In the mood to have a delicious wholesome meal to satisfy your hunger! Probably the best way to do that is by having a Thali, it is a complete meal, with a lot of variety of food items that will make even the hungriest person happy!
India is a land of flavors and cultures, the great thing about a Thali is that you can have some really tasty food that is very specific to a certain locale, you have the South Indian Thali, the North Indian Thali, the Gujarati Thali, Rajasthani Thali, vegetarian Thali, and non-veg Thali. The list goes on, and each time you have a Thali that is specific to that locale or culture, you get to experience it in a royal manner. Some of the places that we will be mentioning have around 40-50 items on their Thali.
Hyderabad - the city of pearls, is not just famous for its pearls and Biryani! Today we will be taking a look at some of the best places you can head to have really tasty and satisfying Thali the city has to offer. We have a lot of variety on this list, from only vegetarian Thali to some of the best places that serve authentic South Indian Thali, from fine dining places that serve Thali to casual restaurants that serve Thali on budget.
So without taking too much of your time, let's begin!
Best South Indian Thali in Hyderabad:
1. Simply South, Film Nagar
As the name suggests, Simply South serves South Indian cuisine. It is one of the most popular restaurants in the city. That's mainly because of the amazing taste of the food served and the cozy and comfortable ambiance. They have 2 outlets in the city, both open for lunch and dinner. Food lovers adore this establishment for its signature South Indian Thali. You can choose from the option of having either Andhra style Thali, or Telangana style Thali, or Kerela style Thali, or Mangalorean style Thali. Each Thali would have Authentic food items from their respective origins and each and every one of those is mouth-watering! Apart from Thalis, you can also choose their A'la Carte menu, which is also very extensive and the dishes taste really good.
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
2. Spicy Venue, Jubilee Hills
Opened in 2000, Spicy Venue started serving Andhra Thalis. The idea of a Thali was fairly new and people loved it! Today, even after 21 years, people are still loving Spicy Venue's Thalis! The specialty of their Thalis is the Authentic taste, Spicy Venue has employed close to 20-30 people in the villages of the Andhra area who prepare chutneys and podi powders. This way the traditional way of cooking hasn't died and customers get to experience authentic South Indian cuisine. Excluding the variety of chutney and podi powders, the Thali consists of nearly 12-15 items, making it a complete meal. We loved their Thali, although the recommendation that we could make to you is that you ask for some extra chilies, if you like spicy food, the food prepared is made keeping in mind a broader audience, which is why it isn't very spicy. Also, try to make your reservations in advance, or else you might have to wait for quite some time to get your tables.
INR 800, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
3. Rayalaseema Ruchulu, Lakdikapul
One of the most famous establishments in Hyderabad, Rayalseema Ruchulu probably sets the benchmark standards for Telugu cuisine. Having won the award "Best Andhra cuisine" by Times Good Food Guide consecutively from 2009-2014, you can safely say that they have earned their reputation. You can choose to eat their Thali or Meals or their A'la Carte menu, which is quite elaborate as well. In their Thali, you get 4 types of pickles, 4 types of podi powder, curd, raita, plain rice, Biryani, 4 types of Andhra style curries, 2 types of Dal, roti's/puri's, papad, and 2 types of sweet dishes. Needless to say, you will leave with a full stomach and completely satisfied with the quality and taste of the food. The staff is also very humble and friendly, service is pretty fast considering the place is almost running at full capacity. Everything said you should definitely visit Rayalseema Ruchulu at least once!
INR 900, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Best Vegetarian Thali in Hyderabad:
4. Rajdhani Thali, Forum Sujana Mall
When you hear vegetarian Thali, you automatically hear Rajdhani Thali, Their Thali is the ultimate combination of Rajasthani Cuisine and Gujurati cuisine! Rajdhani is an only Thali restaurant, meaning, you'll only find Thali's being served to its customers, which they don't mind because of just how delicious the food is, it is a complete roller coaster for your taste buds. Starting with a refreshing drink to clear your palette, you'll then be served with dal baati, which is a Rajasthani dish, then there were a few more appetizers like Dhokla, Muthia, and chaat, which were all Gujurati dishes. These appetizers are served with red garlic chutney, which is absolute bliss! Now comes the main course, you'll be served at least 4-5 curries, 3-4 types of Indian bread, 2-3 types of dal and a seasonal item like in the summers, you'll be served aam ras (mango juice). When it's time for desserts, you'll be served at least 2-3 types of desserts. This brings your meal to an end, and just for clarification, there are unlimited servings on everything that's on the day's menu. All of this for a very reasonable price, so that it doesn't hurt your pockets.
INR 900, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
5. Ohri's De Thali, Begumpet
Another vegetarian-only Thali that serves Rajasthani and Gujarati cuisine. The Thali menu has a total of 32 tasty delicacies from the 2 regions. The name Ohri's is quite popular in Hyderabad, so you can be confident about the food quality and taste. With the interior and furniture being very colorful and vibrant, the place looks very lively and comfortable, the staff is also very energetic and happy to help you, they will explain about each dish before they serve. Once the Thali is filled with food, it looks picture-ready, you'll love to just dive in after clicking a photo for your social media. We can assure you won't be disappointed by the food, it tastes amazing. You definitely have to keep this on your list.
