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Of course, Haagen-Dazs is famous throughout the world. Everybody knows the brand that had modest yet noticeable beginnings in New York. Back in the beginning, it had three flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee. Then, the brand was sold to The Pillsbury Company. New tastes and textures were added, enhancing the offerings, without compromising on quality.

I set out, yet again, to have some nice ice creams, and soak in its ambiance on a quiet day.

Décor

An ice cream place is an ice cream place, one would imagine, where the counter is king. Haagen-Dazs is no different. Here too, large curved counters dominate, only in a much fancier way. They sits proud and tall, displaying all the colourful treats including cups and cones in different shapes and sizes.

Cozy seating, dark wood and glass with bold, inviting twirls of edible indulgences reflect on the walls. Even the most iron willed is sure to be tempted to humour those urgent messages from the taste buds.

I chose to sit at the vantage point – by the glass wall window and watch the world go by – as I slowly enjoyed my iced treat.

Food

Memories of fondue filled my brain. The taste buds unreasonably demanded an encore. But I was alone, so refused to give in to those cravings, unnecessary calories and useless wastage. That fondue, with all its fresh fruit, cake and molten chocolate is to be shared by at least four people. Getting it packed would not do it justice. So, I proudly ordered the very popular Belgian Waffle Dream. Calories?? Who’s counting? But yes, it was quite large and if you are having it as a meal replacement, you could do it justice. That butterscotch sauce drenched waffle, whipped cream together with a scoop each of dulce de leche, pralines blended together beautifully.

Imported from France, Haagen-Dazs ice creams have all natural flavours and are stored at the best possible temperature for them to retain their smoothness without getting icy. Their pastries and cakes come from Bombay, with their brownies being somewhat legendary.

After a cup of tea, I decided to have a few spoons full of mango and raspberry sorbets as I gaze through the menu, looking at one signature dish after the other. Sheer edible art. My eyes lingered a while on each page and I longed to taste them all. Some other day, I promised myself.

Pluses and minuses:

There’s just too much sweet temptation and nothing savoury. I'm not over the moon with their cakes and pastries.

Must try:

Fondue, Banana Split, Royal Monte Carlo, Cookie Crunch, Smoothies, Sorbets.

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Seashell is famed for its melt-in-the-mouth Grilled Chicken which comes with hummus, garlic paste and khuboos, yummy shawarmas,grilled chicken hummus, pita, haleem and milkshakes. Though they call themselves a multi-cuisine restaurant but it is the authentic Arabian fare you should come here for. You'll be hard pressed to find any sort of fault with this dish. The Chicken Seekh Kebab though decent in its own right, pales in comparison. The Crispy Vegetable is also perfect with the right amount of spice and chutzpah. The Mutton Biryani passed muster but Arabian Biriyani is their speciality and you have to be here early to get it. On the downside, the prawn in the Prawn Satay may not always smell or taste fresh. You’ll also get a bit of Chettinadu, Chinese and North Indian food. The Anna Nagar branch sees more foot falls and is jam packed through the week.

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