main course section, we had Lau Masoor Dal, Bhindi Bhaja, Aloo Posto, pulao, steamed rice, varieties of pickles too. Dal was on a lighter end, paired well with hot steamed rice. Bhindi Bhaja was soft, not much oily or spicy and perfect to have even with roti. As I said I am not a great lover of aloo in curry or  steamed mashed potato and hence I did not taste aloo posto. However, I was tempted to taste after hearing the reviews of other bloggers who tasted it. Looks like it was delicious and called for a second serving.

The best part is here. Bengali is known for mithais and I was happy for having tasted them prepared by chefs from Bengali. There were live counters for Jelabi and Malpua.
Jelabi Live counter 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
What a joy of having hot jelabis !! But the jelabis were not melt in mouth kind which I felt after gulping two hot jelabis 😛 Yeah you cannot resist the taste of it. They were served with rich rabri topping. jilebi_live  jilebi with rabdi
Malpuas 🙂 🙂 🙂
Malpuas could have been more crispier with browned edges. I was not much satisfied about their texture. Malpuas were dipped in sugar syrup and served rich with a rabri topping. malpua
Rasagullas 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Soft spongy rasagullas which ooze out the chenna blend sugary syrup with each bite. They were topped with almonds & saffrons and just perfect.
Besides the above dessererts, we had coconut ladoos which was a perfect go-to dessert, khoa filled cham-chams, parippu payasam and the brownies, mousses. Seems they are part of their regular menu. lot mousse Overall, the food was good, I personally felt that it could be much better with taste enhancement in couple of dishes like Malpua, fish curry and replacing the “chops” variants with different starters. However, the exciting part is we were told by the chef that there will be change in the menu each day of the fest including mishti doi, jhal muri etc, so I am sure they will come up with better varieties on coming days of the fest. Ours was the preview dinner. A buffet is priced at 1250 Rs nett and the Bengali food fest closes by Oct 3rd 2014.  To book your table, please contact +91 44 66764000. And Yeah, its true! Very Maach Bengali 😀

Namma Saapadu Food Fest at Courtyard Marriott – Review

No doubt! I was excited since it was my first food fest review, I was invited to review the ongoing food festival Namma Saapadu, Aug 8th – 17th at the Courtyard Marriott. Few hours for Independence Day, my heart was already bubbling with worship of this wonderful land of infinite spices, flavors, colors and celebrations and the  invite told me that it is going to be a Thalai Vazhai Ilai Virunthu which was spicing up my worship! “IS THERE a new dish to fall in love with? Or ARE THERE passionate chefs to get inspired at ? Or IS THERE a new authentic recipe to learn ? Okay, hold your patience.” Finally the evening came answering a  ‘yes :)’ to all my questions.

The review starts here..

Dried palm leaf hangings, Colourful Earthern Pots, Man aduppu, a pot of rice on a beautiful hand-woven basket, Guys in angavastram and Ladies in Colourful Pattu sarees with sandal and kumkum kits, honouring the guests with Cheerful smiles and of course our traditional rose water sprinkling.  I was taken back to my village and no doubt the expectations about the Ilai Virunthu spiced up even more!! Soon after an introduction with the Manager Deepa, Executive Chef Sridhar and Sous Chef Satish Reddy, I quickly collected information on the food fest. It was very evident that every little thing was given enough attention to make the guests feel at home. However, no ilai/banana leaf on my table was disappointing at first sight! Anyways it wont be feasible to have Buffet in a banana leaf, so I told myself “forget it” and started concentrating on the food.



Welcome drink

Paanakam 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paanakam was served which was a perfect match for the occasion. Not so chill, sukku or ginger flavor on a higher side than jaggery, it was soothing & refreshing. I did not click a good picture of it :/

Vegetarian Starters

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Millagai Bajji 🙂 🙂 🙂

There was a live counter for Millagai Bajji, and we were served hot bajjis with coconut chutney on the table. The chutney was light coarsely ground and had a tinge of mild garlic flavor bringing out the authentic taste. The Milagais or chilli’s had too much of seeds which I personally din’t like.

Vazhaipoo Vadai 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Vazhaipoo vadai or banana flower patties with coconut chutney, again was a perfect match for the celebration. Crunchy on  outside with Perfectly fried onions adding brown color to it  and soft inside – they were perfect.

Margerita Pizza 😮

Pizza in Namma Saapadu? Just then I realized that the Chef and team had included western food as part of the food fest having the guests in stay on their mind. We were served one such western starters – margarita pizza. I cannot comment on it since I did not taste it.

 Non-Vegetarian Starters

Non Veg starters

Thalicha kozhi 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Thalicha Kozhi on top left corner in the picture. Man, that was awesome and my most favorite. Soft Juicy chicken perfectly cooked with right blend of spices and masala. Neither too spicy, nor dry. It was just perfect as it has to be. I am definitely gonna try making it and share with you guys.

