Posts Tagged ‘Restaurant’

Dewberry’s Restaurant in Chennai – Restaurant Review

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Went to Dewberry’s restaurant in Mylapore, Chennai last night and it was a pleasant experience.

Dewberry’s is located off Radhakrishnan Salai, opposite Kalyani Nursing Home. Dewberry’s looks like a home converted into a restaurant (and they also have a boutique in the same section). You can prefer to get seated inside or outside, we chose to sit inside, knowing that the Chennai mosquitos are trained to carry people away.

We liked the list of items in the menu (and I wanted to get each one of them)!


Chipotle – Restaurant Review – Why I love Chipotle

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Chipotle is a Mexican fast food joint present in many locations across the US. I am a big fan of Chipotle, but for a long time it never came to my mind that I should write about my experience and love for it.

Chipotle is a very ordinary mexican chain, which might not impress many. For some reason, I am in love with the food I eat at Chipotle as they have been in consistent in making me feel satisfied after every meal I eat there.

Every time I go there, I see a queue of at least 20 people ahead of me. I always order either the vegetarian bowl or the vegetarian wrap and I have my standard set of items that go in it:


Silk Road Restaurant Review

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Silk Road is one of my favourite restaurants in New Jersey. Silk Road is owned by a Afghan family, settled in the US and offers authentic Afghani cuisine. I have been a regular visitor to this restaurant for over six years now and have tried every single one of their vegetarian varieties.

Happened to go to Silk Road again this month and thought it is time I write a review about my experiences with Silk Road so far. We went there for dinner and I was surprised to see the capacity of the restaurant has been doubled. Then realized they have added the neighbouring shop and now it looks much more spacious than before. In addition, they have rearranged the furniture and quite a few things, to make it look much more spacious now. I like this setup better than the old one.

As always, we were welcomed by the ever smiling members of the family, who run the restaurant.


Mithaas – Restaurant Review

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Went to Mithaas last weekend before going for a movie and had a mixed experience there.

Mithaas is a part of the group that owns a chain of good restaurants such as Mughal (it is quite famous in New Jersey) and Ming (the Indo-Chinese speciality one). Mithaas was opened a few years back as a place where you can grab snacks, sweets related items, or have a quick bite, when you do not have a lot of time to wait and dine.

It was around lunch time and so I decided to order the Mithaas Special Thali. Mithaas Special thaali consists of with two rotis and a set of three side dishes. When we went it was dal makhani, baingan curry and one more item.

I have to say, I loved every single item in this dish and was quite impressed with the presentation too.

They also provide Raita and Cucumber as side dishes. Initially I thought I could mix raita with rice, but later I realized that it was not the right combination.

The only drawback with this restaurant is the quality of the service. I got a feeling that the staff there just did not care about the customers.

Initially, I realized they made us buy our own water. This is the only restaurant in the world that I am aware of that does not have any water served to the customers. Also, when they did not have change, they made it our headache to go back and ask them for the change if we wanted it. It would have been a wonderful gesture, if they offered to provide the change at the table, as soon as they got some change. They missed a golden opportunity to show that the class of their customer service can also match the taste of the food they prepare.



Paradise Restaurant in Plainsboro – Restaurant Review

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Last weekend was ‘Paradise Briyani’ weekend for me. I have now been to the one on Oak Tree Road, Route 27 and Plainsboro in New Jersey.

I have never been to the Plainsboro one before and was excited to go there on Saturday for lunch – given the fact that I had dinner at Paradise on Route 27, this should give you an idea of how much I love that place.

The name board at the place made me get a bit cautious. It was broken and appeared to be less cared about.

The Plainsboro Paradise Briyani restaurant has a lunch buffet and I was ready to try out this new one. The restaurant was quite empty at 1pm, when I was expecting it to be full – based on my earlier experiences in the other two branches.

Bombay Restaurant Review

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Since I have to be in New York downtown area for the next four days, I tried venturing out this afternoon to locate an Indian restaurant where I can have my lunch and also write a review on.

I found Bombay, a restaurant that was off Broad Street and it has a good outside view which prompted me to try it out right away.

I went in and realized it was a sort of ‘self-service’ – similar to Subway or McDonalds. I noticed quite a few good items in the menu board and so decided to try the Vegetarian Bowl that comes with two vegetarian dishes and fried rice. It reminded me of the Chipotle Bowl which is also one of my favourites.

