Quick Bytes: Gaurang’s Kitchen Brings Vegetarian Dishes of Different States to Hyderabad

Hyderabad has its fair share of exclusively vegetarian restaurants, and some of them are quite sought after too. Vegetarian food from the Telugu states, as well as from up North are available in many restaurants in the city, but there is no place that presents vegetarian dishes from all regions of India under the same roof. Gaurang’s Kitchen, a restaurant in Jubilee Hills which has just celebrated its first anniversary is one place that presents the diverse cuisines of the country presenting unique dishes from all over the country.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Gaurang Shah, a noted designer from the city. The swank place can accommodate close to four hundred diners at a time and boasts of al-fresco as well as indoor sections. The seating consists of different styles including the comfortable floor-level traditional low seating. One cannot but notice the creative and soothing design of the place which is based on an open form. 

For Gaurang, a big foodie himself, this restaurant provides an opportunity to champion lost and unknown dishes from different regions of India. He is personally involved along with Chef Prakash Lobo in designing a culinary treat for his customers. 

Coming to the food, the place is known for its thali with the constituent dishes changing every day. As per Chef Prakash Lobo who heads the kitchen, a tremendous amount of attention goes to the menu composition and balance. Thus the thali often has dishes from the mountains as well as coastal areas, as well as a combination of rich and comfort food. Chef Lobo is always on a journey to track new dishes from different parts of the country and bring them to the table. The thali on two days will never be the same here. 

On the anniversary day, the restaurant launched sixteen new starters to mark the occasion. Some of these dishes were inspired by known dishes of regional cuisines.  Thus there was Maharashtra Poha Patti Samosa, Bajri Crackers with Chana Dal Dip, and Tandoori Paneer Calzone, dishes that were a twist on the popular dishes. My favourites for that day were the Tandoori Chaap, Khandvi Chaat, and Tandoori Fruit Chaat

There were items for the health-conscious too, like Beetroot wrap and Lauki Idli. They served the biryani was served in a mug covered by purdah. Both the desserts I tried Cookies N Cream Kulfi and Rose Coconut Jalebi made their mark. 

Being Ramzan time, one of the best dishes was the Vegetarian Haleem. Substituting meat with soya, the dish mimicked the mutton counterpart very closely. Another highlight was the Mobile Pani Puri Counter you could beckon to serve Pani Puri at your table side.

This is an exceptional culinary journey, especially for vegetarian food lovers. If you are in a group, you can book a separate room exclusively for yourselves. The regional food festivals held here from time to time are also huge draws. 

Address: Gaurang’s Kitchen, Plot Number, 1147, Rd Number 59, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500033.Phone: 086888 20077

Note: Some pics are courtesy Gaurang's Kitchen

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