Uppu Kari piratel 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Uppu Kari Piratel on top right corner in the picture. A dry starter with fiery flavors and very less oily. Pepper and cardamom flavor were evident at the first munch. The tadka it had, added to the taste.

Kaadai Roast 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Kaadai Roast on bottom left corner in the picture. Nicely roasted, soft meat inside, spicy hot delicious. You can hear the sound of crunching her skin under your teeth each time you take a bite.

Fish Rawa Fry 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Fish rawa fry on bottom right corner in the picture.  A delicious snack from the Kongu region( western part of Tamil Nadu) and seems to be the chef’s favorite. Fish dipped in masala from native parts of TN, with a nice semolina coating and shallow fried in oil.It was just awesome. I am giving it 5 out of 5. Soon, the recipe shall be featured on the blog.


Kari Sukka 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Fibrous and moist goat meat cooked with masala, was perfect go-to with parotas.

 Main Course


Biriyani with Kathirikai Chops


Chicken Kothu Parota

meen kulambu

Kizhangu Meen Kuzhambu

veg plate

Authentic Namma Saapadu

Authentic Kozhi Biriyani 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

It was kozhi/chicken biriyani for us and it varies everyday. Tamil nadu style biriyani topped with fried onions and cilantro was so welcoming. The rice grains were just perfect and the meat was juicy.

Kathirikai Chops 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

I loveeeee Kathirikai chops or brinjal chops so itz like I will eat it however it is 😀 ! But this one on the spread was rich in taste and Sous chef Satish was kind enough to teach the trick of doing it perfect. Kathirika chops coming soon on the blog! I am giving it 4 out of 5, since I wanted the brinjals to be little more soft and tender.

Karaikudi Mutton Kuruma 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Not in the pictures. Soft, juicy meat in a spicy coconut based gravy was perfect with the chicken kothu parota  🙂

Chicken Kothu Parota 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Best Kothu Parota I ever had. It was just awesome.

Kizhangu Meen Kuzhambu 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

If you are a fan of traditional authentic Tamilnadu meen curry, you will surely love it.

Paruppu poondu puli kulambu 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

It was just perfect with hot rice and a dash of ghee. A rich flavorful gongura pickle accompanied well. The garlic and tamarind were well blend with the dal lentils and the dish itself proved that the chefs have brought the best out of their native parts of Tamil Nadu as Deepa, the Manager told me earlier. It was perfect with the veggie side dish Urulai venkaya podimas.

Urulai venkaya podimas 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

A simple dish, that tasted out of the world. Loaded with an equal amount of small onions and potato chunks, the dish was perfectly made. Absolutely less oil dish , unlike any other potato fries. I have never had a potato fry leaving the plate clean without the oil oozing out.

Curd rice topped with no-soggy bhoondi raita was so soothing for me and apart from these, the team had chatphat paneer, vegetable stew, mutton paya, live malabar paratha counter.

 Dessert Counter


Motichoor Ladoos on top & Makkan Pedas on bottom

desserrt                                                      Brownies & Pannacotta

Makkan peda 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

A famous Arcot dish Makan Peda made with Khoya. It was a rich delicious dessert loaded with nuts. I could not stop myself with just one.

Brownies 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Fudgy Chewy brownies were perfect. However I am giving it 4 out of 5 since I love the perfect brownie crust which was missing.

Parupu Payasam 🙂 🙂

Parupu payasam was on a little sweeter side and I am rating it 2 out of 5 as it did not give me a pleasing aroma and the munchy dal.

Elaneer Payasam 😦

Elaneer payasam was just okay. The coconut pieces were not tender at all. The taste could have been made much better.


The team had also showcased classic podis from various parts of TamilNadu. The spread had Thengai podi,  Karuvepillai podi, Paruppu podi, Ellu podi, prawn or shrimp podi which was totally new to me. No wonder, the curious me tried prawn podi with rice and ghee. To me, it was less spicy and not so great. It was just like any other podi rather than the mild shrimp flavour.



Here is the pickle spread – Drumstick pickle, Mix vegetable pickle, Nellikai oorugai, Manga thokku, Era oorugai.

Quite interesting ? Era oorugai was closer to our Era thokku  on the blog except for a little load of whole garlic.




My favorite was the lotus stem vathal which is on the left 🙂

Salad Counter


The Namma Saapadu buffet is priced at Rs. 1250, which is as same as their regular buffet price. Ambience and theme set up is real good and I am sure the fest would give you the most authentic tastes of Tamil Nadu and take you to the grammathu samayal and remind you of your grandma recipes for few dishes.