The Kothaguda main road boasts of a number of restaurants that offer everything from home-style fare to the junk

The aroma of freshly grilled chicken, charcoal fired kebabs and good old South Indian fare is sure to assault your senses as you take a right turn at Kothaguda cross roads. With its medley of eateries, the area has become a hotspot for techies who head there for a quick bite at affordable prices. While Hitec City might boast of a number of fine dining places, Kothaguda is not far behind when it comes to eating options.

Right from pizzas, biryanis, tiffins, kebabs, grilled chicken, Chinese to Rajasthani cuisine, Kothaguda is home to a variety of cuisines . And it is not just fine dining that Kothaguda has to offer. The area has a good number of affordable eating options that offer quality food without burning a hole in one’s pocket. For instance, there is the Siddique Kebab Centre that is very popular with the IT crowd for its grilled chicken and an assortment of kebabs. “We have a large number of people ordering the grilled chicken (whole bird) for as less as Rs. 230. We also give an in-house masala powder to sprinkle on the chicken, which is a hit. The chicken fry kebab is also popular,” says Syed Murtuza Ali, operations manager. However, Siddique begins to serve only after 5 p.m. each day. Angaara Kebabs on the opposite side of the road too promises good charcoal fired kebabs.

For the biryani enthusiasts there are a number of options like New Hi-tech Bawarchi and Food Inn dishing out the Hyderabadi fare. “We launched the business around a year back and ever since we have been doing brisk business. The biryani here is without a doubt the most popular item on the menu. The fact that we offer quality food at affordable prices works for us,” says Zakir Siddique, proprietor, Food Inn. The maximum rush, he adds, is seen during lunch hour when a number of IT employees head here. “In the evenings too we are pretty busy, however there are more families coming in then,” he explains.

For those looking for a wholesome vegetarian fare there is the New Minerva Tiffins and Uttar Dakshin. While the former offers both Andhra and North Indian fare apart from dosas and idlis, Uttar Dakshin dishes out home-style food like Rajma Chawal, Kadi Chawal, Palak Rice etc. There is also Balaji Rajasthan Food House, a tiny place right near the Kothaguda junction. The eatery offers a variety of vegetarian food options and Marwadi specialities like Papad Masala, Besan Gatta, Papad Badi and Bikaner Sev Bhaji among others.

But if you are tired of eating the regular Indian and Chinese cuisines and are craving something different, then there is Wings n Fries with its fried chicken, burgers and pizzas. Want something a little more scaled down but just as satiating for those carb cravings? Then there is Kakes n Krisps with its freshly baked goodies like cakes and puffs among other short eats. Right outside this is the Kolkatta Rolls stall that might be a great idea to grab a quick hot bite on the go.

For people on this side of the town, Kothaguda might just prove to be a good eating out option if budget is also a concern.