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Istah - Sizzling Shawarmas

locationYousufguda

Head To This Late Night Food Spot In Gachibowli For Shawarmas & Grilled Chicken

Aishan posted on 08 May

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Hygienic, well-balanced shawarmas and kick ass grilled chicken are yours for the eating at Istah Sizzling Shawarmas. Go here for Hyderabad’s favourite, easy-to-get, late night, comfort food.

Clean As They Come

Hygiene and shawarma stalls usually get along like siblings in a property dispute. By which we mean they don’t often get along. Offering a sparse but consistently improving menu, Istah makes it a top priority to serve you hygienic, Mediterranean food, at the cost of not having a dine-in section yet. With five outlets dotted around the city, Istah is primarily a delivery-only service at the moment. We hung out at their latest outlet in Gachibowli, to see how they fare against competition.

 

Shawarma Goes Desi

The shawarma here is a far cry from the best that you can get in the city, but their promise of 100 per cent chicken breast meat, good portion sizes, in-house mayo, and sauces is a step in the right direction. Our Special Chicken Khubus Shawarma arrived wrapped neatly in aluminium foil, a slight sweetness apparent in the first bite. The chicken had a consistent softness all through and worked well with the garlic, mayo and jalapeño flavour profile. It isn’t as spicy as its competition, but that’s a welcome relief.

When we were described the Chicken Sabah in Rumali, we had to check it out for ourselves. For the uninitiated, a Sabah is very much like the shawarma, but with extra bits of the awesome inside. Grilled meat, boiled eggs, French fries, jalapeños, black olives and onions — pep, crunch and umami goodness. It’s the same size as the shawarma, but a lot more filling — so take note.

After a brief interval, we were handed the Grilled Chicken Salad — your diet’s new frenemy. There are all the usual suspects in there, namely, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, olives, jalapeños, green and yellow peppers. While the hummus dressing is technically good for you {in moderation}, we think they may have gone a little overboard with it. You can always ask for less.

Istah saved the best for last. Served with hummus, mayo, chaat masala, onions and a wedge of lime, the Grilled Chicken is our definite favourite here. Chicken that’s retained its juiciness, breaking down easily on your tongue and a crispy skin evenly seasoned —  kudos guys! We’d recommend the hummus dip over the mayo, and ask you to exercise caution with the chaat masala {it’ll burn a hole through your tongue}.

So, We're Saying...

Overall, we’re happy that the joint is self-aware and is open to feedback. We hope that their shawarma peers follow suit on the hygiene aspect. One can hope.

Price: INR 300 {for two}

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Fast Food Restaurants

Istah - Sizzling Shawarmas

3 Outlets in Telangana
locationYousufguda

8-3-231/A/52/1, Opp. Pochamma Temple, Krishna Nagar, Yousufguda, Hyderabad

locationGachibowli

Plot 10-A, Opp. Royal Enfield Showroom, PJR Nagar, Gachibowli, Hyderabad

4.2
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locationMadhapur

1242, Dwaraka Nagar Colony, Madhapur, Hyderabad

4.1
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locationKondapur

Shop 1, Beside Goli Vada Pav, Opp. Shilpa Park, Kondapur Main Road, Kondapur, Hyderabad

3.8
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Fast Food Restaurants

Istah - Sizzling Shawarmas

locationYousufguda