Saturday, April 11, 2009

Underworld: Oops.. the fall of the Lycans

Just a quick bit of info. If you've noticed Underworld: Rise of the Lycans at a cinema near you, you can safely let it pass.
Complete BS! No more words..

Thursday, April 9, 2009

SP Grand Days

After getting disappointed at the Taj Residency, I paid a visit to the new SP Grand Days hotel at Panavila Junction (near Bakery jn.). This time, I had my parents with me, both vegetarians!

I'm told that the hotel has been operating for about 2 months now. I must say I was really impressed by the ambience and the service. The restaurant on the 2nd floor was not too roomy, but very well set up. The ambience and the feel was just great.
I believe they are not yet up to full steam, since the menu card was a bunch of A4 printouts, stapled together. After confirming that there were ample choices for vegetarians in the buffet menu, we took the plunge.

To cut the review short, it was Awesome!!. The food was great, but only 5 dishes in the non-veg menu. Unlike the Taj, the veg side had even more variety and the dishes were absolutely great. If you go there, don't miss out on the 'grilled fish', it's quite good.

There were plenty of salads (both veg and non-veg), and the desserts too. But somehow, I found the desserts to be not up to the mark.

When they gave me the bill, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had billed the veg buffet separately at Rs.200 (the non-veg was Rs.350). Nowhere have I seen this, anyway, money saver, didn't mind :-)
The manager tells me that they are planning a Malabari Food Festival 11th of April onwards.

I hope this restaurant stays great (unlike the tragic Classic Avenue, which turned evil - to Thai and bland cuisine). So, give SP a visit. Highly recommended.

Update (7 May, 2009) Paid a visit again to SP. Good news.. They have not turned evil. The food and ambience is still great.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Taj Disappointment

The Taj Residency has been operating in Vazhuthacaud for quite some time now. A friend of ours had received gift coupons worth Rs. 3000, redeemable at any Taj hotel in India. Thanks to his employment in Canada (and his wife, another friend of ours, being a ghaas-phoos), he handed over the coupons to us, the friendly neighbourhood gourmands!

All this happened a good 10 months back, and the coupons would expire in a couple of days. So we decided to act quickly and decided to give the Taj Residency (rather than Taj Green Cove Resort in Kovalam) the privilage of serving us.

We were three - Kurian, Machi and me. Kurian, being in his Easter season, and Machi being a (Egg)Pattar were vegetarians.

The Taj
We had high expectations of the Taj ambience. The main hall was good, but not brilliant. The restaurant was a bit crammed with lots of noise - people chattering all around. Not what we expected from the Taj! We had the choice of buffet or à la carte, and being a true gourmand I convinced the two to opt for buffet (poor things.. only if they knew what was in store for them.. he he..)

The salads were okay and had enough choice. The non-veg dishes were also plenty, but nothing too tasty. Only a couple were good, the rest were so-so and some even bad.
But nothing could prepare the poor veggies for what awaited them.. The 'soup' they had was our very own 'rasam'. And the main course, you ask? Champa rice and Pulissery! That's it..
They had come to The Taj to have rice and pulissery!
There were no noodles/pulav/fried rice/spagetti.. only Appam, Roti and some other bread..

Fortunately, the desserts were pretty good and had lots of variety.

In the end, the bill came to Rs. 2200. That's about Rs.730 per person, and lots of disappointment. What has the world come to? ;-)

In case you are looking for a good place to have a buffet dinner, I'd strongly recommend Hotel Horizon (only on friday, saturday and sunday) and the Residency Tower (Statue).

Now, the next destination is Muthoot Plaza!