Autumn Leaf Café: Good Food Amidst Serene Surroundings

Within the city, there are only a few restaurants where you can go to grab a lungful of fresh air while enjoying your coffee or gorging on good food. Autumn Leaf Café in Jubilee Hills is surely one of them. The open outdoor seating here is definitely a place where you can relax and enjoy things from a nicely curated menu. If you want to catch up with an old friend or spend some time with a book alone, this is definitely the go-to place.

Pork Chops

The restaurant is located in an independent house with a nice garden and walkway. While most of the customers prefer outside seating, they also have nice and cosy interiors. My first visit here was on a recommendation of a friend, to try out their pork dishes. I had chosen to sit inside near the boutique attached to it.

Autumn Leaf Cafe

There are two pork main courses on their menu – Grilled Pork Chops and Slow-cooked Pork Ribs. The first one with some indigenous barbecue sauce and served with flavoured rice and sautéed vegetables was my choice. The quality of pork, as well as the extent to which it was cooked, was just perfect for me.

Autumn Leaf Entrance

But it is not just pork that Autumn Leaf Cafe is known for. The place is open for breakfast to dinner and has exotic dishes like Iranian Breakfast Platter in their menu apart from the usual English and American Breakfast.  Their soups, salads, starters and main courses and even their coffee offerings have quite a few winners.

On a recent visit where I was invited to the restaurant to try out some of their dishes from their newly augmented menu, I had chosen Homer from their smoothies for a start.  Homer is a drink rich in antioxidants with banana, blueberry and honey, and it is ideal for recovering after a late night.
Another drink Marge which has raw vegetables like beetroot and carrots etc looked interesting.

Quinoa Salad
Quinoa Salad

Among the salads, Quinoa Salad is perfect for the health-conscious. The colourful salad with a lemon sesame dressing had pomegranates, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber and of course quinoa. The Pear Salad had a distinct flavour of blue cheese and I liked the candied walnut complementing the taste of the roasted pears.

Pear Salad

Egyptian Lamb
Pear Salad (Top) and Egyptian Lamb

They have a section called Small Plates in the menu, which has some attractively priced starters. If you like the flavour of the meat to dominate the dish, go for Egyptian Lamb Stuffed with Cheese. The sliced lamb rolls stuffed with cheese are rolled in spinach had a truly exceptional taste. Chicken Souvlaki with the garlic and herb marination will appeal to the chicken lovers.

Chicken Souvlaki

The mild Fish Cakes worked out well for me too, but the vegetarian Zucchini Parcels with ricotta cheese is definitely a must-have here. As you bite into the parcels, the soft fillings bursting in your mouth make it thoroughly enjoyable.

Zucchini Parcels
Zucchini Parcels

The café has some nice sandwiches and burgers too. The Soyppy Joe is a burger with soya mince filling which may be of interest to the vegetarians. The Pulled Lamb Burger had some good slow cooked lamb, but the sauce was overpoweringly tangy. One must appreciate the quality of buns used in their burgers.

Pulled Lamb Burger

Creamy Chicken Piccata
Pulled Lamb Burger (top) and Creamy Chicken Piccata

As opposed to small plates their main courses are termed Big Plates. The Creamy Chicken Piccata in lemon caper sauce had some nice and soft breast pieces. Spice Rubbed Tenderloin uses a proprietary marinade for North-Eastern India from where some of the chefs here are from. Lamb Goulash here is different from what you usually get. It is not a stew but a much drier dish served with herbed rice.

Spice Rubbed Tenderloin

Lamb Goulash
Spice Rubbed Tenderloin (Top) and Lamb Goulash

I have already spoken about the pork dishes. The Seafood Risotto is a prawn preparation in the main courses.

Prawn Risotto

Coffee Gola
Prawn Risotto (top) and Coffee Gola

The coffees here have a lot of variety. Coffee Gola is a cold coffee and gola on a stick combo which stands out. Caramel Mocha is another of note. Among desserts, Deconstructed Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream is strongly recommended.

Deconstructed Apple Pie
Caramel Mocha (Top) and Deconstructed Apple Pie

Autumn Leaf Café is a place which grows on you. You will end up returning here again and again for some good food in serene surroundings. The atmosphere is extremely informal, and the wait staff helpful. It is really an oasis among the brick and mortar city around us.

Autumn Leaf Café
Plot 823, Road No 41
Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
Telephone: 040 23550986

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant.

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