After being apologetically accused by one of the owners of Hazzel of not trying their specialties and giving up on them, I chose Valentines day to give it a shot.
The previous effort to try was met with a non-working kitchen hence this time I ensured everything was in order and landed at 12.45 on a Friday afternoon.
The place wasn't crowded at all with everyone doing their thing.
After going through their menu at length and trying to rack my brains to figure out how hungry i am vs the quantity of food served, I settled with the penne alforno ( veg ) .
It was later that I saw that Hazzel has introduced combos at some really cool pricing. The combo that i was interested in was the Lemonade + pasta + ice cream for 370/- odd Rs. A tad bit too late in trying to grab the offer, the bill was punched and i was told that i cant avail the offer with the current order.
The pasta was served hot. I didn't realize that the entire bowl was pushed into the oven as a result burnt my fingers.
The penne alforno is a cheese layered pasta with penne, capsicum and broccoli as the veggies. What i found missing/limited quantity was presence of other veggies and mushrooms absence. Because the capsicum was cooked from the start, it sort of over powers the dish - not that its bad, its just that you get capsicum everywhere. A little bit of Parmesan cheese ) in my opinion ) will level out the taste and make the sauce more cheesy and not just the top layer.
The quantity is sufficient for 1 person and will almost fill you up if you club this with some combo.
The next on the lot and on the house was the Chickoo devotion. I am used to eating the Chickoo ice cream from naturals and those who've had this at naturals will probably not feel anything else comes on par.
The chickoo devotion however is a decent try at that. The mixture of vanilla, does bring down the sweetness a little bit but the caramel fudge sort of complements is. I am not sure if i liked it or not but as time progressed, the almonds and the ice cream as a whole grew on me. Its not overly chickoo'ey not is it too sweet. I think the portions are just about right, its only the choice of the fruit that will elevate or deflate the creation.
I should have paid 370 for the 2 dishes, but later realized the chickoo devotion was on the house :)
Over all it was a decent outing and a little bit of faith has been restored in Hazzel !