Asalam Walekum …First things first, I am in love with Hyderabad and its food- the amazing fusion of spices and sweets, the way every dish is perfectly right and even all the aromas. Just when I thought Hyderabad’s Chicken Dum Biryani was the best dish I could ever have, I came across another amazing dish. Have you ever tried a famous Arabian dish named Mandi in Hyderabad? If you have not, then I must say you are utterly missing out on something heavenly. The first time I had Mandi was a year ago, but recently my friend Viswa called me up and this is how our conversation went –
“Bro, Lets go and have Mandi.”
“Well, is it the same place we go always?”
“No. I will take you to a better place. You will just love it, believe me.”
I have never been one who says no to food, especially Mandi so we drove all the way to Towli Chowki and stopped at a restaurant called “MATAAM AL YAMANI”. The problem of restaurants at Towli Chowki is parking. We almost never get a proper parking space. After a while of searching for a perfect space, we finally found one and ran up to the restaurant.
If you go to a restaurant and ambiance is one of your top priorities then I don’t think this place is for you. This restaurant delivers poorly in ambiance. Its just a big room with carpets on the floor and small stools in place of chair; just like most other restaurants famous for Mandi. I wouldn’t suggest this place for family and women. This place is completely filled with guys of all kinds and ages sitting at their most comfortable levels. I could even see a guy lying down there. I guess he was a glutton for food and comfort, well, you can’t blame him. The way everything is set up in the restaurant is actually the Arabian style of dining. They sit on the floor and eat their food. It symbolizes humility and the authenticity of their culture, which I respect greatly. What the restaurant fails to deliver in ambiance, it more than makes up for with its food, so if food is your main priority then you should surely go for it
As soon as we took our place, a guy came rushing to us to take our order. We ordered “Chicken Mandi Full” as mentioned in their menu card. Viswa informed the waiter his specifications by saying “Bhaiya, Only Leg pieces leke aana.” In no time, the waiter brought a big plate. I could feel my mouth fill up with water just by looking at it. In the Arabian style of dining, four to five people share the same plate. Its actually “Sunnah” in Islam.
Steering away from religion and coming to the food, the taste and quantity of the dish is actually worth much more than its price. So obviously, the dish was amazingly delicious and more so, because it was friendly on the pocket. I really liked the chutney that came along with the rice, it seemed to enhance the taste of the dish to perfection. But the opinion on the chutney is subjective as Viswa didn’t like it and I loved it. A chilled Mountain Dew with Mandi is the best combination of food I’ve ever had. Make sure you try this combination the next time you have Mandi.
The staff there were also very friendly. The waiters and the manager all had a smiling face that seemed to welcome you at all times.
After I finished eating all that there was to eat, I could totally relate to the guy who was lying down in the restaurant earlier. Having that kind of food and lying down after that with a full stomach is an amazing feeling.
Place: MATAAM AL YAMANI
Food: CHICKEN MANDI FULL
Serves : 2 people.