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A staple fare

THE CHEFS is a tiny joint next to the Landmark bookstore at Spencer Plaza. The menu written on a white board is very basic. There are pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and the great Indian staples, biriyani, noodles and chilli chicken. Of the sandwiches (Rs.35 for both), the tuna was tasty. The chicken one was salty. The vegetable burger (Rs 30) was average.

By the time I reached, they had run out of pizzas. Chicken noodles (Rs. 40) and chilli chicken (Rs. 40) were the pick of the lot. Biriyani (Rs. 40), chicken again, left much to be desired. Also available were vegetarian and non-veg thalis.

Delicious surprises

The Ispahani complex on Nungambakkam High Road doesn't qualify as a mall.

But there is a delightful little shop at the corner that holds some delicious surprises. Walking into the Sweet Chariot Café, I knew how Hansel and Gretel must have felt when they saw the witch's candy house.

There were flans, quiches, stuffed croissants, rolls and the ubiquitous burgers and pizzas. I chose paneer flan (Rs. 15 per piece), chicken quiche (Rs. 25), a small chicken onion pie (Rs. 8), pizza roll (Rs.12) and a spinach croissant (Rs. 20).

Of the lot, the chicken onion pie was the best. The pastry of the flan and quiche wasn't up to the mark though the fillings were neat. The rolls were nice.

Moving on to the sweets, it was the mousse cakes and the yoghurt that stole the show. The first bite into that creamy passion fruit mousse cake (Rs.30) and I was hooked. The low calorie flavoured yoghurts were lovely.

Again, the tart pastry was unsatisfactory.

Why stuff sponge cake to make volume in the caramel tart (Rs. 15)?

The chocolate mousse cup (Rs. 20) was truly a cup of joy for the chocoholics.

So was the chocolate rum truffle (Rs. 10).

MARIEN MATHEW

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