Food Tales – Sam’s Pizza

Decided to get some pizza love this evening. Have been hearing about Sam’s Pizza for a while now so headed right there with Nandy. I don’t have any pictures to post because of this new rule that Nandy and me have implemented. No phone, social media, photographs while eating. Whoever does it first will have to pay for dinner. Have not won even once until now. Hope to soon.

Ordered a plate of Salad from the salad bar. OD’d on the salads. Liked the soya chunky salad, kimchi, carrot and raisin salad.

Ordered the thin crust Hawaiian Pizza 9incher. Toppings were some chunks of pineapple and some chunks of paneer on a Cheese Pizza. The crust was crunchy at the edges and soft on top just the way I like it. Cheese was not up to the mark, too chewy and tasted quite bland. Pizza was way too greasy for my liking.

Service was OK. Water was served in a dirty plastic glass I asked for a replacement and it was done quickly. Had to wait for the salad bar to be refilled. Also the tables and chairs look really worn out from regular use.

They have a wall painting with the nutritional value of pizza. But no mention on what basis.

Bill came to Rs. 670. Will definitely go back for their salad bar. Will give the pizza a miss. For more info please visit : lovecustomwaterbottles.com

Kapila Dasa @ Express Avenue

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I had set very high expectations for this place especially with part of the Dasaprakash name attached to it. So I enter the restaurant and their guard gives you the biggest Salam. I mean it is huge. I was reminded of the old Parthiban joke in Pudhiya Padhai.

The restaurant is supposedly beach themed. But I realized that while wondering why all the waiters were dressed in hawaiian shirts. It was then that I looked at the place and there was a boat sticking out of the wall and all those wall posters with stuff like “What happens in the beach stays in the beach.” Wonder who comes up with such silly rip offs for a restaurant that promises fine dining.

The Dosas were brilliant it was made with ghee and I can still smell the buttery taste on my fingers after 2hours. I had a Crunchy Onion Rava Dosa which was not one of those huge ones that would leave no space in your stomach for anything else. This was followed by a Purely Butterly Mysore Masala Dosa that’s the one in the photo below.

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They put some butter on a small piece of plantain leaf and place it between the folds of the dosa. The taste and smells were heavenly. (I remember my dad saying how they used to serve something similar at Dasaprakash) The masala is served separately. I was not very happy with how the sambar tasted. The coconut chutney was of a texture and taste that I loved.

The food is a bit on the pricier side and the time it took them to serve us the dosas was also on the higher side, about 30minutes. The menu was a slight disappointment because the South Indian options they offered were few. I assumed it would be just like Dasaprakash which was a South Indian joint.  Here they serve North Indian and Continental too.

Nandini had the Corn and Spinach baked dish and she said it tasted brilliant. Not too creamy.

I overheard some people at the next table talking about how great their thali is. Will probably give it a shot the next time I am there.

They call it a Fine Dining restaurant. But I would not put it in that category. The waiters are not confident when they ask you something and there is a teeny weeny bit of sloppiness when they serve. I am sure Kapila Dasa can fix these minor issues.

Note: Ask for a place with a view and you would get a view of the traffic on General Patters Road.

Donut House, Egmore

Donuts – Have ever wondered what the holes are for? Well if you have not figured that out you should definitely visit Donut House not because they promise to answer that question but simply because you will forget the question in the first place.

 

Well let’s start from the beginning.

 

Eye Pleasers:  Each donut is an eye pleaser. (Take a look at the Alien I looked at it for a long time before I could put my heart into cutting it.) If you are a shape and colour junkie like me you will keep staring at those donuts longingly.
The Donuts: The donuts are light by themselves. Though some of them felt chewy and some just melted in the mouth. (People look for consistency in the food they eat I don’t. Not everything can taste and smell the same all the time. If it does then it gets boring.)

 

Most of the donuts are the basic chocolates and fruit flavours butI felt like a school boy in a toffee shop, undecided what to choose. Simply because of the choices that they presented me with Windows and doors Hamilton. But choose I did.

 

So which donuts were my favourites?
The Italian Spices Donut with cheese filling topped with Cheese and herbs and Nice and warm with a cheesy filling which just melts in your mouth. This is a must try.

The Alien oozes chocolate into your mouth from the first bite. There is so much chocolate that it will overwhelm your taste buds.

 

These two were clearly my favourites. Not just for the taste but also the way they seduced my visual senses.

There were a couple more donuts that appealed to me. The custard filled Donut and the Coffee Almond roasted Donut.

  

So what else do you get here? Yeah I know some of you are just not satisfied with only donuts and want something more. So here you go.

Porridge, Pancakes, Sandwiches, Coffees, Teas, Shakes and Spiritzers.

  

So if these don’t appeal to you and if donuts are well… errrr not your piece of donut; you should go visit this place simply for see the way donuts are being made and hang out with friends.

You would be surprised to see Bhuvanesh the owner overlooking the making of the donuts. A very unassuming fellow who will listen to your feedback and tell you what donuts are supposed to look and taste like.

Donut House has some Introductory Offers.

1. Buy 5 donuts and get the 6th one absolutely free.                                                                2. Buy 12 donuts and they will accept money only for 9.                                                              They also accept online orders HERE

Met a few more like minded bloggers. Here is a take on Donut House by The Cynical Oxymoron and here is what Sandeep Varma has to say.

Update: Also do check out this review by The Harried Cook                                              and this one by Karthik Ganapathi

This review was organized by the Chennai Food Guide.

Donut House, G1, 53, Wellingdon Estates, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai 600008                  Phone: +91 44 42656426