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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pucca South Indian


The taste of "Rayalaseema"; that's the closest translation of the name "Rayalaseema Ruchulu". And what a taste it is!

The restaurant operates out of a house, and the air-conditioned (A.C.) sections seem to be converted bedrooms. I beg your pardon, but another feature of most South Indian restaurants is the division of the restaurant into "A.C." and "Non A.C." sections. It's the same menu and everything, but at the height of the South Indian summer that means finishing a meal drenched in sweat, looking more like you've been working out than eating lunch. At RR, because this building is originally a house, we were in room with three 4-seater tables, making things mighty cozy to begin with.

The food, however, was to die for. The "Andhra Special Chicken Curry" boggled my mind because it was so simple, so full of flavor and so perfectly seasoned. The fact that it was spicy only struck me on my third helping, and before I realized what was going on, I felt my saliva glands go into overdrive, prompting more, serious gorging. I guess what really impressed me was the fact that this tasted just like it does back home. Wow!

On the other hand, and still on the topic of food, the mutton fry that we ordered looked like leftover bits of meet for the stray dogs outside. Don't get me wrong, they tasted good. But, on every second bite I hit either bone or cartilage. I don't know about you, but I can't stand these kinds of inclusions in supposedly boneless, non-vegetarian dishes. This was the only major disappointment for me, however.

On that note, and if you are ever in the neighborhood of this restaurant (Masab Tank, Hyderabad), please do try it out.

Bon appetit.
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