I got the Mixed Vegetable Curry along with my all time favourite Okra Masala.

The mixed vegetable curry was a bit spicy, but definitely tasty. I enjoyed eating it, may be because it also had a tinge of sweetness with it (may be because of the tomato base).

Okra Masala was perfectly as how would want it to be. I found it to be a perfect combination with my fried rice and mixed vegetable curry.

I also happened to notice the good old Thums Up and Limca bottles, though they appeared to be slightly bigger than the last time I saw them.

The ambience at Bombay restaurant is really good and I think I like this place a lot. This is an ideal restaurant for quickly going in for a tasty grab of Indian food, getting it in no time, eating it right away and getting out of there.

Overall it was a very nice experience and I recommend you to try it out if you are near the Wall St. area of New York anytime.

Myilai Masala – Restaurant Review

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

As we spent almost the entire day in Princeton area in New Jersey, we went to Myilai Masala for dinner. Myilai Masala is a branch of Myilai Masala in Mylapore in Chennai, where it is in existence for around five years now. Though I have not been to the one in Mylapore, as my friends wanted us to try it out and see how it is.

Myilai Masala is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant and is located in a mall, just off the Sloan Avenue exit on 295. You can also come to this place from Quakerbridge Mall as it is at the intersection of Sloan Avenue and Quakerbridge Road. There is lot of parking space in the mall. Once inside the restaurant, I liked the way in which the tables were spaciously arranged and also the way it gave a sense of privacy. As they say first impression matters a lot and I was impressed. Their menu card also talks about Myilai Masala’s origin in Mylapore in Chennai, Chennai’s culture, etc.

Since I was very hungry I asked them to bring anything that they can bring immediately.


Desi Food Galaxy – Restaurant Review

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

We went to Desi Food Galaxy on Route 27 in NJ on Sunday afternoon. The experience was one of its kind.

Desi Food Galaxy is like a food court. For those who have seen food courts in the US, here is a view of Desi Food Galaxy for you. Imagine the typical food court in the US, then imagine a smaller version of imagine a much smaller version of imagine a micro version of it – but do not reduce the number of restaurants available there – that is Desi Food Galaxy. They have seven restaurants on one side and three or four on the other, with a fruit stall in the middle. No one can maximize the space used more than what Desi Food Galaxy has done. I wonder what the food authorities will have to say on this when they see it!!

In any case, three of us went and got our food from six different sections:


Utsav Restaurant in NY – Restaurant Review

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Utsav is a restaurant on Avenue of Americas in New York, between the 46th and 47th Street. It is very well known for its fine Indian dining.

We went to Utsav a few months back for a Baby Shower and felt I should write about it. I have been to Utsav two years back and have actually liked their food in the past. Was quite surprised to find that they have maintained the same taste even now.

I tasted many vegetable dishes during that function. Some of the appetizers are Samosa, Bhel Puri and Paani Puri.

All of them were very tasty and I enjoyed eating it.

For the main course, I had Navratna Korma, Channa Masala and Bhindi Ki Sabzi.

Their Peshwari Naan and Safron Pulav were very nice additions to the above items and it was a wonderful experience.

Overall, I would recommend Utsav to anyone visiting New York and wishing to have a good experience eating Indian food.

Penang – Restaurant Review

Monday, September 6th, 2010

We went to Point Pleasant beach yesterday after a long gap and on our way back decided to go to Penang Malaysian restaurant for dinner.

Penang is a nice restaurant on Old Post Road, to which I have been to once a year, almost every year. I was very happy to visit this restaurant again as their Roti Canai and Roti Telur always remind me of the Indian Parota Kurma and the Egg Parota.

My appetizer order included the Roti Canai and Roti Telur, which I can always eat – any number of times – this is what happens when you go to too many flood light cricket and badminton matches when you are young and eat on the road side almost every night in different places in India 🙂 . These two dishes remind me always of those memorable days of my life in Chennai.

I also tried the vegetable spring rolls which did have a slightly unknown taste. Did not like it that much.

I ordered something called Kari Sayur, which was described as mixed vegetable served in a clay pot with spicy curry broth. Though I did not see the clay pot,