Times Food and Nightlife Awards, Hyderabad

The Times awards function is an annual feature in the food map of Hyderabad as well as other major metros in India. In this award ceremony, the best restaurants and pubs of the city are honored under different categories, and the Times Food Guide for the year is released.

Times Food Awards

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Street Food of Hyderabad: The Bandis and Their Delicious Tiffins




Guest Post by : Raj Vuppala

Raj Vuppala is an enthusiastic food addict based in Hyderabad. He has huge interest in occidental cuisine, as well as the local food from Andhra Pradesh. A database expert by profession he is usually one of the first persons to visit a newly opened food outlet in the city.




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Hyderabad has a decent list of roadside Tiffin stalls (bandis) spread all over the city. Over the years I have been frequenting a large number of them. In this post, we talk about some of the street food joints (or bandis as they are called) that are definitely worth visiting.

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Numaish at Hyderabad: A street food lover's delight

Numaish or “All India Industrial Exhibition” is the biggest fair of Hyderabad held in Nampally during January and February. With around 500 stalls selling all kinds of items, it is thronged by Hyderabadis of all hues. While my wife looks forward to it for interesting bargains on clothes, cutlery, durables and lot of other things, I look forward to the  Hyderabadi street food which it offers in the same campus. Numaish reminds me of my childhood, and the winter fairs at Calcutta Maidan – stalls, people, dust and food.

Like the last 20 years, I just could not wait to sample the offerings this year, and soon found myself queuing up at the large ground on a Friday afternoon.  The entrance fee is now Rs 20 per head, and a long queue is omnipresent.

Pista House Hyderabad Numaish Street Food
Pista House Stall at Numaish

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Theos, Noida : The Finest Confectionery In Town

Initially starting off as a small-time confectionary from the basement garage of the head chef, Theos has grown many fold over the last few years owing to their yummy pastries and their delicious breads. Derived from the Greek word 'Theobroma Cocoa' which literally means 'Foods for the Gods', they serve a wide selection of continental cuisines from Lebanese to Italian.

Theos Sauces

Theos is pretty well known at Noida and due to their huge fan following and always crowded stature, they have recently renovated their older restaurant at Sector 50 though their Sector 41 restaurant is the more famous one. It has a confectionery section right at the entrance which sells pastries, cakes and quiches; the dining area is located just beside it and is comparatively smaller. The interiors are lavishly decorated with rich paintings and furnished with glazed wooden tables and chairs.

Fruit Trifle
Fruit Trifle

Though Theos boasts of a wide spread of continental dishes, their divine confectionary and bakery items are more or less the reason why people frequent the place. Not only will you be floored with the number of options presented but the exquisite quality and thick cream used will guarantee that you pay a second visit to this place.

Mutton Sheekh Roll
Mutton Sheekh Roll

Made in multiple layers and topped with cream cheese, Theos' Red Velvet Cake is really fluffy and soft. The red coloring in their cake is a bit more pronounced than that of the other restaurants but the taste is twice as better. These are sold out extremely fast and even on a weekday, a regular office goer just might get the last remaining piece of this wonderful delicacy.

Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake

Their Mutton Sheekh Kebab Rolls and Monkey Mushroom Rolls are also different from the everyday fare. The Sheekh Kebab inside the roll is really huge and meaty, made from minced meat and is nicely marinated with salt, pepper and other spices giving the roll a delightful taste.We also tasted their Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich.

Chicken Caesar Sandwich
Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Monkey Mushroom Roll
Monkey Mushroom Roll

Theos also serves the best Blueberry Shake and Hot Chocolate. With the freezing winters of Delhi, the Hot Chocolate, topped with molten cocoa brings a certain degree of warmth in the body while the cold blueberry shake soothes and numbs the nerves.

