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Tuck Shop Gourmet

Tuck Shop in Egmore was something I wanted to try for a long time thanks to some rave reviews I happened to come across. There was even an instance where I parked my car in the complex to go there only to be told that my friends decided on another place for dinner that night. So when I finally got an invite to check this place out, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. My friends and I were invited for a tasting session and given below is my take on Tuck Shop Gourmet, Egmore.

Tuck Shop is located in Wellington Estate opposite to Ethiraj College. I consider this complex as a Mecca for food as far as the area of Egmore is concerned. Masaledaar and N.E.Kitchen are some of my favourite joints inside this complex which I also visit pretty frequently. So, I guess they’ve nailed the location perfectly. Paid parking but it’s better than finding a parking space in the ever busy Ethiraj Salai. Tuck Shop is right at the front itself and shares the ground space with Donut House. This was kinda confusing to see but I guess it saves a lot on overheads. Ambience is pretty simple with some quirky designed tables. Though the seating space is less, I guess it’s sufficient.

We were given a plethora of items to try and given below are some of what we tried and how they fared.

Mocktails:

  • Soda Pann Fizz: This yellow coloured, paneer soda tasting drink was quite refreshing.
  • Aam Panna Fizz: Green and inviting, this drink was strong yet invigorating.
  • Red Wine Sangria: Didn’t like it much but a couple of my friends liked it.

Veg Burgers:

  • Middle Eastern Eggplant Hummus: Not a fan of Eggplant but I love Hummus, so I gave this burger a shot. It was super juicy to the extent where it has covered the taste of eggplant itself. I don’t think a burger is supposed to do that.
  • Grilled Paneer: Grilled to perfection, this veg burger was a clear winner.

Non – Veg Burgers:

  • Simple Chicken Burgers: Minced chicken with fried egg and veggies, nothing is simple about this burger. Loved it.
  • Mild Spiced Lamb Burger: Lamb patty with mint mayo. Perfectly cooked lamb makes it juicy and yummy.
  • Fish & Chips: This is a lovely mix of two classic dishes, burgers and fish & chips. Sadly they’ve used Basa fish which wasn’t that great in a burger, but it was fresh and flavourful.
  • Cheese Burger: Ah! The classic cheese burger. Tenderloin with onions, mushrooms and chilli mayo, loved it for it’s juiciness.

Veg Sandwiches:

  • Roast Vegetables with Cheese: The name says it all. Veggies and cheese between a super soft panini. Veggies gave it a thumbs up.
  • Sauteed Mushrooms: One of the juiciest Mushroom sandwiches I’ve ever had. Liked it a lot.
  • Tomato Basil Mozarella: Pesto with tomato slices and cheese. Though the pesto was a tad stronger, it worked pretty well.

Non – Veg Sandwiches:

  • Grilled Chicken Mayo: The sandwich that fell flat thanks to the bland chicken.
  • South Indian Tawa Fish: Yet another Basa based dish. It was delicious but a better fish would’ve made it even yummier.
  • Lamb Meatballs: Perfectly made meatballs with tomato sauce, tasted amazing.

All the dishes were served in a nifty looking wooden box which was cool. Service was pretty good. Found the dishes for veggies to be not in par with the carnivores so a bit more R & D on that part would be great. Overall, we all had a good time and if in the vicinity, I would love to drop by for one of the burgers. Tuck Shop is a perfect place for quick fixes with a serene ambience, something that Egmore lacked all these days. Definitely a place worth checking out.

RATINGS BREAK UP:-
Location:- 4.5/5
Parking:- 4/5
Reception:- 3.5/5
Food:- 3.5/5
Customer Service:- 3/5
Ambience:- 3/5

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