THere is competition for the Hyderabadi Biryani in the top-of-the-line restaurants. The humble bandi/roadside eatery has joined the fray to lure away the celebs. These bandis are so famous that the stars are taking a break from the star hotels and the A-list clubs to hangout there late nights or after work hours to enjoy the food minus the mobs. Almost every celeb seems to have one place where he/she prefers to eat their favourite dosas, idlys, upma etc. We list outfour such places in the city which have the ‘x factor’ that makes even the celebs go gaga about their food.
Text: Nishad Neelambaran
Pic: A Suresh Kumar
Ram Ki Bandi
A journey that began seven years ago with a small late night stall near Jambagh at Nampally is one of the finest eating points in the city. Ram Shinde, who is an MBA, owns this famous chain has now expanded his business with a fine restaurant at Banjara Hills (11 am to 11 pm) where actors like Rana Daggubati and Akhil Akkineni frequent. If you have the cravings for a cheese dosa or a pizza dosa, there is no other food point in the city that can do justice to you other than Ram Ki Bandi. The stall near Nampally is open from 3 am – 8 am. Cost for two: Rs.100.
Nobody in Hyderabad needs directions to reach Govind Tiffins near Charkaman (opp Gulzar Houz) Charminar. The whiff of butter melting on the dosas will guide you to this small food stall. Even celebrities like Bahubali: The Beginning actor, Prabhas is a frequent visitor at Govind’s stall. The famous butter dosa and idly upma is truly a treat for your cravings. It’s quite interesting to watch how Govind makes the butter dosas. After he spreads the batter on the tawa, a big cube of Amul butter is placed on the dosa and is left to melt turning the Indian pancake golden. With a mixture of onions and tomatoes on the dosa, it tastes perfect when you dip it in the coconut chutney. The bandi is open from 8 am – 11 am.
Cost for two: Rs.100.
A perfect place to have the best tandoori and non-veg platter in the city, Chef Inam’s Steak House at Road no 12, Banjara Hills, is a place where you can find Gen X stars like Rakul Preet Singh and Mahesh Babu feasting on Chef Inam’s platters. His culinary journey began in 2013 and his latest claim to fame is the humongous Bahubali platter – a mouthwatering finger food package comprising four pieces each of a variety of meat ranging from lamb, chicken, pork, beef plus salads to cool the taste buds on fire. For the blockbuster package, order three hours in advance. Steak House opens at 11 am to midnight 12.
Cost for two: Rs.1,000.
Pragathi Tiffin Centre
You just cannot resist the aroma of the dosas from Pragathi Tiffin Centre when you walk past Hanuman Tekdi near Koti. It surely will make you crave to take a bite of the famous paneer butter dosa. Late actor Uday Kiran was a familiar face at Pragathi Tiffin Centre. Comedian Narsing Yadav too is a frequent customer here. The classic combination of paneer with butter is served hot with the signature red chutney made of tomato and onion. The dosa melts in your mouth and is surely a treat for your taste buds. Apart from the dosas, idly upma is something that catches your eyes at Pragathi Tiffin Centre. The stall opens from 7 am – 9 pm. Cost for two: Rs.70. Details: 9848880677