INR 950, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
6. Dadu's Purani Dilli, Secundrabad
Dadu's is very famous for its sweet dishes. They have been running their establishment in Hyderabad for quite some time now. Dadu's Purani Dilli is their take on a restaurant-like operation. If you visit Dadu's Purani Dilli, you are sure to have a good experience, the staff being really friendly will welcome you and guide you to your table, serve you hot and fresh food at the earliest and they would also provide Jain food on demad as well. They have both South Indian and North Indian Thali on their menu. The Thali is a complete meal from appetizers to desserts and it is unlimited as well, meaning you can have any number of servings you want.
INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Best Thali's on a Budget in Hyderabad:
7. Taj Mahal Hotel, Abids
One of the oldest and the most popular restaurant in the city, the Taj Mahal Hotel has a very good reputation to serve some of the most delicious food in town. They serve both North Indian and South Indian Thali, but we will recommend you to try their South Indian Thali. They specialize in Andhra food. Their Thalis are pretty famous, they even have a completely separate section for their Thalis. They are very reasonably priced and the food quality is very good. The Thali has unlimited servings of curries and dal, but you would need to pay extra for additional servings of Rotis and papad.
INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
8. Norfest - The Dhaba, Dilshuknagar
Norfest - The Dhaba is a fairly new establishment in town, it is a paradise for chicken lovers. With almost 15-17 food items on the menu and a new type of chicken curry every day, this is the perfect Thali for all the meat lovers in town. The interiors and decor of the place are also quite funky and have a cool vibe to the experience. With quirky wall art and colorful furniture, the entire place just comes to life as soon as you enter. It's a very picturesque place, which has a semi-outdoor seating arrangement setup and a projector as well to stream live sports. It's a good restaurant to take your family out for a nice Sunday dinner! For all non-vegetarians, do try their Punjabi special non-veg Thali! And the best part? It's not that expensive, you can feast on the delicious food without worrying too much about the bill!
INR 550, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
9. Subbyya Gari Hotel, Kondapur
If you're ever on a tight budget but have a huge craving for a nice, Thali? Head to the nearest Subbyya Gari Hotel, they have 3 outlets all across the town and they are very well known to serve some of the most delicious vegetarian food at very fewer prices. It's a fully veg restaurant and has amazing food variety on their veg Thali. With unlimited servings and almost 12 food items on your plate, you're going to fall in love with this place. This restaurant is popular amongst students, as they usually head to Subbyya Gari during their month-end crunch, want to know a fun fact? their plates are actually banana leaves. They serve you food on long banana leaves, like they usually do if you head to the rural areas of Andhra and Rayalseema. They do specialize in Coastal Andhra food delicacies.
INR 400, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Fine-Dining Restaurants serving Thali in Hyderabad:
10. Dakshin - ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet
Dakshin by ITC is a luxury fine-dining restaurant that serves some of the best tasting South Indian food in the city. They bring together the 5 cuisines from South India to create the ultimate gastronomical experience. The interiors and decor give you a very royal and majestic feeling. They have chosen to go with medieval period furniture and wall paintings, with really spacious and generous seating arrangements and light instrumental folklore music playing in the background, you forget that you're in 2021! The staff is also very well-mannered and would try to serve you hot food at the earliest. They would also be kind enough to send any special instructions to the chef regarding your personal preferences. If you're ever planning on visiting Dakshin, and you eat seafood, do try their Sarvottam Thali, it's really something out of this world.
INR 3000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
11. Aromas of Andhra, Banjara Hills
If you're a fan of Telugu cuisine from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, and you have a reputation for eating too much, you must visit the Aromas of Andhra. This restaurant. specializes in coastal Andhra food dishes and they have a humongous Thali called the Bahubali Thali, which has almost 30 food dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. This Thali is so huge, the restaurant allows 2 people to share this thali! They prepare food keeping Hyderabadi cuisine in mind, full of flavors and spices. Some of the dishes served in the Bahubali Thali are Pappu, poriyal, sambar rasam, plain rice, flavored rice, poori, mutton curry, chicken fry, chicken and mutton Biryani and so much more. This is a must-try place for non-vegetarians. There is a vegetarian Thali as well.
INR 2000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
12. Minerva Coffee Shop, Himayath Nagar
One of the oldest establishments in Hyderabad, Minerva Coffee Shop has been serving customers quality food for the last 3 decades. Specializing in South Indian cuisine, they have some of the best South Indian Thali to serve to their customers. They also have an elaborate A'la Carte menu to choose from and are a very popular breakfast spot for their customers. One recommendation to you, if you're in the mood to have their Thali, head there a little early, as they usually run out of Thalis within a couple of hours itself. They have their restaurant set up at multiple locations all across the city for the convenience of their customers. Their 2 best-selling thalis are the South Indian Thali and the Corporate Lunch Thali.
INR 1200, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps