The food lifestyle seems to be a magnet for the city’s well heeled and the working class who revel in culinary celebrations often. One such restaurateur, Srinivas Reddy, shares Vizag’s best lunches with us.
Wok up like this
The sweet and spicy Clay Pot Chicken in Ming Garden tops the list in Chinese cuisine. This boneless chicken dish from the wok is best had with the crispy Burnt Garlic Fried Rice. If sugar cravings shadow your every meal try the Dragon Roll for dessert.
Where: The Gateway Hotel, Beach Road
A bit of everything
When it comes to seeking the comfort of local food, there’s nothing but the staples of Andhra Pradesh food that can do justice. The Vegetarian Thali at Spicy Venue showcases an array of strongly flavoured dishes and simple recipes. Servings of the peppery Dal, deep fried vegetable complement Phulkas and hot rice in this Thali. Indulge in fresh mint chutney or grab a juicy pan to finish the meal traditionally.
Man v/s food
When the heart gravitates towards live grills and unlimited appetizers, Barbeque Nation is the place to head to. Kebabs made with prawns, fish, lamb and chicken fill you up before you can try the skewered cottage cheese, vegetables and grilled pineapples. A delicious spread of rice dishes, rotis, breads and multi cuisine curries make up the main course. Caramelised desserts and Kulfis dipped in colourful toppings ends the meal on a sweet note.
Where: Harbour Park Road
Call of the sea
A coastal city is naturally the best place for seafood. Fried crabs at Raju Gari Dhaba are a savoury accompaniment to the Prawn Biryani. Don’t let the simplicity of the place and simple presentation of dishes fool you, as the marinated prawns in Biryani rice are done to perfection. The Guntur style mutton fry is much recommended too.
Where: Sea Inn, Rushikonda
Easy to miss, the Chowdary Dhaba has no board proclaiming its name. Situated by the beach, this humble offbeat destination offers delicious Rottu Pachhadi, prepared from fresh vegetables and spices on the traditional stone and pestel. The Pacchadi is best paired with the homely combination of steaming rice and piping hot Dal. Watch out for the distinct flavour of the spicy Mutton Curry here.
Where: Bheemli Road
Meet the meat
The Podi Chicken Fry and Podi Chicken Biryani at the Godavari restaurant bring out distinct flavours of coastal Andhra Pradesh. Rice, Dal, Rasam, fried vegetables, Chutney and a sweet of the day are some of the signature dishes served in their authentic Andhra Thali.
Where: Lawson’s Bay
A Biryani for lunch deserves a mention of the Mutton Biryani from Paradise Food Court. Served in a clay bowl, opt for the Chicken Tikka Masala and Mirchi Ka Salan to go with the dish, for the ultimate Nawabi experience.
Where: CBM Compound
Global eats, locally
Yearning for international cuisine? The lemon chicken roll is a wholesome appetizer in Delhi Diner. For the main course, Nasi Goreng ; an Indonesian version of fried rice is a must try.Of important mention is the Diner’s version of Chicken Biryani which is rather unique.
Where: Hotel Rockdale, Waltair
Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon at Mekong with sushi, dim sum, wasabis, udon noodles in soups of your choice. Wait until the main course which includes dishes from seven Asian countries. Don’t forget to make some space for a variety of desserts, cocktails and mocktails.
Where: GreenPark Hotel
The appetite for a spicy desi Pulao is best satiated with the Rajugari Kodi Pulao at 7 Biryanis. Taking spiciness to a higher level, this version of chicken Pulao has an authentic taste, making it food for the slow food soul.
Where: CBM Compound