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Relish the royal aura


`Rasavathy' is the new restaurant in Himayatnagar that provides an eating pleasure in an ambience which is a blend of modern and tradition.

BECKONING BUILDING: Rasavati has a simple yet homely touch.

CUISINE CULTURE binds connoisseurs and commoners alike. Whether one frequents a swanky restaurant or halts at a roadside chaat bandi, the gastronomical delight is same and ultimately it is your palate, which gets pampered and seeks more! And there is definitely more around.

New restaurants are welcome anytime, anywhere, not even if the place already has 110 eateries. Yes! Himayatnagar has as many and the newly opened Rasavathy is 111th -- at least at the time of going to the press!

S.Phani is one of the six partners who ventured into eating business, and he admits to have opened Rasavathy with a modest beginning, but feels proud to claim that it will be a satisfying culinary odyssey with an elaborate menu which serves North Indian, Tandoori, Hyderabadi cuisine apart from its speciality -- Coastal Andhra delicacies. For the men behind the venture - Rajendranath, Srinivas Reddy, Sanjay Reddy, Raghu and Gautam -- the restaurant is not a profit-seeking business but an effort to provide a truly exotic experience in eating to the discerning Hyderbadi.

Tucked away in a lane -- not far from the main road though -- opposite Minerva, Rasavathi has rather a homely appearance. None of the grandiose elevation, but a simple down-to-earth exterior in white-green combination indicates what is to come, and a modest entrance leads to the first floor restaurant.

With a capacity to accommodate 82 diners, the place instantly appeals with its tastefully done decor, which is a blend of modern and traditional. The name Rasavathi, we are told is the legendary kitchens of the famous Kakatiya rulers, and it is their sincere attempt now to recreate that aura for modern-day connoisseur.

Before one gets down to talking food, there is no way one can miss the eye-catching Cheryal paintings that adorn the wall. It was thoughtful of the management to give this typically Telugu art form, a place of pride. The paintings depicting scenes from mythological tales, folklore and the village life, somehow seem to connect the diner with the roots of their traditions.

The attractive menu lists exotic names and a quick perusal is enough to get your mouth watering. Before finalising your choice, a pick of soups and salads can be had which range from the regular `Tomato Shorba', `Mulakkai Soup' to `Yakni Shorba' to `Mamsam Nalli Nihari'. The Tandoori Khazana has the best of non-veg and veg dishes, while Hyderabadi has all the favourites like `Bagara Baingan', `Dum Aloo' and `Achar Paneer' to `Murgh Lawabdar' and Hyderabadi Kheema and more.

FOOD FOR ALL: A Cheryal painting completes the experience. - Photos: P.V. Sivakumar

But coastal Andhra cuisine is what is strongly recommended at Rasavathy. Check this out: `Gutthi Vankaya Koora', `Masala Vada Pulusu', `Banagala Dumpa Vepudu', `Ulava Charu' -- can you afford to miss it?

Non-vegetarians can eat their hearts out: `Kodiguddu Pulusu', `Kodiguddu Ulli Iguru', `Kodi Iguru/Pulusu', `Chapa Pulusu/Vepudu', `Royyala Iguru' -- can you resist? The spirit of Andhra continues even at dessert time. `Pootharekulu' and `Bobbatlu' vye for your attention along with `Rasmalai' and `Gulab Jamoon'.

One couldn't help expressing apprehensions over the restaurant sustaining quality after the increase in demand. But Phani allays such fears and assures that serving quality food in utmost hygienic condition will always remain their priority. Checkers Cafe on the ground floor is more of an informal joint where one can chill out with soups, salads, sandwiches, ice creams and Chinese food. Get set for an experience, which takes you beyond rice, rasam, roti and rasmalai at Rasavathi. Feel the aura and relish the best.

Contact the restaurant for further info on 6822666

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