Restaurant Reviews by Sasikanth Paturi

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Ram’s | Restaurant Review

Place: Ram’s Restaurant 
Location: 203 Kenton Rd, Harrow
Cuisine: Indian
Meal: Dinner (with family)

We’ve frequented Ram’s on Kenton Road a few times in the recent past, and it happens to be my lil one’s favourite (don’t ask me why!). This is primarily a buffet restaurant with à la carte options. It’s a small place with tables cramped next to each other, which can be an issue as the restaurant is usually packed. 

Their buffet is quite exhaustive. For starters, they have peas kachori, spring rolls, mini samosas, wet manchuria, chilli paneer, Gujarati patra, dhokla and a couple of other items. They also serve different types of dosa at the table.

For mains, it’s paneer butter masala, channa masala, mixed vegetable, surti undhiu (some Gujarati dish), jeera rice, white rice and sambar. Breads are served fresh at the table.

And for desserts, they have aam ras, shrikhand, carrot halwa, sooji halwa, and a couple of other sweets.

Ram's

While the food at Ram’s tastes good, my main issue is that the buffet selection remains the same every single time, with the dishes tasting almost identical on each visit. Additionally, their rotis have an unusual smell and taste, which can be off-putting.

That being said, Ram’s does have its merits. Overall, it offers a reasonably priced value meal, making it an attractive option for those looking for affordable dining. Furthermore, it stands out as one of the decent Indian buffet options in London, providing a satisfactory experience for those who may not mind the repetitive menu.

Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 7/10

Verdict: 7.5/10

Anandha Bhavan | Restaurant Review

Place: Anandha Bhavan
Location: 545 High Rd, Wembley
Cuisine: Indian
Meal: Dinner (with family)
On: Sunday, 30 June 2024

On a lazy Sunday evening, I was craving for some nice Italian food, but then, I thought about this new place in Wembley which served one of my favourite Indian dishes, so decided to head here instead.

It’s been a while since came to Wembley for Indian food; the scene has changed a bit here, with a couple of new restaurants replacing old ones, and Anandha Bhavan (not to be confused with Ananda Bhavan or A2B) is one amongst the chain of Indian restaurants on the street. The place was neat (relatively new), and unlike most restaurants in the area, had people in it (which is always a good sign!). These guys have a huge menu offering specialities from every part of south India, so I was excited.

Mysore Bonda happens to be my (and now my daughter’s) favourite breakfast item, and there are not many places in London which serve this (the only other place I know of is Crispy Dosa in Hounslow). And this is what we came here for, so we ordered a plate right away. 

Mysore Bonda

Mysore Bonda is a fried snack made mainly with maida and hung curd, and to my utter disappointment, these weren’t what they were supposed to be. To add to the horror, when I cut into one, I found uncooked batter inside – they weren’t even cooked properly! I immediately called for the waiter and they agreed to replace them.

A new plate was served, and while these were cooked properly, they still were not the Mysore Bonda I came here for. Instead, they turned out to be onion rava bonda with a bit of maida. They tasted alright, but they were still not the authentic bonda I wanted. However, the lil one didn’t really care and savoured them.

Dragon Paneer

We ordered a Dragon Paneer as a starter, and this was served while we were waiting for the bonda. This was a decent dish – the paneer was soft and fresh, and the masala was tangy with not much spice. 

For the mains, we ordered a Raj Bhog Thali, Appam with Kaikari stew for wifey, and a Pesarattu for MIL. 

Pesarattu

The waiter did inform us that this won’t be the Pesarattu we’d be expecting, which we kinda figured out after the bonda debacle. But MIL didn’t care much, so we ordered anyways. It was served first and didn’t look appealing. They filled it with podi while a traditional Pesarattu is actually filled with onions. I had a taste and it was mediocre at best. 

Appam with Kaikari Stew

The appam and kiakari or vegetable stew came next. The appam was alright but the stew was too watery. We also couldn’t taste enough coconut in it.

Raj Bhog Thali

The thali came with dal, channa masala, mixed veg curry, paneer butter masala, roti, biryani and a few other condiments. I asked for a butter naan instead of the roti and they obliged. On taste front, the PBM and dal were good, but other curries were passable. I’ve never seen broccoli in a mixed veg curry before this btw! The biryani was decent, on the spicier side, and the naan was soft.

Overall, a mediocre disappointing meal. I came in with a lot of expectations, especially for the Mysore Bonda, but soon realized they listed items on their menu without even taking the effort to cook them properly – there are tons of videos on what and how a bonda is made, couldn’t they have watched them? Same with pesarattu, and even the stew. Having a long list of offerings needs to be backed by a good chef who cook them, but these guys seem to be lacking there. To add to this, the service was super slow with just a couple of guys manning about seven tables. Unless they improve, expect Anandha Bhavan to be replaced by another joint.

Food: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Meal for 4: £42

Verdict: 6.5/10

Movie Reviews by Sasikanth Paturi

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Inside Out 2 | Movie Review

Inside Out 2

I love loved Pixar movies until they stared making sequels of awesome movies. Yes, Toy Story series was a success, but then every other sequel they’ve made was no where up to their own standards. That apart, their recent films since Coco back in 2017 weren’t great either. So in short, I wasn’t impressed when they decided to make a sequel to one of my favourite films, Inside Out!

Directed by Kelsey Mann, Inside Out 2 tells us the story of now thirteen year old Riley, who’s on the verge of hitting puberty. With this, the five emotions in Riley’s head, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger, are now joined by new emotions – Anxiety, Envy, Embarrassment, and Ennui (aka. boredom). Soon, Anxiety takes over the console, and bottle’s up the existing emotions (quite literally!). This leads to Riley taking some drastic steps eventually resulting in a panic attack. All the emotions now need work together for Riley to calm down, and rest of the movie (last 10 minutes) deals with how they manage that.

While Inside Out was complicated, Pete Docter, director of the first film, was able to make it simple and relevant, and this made everyone, kids and adults included, love the movie. Come the sequel, Kelsey isn’t able to do similar justice; the movie is super complicated, and my five year old who loves the original, couldn’t make sense of anything. The plat is super busy and screenplay felt rushed – the entire concept of ‘sense of self’ wasn’t explained well either. All of this led to a average film.

Amy Poehler and rest of the voice cast do justice to their characters, but they aren’t able o pull off the charm of the predecessor. Production is good, as you’d expect from the Disney-Pixar studio.

Is it worth your time and money?: Meh! Inside Out 2 isn’t a bad film. But they’ve definitely made a mess of what could have been a potential success. For that reason, I’d say wait for it to stream on Disney+.

Worth mention: Nostalgia!

Acting: 9/10
Story-Screenplay-Direction: 6/10
Technical Aspects: 8/10

Verdict: 7.5/10