had told you that you could dine under the stars, enjoy a Tagine, you might
have looked at them as if they were speaking a foreign language. Well, it is
possible. All you need to do is head over to Taj Club House and go straight to
the rooftop restaurant- Kefi. You will see what we are talking about….
both an outdoor and indoor seating area, and if you are lucky and if the
weather is good, you could enjoy a glass
of wine with the cool breeze keeping you company. Else, you could sit inside in
the air conditioned area and dine in style.
was sudden silence. The waiters brought out trays with small dishes that had
smoke floating everywhere. We were all curious and like little children sat
there zapped and in wonder. These were palate cleansers- lemon sorbet. Once
again, this is used to not only give the palate a break from the familiar
flavours, but also to buy time for the chef to prepare the main dishes. It was
delightful, so refreshing.
main dishes, the vegetarians were served the Aushak [pronounced similar to “Oh shuck”],Homemade leek ravioli sautéed mushroom and fennel. It was so light and creamy. Loved it. For the meat eaters, they had a Pollo al chilindrón (Corn fed chicken with sweet paprika, red pepper, tomato), which they devoured with delight.
Ever since I moved to a place of my own, it has been fun in all ways. I enjoy cooking for Me. I have the freedom to make anything I feel like. There are days when I eat cornflakes with fruits, and other days I make roti with a veggie side, or like today I make Bread upma and just add anything my eyes fall on. Here is what I made today,
7 grain Bread [multi grain]- 3 slices
Ginger garlic paste- 1tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/4tsp
Oil – 1tsp
Salt- to taste
Garam Masala powder- 1/2 tsp
In a pan, add oil, onions, ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute and then add tomatoes once the onions go golden,. Now add salt and garam masala powder and saute well.
In a flat pan, toast the bread slices without any oil/ghee and once they are done, cut them up into small pieces and keep them aside
Add the bread pieces to the masala and toss well.
Break an egg and add to the mixture and scramble the same within the mix.
came to my mind when I heard of the pure vegetarian restaurant called Peaches.
But then, it was in the other end of the city, Velachery. Well, yes I do know
it is not the other end, but for someone living in Chetpet, making the commute
it sure feels like another corner of the city. However, now that I have moved
to somewhere midpoint, it does not seem too far. And so, I braved the traffic
and made the trip to Peaches that evening. I contemplated bailing out using the
excuse of “I just got back to town today morning, am exhausted” but then
decided to just go for it. By the time I
reached, most of the others were already there. After a round of introductions,
Hi hello to familiar faces we all settled into the tables set aside for us.
Kaushik gave a brief intro to the place, the cuisine and also told us of the Burrito challenge they were rolling out. The challenge was to plough through a 2kg burrito within 30 minutes. A few brave souls took the plunge, but none were able to complete it, but then came the Man who was done within 18mins and set a new record. Anyways, I digress. Coming back to the evening, we were in for a lavish feast, what else would you call a meal comprising of 22 dishes. Yes, you read it right. There was a soup, couple of starters, few Indian main dishes, and few from other cuisines and then the desserts. Phew. Just listening to him rattle out the list was exhausting.
some took charge of the Burrito and attempted to eat it, while others cheered
them on. And then, we were beckoned back to the table for the Indian mains. We
had an array of Indian breads, of which the methi and black olive stood out.
The Bharwani Mirchi Kolhapuri was interesting, hot chilli with sweet paneer
stuffing, but then came the Bhindi khadi that swept us away. It was just
amazing, perfect with plain rice. We tried the kofta Biryani and Ambur Soya
[veg] Biryani with the Dabeliwali Daal and Paneer tikka masala. These dishes are good, but I was busy licking
the khadi off the spoon. J
and Enchilladas. However, I had a long night ahead and so had to leave. I
missed these and the desserts, especially the Nuttella Wontons which I heard
were quite good. Oh, well, always an excuse to come back for a visit, right?
can walk in, and be assured there is something for everyone. Situated above
Andhra Bank, it is about 1 km from Phoenix Market City, Velachery on the left
Ph- 044 4201 9454
The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember that restaurants and eat outs sometimes change with time, so does their food and service. So, kindly consider these factors while visiting the places. Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit 🙂