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Bouchon, an all-day dining French bistro, is one of the four outlets at Bombay Duck Dining Company Pvt Ltd, a F&B firm partnered by Vivek Rao, Velchala Ravinder Rao & Chef Jean Claude Marcel Fugier, who did a stint as executive chef at Park Hyatt Hyderabad, prior to this venture.

Decor
The ambience is cheerfully informal, warm and minimalist, with a live kitchen, including a delectable-looking (and tasting!) confectionery,patisserie display. A red shelf with bric-a-bric, (colored tea pots and cookers), provides the bright color break. There are about 120 covers, including an al fresco seating.

Food
There is an all-day breakfast menu, served from 9 am onwards, with the usual suspects of eggs to order, (Parisian scramble, Benedict, Mexican, Masala omelettes etc), waffles, crepes, a host of fresh, home-made breads, and breakfast add-ons, like bacon, mixed vegetables, cheese and potato wedges. For lunch & dinner, there are soups, salads, pizzas, main courses and a separate desserts menu. Tried and tested on two occasions, were French Onion Soup (the real stuff, down to the croutons gratinated with baked Emmental cheese) and Shrimp Bisque, satiny creamy, with the chopped shrimp bits, adding the right bite. Setting aside the Bombay Duck Gourmandise salad (with foie gras) for another occasion, I settle for the zesty and crunchy Goat Cheese Salad, which has baguette, tomato and lettuce, goat cheese, with a rather tart aftertaste, tossed in a mustard-vinaigrette dressing. Parisian Gnocchi will be lapped up by potato fans, with the melting smoothness of the potato bake and béchamel sauce set off by the crunchy crust.I also try Shrimp Konafa and Fish and Chips, (being the ardent seafood fan) and am happy with both. The shrimps are crisply fried and served with a sweet-sour bisque sauce and French fries, while the betki fish is served with a dollop of pureed peas and fries, as well. While on the French fries, they are a must-try here, in garlic,chilli,regular flavours, served delectably in a paper cone in a pail! For desserts, I try Bubble Gum Crème Brulee (flavour of the day) whose hot pink colour entices, and sure enough, it turns out to be one slurpy affair! There is also éclair of the day (wild berry), moist and melt-in-the-mouth delish. For takeaways, there are also macaroons, cronut (the marriage of the season between a croissant and a doughnut), and various other desserts, besides breads. On Friday evenings, there is a live tapas bar, with a band playing jazz and blues, while on Sundays, a brunch is laid out both inside and outside, with food from across the other restaurants.

Plus and Minus
A note of caution for those of the ‘masaaledaar’ taste buds, you might find the fare a tad bland. But for those who like their flavours straight, uncomplicated and of a discerning sense on the palate, this place is a rarity. Valet parking is available, but is done a little away from the restaurant, as it’s on a busy road.

Must Try
Shrimp Bisque, Parisian Gnocchi, Goat Cheese Salad, French Fries, Fish & Chips, Bubble gum Crème Brulee, Wild Berry Éclair.

Summing Up
Tres Bien! Hyderabad gets its first French Eatery!

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The name says it all. 70mm is as big as they come, and this filmy nostalgia place combines the best of food, the most breathtaking of lake views and a satisfaction level that you see only in the movies. Spread over five zones, the Romantic Zone, Action Zone, Comedy Zone, Villain Zone and the Vamp Zone, the restaurant offers a lunch buffet (Rs 297 plus tax, weekdays and Rs 342 plus tax on weekends). Dinner buffet is priced at Rs 297 plus tax on weekdays and Rs429 plus tax on weekends. The desserts, however, are surely the toppings of a delightful experience. A part of the Ohri's group, 70mm is a must-try for the overall filmy experience.

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