This is Part 2 of my Hyd chronicles where I managed to hog tens of thousands of calories in a matter of 3 1/2 days. To read the first part – Click here
A small Kiosk, 100 meters before the Gachibowli flyover on the way to Gachibowli from Mehdipatnam, Yosta served amazing milkshakes at a decent pricing in the range of Rs 60-140. While I ordered for the Dry fruit milkshake, my friends had ordered for Fig and Oreo Milkshakes. Unlike the thick shakes elsewhere, Yosta doesn’t use any sugar or syrup, but the flavors and the consistency are purely just from the fruits and ice cream. Having tasted all of them, I liked mine better. Overwhelmingly delicious and very thick. Finishing mine became a task in the end. Great quality at a very reasonable pricing.
Another place for a quick and a relaxed hangout is Ci Gusta .While we plonked ourselves at Ci Gusta for a couple of hours, had heard about their new Red Wine Gelato which was selling like hot cakes , so decided to try some. One spoon in and you can feel the flavor of wine explode in your mouth.One can quite understand what the uproar was all about. My eyes then wandered onto their Salted Caramel gelato which was pretty good.
Having cooled the gustatory cells, we started discussing places to dine. After many options, several Yay’s and Nay’s, we finally decided to do a small ensemble of restaurants. Our age old trick of covering maximum places in limited time 😉 😉
Headed over to Banjara Hills Road No. 2 which houses House of Dosas, the very Famous Ram ki Dosa restaurant, The Big Mouth, Makers of Milkshakes , kebabs joint to name a few. Having tried Ram’s dosa at his original bandi, and thick shakes during the earlier part of the day, decided to try House of Dosas first. As you enter inside, you realize it could seat very few, just about 12- 15. Since the restaurant was jam packed , we reserved a table and stepped into The Big Mouth which was next door.
The Big Mouth, a veg hole in the wall outlet, dishes out sandwiches, pizzas, subs and burgers too big to fit a mouth. Our order here was Chilli Paneer Sandwich, Wild Mushroom sub and a Chilli Cheese Burger. The sandwich was cut into 4 pretty small pieces. Comically, Mushroom Sub hardly had any mushrooms and Cheese burger had no cheese. When we pointed this out, he very graciously agreed to reduce 10 bucks for the cheese slice. :v :v :v How is it that, when you add on an item it’s always with markup but when reducing price they stick to using the MRP ? Apparently this place used to be much better and they have taken a turn for the worse. Probably its high time they pull their socks up!
After a disappointing experience in The Big Mouth, we headed back to House of Dosas to try their famous Seema style dosas . Lot of funny stick ons on the wall helped us pass the time until we found a table to fit the gang. We had ordered for Erra Karam Dosa, Pachi Karam Dosa and Ponganam Dosa. Ponganam dosa reminded me Adai, similar batter and a thicker one at that. Erra and Pachi karam were supposed to be red and green chilli paste dosas which ended up being not so spicy as expected. Having discussed this with the owner, it looked like they have reduced the spice levels to suit the customers palate. Starting at 70 bucks going up to 170 per dosa for some, given the size of the dosa they served , this place doesn’t serve affordable dosas.
With Telangana covered, Rayalaseema spices experienced, decided to try the Andhra style too. Still had little space in my tummy left for dinner and with a few other foodie friends joining in , decided to hit Abhiruchi in Madhapur for the night. We ordered for a Chicken starter along with Chicken, Veg and Mixed biryanis. The mixed biryani was mixed with Prawns, Mutton and Chicken in it. Quantity was pretty decent and we were bursting by the time we made it out of this place. Thankfully they decided to forego desserts and called it a night.
With so much hogging through the days,never really got to start the day with a breakfast. Day 3 began around lunch at Mama Mia Italia, where they were experimenting with English breakfast and we went over to try out their fare. Mama Mia is situated about 20 kms away from where I used to live , so not a place we visited often but we do adore their food. Amazing thin crust pizzas at affordable pricing. With a breakfast tray serving baked beans, sunny side up, baked tomato, garlic bread, strips of bacon and couple of pork sausages, it is not short of an inviting fare. The pork was imported from Germany and the sausage was infused with spices and herbs, giving it a beautiful flavor unlike the bland sausages we have become used to eating generally. Bacon strips were pretty awesome as well. We had some extra helping and finished off the meal with their Panna Cottas. I had the Chocolate flavor which had a powdery aftertaste while the Vanilla that my friend had was just heavenly.
