#FoodShaukeen #TelanganaSpiceKitchen #NotToBeMissed
Hyderabad, one of the rapidly explanding cosmopolitan city not just in IT, but also in food scenes. There are plethora of restaurants that are coming up every day with new/fusion cuisines from across the world.
But, what is minimal or very hard to find in hyderabad (in my view) is speciality Telangana cuisine restaurant ( in casual/fine-dine) , so hard that you can finish the count within single hand fingers. Telangana Spice Kitchen , located in the same place of erstwhile Malaka Spice, is huge in terms of property and no of pax size. Ambience of this place not only impresses you in the evenings, but also makes you go ‘awww’ in the afternoons too 🙂
For the location,ambience and quantity – the prices are very economical. Even their bar menu comes economical when compared to similar places around this area. Average price of a non-veg dish is 280 and veg is about 220-230.
We went on a weekday for dinner. Considering this a new place and huge property (about 200 pax easily) , atleast 50% of the place was occupied and service was never late. Quick, attentive and helping.
First look at the menu and you might be under impression that there are not many #Telangana dishes in veg. They did miss quite a few dishes to add in the menu and they are in process of adding about half a dozen of traditional telangana veg dishes in couple more weeks on to their soon going to be revised menu. Ask for the manager, if you would like to try any special #telangana veg dishes.
I do not remember the last time I have enjoyed any mocktail, but the mocktails here are quite innovative and refreshing. #ThePan mocktail carried the flavor of meeta pan in every sip and have really enjoyed it. This is a vodka based drink in general, but there is an option of mocktail as well.
Telangana celebrates Holi with a great joy over a great #Thandai. Thandai may not be a telugu #Telangana dish, but it surely is a must have drink in many houselholds of marwaris (and friends of theirs, like me 😛 ) in few areas, on #Holi. The #KesarThandai here is definitely the drink you shouldn’t miss.
The first wave of starters that came on to table were Golinchina Mamsam, Golinchina Paneer and Golinchina mokka jonna (baby corn here) – all these with excuisite taste of Telangana spices, pan fried to perfection and mild on spice levels too (so that larger audience can enjoy the dish).
Next came in Karimnagar fried wings, veg gold fingers and shahi veg (tiny bajjis). Fried wings may not be a telangana dish , but the spices/flavors of this gives you the feel of a local dish. Veg golden fingers is a fried bread crumb with veg stuffing on top – it was very good. Shahi Veg may be a posh name they have added, this small mun bajji/chinna bajji ( thats what we call it) was a great snack in the tried starters.
chicken kebab wrapped in omelette and mirchi acting as a seal was one beautiful dish both in looks and taste. Super soft and juicy chicken with a thin layer of omelette went along very well.
There are makka garelu as well on the menu, but this hot selling item was finished by the time we reached.
We tried few classic combinations that is enjoyed in many households in mains – Their pappu garelu with tamata kura and country chicken and they were really good.
Bagara rice with Dalcha mutton and Vankaya Masala (both in telangana style) are the combos that can be found in many households over the weekend and the chef here ensured that we get the same homely feel in his dish 🙂
Mudda Pappu and pachhi pulusu with steamed rice ( and ghee, to your liking) is an every dish for many. While this tasted very good, I would have loved if pachi pulusu was a little more tangy. And yes, there’s pulihora too, if you wish to have 🙂
Their Sambar Rice itself is a wholesome meal in quantity and taste and it only costs 165/-.
They are soon going to add few telgana popular desserts like bakshalu,payasam on to their menu. They currently have Kaddu ka kheer, Double Ka meeta, Carrot halwa and qubani ka meetha and none of them disappointed. Double ka meeta is made in home style where fried bread is soaked in hot milk and served the same way – they have used kesar milk and it turned out very good. Though I’ve no complaints in Kaddu ka kheer, I would have loved if soaked sabudana was added to this dessert.
We had an astonishing experience overall and each of us on the table decided to being our respective families here very soon 🙂 You will have a fine dine experience with some pleasant ambience and is going to be light on your pocket too. Are you looking for more reasons? They have good collection of liquor, if you wish so and they are also priced competitively. Average bill for 2 without alcohol should be anywhere around 1000/-