Ten-Second Takeaway

Iconic Andhra meals, chicken biryani or kebabs of all kinds, this place keeps you coming back for more despite a few ups and downs in quality. Currently though, it’s on a high!

Chow Down

Bhojanam {meals}, Chicken Sholay Kebab, mutton biryani, Angelfish Fry

Sip On

Fresh juice or buttermilk

Winning For

Wholesome with a hint of junk, this place is perfect for when you’re craving comfort food. So really, every weekday. Banana leaf meal for the ultimate win!

Lowdown On The Ambience

No frills, but tables, chairs and sofas, you don’t go here for ambience. Just grab a seat, eat, linger until the bill, saunf and sugar arrives, then leave.

Andhra Only

for andhra biryani try nagarjuna restaurant

Photo source: Nagarjuna

Usually, regulars will not even need a menu at this place as it probably hasn’t changed since 1984. But for noobs, Nagarjuna is best known for Bhojanam, which is the classic Andhra meal served on a banana leaf, and biryani — mostly mutton and chicken, but they also have a veggie version {we’ll argue about that being pulao later, OK?}. The biryani, done in typical Andhra style, is piquant but with some onion raita to cool the tongue, you can keep gorging. The dish comes with two massive chunks of either chicken or mutton, so it’s best to share. We like to add Vanjaram Fish Fry to the mix  — especially since it’s seer fish in a tandoori-style marinade and fried. Yum!

Sides Please

But most people will go here for the meal {Bheema’s fans, stop rolling your eyes!}. Served on a banana leaf, it features rice, dal and two vegetables {subzi} which changes every day. Plus, sambar, rasam, dahi, buttermilk which is great to soothe the system. Oh and payasam like it’s grandma’s house.

Photo source: Nagarjuna Restaurants

Photo source: Nagarjuna Restaurants

Since the meal is vegetarian, ordering a side of Chicken Sholay Kebab is smart. Spicy, boneless and shallow fried, you can keep popping these in long before and after the mains. Those who like prawn, try the Prawn Pepper Fry – shrimp tossed in black pepper sauce, crushed pepper and onions. There’s even a divine baby corn or cauliflower version for the vegetarians and a chicken one too!

So, We’re Thinking…

Maybe not as authentic as you’d expect, Nagarjuna rides high on nostalgia. While half the city will swear by it, and the other half by Bheema’s, go ahead, try it out and see which side you’re on.

 Featured Photo: Nagarjuna Restaurants