Check out the latest highway-inspired restaurant in Hyderabad!
From hot and spicy idlis, fusion pizzas to smoothie bowls, you can have it all at Tollgate – The Eating House, well almost
Tollgate – The Eating House, the latest addition on Road Number 45, Jubilee Hills, is utterly inviting with graffiti, truck-shaped sofas and petrol pump-inspired cash counters. In fact this highway-themed restaurant reminds you of one of those cheerful theme parks.
Eat, drink, click
Once the rain eased off recently, we peeped in to find that the restaurant is primarily open-air with a few indoor sections and a cabana. Apart from the Bombay Kulfi counter at the entrance, what strikes you as you step in are the tar roads, a painted red bus on the wall that announces you have arrived at your desired destination. “The décors, food et al is inspired from highways from around the world,” says Sharad Arora, Operation Manager. The quirky graffiti on the wall might make you pose at every turn as you keep noticing Instagram-worthy spots. “We know that the youngsters are gung-ho about selfies, so we have quite a few spots where you can take good pictures,” says Sharad with a smile.
North to South
Your prayers have been answered if you are looking for a place for breakfast or to satiate those late night hunger pangs, as this outlet is open from 8 am to 2 am. We are presented with four menus that are divided into various sections. Foodies can opt for South Indian fare and North Indian dhaba delicacies. Health conscious eaters need not fret as there’s a lot they can choose from.“We travelled across Andhra Pradesh and Chennai to see what kind of food is offered at the dhaba, before we came up with our own the fusion fare,” says executive chef Rizwan Abdul Khader.
First up on the table is La Indiano – a fusion pizza where the in-house dough had a thin layer of tangy paneer makhni sauce. The succulent pieces of chicken topped with mozzarella cheese on thin crust pair well. Next up is the Teriyaki Alam Kodi Kebab that comes with sheermal (a kind of flatbread). The slight hint of local spices in the kebab and the sweetness of the sheermal seem rather perfect. Post that we try the Overloaded Chicken Panini served with nachos. As we bite into the sandwich with chicken filling doused in chipotle sauce, we understand why the dish is named so. It goes well with the Vitamin-C Booster from their ‘Go Blendz’ section in the beverages. So will the next thing that comes on the table, the Super Food Bowl. This unique smoothie that comes in a bowl is an ideal breakfast fit for gym goers. Replete with the goodness of berries, chia seeds, flax seeds, assorted nuts, avocado, muesli, banana, and dates. We couldn’t leave without trying their Tawa Butter Idli. The miniature, melt-in-your-mouth idlis, sprinkled with a generous amount of karampodi, garnished with cashews is the perfect breakfast for a rainy day. Just make sure you have their filter coffee to go with it.
Price for two: Rs 700 ++
Pictures by Sathya Keerthi