Fast, fuss-free and fresh: Hyderabad's Tasty Bowl is for immediate hunger rescue
Tasty Bowl is a fuss-free outlet that targets the corporate crowd looking for tasty, home-style Andhra meal options.
Sometimes, brands get associated with the most unexpected hashtags. The South-Indian comfort food place, Tasty Bowl, in Jubilee Hills, found itself tagged with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (popularly known as KCR), and it has got nothing to do with him. Co-founder Rahul Korrapati shares, “Our signature dish is called Kaju Chicken Roast. With more orders coming in, especially from Swiggy, and with limited time, the boys in the kitchen would holler ‘One KCR ready’. Before we knew it, our customers also photographed and hashtagged #TastyBowlKCR with a picture of the spicy cashew starter.” Although they no longer serve KCR (as it turns hard if there is a delay in the delivery), they still have guests asking for it. “Now, we make it for bulk catering orders only.”
Tasty Bowl is a fuss-free outlet that targets the corporate crowd looking for tasty, home-style Andhra meal options. True to its name, it serves in plastic bowls. “The concept is to give comfort food (mostly rice) at an affordable price (starting Rs.90, filling for one) and in eat-without-messing-your-hand packaging as most of our customers have working lunches.” The Film Nagar outlet has 10 tables, and the guests move in and out every 15 minutes.
We ordered Chicken 65 Sambar Rice, (Rs.140, potato variation for vegetarians) and it was served hot and fresh in a black bowl. Soft cooked, it was redolent of the aroma of ghee. The chicken was succulent and went well with the veggie-laden sambar. We also ordered a munch box (Rs.40) which had some crunchies that went well with it. It was filling, but the picture of curd rice with pomegranate, mustard and cumin seeds in an Instagram post seemed tempting, and we ordered it too. With the right amount of curd mixed with thick milk, it seemed like a good end to the meal. “We have recently added some winter specials such as Miryala Rasam Rice, Kheema Rice and we are tweaking our menu,” says co-founder Srinivas Chandra. The duo, related to each other, also have food as their common passion and that’s what made them start Tasty Bowl in June 2017. Rahul was into advertising and his brother-in-law Srinivas is a qualified barista who has worked in Australia.
Today, they have four outlets and the 3,000 sq.ft. central kitchen in Jubilee Hills is where the food is cooked. That they spent two months to curate their menu, and are okay with dropping their signature dish (as that meant compromising on quality) is what seems to make them the go-to place for South Indian comfort food. The first generation entrepreneurs say they take feedback seriously and have, at times, called back customers if something went wrong. The restaurant also has PoPoBob, a bubble tea kiosk serving sandwiches and cakes. “At all other times, we always ‘rice’ up to the occasion,” Rahul quips.
Price for two: Rs.400.
Pics: Vinay Madapu.