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Check out the Chef

Le Chef is a new restaurant in town, which specialises in north Indian and Chinese cuisine.

FOOD WITH A VIEW: Le Chef offers popular fare. - Photos: K. Ramesh Babu

VINCENT VEGA (remember John Travolta's character in Pulp Fiction?) would have been quite pleased with the name of the latest multi-cuisine restaurant, Le Chef (Alpha Business Centre, Road No 1 Banjara Hills, ph: 6680006). Brings memories of "the Big Mac is the Big Mac but in Amsterdam, they call it Le Big Mac," doesn't it?

Gayatri, the owner, however, is not a Tarantino person and chose the name to suggest professionalism. "We give the proper food and taste."

"It has always been my dream to have a restaurant," Gayatri said. After her Hotel Management she worked at Grand Kakatiya for a while before striking out on her own. The restaurant is on the fourth floor and the roof top view is mind-boggling.

"With a capacity of 40 covers inside and outside, we can also host small parties." While it is advertised as a multi-cuisine restaurant, the emphasis is on north Indian and Chinese (can't go wrong with those can we?)

"We also serve Malay and Thai cuisine as that is Chef Rikash's speciality. For starters you could try out Popia, a Malaysian spring roll or Hopak Chicken (chicken marinated in baking powder).

For the main course, the Treasure Hot Pot or Peking Roast Chicken/Lamb (a chef special) could be checked out.

Indian main courses include Methi Chaman, Jeera Aloo Dahiwala and Nilgiri Korma and interesting dals like Dal Chunki and Dal Dhyber (with eggs). Non-veggies could dig into a whole range of Murg (chicken), Jhinga (prawn) and Ghost (mutton).

The Chinese Rice Bowl has interesting options like Le Chef's Fried Rice (rice sautéed with mushroom, bean curd, vegetables and spicy sauce) and Thot Manpla Fried Rice (rice and noodles tossed with shallots, capsicum, onion and spinach cooked in shanghai sauce with chicken or sea food of choice.)

EXOTIC AMBIENCE: A must visit to taste the Orient.

In the Indian section you have the usual suspects - Jeera rice, Biryani, and some unusual suspects like Paneer Pulav and Puncharatna Pulao (something like Kashmiri Pulav). If you are a noodles person indulge in Le Chef's Fried Noodles (noodles tossed with shallots and vegetables coated with Chinese chilly sauce and flavoured with butter and garlic with chicken or seafood of choice.)

The Sea Food Salad is a speciality of the restaurant. A mixture of prawn and fish, it is a Thai speciality and ideal if you are looking for a light bite.

The desserts do not offer anything out of the ordinary -- Rasmalai, Khubani Ka Meetha, Fried ice cream and different flavours of ice cream. Continental cuisine will be introduced by and by according to Gayatri and till then you could enjoy a good, wholesome meal in an inviting ambience.


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