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South Indian Thalis are a feast for the senses – colourful and vibrant, aromatic, and delectable. It is the kind of nourishing, comfort food that can bring a smile to your face when your chips are down. Whether you are looking for a quick, working lunch or a special meal with family, our pick of top thali places in Hyderabad has something for every occasion and every budget.
Aromas of Andhra has several Thalis on offer; however, it is their Bahubali Thali that has been making waves. Available during lunch from Monday to Saturday, this ginormous Thali boasts of 4 non-vegetarian entrées (chicken, mutton, prawn, and fish) along with over a dozen vegetarian dishes and a plethora of staples. This thali can be shared by 2 diners.
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Taj Mahal Hotel at Abids is one of those legendary restaurants that you can not miss. It has been enthralling generations of Hyderabadis with the fantastic South Indian tiffins and thalis. The Vegetarian South Indian Thali at Taj Mahal Hotel is simple but wholesome and delicious.
Dakshin restaurants by ITC has been instrumental in reviving, showcasing, and preserving the different facets of South Indian cuisine. If you are visiting Dakshin for the first time, the best way to get a taste of what is on offer is to opt for the Sarvottam Thalis, which are available in 5 variants including sea-food.
When you have renowned 'Chef Chalapathi Rao', who was earlier associated with Dakshin, at the helm, you know that the food is going to be food. And Simply South does not disappoint. Order for the Vegetarian Thali and augment it with a couple of Non-vegetarian sides from the a la carte selection, which does a great job at representing the stunningly diverse and rich culinary legacy of the Southern states. The thali is available only at the Film Nagar outlet from Monday to Saturday for lunch.
Ulavacharu is credited with pioneering several distinctive dishes that have now gone onto become a staple at other restaurants of the similar genre. While it is the terrific Pulaos that are the showstoppers at Ulavacharu. They also serve some incredible thalis featuring dishes from coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema, and Telangana. 6 different thalis are available at both the outlets of Ulavacharu every day for lunch; however, they are prepared in limited quantity and run out within a couple of hours.
The Vegetarian Thali at The Spicy Venue is the perfect representation of the simplicity and elegance of Telugu cuisine. It has the simple dishes like the Pappu or the Cabbage Fry that will win your heart. Do not forget to end your meal with a portion of their addictive Apricot Delight.
For decades, the no-frills eateries known as ‘Mess’ have been satiating the afternoon hunger of employees. While most Hyderabadis have a favourite ‘Mess’ that they frequent, Kakatiya is arguably the most popular. Dining at Kakatiya is not for the faint-hearted; it becomes noisier and more chaotic than a ‘bazaar’ on weekdays. But there is a method to the madness and tables turn at a brisk pace. Everyone orders the stunning value-for-money Andhra meal and augments it with optional non-vegetarian sides such as Mutton Kheema and Chicken Fry.
Pallab De is a techie who arrived in Hyderabad towards the beginning of the decade and fell in love with the city’s vibrant and rich culinary legacy. He has been blogging for over a decade and a half, and, shares his food-related musings under the moniker of ‘Hyderabad Food Guy’.