Saturday, November 7, 2009

Veggie Nook: Gayathripuram

Dining in a rural experience


Photos: Nagara Gopal

Food and more The ambience and food at Gayathripuram

The name leads to an erroneous belief that it is the name of some locality in Hyderabad. But Gayathripuram, a ‘vegetarian ethnic restaurant’, situated on the National Highway, has created a niche for itself with its village setting.
On the rangoli-decorated walls are displayed some of the rural games of yore. The tables are housed under tiled roofs with earthen lamps. Old Telugu film songs are played in the background. For that perfect village look, the restaurateur has transported the thick doors and small windows from his own house in his village. Gayathripuram draws a good crowd for its breakfast which is available between 7.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.
The items range from Rs. 18 for a plate of idli (two idlis) to Rs. 35 for a 70mm dosa.
Lunch is served between 11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Dinner time here starts at 7.00 p.m.and goes on upto 10.30 p.m. .
Everything served here is cooked in pure Telugu style.
The taste comes not from the spices but more from the onion, coconut, coriander and garlic. A good amount of chilli powder is used to spice up the dishes. Spice lovers will enjoy the food.
Though North Indian food is available here, what’s really in demand is the lunch buffet that offers South Indian food. Priced at Rs. 55, the buffet consists of dal, two curries, chutney, rice, sambar, rasam, curd, pickle, and a sweet.

The bitter gourd curry for example is cooked the way it is done at home. Boiled in tamarind and jaggery, it is lightly sautéed with fried onion, ginger and chilli powder. Lady’s finger fry has coconut and coriander powder. Sambar is prepared from homemade sambar powder which makes a world of difference.
The North Indian food has a good range of food on offer.
A must try is the Paneer Heaven — a starter, priced at Rs. 90. However, the biryani is quite bland. There really isn’t much choice in the dessert section.
The North Indian meal would come to Rs 250-300 for a meal for two. Visit this place for the variety of tiffin and the Andhra lunch.
Parking: Ample
Plus: Spicy authentic Andhra fare
Minus: Confined space within
Food: 3/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Located in L.B. Nagar opposite Vijayalakshmi Theatre

This article was published HERE.