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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Entree, Express Avenue once again...

There are very few restaurants that I go to more than once, and this is one of them. I am talking about Entrée in Express Avenue, in the E Hotel.  We were back there for a nice lunch on a beautiful Sunday. The 4 of us got a table near the entrance, far away from the big family that was celebrating a special occasion or just getting together for lunch. Even though this meant the walk to the Buffet spread was longer, it gave us a space that was quiet and secluded.

Since the Chinese New Year had just gone by, they had included a few Oriental dishes in their menu. Priced at Rs525+ tax, this buffet is quite the value for money. During my past few visits, I have always made a beeline towards the Thai curry and noodles which stands out among their dishes. Today, I was staring at dishes that were new and looked interesting. Even though the list of vegetables that are used in vegetarian dishes is limited, it is good to see the variety on offer.

The meal began with a light Chinese soup, which had a lot of greens and few slivers of vegetables. Soon after, we saw a plate of baby corn fritters arrive served with a chilli garlic sauce, which was quite good. Moving on, we wandered around the buffet, picking up a spoonful of ratatouille, a veg risotto, vegetables cooked teppan style, burnt garlic noodles with bean curd Chinese veg gravy. There was also the delicious vegetable augratin, which had plenty of broccoli, apart from other vegetables. The buffet also had a range of salads, mushroom pulao, plain rice and curd rice which was served alongside pickles and mor mulagai vathal [dried chilli crispies]. Just when we were thinking of checking out the desserts, we were served a portion of Pasta- Fusili cooked in creamy cheese sauce that was lip smackingly good and paneer quesadilla of sorts [forgot the name] but it was quite good as well.

The assortment of desserts in the buffet included a cake, a pista based sweet and 3 different flavours of ice cream. Once again, we were privy to a few interesting desserts- chocolate made 3 different ways- one was orange flavoured chocolate, another dark chocolate and one more was chocolate with a nutty flavour. There was one more which was a variation of the walnut tart. The highlight for me was the baked yoghurt which was served with a few slices of strawberry, melon and kiwi.

This restaurant is ideal for those who are in the mall and looking for a standalone restaurant serving up vegetarian fare.  Oh and the menu keeps changing, so go for it and let me know what you thought of the place! :D 

The E Hotel also has 3 banquet halls upstairs, and rooms across categories- the normal double occupancy and the suit [which connects to a regular room]. The other interesting feature here is the Pub that is nearly ready, Elixir, which hopefully should launch by March.

It was a good lunch, as always!! And I knew I would be back here once again for a meal…

E Hotel, Ground Floor, Express Avenue Mall, Whites Road, 
Royapettah, Chennai
Ph-   044 28463333

The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember that restaurants and eat outs sometimes change with time, so does their food and service. So, kindly consider these factors while visiting the places. Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit  :-)

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