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Just chill out!

Chinese fried rice shares table space with Italian burger at Chill Out


THIS WEEK, let's look at a multi-cuisine restaurant that is within the reach of the `middle earth' (Tolkein's imaginary land and inhabitants are vulnerable, aren't they?). Chill Out on the Nelson Manickam Road (ph: 23746949) treads the middle path; the Chinese-Indian meal section shares space with the burger and sandwich selection. It is difficult to feel one's way through when the choice is wide. When lost, ask for help, and help, we did get.

Since the Chinese was recommended, we ordered chopsuey (Rs.50) and Chill Out special fried rice (Rs.60). The second one is the stuff for bargain lovers and scores over the wan, lifeless chopsuey. The rice comes with chicken pieces and is topped with a fried egg. It is a virtual meal in a single dish. The management has taken the public interest announcements that thorough cooking kills the bird flu germs very seriously. They have fried the life out of germs and unfortunately, the bird too. Still it is value for money.

Another specialty item is the Hyderabadi biriyani. For Rs.60, the mutton biriyani would have been a steal had the meat been a little softer. The rest of the factors — rice done to perfection, fragrance, and spices handled with restraint — that make a good biriyani are all there.

On the burger front, the Italian special one (Rs.60 for non-veg) was tasty, but one has had better ones at the same price. Then there is the Italian connection. It looked and tasted like a standard burger. I am still figuring out the mystery.

The Chill Out club sandwich (Rs. 55 for veg) is a better bet. It is ample and tasty. No dessert is listed on the menu. But ice creams are available.

Chill Out has another attraction. There is a small play station attached to the restaurant where you can pulverize your enemies in Mortal Combat and hunt for Agent Smith in Matrix.

MARIEN MATHEW

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