Raspberry Shake
Blueberry Shake

Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate

Alternating between sweet pastries and salted bakery items, we then moved onto their Banana Toffee Pie, Chocolate Mud Cake and Pineapple Pastry. Known more often as the Banoffee Pie, the English dessert is made from bananas, cream and toffee from condensed milk. It is made into three layers, with cream on the top, banana in the middle and the Graham Cracker crust at the bottom.

Banana Toffee Pie
Banana Toffee Pie

Pineapple Pastry
Pineapple Pastry

Chocolate Mud Cake
Chocolate Mud Cake

If you are in the mood for a small bite and have a sweet tooth, Theos cannot disappoint you. Their wide variety in pastries and cakes are astonishing and even quality wise they are fabulous. A treat to all the dessert and sweet lovers.

Cost for 2 - Rs. 600/-

AddressAggahpur, Main Dadri Road,
Near HP Petrol Pump,
Sector 41, Noida
Telephone : +91-8750252225
Websitehttp://www.theosfood.com/
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New Kritunga Restaurant, Hyderabad – Affordable Rayalaseema Cuisine

New Kritunga, the Rayalaseema restaurant chain in Hyderabad is known for serving the cuisine of the Palegars or local chieftains of the Rayalseemas. Offering to serve Rayalaseema food at a budget, they have a no frill décor with metal chairs and tables in a café style ambience.

Hyderabad Kritunga Rayalaseema Andhra
New Kritungs at Panjagutta

The menu has a lot of specials from the Seema region such as Ragi Muddha, Gutti Vankaya, Natu Kodi Pulusu, Gongura Mamsam and Kamju (or quail) preparations.

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Universal Bakers - Asli Hyderabadi Burgers

This is a place which invariably brings back fond memories to any of the old Hyderabadi food lovers. A landmark in M.G Road Secunderabad for the last 30 years, and near Liberty X Roads, for two decades now, they are synonymous with the asli Hyderabadi burgers. As was the case fifteen years ago, it is still virtually impossible to get a place here in the peak hours despite the rapid onslaughts of McDonalds and Dominos on the country.

Chicken Burger Universal Bakers
Chicken Burger

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Pintxo, Gurgaon

Pintxo (or Pincho) is a small snack eaten in bars or taverns while rejoicing with friends and family. The name of the restaurant is quite self explanatory and gives you a feel of the experience one is going to have there. Located in the heart of Gurgaon, in the Galleria Market, this small but lively tapas restaurant serves authentic spanish food.

Garlic Shrimp Allioli
Garlic Shrimp Allioli

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The Joint - An Addiction, Gurgaon

Don't be misled by the name, it is not some safe haven for Bob Marley's followers but a simple cafe with an outstanding out of the box name. They give a very simple explanation to the name - "The Joint is a dream come true, its our initiative towards providing quality food n much more with an experience!! An Addiction towards things which we love the most!!".

Iced Tea
Iced Tea

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A Traveler's Food Diary - Srinagar, Kashmir

On a highly anticipated tour to Kashmir, our main focus was on tourism. Me and my wife love to travel and try to accommodate at least 4 to 5 travel breaks in a year. Kashmir was long on our list and the fact that we had to cancel the trip there last year due to personal exigencies drove our expectations even higher. Side by side I wanted to explore the by lanes of Srinagar for Kashmiri food. After taking a primer from my Kashmiri friends in Hyderabad, I was well prepared to cash in whenever there was some respite in our busy travel schedule.

Tujj Kashmiri kababs Srinagar food
Tujj or Kashmiri kababs on skewers

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Chi Kitchen and Bar , Jungpura

" Chi " is the fundamental life force which flows through one and everything, which is represented by the restaurant's Good Food + Good Energy tag-line. The chain of restaurants in Delhi, bring together widely popular Pan-Asian dishes which can be seen by their elaborate spread. Their specialist chefs, who are said to have traveled the nook and corner of every South East Asian country, strive to deliver in terms of authenticity, flavor and freshness of their delicacies.

Chi Kitchen and Bar

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