Cereal Killer Bistro

I am not a "cereal for breakfast" person. I am somehow not convinced with the quick, healthy (they do have truck loads of sugar) selling point of such cereals. In fact the last time I had a bowl of cereal (kellog's chocos :P) was some 12 years ago. The true blue South Indian in me simply refuses to fall for such fads.

Now someone can raise the question, why now? Well I was in the vicinity of Cereal Killer Bistro (Anna Nagar East, next lane to the metro station after the rountana, behind the scoop bar). I wanted to eat something off the track as I have reduced eating out a lot and also a week of being a true blue South Indian becomes monotonous :P I just noticed this place while I was sitting in my car waiting for my kid. Thought of checking them out as I didn't have breakfast that day. A compact place with pleasant outdoor seating and an indoor seating with a view full of plants and trees. They do have a wide spread menu ranging from starters to sandwiches to pastas. But I wanted to do justice to the place. Kill some cereals. I quickly settled for a cereal bowl called "Dexter's Date with the Muesli" (Rs.210). A bowl loaded with mixed fruit & nut muesli, dates, oats bites, black currants, almonds, whipped cream, pomegranate, a dash of caramel sauce along with a bottle of chilled almond milk. It was little bit sugary. May be because of the whipped cream. I liked the crunch from the almonds & the cereal. It would've been better if the pomegranate pearls were fresh and not frozen. It would've been much better if there weren't any pomegranate at all. It didn't fit in with the rest of the ingredients :( But that's my opinion anyway. The almond milk was mildly sweetened and wasn't too runny. The cappucino (Rs.130) I had after the cereal was a bit weak for my standards.





Overall, if you are a cereal lover and used to have it frequently, you may like this place. To me, I tried a new place that serves cereal bowls. Will I go back ? Mmmm may be not. As I am not a cereal person :)

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Mataam-Al-Arabi, Hyderabad

Next to Baghara Khana & Dalcha, our area of interest was to try the Kabsa/Mandi. The major setback on the Mission Mandi was the portion/quantity. We for sure know that we can't even finish 1/4th of the plate. And we wanted to try both Mandi as well as Kabsa. Out of the few places that made to ur list for mandi, Mataam-Al-Arabi in Chandrayanagutta was our choice. They are the first to bring Mandi/Kabsa to Hyderabad we were told. Again a loooong travel on the last day of our trip, we reached here to have lunch. We were sent to the family dining area at the basement. Apart from the low cushion set up, they also have regular seating which we didn't know earlier.

We ordered for Chicken Kabsa & Mutton Mandi. The staff almost refused to serve us both the dish stating that it would be way too much for us. We told him that we would like to try both and we are all the way from Chennai. He accepted our request half heartedly and served us Chicken Mandi & Mutton Kabsa (he reversed our order and later told us that he knew what he was doing as that was only available.) I liked the Mandi more than the kabsa. Fragrant rice with chicken, caramelised onions and dry fruits. Those who love their rice spicier may not like this. The chicken could've been little more tender/juicier. Same with the kabsa too. Mutton was better in this. And it was a tad bit better than the mandi on the flavour note as it had whole peppercorns too. The accompanying raw tomato chutney helped a lot in taking few more mouthfuls of rice :P






The halwa was a bad news. Too much of ghee and it had the raw rice flour taste. We didn't go beyond a spoonful. Paid close to 700 bucks for all these along with water & soft drinks. Wrapped our 3 day trip with this place :)

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BadeMiyan Kebabs, Hussain Sagar Lake

The sheer determination to devour some sheek kebab and pathar ka gosht made us travel all the way to Hussain Sagar lake from Q-City. And we weren't disappointed. BadeMiyan Kebabs (Google Maps would lead you to this place which was recommended more than the ones with the same name in Tolichowki or Lakdikapul) is located on the opposite side of the lake, near the Ramdas Statue. A open place with a huge stone slab to make the pathar ka gosht. Settled for a plate of sheek kebab, pathar ka gosht & malai tikka. Wow is the word. Meat quantity was amazing and the marination was perfect in all the kebabs. Loved the slightly charred, crispy outer of the pathar ka gosht. Sheek kebabs were mind blowing and we devoured it in no time along with the rumali roti. The fish tikka we ordered later was also fresh with dominating crushed mustard taste. The runny yet spicy mint chutney was just the right accompaniment for the meat. Paid 900 odd bucks for all these along with a bottle of water.











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Traditional Sweets & Snacks @ Hyderabad

Pramada's, Opposite to Indira Park Main gate:

We had plans to pack some traditional sweets & snacks from Hyderabad for friends & family here. I wanted to get my hands on some podi, pickles & sweets. Pramada's was strongly recommended for their tasty, fresh & homely savouries & condiments. Packed podi, chicken & mutton pickles along with some savouries. Podi was kickass. As spicy as it can get and was fresh. Tasted the chicken pickle alone. While the flavour and heat was good, somehow I felt the chicken to be too hard that, initially I thought it was bone :P Loved the kara sakinalu aka ellu murukku. It was damn spicy and was fresh and crispy even after couple of weeks. The poha mixture with fried garlic was a huge hit at home. Paid cclose to 4K for the hell lot of stuffs we packed :)



Emerald. Near Indira Park :

While Pulla Reddy & sons were recommended for Puthrekalu, our friend suggested that we try emerald. Packed 2kgs of puthrekalu (they also have dry fruit & jaggery variants) and assorted laddus. The laddu variety here is amazing. Coconut, til & gondh were my favourite from the box :) Not sure how much we paid here :/


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