“One cannot eat well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf. Truer words have never been spoken! Thali’s are sure to fill you up till your heart’s content. For those of you who don’t know what a thali is, it’s a selection of various dishes from appetizers to main course and desserts, served on a single platter. Most of the times, thali meals come with the option of unlimited refills which just makes the whole thing a lot better (i.e., if you’re still not full from pigging out on the splendid array of food)! We have the best places that offer the most delicious, mouth-watering thalis in town!
The place to visit when you need a break from your diet and want to indulge in a big, fat lunch. As the name suggests, Rajdhani Thali specialises in thalis. With a minimalistic approach to interiors, this family restaurant not only provides delicious food but also has a wonderful ambience. An excellent choice is to sit is near the windows and enjoy the view when it’s drizzling outside. Their staff is well-informed and friendly, and the service is prompt. You will want to dive in as soon as the piping hot food comes out of the kitchen, smelling divine. From the flavourful chaas, cool and rich mango lassi to the lovely samosas and the different kinds of chutneys, everything is mouth-watering. An assortment of rotis and rice, dhokla, khichda, kadhi, dal bati churma, and the sweet dal are of exceptional quality. Coming to desserts, their malpua and rabri are royally luxurious! This restaurant, located in the heart of Banjara Hills, is a great bet when you want to have a taste of Gujarat and Rajasthan. You’re sure to enjoy this hearty, majestic spread!
Address: Level 1, Uptown Banjara, Opposite Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Road no. 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.
Ph : 040 64593997
Ohri’s De Thali
When you want to have a hearty Rajasthani and Gujarati thali, Ohri’s De Thali is where you should be headed. A family restaurant, with very hospitable and courteous staff, dressed in colourful attires and big turbans, and the decor resembling an authentic Rajasthani restaurant, you will love the unique experience they have to offer. From the moment you step in, you’re treated like royalty! Having the head chef, from the Land of Maharajas itself is the best way to make sure that authentic Rajasthani food is served. Buttermilk, which is offered as a welcome drink is followed by scrumptious appetizers like the famous dal bati churma, dahi vada, chana salad, kesari dhokla, and chilli garlic potato puffs with a number of chutneys and achaars. The mains include mouth-watering mutter paneer, bhindi capsicum, aloo curry and a variety of dals with phulka, gobi thepla, vegetable biryani, moong dal khichdi, and lots and lots of ghee, the list just goes on. With so much to offer and the unlimited food, your dining experience is surely going to be delightful. We’re not done yet! Prepare yourself to fall in love with the most delectable, rich, and delicious basundi, rasmalai, and halwa! If you’re a foodie and love trying new cuisines, this place has to be on your list.
Contact: 040 40204001
Address: Ground floor, Block 3, White House Building, Greenlands Road, Kundan Bagh Colony, Begumpet, Hyderabad.
From walls filled with pictures of movie stars like Rajnikanth, and Rana Daggubati, yesteryear actresses like Madhubala, and pictures of the beauties of Bollywood and Tollywood along with soft, retro music being played, Filmy Junction stays true to its name. Apart from the wonderful outdoor patio and air-conditioned seating, they offer private cabins namely, Baahubali and Leader Cabins. Not too extravagant, and having a relaxed ambience, this is a great place to unwind. Coming to the thalis, the South Indian Thali is a major hit during lunch while the North Indian thali works great for lunch as well as dinner. With a number of dishes offered in the South Indian thali, the freshly made curd, sambar, rasam, and masala vada are bursting with flavour. Paneer butter masala, mixed vegetable curry and the dal makhani are the stars of the North Indian thali. Undeniably one of the most flavoursome dal makhanis in Hyderabad is served here. You can choose poori, phulka, veg pulao, and biryani or the chittimutyala pulao with chicken, fish, prawns or vegetables. Chekkara Pongal, a simple and delicious dessert is a part of the South Indian thali, while the irresistible Seviya Paidam, is from the North Indian thali. Crunchy papad and fried chillies are served on the sides along with karampodi powder, ghee, lemon pickle and mango pickle. Reasonably priced, impeccable food and lovely ambience, Filmy Junction gives you the best of everything!
