For a leisurely meal...
Looking for a quiet place to dine? Check out this restaurant
CATCHING UP with an old friend and looking for a place to chat up and unwind as you tuck into a sumptuous meal? Try `That's Y Food' in R. S. Puram. It's hard to rush through your meal in this beautifully done-up place. The Warli paintings dotting the orange-and-white interiors and the numerous curious add to the relaxed feel of this fairly-new eatery. Care has gone into the selection of numerous bric-a-brac which occupy pride of place in the eatery (They are worth a long look!).
It's pretty easy to miss the restaurant, situated on the busy T. V. Swamy Road (East) in R. S. Puram. There are no banners announcing its existence. Apparently, what draws many is word-of-mouth recommendation and the Warli sketches (again!) on the outer walls.
Walk into the front door and what greets your eye is an eatery which looks like no other in the city. You have the feel of entering a well-appointed house, with every room opening into another. There are lots of cozy corners, perfect for those fond of leisurely meals.
The menu is really expansive (even reading it can make you feel full!). So, if you want to sample more dishes, go as a group. That way, you can dip into the really scrumptious starters. Actually, you'll be better off starting off with the mocktails. Try the Guavarita, a heavenly mix of guava nectar, lime fizz and vanilla ice-cream. Or, Blue One, a mildly sour mix of litchi and Energiser (a drink).
There are a variety of soups to start from. The tomato soup was ordinary, but the Iron Knock Over, a puree of spinach, mint, coriander and green peas, is a must-try. Popeye would love it.
For starters, try the crunchy corn phataka, a delicacy with a heart of baby corn (cream style) and onions. Rolled in bread and then deep-fried, you just can't resist biting into more than one. Others on offer are tikka aloo, papad kebab (This scores top marks. It's crisp and soft at the same time. Imagine delicious vegetable kebab rolled onto a wet papad and deep-fried.), mushroom tikka, pudina-stuffed paneer (all with mint sauce), spicy corn kebabs (this one comes with peanut sauce) and the like.
You also have a choice of pasta, cooked in a variety of sauces. For the main course, choose from
A variety of rice-based dishes or rotis. Dal makhni, paneer adraki, methi malai mattar and palak kofta curry complete the course. The Nizami paneer briyani is a must-try. Typical of Hyderabadi briyanis, the rice and gravy come in separate layers. So, is the garlic naan. The soft naan is brushed with smeared with a layer of buttered garlic.
There is an extensive non-vegetarian platter too, but since both of us are sworn veggies, we stuck to the vegetarian fare on offer. For once, you did not feel there was lack of variety for vegetarians.
The restaurant has also introduced combo meals, which start at Rs. 85. A Pepsi comes free with this meal.
As for dessert, you'll be stuck in a quandary. Start off with the smoothies. Try either guava or litchi-flavoured ones. You'll ask for more. Then, you have the choco bombs, mud soufflé, sizzling brownies and the extended clan.
The mud soufflé was divine. The warm chocolaty soufflé was complemented by a generous serving of chill vanilla ice-cream. Of course, your dietician won't be too happy at your weight gain, but what's life if you don't give in to temptation once in a while?
That's Y Food (Ph: 5365117/8) is open for lunch and dinner. Call them to book a table, though! The 48-cover eatery is usually filled to capacity. A meal for two will cost around Rs. 350.
K. JESHI &
SUBHA J RAO
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