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    Where do you head to in our city when you’re craving mouth-watering Dilli-style chaat? Going by the many crowded corners on main roads and by the beach, you’d think we have several options. But who really knows his chole puri from his channa bhature? Six month old Chat on Chaat at Ispahani Plaza, Nungambakkam, claims to do so, with mutter kulcha, poori bhaji and pav bhaji as well as a snaking queue to taste the new additions on their menu. We get in line.

    Of poori and potato
    Started by Vivek Grover who runs Gharanah, serviced apartments on OMR, this is an attempt to reach those wanting casual dining options. At the restaurant on the first floor of the mall, their chole puri will remind you of Sadar Bazaar in old Delhi — it’s that good. Special mention must be made of their hygienic conditions and eco-friendly products (disposable leaf plates, for instance). Gol guppas in suji and atta puris are also on the menu. Their hot samosas seem popular among customers, but my favourite remains the hot jalebis with rabdi. The tiny jalebis were crisp, soft and sweet with a finger licking creamy rabdi. All the snacking can be washed down with a selection of soft drinks, juices or for the die-hard sweet buff, a falooda or kulfi. And they do home delivery too. Their items are priced between `25 for a samosa and `85 for a rabdi falooda.

    From the wok
    Their sister concern next door, Chat on Chinese, brings the idea of a one dish meal alive. Choose your main course — rice, noodles or fried noodles, your sauce and preference as vegetarian or non vegetarian. The result is served on a wok or hot plate, and you and your fellow diners can dig in with chopsticks. If sharing food is not your thing, try a combo meal. Tender chicken in a smoking chilly garlic sauce in rice or a Vietn-amese basa fish, steaming dimsums, soup and spring rolls will give Chinese fans an instant high. By the owners of Elevate and Wok a Toque in Chariot Hotel, T Nagar, business seems to be really picking up at the two outfits, especially with corporates dropping in for a quick meal.

    Open from 11 am to 10 pm. A meal for two can cost around `400. Details: 49101010

    — Preethi Ann Thomas

    Lucky pretzel
    Be a part of the festival that celebrates beer. The Oktoberfest at 365 AS, Hyatt Regency, offers snacking options varying from pork belly to frankfurters and bratwurst paired with lip smacking sweet and spicy mustard and a pretzel for good luck. All of this with unlimited beer of course. From `1,365 plus tax onwards per head. Details: 61001234

    Meaty affair
    The celebrations continue at ITC Grand Chola’s Cafe Mercara Express. Expect German delicacies like German styled snail sausages, smoked frankfurters, smoked bratwurst, smoked chicken and more. Beers are available by bucket (`1,095) and bottle. At `2,000 per head with unlimited beer and sausages. Details: 22200000

    All that gold
    At Radisson Blu GRT on GST Road, there’s a special Oktoberfest snack menu on offer at the Garden Cafe, Blu Hickey Bistro and Gallop. For beer lovers, there’s beer buckets, beer cocktails and beer value packages. Vegetarian snacks at `350
    plus tax and non vegetarian snacks at `450 plus tax. From 7 pm to 11 pm,
    till October 6. Details: 22310101

    Dessert stop
    For more feasting, head to The Raintree, St Mary’s, where Oktoberfest is being celebrated at their rooftop restaurant, Above Sea Level. From Bavarian beef goulash and German sausages paired with Knödeln, Spatzle, braised cabbage and  freshly baked breads and pretzels. Don’t miss their lemon and herb roasted chicken, the smoked salmon and desserts like apple strudel, black forest sour cherry gateaux and Bavarian plum cake. Priced at `1,399 with unlimited draught beer. Till September 29.
    Details: 42252525

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