Monday, July 28, 2008

Ente Keralam, Alwarpet, Chennai

They serve a good payasam. Well, you can make that home, if you are a mallu. But if you are not, and you crave for it, this is a place to go. Also carry your mastercard, cause the bill falls in the priceless category.
Expensive. That is only because i am a mallu. I eat this or similar food everyday. And there are other places in the city - kalpaka, kumarakkom, tharvad, etc, that provide the similar fare for a better price. I guess the dining experience and silver ware makes the difference. And by far, this lives up to the other restaurants, from the same management. But also like his other restaurants, it falls short of excellence. Its good imitation, it does give a run for the original cuisine, but you know a few things here and there could make a difference.

I remember the appam and stew (or ishtu), the fish fry and the payasam. But then again, nothing was monumental to think about returning soon. It would be nice for a grand occasion, where you need a nice ambiance and are willing to spend the money.

Talking about the payasam, the Aiyappan temple in mahalingapuram can serve an equally good payasam (off course it is the prasad from an offering to the god, but hey its good food too).

Sparky's, Spur Tank Rd, Chetput, Chennai

Their tagline or slogan reads 'never trust a skinny chef'.... well apparently the fat guy chef has suddenly lost a lot of weight.
I cant but be amused at the sudden change of quality and service at the place. Dont get me wrong, they are not bad. It is a good place. The people are friendly. However, the service and food from my first visit to the fourth had changed.

As far as the food and menu is concerned, you wont make a mistake. The restaurant gives you a pleasant experience of a standard american diner. Ofcourse without the bottomless coffee or soda. Well, to expect that in India, is some way off.

They have a buffet on friday evening, which gives you a good value for money (not to be compared with typical indian buffet) and also provides an opportunity to taste different dishes.

They are very children friendly and allow the kids make a big noise without getting irritated. It does create a good and pleasant atmosphere. The decor (kind of similar to TGIF etc), gives you a nice perception of America. To expats, there are things that they can associate to, and i guess feel at home, no matter where you are from in the US.