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Indulge in veggies

Shree Dhaba is a place sans frills. A modest 45-seater vegetarian eatery, the place is incredibly affordable and dishes out wholesome fare

The friendly ambience is inviting.

AFTER A `stomachful', a cup of Irani chai at Paradise is a typical Hyderabadi longing that none would care to counter.

The highpoint of Shree Dhaba, apart from the wholesome vegetarian fare and overwhelming hospitality the restaurant dishes out, is its strategic setting - bang opposite Paradise. With the much desired after-meal chai within a stone's throw, an indulgence at the newly come-up eatery appears advantageous.

Giving a twist to desi Punjabi cuisine, Shree Dhaba pledges allegiance only to lettuce-lovers. "Vegetarianism is catching up world over," says managing partner Rajesh."There are quite a few vegetarian dishes in North Indian cuisine that usually go unobserved when served with non-veg fare. Quite often, they surpass the taste of meat. The restaurant pays an ode to these dishes," Suresh, restaurant manager says.

While Punjabi cuisine dominates the menu (naturally!), Manchurian and Hyderabadi are also represented. Old favourites like Paneer Batter Masala, Shahi Veg. Masala, Navratan Korma, Palak Kofta et al have been retained. But new dishes that have been included like, Dingri Masala, Angoori Kofta or Makhanwala Chaman Haryali will definitely arouse the most jaded palate, claims the manager.

A wide variety of vegetarian dishes.

Twelve different types of rotis and a seemingly inexhaustible list of the `65' items are other noticeable components on the menu.

The salient feature of the cosy 45-seater eatery is its rates, put affordably low so that there's no hole when one reaches out for his/her purse. A lavish meal for two would cost anything between Rs. 100 to Rs. 150 at Shree Dhaba. A relatively spacious area, warm woody interiors and muted lighting characterise the place, usually teeming with people practically through the day.

Do not miss out on the Tomartilla Mexicana soup (of course, it contains curry leaves) or the Ministrant soup. (Both look amazingly familiar, although the names may sound alien.) A tall glass of salted Lassi is recommended after a meal. Chai at Paradise is just a preference.


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