Address: A-3, Ground Floor, Opposite CVR News, Film Nagar, Hyderabad. Ph : 040 33165004
With pictures of veteran Bengali actors like Suchitra Sen, Uttam Kumar, and Utpal Dutt, and a bookshelf showcasing a wide variety of books ranging from Bengali literature, poems, and stories, to Mahabharata, Ramayana, works of Rabindranath Tagore, and classics by Sidney Sheldon and Dan Brown, Oh! Calcutta is nothing like Hyderabad has ever seen before. The Old Bengali folklore and songs being played are sure to take you back in time and give you an essence of true Bengal. From the taste of the food to the plating, everything is attended to in detail. The fish and a number of spices are brought in from Bengal itself! Aam panna, the welcome drink is zesty and refreshing. Murshidabadi murgi fry, fish fry, chana aam kashundi paturi are a few of the signature dishes here. The murgi fry, seasoned beautifully is moist and tender. Bengalis love for fish is undeniable and Oh! Calcutta knows just how to cook it to perfection! A fermented mustard sauce with skin is served alongside the fish fry which heightens the taste of the dish to another level. Aam kashundi is mango mustard and Chana aam kashundi paturi is chana smothered in mango mustard, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. The plastic chutney that is raw papaya chutney, looks like plastic (hence the name) is truly captivating. In this kitchen, serving exceptional, high- quality food is the motto and there is no place for pre-cooked food; everything here is freshly made after the order is placed. If you want to experience Bengal in Hyderabad, it is here that you should be!
Address: 6-3-1186/1/1, Opposite CM Residence, Green Lands Road, Teachers Colony, Greenlands, Begumpet, Hyderabad. Ph : 040 30431249
Rayalaseema cuisine with strong, fiery flavours makes Rayalaseema Ruchulu one of the best places to go for genuine Telugu food. Interiors being a mix of traditional and modern, plenty of seating space and perfect lighting gives a relaxed vibe to the place. The soft-spoken and polished staff makes sure that you’re comfortable from the moment you step in. Thalis are offered here all days of the week except for Raja Bhojanam thali that’s offered only on Sundays. Giving you a choice of veg, non-veg and seafood, it’s sure to satisfy your taste buds. The non-veg Raja Bhojanam thali is definitely one of their best creations. Among the different dishes offered, chicken fry, mutton curry and veg fry are oozing with the typical, mind-numbingly delicious Telugu spices. The mouth-watering desserts are double ka meetha, gajar ka halwa and gulab jamun. Their gulab jamun, so soft that it just melts in your mouth, is simply heavenly! The various curries are accompanied by ragi sagati, jonna rotte and steamed rice. Chepala vepudu though not one of the dishes of the thali, is one of the most loved and recommended dishes you’ll find at Rayalaseema Ruchulu. All in all, an ideal place to visit with your family and loved ones.
Address: Opposite SVM Mall, Near Peddamma Gudi Temple, 36th Square, Level 5, Rd no: 36, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
Ph: 040 33165111
Bhojanam – Thali Restaurant
Bhojanam celebrates the epicurean journey of Andhra. Featuring minimalist wooden furniture, brass hangings, and ornate carvings, the place is reminiscent of temple architecture. If you’re looking for authentic, quality food for a reasonable price, then look no further. The signature thalis offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food which is an absolute delight and the opportunity to feast on “all you can eat” is a godsend. The beerakaya rotu pachadi is without a doubt, the star of over 15 items in the vegetarian thali. The non-veg thali gives you the option to choose between fish and chicken. The fish pulusu, which is cooked to perfection, is to die for! Also, the kottimeera chicken roast is a must-have! Bhojanam is the undisputed leader in Andhra style food by staying one hundred percent true to its origin.
Address: Forum Sujana Mall, Lower Ground Floor, Next to Karachi Bakery, Kukatpally, Hyderabad.
Ph : 040 30534098