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    For those who like a bit of fun with their meal, The Stop in Adyar offers billiards, board games and Continental cuisine

    Visibility can mean everything in the restaurant business. So it’s no wonder that The Stop, located in a basement on the service lane of 1st Main Road, Adyar, is barely known after six months of operation. With a mix of couches, cane chairs and sporty interiors (railings on the roof and Sachin Tendulkar’s effigy on the wall), The Stop seats around 20 and is ideal for a group of friends. “We wanted to recreate the ambience of a gaming basement that you find in homes abroad,” says Mahendran Karthik, the chef and one of the partners behind the restaurant. The Pondicherry native trained at Taj Savoy, Ooty and Trident, Chennai, after completing his hotel management from Pondicherry Institute of Hotel Management & Catering.

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    The Stop offers a good mix of soups (cream of tomato, minestrone, etc) and quick eats (think burgers, sandwiches, baguettes) with a few pastas and rice for mains. These are dominated by a selection of fries and grills (our favourites were the peppery squid rings and the juicy chicken shashlik in a tangy marinade) that are perfect if you plan to game through your meal. While classics like snakes and ladders, ludo and UNO are ideal for the table, they also have others like air hockey, billiards and PlayStation, that offer plenty of distraction. We like that the service and food offer as casual a dining experience as possible. Like our fried rice for instance, where the chicken — a whole breast, sliced and drizzled with melted cheese — rests on top of the bed of rice. But the best part is that no matter how long you play, you only pay for the pocket-friendly food!

    Meal for two at approximately Rs.600. Details: 30853728

    — Ryan Peppin

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