Had a chai at Blue Sea on the way back home from Sainikpuri. Headed to Cafe Rabaat later in the evening to catch the Arsenal vs Newcastle game with the Arsenal Hyderabad SC guys. Tried their Chicken 65 which was kinda a semi gravy. With Telangana, Rayalaseema, Andhra, Hyderabadi, Lebanese, Continental cuisines checked off the list, decided to hunt down on some Arabian cuisine for dinner. We rode down to Tolichowki which was the nearest and as it was past 11, our choices were pretty few and far. The Haleem place had run out by then and we headed over to Ice and Spice where we had the Special Chicken Shawarma. We loved the bread but the meat was very insufficient. After this we went to Mast Indo Arabic in Mehdipatnam, where we had one Chicken Kabsa . Kabsa was served on this huge plate which is the norm in some of these arabic places. The rice was flavorful and rich with cashews and raisins with very tender meat. Only downside was the amount of oil in the rice. Definitely worth for 200 bucks.
It has never been so much fun hopping from one corner to another, just in search of some really good food. A moment of nostalgia swept in. We rode to the Hitex side for their numerous food trucks , catering to the IT hub majorly. Unfortunately, the ride till there at 2am was a waste, as the trucks seemed to have been closed down much earlier on that night in question.
Waking up the next morning, I couldn’t believe the days went by in a snap and that’s it, it was my last day in Hyderabad . The only place I do not mind visiting over and over is The Spicy venue. There is absolutely no other restaurant which serves consistently good Andhra food in Hyderabad. We had Veg Gold Coins, Mushroom 65 and Chicken Tandoori for Starters. Main Course consisted of Coconut Rice with Gongura Mutton, the exceptional Prawn Iguru and with a lot of cajoling tried my hand at eating Crab which was quite a feat. Breaking open the shell, proved to be quite a messy task but the meat inside was very soft and delicious. Wouldn’t mind eating Crab as long as someone does the hard work 😉 😛 The Prawn Iguru goes on to show why it is named The SPICY Venue , it hit the right spice levels on.
Another new dish I had was the MLA Potlam Biryani where biryani which contains Mutton Kheema and Prawns is wrapped inside an Egg Omelette. Quite an innovative way of bringing them all together in a single dish. They dishes out one of the best Ulavacharu , maintaining the same levels of consistency and flavor. Ulavacharu with rice and an extra helping of the cream is just pure heaven. For those who are unaware, Ulavacharu is made from Horse gram.
My mind was going through a split disorder at this point. Being totally stuffed to the brim, I couldn’t take anything in but I just couldn’t let go of my favorite Apricot Delight in this trip. After a break of 30 minutes, I managed to eat one Apricot Delight cause no trip to Spicy Venue is complete without having at least one Apricot Delight.
After my last “Delight”ful meal in Hyderabad for, I caught the evening train and got back to Chennai. It was an event- ful(l) and amazing trip. As it always tends to be, when you have wonderful friends to accompany you on foodathons. Hasta La Vista Hyderabad!!
Hope I was able to evoke some hunger pangs with my recounting. For a while its gonna be back to what good old Chennai has to offer. Thanks for reading and leave comments.
Yosta – Telecom Nagar, Cyberabad Police Commissioner Office, Gachibowli, Hyderabad
The Big Mouth & House of Dosas – Opposite Lucid Diagnostics, Road 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Abhiruchi – Durgam Cheruvu Road, Near Nectar Gardens, Madhapur, Hyderabad
Mama Mia Italia – 111, Defence Colony, Near More Supermarket, SainikpuriMain Road, Sainikpuri, Secunderabad
Cafe Rabaat – Opposite MJ College, Road 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Ice and Spice – Yousuf Tekri Complex, Opposite RTA Office, Tolichowki, Hyderabad
Masttt Indo Arabic – Pillar 54, PVNR Expressway, Opposite Sai Baba Temple, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad
Spicy Venue – 265/S, Near Diamond House, Road 10, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad