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Scrumptious spread

The prawns were yummy and the chocolate dessert simply irresistible at Tangerine, the restaurant on Murray's Gate Road, Alwarpet.

TANGERINE, WHICH is on the lines of Bay Leaf and Sage and Onion, is evocative. It reminds one of dappled sunlight, fragrance of ripened fruit and rustling leaves in orange groves.

The restaurant on the Murray's Gate Road, Alwarpet (ph: 4355834) is brightly lit, though the rest of the décor is mostly functional. `Sizzlers and more' says the board. For that dash of drama, there is only flambé with its blue flames that beats the sizzlers. Leave aside the hot plate and melted butter and gravy, which causes the sound and visual effects, it is same as any Continental fare.

We started with a mocktail Tangerine special (Rs. 85). The citrus drink was tasty, though the ice-cream on top wreaks havoc on one's appetite.

Prawns with lemon garlic butter (Rs. 95) was the first dish of the evening. A yummy must-try item. Chicken spicy and coriander soup (Rs. 50) that followed was also tasty, in spite of the slightly gelatinous texture.

Among the main courses my vote goes for the vegetables stir-fried (Rs. 85). Simple, vegetables were tossed in olive oil and seasoned with basil — a very satisfactory dish. The red and yellow bell peppers, broccoli and mushrooms were there to justify the price.

Mixed grill (Rs. 150), a combination of sausages, chicken meat and liver and beef too was tasty. The meats were done just right and the sausages were particularly easy to eat. Chicken steak Caesare — chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and asparagus — was a tough act. The overdone stringy meat killed the rather nice wine walnut sauce too.

Another interesting feature of the restaurant is that there is no complimentary bread basket or even the customary rolls that come with the main course. A plate of garlic toast with four slices comes at Rs. 30.

The desserts are more generous with the portions. The Death By Chocolate (Rs. 60) is dramatic. It is chocolate, more chocolate and still more chocolate, creamy chocolate filling liberally laced with liquor held together as a chocolate wrap doused in chocolate sauce.

Since Tangerine has only chocolate desserts that day, the next choice was brownies with ice-cream. Here, too there was chocolate sauce. And it did save the over-baked, dry brownie.

MARIEN MATHEW

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