In a nutshell:
Simple interiors, fast service & good South Indian Nonvegetarian food
Meal for 2: Rs. 250 onwards
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian
Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:
The restaurant is located inside Hotel Southern & as the name suggest, this place seemed to be occupied only by people from the Southern states of India. The hustle – bustle of this place is seldom seen in any Hotel in Gurgaon. The restaurant has nice, neat & clean, basic interiors that is surely less spacious as compared to the number of people frequenting this place – resulting in queues. Unlike the excellent managed ‘token number’ based queue at Andhra bhawan, the queue here was managed just about OK. At times it felt that the guy who came in later wud get a seat earlier. Like at Andhra Bhawan, no one here gets a table just to themselves. The table needs to be shared with unknown guests. e.g. if u r 2 of u , u will have to share a table of 4 with another 2 people, if u r 3 people, the 4th seat will b oupied by a stranger….
The service, as I mentioned earlier is fast. The people here were quite knowledgeable & answered almost all queries satisfactorily.
The menu card surely surprised us – we had expected pure South Indian Nonvegetarian but were surprised to find North Indian dishes as well. The menu card looked good & had a collage of food pics at the bottom. We stuck to South Indian food only, as per plan.
The food was good but non of them except the prawn were ‘wow, this is outstanding’. We tried 4 dishes – an Andhra style fish fry, a chicken of the day – chilli chicken kuttu (that is what I think I heard on the third attempt), mutton of the day – Kerala style mutton & a prawns masala.
If u r just nonveg hungry & are already around Central Delhi & do not really care for AC or ambience, Chandni chowk / Ashok & Ashok is a better deal for nonveg food. However, if u want specifically South Indian nonveg, this is a good choice.
Detailed Description – In case u have the time to njoy reading:
We started our lunch with fried fish Andhra style. Unlike the same dish in the famous Nagarjuna Restaurant, Bangalore, the one at Amravathi was not reddish in color. Neither was it as spicy as the one at Nagarjuna. The fish here was fried post marination in good amount of spices – that formed a coat on the fish in many spots. The taste of this was very good & so was the flavor. It was neither overbearing not too subtle. Loved it.
Post this we had the chicken of the day. This was chicken marinated in green paste. Unlike the hara bhara murg etc that we eat at North Indian restaurants, this one was overtly green. In fact the green-ness of the chicken was just too much. Surprisingly, unlike all the other dishes, this was not served piping hot. The taste was spicy & enjoyable.
The mutton curry had lots & lots of sliced onions in it & like most popular South Indian curries, had a sour taste to it. The meat pieces were also soft. However, what stopped this dish from being a superb one is the fact that the taste of the meat & the gravy were not intertwined. The meats seemed to be thrown in later. Inspite of this the taste was good but surely a lot short of being ‘great.’
The prawn curry which came in the end was however a revelation. It had a strong , spicy & hot taste & the flavors were too good too. The prawn pieces were super soft as well. Loved this dish & will surely reorder next time we r at Amravathi.
Overall – The experience did not delight me but it was surely good.