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Lemon Grass had its time in the sun. The restaurant that once lived at Raintree on St Mary’s Road was closed in March and six months later, Chap Chay — pronounced Chap Chai — meaning mixed vegetables, was born. The old-new and freshly refurbished restaurant offers Asian cuisine and boasts of Chennai’s first do-it-yourself stir fry station. You could opt to feel like professional chefs as you mix the goodness of fresh veggies with noodles and sauces just the way they should be, or you could go the conventional way and eat what the extensive menu offers.

Décor: 4

If I was given one word to describe the decor at Chap Chay, it would be ‘classy’. It is contemporary, minimalist and thematically Asian. Its warm interiors are well lit and welcoming, with food colour, red, dominating the colour scheme. Hand-painted and heavy custom-made cutlery complements the earthy brown stone wear created especially for Chap Chay. Black and red, including in the uniforms, make the whole atmosphere vibrant, lively and inviting. On both ends, the walls have tiny, individually lit alcoves holding fascinating decoration pieces.

Food: 3.5

Settling down to eat, I opted for the à la carte menu. I was quickly floored with the starter — prawn suimai, an open steamed dumpling. For vegetarians, the chef has crumbed corn mousse cake, and tiny, perfectly steamed dim sums with spinach and corn stuffing.

During my meal, I learnt that anything crumb fried is called ‘katsu’ in Japanese and I dug into my squid katsu. For the calorie-conscious, the steamed Hainan chicken is an absolute infusion of flavours with its wolf berry and dried lily flowers. Speaking of flowers reminds me of the bloom tea that comes free with every meal. Served in a glass kettle, it has a bunched up, dried flower, over which hot water is poured and the ‘bloom’ literally opens up.

Discreetly, the chef appears and gently suggests that a Thai vegetarian green curry would be perfect for my baked jasmine rice, or I could opt for the sesame soya, which was a little different. I try both, and am completely floored, with the dessert space in my stomach waiting to be filled. The five spiced chocolate mousse cake and fried ice cream are winners, while green tea tiramisu is an Asian take on the original.

PLUS & MINUS

Space wise, and food wise, Chap Chay wins hands down.

Updated about 13hrs ago

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You could bowl while you wait for your food. Or even play a few video games. But beware. Someone else may grab your table. For Blur Café at Sathyam Cinemas is always crowded. Even at half-past-three in the afternoon. It is a place where the young and younger gather together with the idea of some fun on the run. Sometimes the food is oily. But what's a little oil that cannot be dabbed off with a tissue? Hot favourites here are the pastas, Fish and Chips, Wood Fired Pizzas: basically snacky food. Desserts are dominated by the Silk Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Crumble and Warm Dark Chocolate Truffle. All must haves since chocolate is about to go extinct, according to experts.

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