Ram Bharose's South Indian specialities get an Italian twist
Their signature dishes include Pizza Dosa, Cheese Garlic Idli and Bhajjis.
Eighteen years ago, when Govind Lal Bhattad started a hole-in-the-wall outlet to serve homestyle rotis, rice and curry in Malakpet, little did he know he would go on to open three outlets that would become synonymous with idli — the South Indian staple. Marwaris are not someone you expect to associate with idlis, but the Bhattads are synonymous with super soft idlis and a wide variety of innovative dosas in Hyderabad. Interestingly, Gen Next Bhattads Rithesh and Yogesh say today their most orders on Swiggy are for their little white magical idlis and the other innovative versions at the Narayanguda branch of Bhattad Ki Idli — Rambharose Bhandar.
The Bhattads, understanding the demand for South Indian food, soon enough shifted to serving idli, vada and dosa to meet the demands of their patrons and their soft, melt-in-the-mouth RBS Idlis are still their specialities. Interestingly, all Marwari weddings in Hyderabad have a South Indian counter by the family. About the new outlet, Yogesh adds, “We believe in innovation and it took us seven months and 22 days to come up with our current menu, which we feel is customised for youngsters.”
We try the piping hot Pizza Dosa. Layered with a thick smearing of pizza sauce, oregano, grated cheese and veggies, this fusion dish wins us over instantly. While the dosa base is thin and crispy, the multi-layered toppings are soft and flavourful. From the idli variety, the spicy Cheese Garlic Idli is our favourite. Apart from the taste, the prices are surely attractive – all priced between Rs. 35 and Rs. 80. That their new vegetarian outlet next to Shanti Theatre is a space teeming with campuses is also another reason for them to introduce the fusion food at this self-service stand-and-eat place. Ritesh says the unique taste comes from the cheese they order from Nagpur, from where they tell us comes the best milk products. The only hitch here: Lack of parking. “Considering most traffic cops also drop by enjoy the evening idly, it shouldn’t be too difficult,” quips Yogesh.
Price for two: Rs.150.