The all-new Retro Drive-in has a mix of cuisines and a foot pool
The Retro Drive-In at Kavuri Hills is quite easy to miss. In fact, the signage is barely helpful as it is lost in an abandoned corner of the street. However, when you drive in, the mood changes and you notice fun graffiti and typical jargon that is clearly targeted at the millennials. With a dozen joints located across the huge area spanning indoor seating and cabanas, the team has ensured that you never run out of food or fun.
Play some foot pool
The 180-seater that can also accommodate about 100 cars offers multiple choices of cuisines. Choose from Chinese, Italian and Indian from the 11 joints which include popular names like Southern Spice, and Yaara Da Tashn. If you’re looking for some chilled drinks to go with your food, Makers of Milkshake has rich, creamy shakes. The eatery is founded by three city-based entrepreneurs in their twenties – K Balaji Varma, Sai Prithvi and G Raghunandan Reddy with an aim to retain a youthful vibe. While we waited for the starters to arrive, we tried our hand at the game of foot pool (a game that originated in the UK). “If you don’t enjoy foot pool, you can also play soccer, volleyball or box cricket,” said the owners.
A mixed bag
It might be slightly difficult to make up your mind when you are spoilt for choices. Southern Spice and Yaara Da Tashn, we feel are must tries. From Yaara Da Tashn’s list of starters, we picked the Hara Bhara Kebab. This spinach kebab, topped with fried cashews and served with mint chutney and hot garlic sauce, was comforting and crunchy.
The non-vegetarians could opt for Roasted Chicken, a variant of dhaba speciality – Bhatti Da Murgh. This dish was rather ho-hum but the spicy onion chutney and a dash of lime juice made it better. If you cannot zero in on what to order, we suggest the Non-Vegetarian Combo from Southern Spice.
We started with the Chicken Pulao, Chicken Sambar Rice, and finally, Curd Rice that calmed us down after a volley of spices hit our palete. Finally, the meal ended on a sweet note with a Fire Paan from the Babai Paan Palace.
Price for two: Rs. 1,200 for two
Pics: Sathya Keerthi