Friday, August 21, 2009

Chicken sandwiches anyone?

Tell me which is the first place that comes to your mind when you think of chicken sandwiches. Or let me put it this way - Which places would you go to if you want to have a decent chicken sandwich at different times in your day? I have not been able to find out the right answer to this yet, but some of the places below definitely spring to my mind.

What is it about chicken mayo sandwiches and cold coffee at Marzorin? I guess some childhood memories of pigging out on the same on many an evening. The same quality and taste has been maintained over the years by Marzorin. Simply done with mayo and chicken, and yet very delighful. Perfect for a warm summer evening. So whenever you are next in Camp, do stop for a moment and sample these for sure.

Have you had the grilled cheesy chicken sandwiches at Mocha? Please do! Warm and tasty to the core. At Mocha - you get them in various forms; as paninis or as croque monsieur. But man, they make my mouth water whenever I think of them. Totally different from the Marzorin ones, paninis have some other fillings along with chicken and are toasted. The herbed chicken panini is a good one to have. Hot grilled, with melted cheese and chicken are the croque monsieurs. Ideal to have on a cold rainy day with some hot coffee.

I recently had a chicken sandwich at Burger King, yes the same one on East Street and just before ABC Farms. Not too bad I would say. Three layered and stuffed with chicken and cheese and toasted is their style. With fried potato chips. Reasonably priced and very filling. If you want to have a quick bite for lunch, then the chicken and cheese sandwich at Burger King will definitely serve the purpose.

I have been hearing about a particularly buttery and warm chicken sandwich being served at a popular "quarter joint" in the Deccan area. Surprised?? If you are, then you dont know Swagat.
For every food item served there is really good. They just dont serve bad dishes! I have not yet had the opportunity to try it out, but I am assured of the quality of their chicken sandwich. Though I was not aware that a chicken sandwich can go so well with a peg of rum or beer, till I tried one myself at Apache. Small toasted finger sandwiches with coleslaw. Perfect to wash down with a pint.

Then there are the popular coffee joints, the Cafe Coffee Days and the Baristas. They also are quite adept in making a chicken sandwich. Maybe a chic tikka sandwich or the smoked chicken one. Again, just the right amount of chicken and soft bread. A little pricey maybe, but then the mood is also different. Have it with either a hot or cold coffee or a juice. Goes well with everything and gives you that satisfying feeling.

So there you have it. Chicken sandwiches for every occasion. Of course, there would be many more places that serve good ones (do tell me if you know), but for starters, go ahead and explore the ones above.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chinese food in VimanNagar??

If you are ever in VimanNagar hunting for a decent place for lunch, do check out a nondescript eatery called Chang's.
Its Chinese of course!! If you are to summarize the place, its a very cozy and value for money joint with quick service and good food. We have been to Chang's quite often on our Friday office lunches and never once has the place disappointed.

Its a small air-conditioned eatery with an inviting glass facade and half shaded by trees. Not many folks seem to have discovered this place since you will always find it half empty. But believe me, the food is definitely something to look forward to. The soups and chicken dumplings are wonderfully made and the stewed rice and Peking chicken have always been upto the mark. To get an idea of the rates, a meal for 4 will cost about Rs.800. So if you are searching for a neighbourhood Chinese restaurant in VimanNagar, you have found one now!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Barbeque Nation: Review

Let me start my blogging journey by sharing my dining experience at one of my favourite buffet places -
Barbeque Nation! Located on Nagar Road, Barbeque Nation provides the gourmand with a mind-numbing variety of items in their buffets.

My recent visit to Barbeque Nation was on Saturday night and as usual, the place was packed to the brim. Inspite of reserving a table, we had to wait for a good half hour to get a place. However, the wait was worth it and soon we were digging into the juicy kebabs and the dazzling array of starters. If you have not been to Barbeque Nation before, then the appetizer course itself will be an experience. To ensure that the starters remain hot and tempting, they are skewered and a grill is placed on each table. Care is taken to ensure that the veg and non-veg skewers are kept apart from each other. There were 5 veg and 5 non-veg starters (grilled prawns, fish tandoor, lamb kebabs and some chicken ones). And trust me, it was difficult to say which was the best, all were very very tasty and made to perfection. Did not sample all the veg ones, but the couple of ones I tasted were really good.

A new and welcome addition to their dinner buffets is the presence of a live sea-food and pasta counter. And for me that was the highlight of the buffet. You can get the chef to whip up whatever style of seafood dish you want - crabs in butter garlic sauce, grilled rawas, prawns pasta, mussels in white sauce were some of the ones we had.

After you push down the little flag on the table to signal that you are done with the starters, its time to move on to the main course... that is, if you have any appetite left. All I could do was just glance at all the courses available. The usual chicken, mutton, fish, paneer, dal etc dishes which do not look very appetizing after the starters. So I just skipped the main course and moved onto the desserts. The dessert selection is also not as tempting, however I could not say no to angoori gulab jamun with vanilla ice-cream. It was superb and a perfect way to end the meal. There were some small pastries and an apple pie as well, but if you have to go for one dessert, that was the one.

All in all, a very nice experience; provided you get a table on time. The ambience is very comfortable and there is a wood and glass theme in the place, which is quite pleasing. The dinner buffet is priced at Rs.510/- (including taxes), which may be a little steep and the service is a little clumsy at times. However, if you want to sample some really nice grilled non-veg starters, then this is the place to go.