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Cosy ambience

It's a toss between Chinese and Indian fare at Snazee on Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kotturpuram.

THERE IS literally more to Snazee on the Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kotturpuram, than meets the eye. Tucked away between a snack bar and other shops, it is easy to miss the eating joint altogether. There is nothing distinctive on the façade to make it stand out. But step in and there is quite a dramatic scene change. Inside, it's bright and cosy.

Snazee is yet another multi-cuisine affair, but now serves only Indian and Chinese cuisine. Though Continental dishes are listed on the menu, these are not available. The menu is like one of those paperback thrillers which one picks up from the airport or railway station. The chief attractions are the feel good effect and easy reading with little or no taxing of mind. On recommendation, we chose Chinese fare over the Indian. All the familiar names were listed... hot garlic sauce, Manchurian, sweet corn soup, golden fries, the works. One can go down this road with eyes closed. Yet each trip is different.

At Snazee, the starting point was with golden fried babycorn (Rs.50). Not a bad beginning at all. The batter fry was quite tasty. Chicken mushroom soup (Rs.30) that came after the fry too didn't disappoint.

The high point of the evening was okra pepper salt (Rs.50). It was a change from the mushroom and prawn kind commonly found. Besides the novelty aspect, it was yummy, packing quite a peppery wallop.

Ginger chicken (Rs.65) for once was not plumped up with batter and did taste of ginger. But it was sad to see six or seven miniscule pieces of chicken floating around in a bowl of gravy. The portions were small. There is certainly room for generosity here.

The story of the lamb with bell pepper (Rs.75) was no different-enjoyable but too little to go around.

Carrot halwa (Rs.30) and chocolate ice cream (Rs.40) were the final sweet notes. Snazee (phone no: 4475172) is in the comfortable, familiar zone where the road is straight, no curves or bends in sight.

MARIEN MATHEW

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