It’s getting tougher and tougher to find a pure vegetarian restaurant in cities. You have a lot of non vegetarian restaurants cropping up everyday. It’s not that I “don’t want to eat” at a non vegetarian restaurant, it’s just that I prefer a pure vegetarian restaurant when I’m out with family. Just like every other family celebrating the New Year’s even, I decided to head to a well-known pure vegetarian restaurant in Begumpet – Ohri’s Jiva Imperia.
Prior to checking out Ohri’s Jiva Imperia. I had done a thorough research on Zomato. The restaurant is situated on the main road, next to the Lifestyle mall. Ohri has two restaurants – the Jiva Imperia and the De Thali – on the same floor. So if you planned to enjoy a buffet and later changed your mind to enjoy some authentic Rajasthani food, you can very well do that. The interiors of Jiva Imperia is impressive. White decor with a spacious buffet area is the highlight.
Moving on to the food, the spread is great. Its much more than what you could eat. Even if you decide to taste everything, you might still miss out on something .They usually serve 4 types of starters with one paneer preparation. I thoroughly enjoyed all the starters. The Paneer Shahjahani and the Mexican wrap were great on taste.
For main course, there were 3-4 items include Bhindi, Paneer, Dal Makhni and a palak gravy. The spread also include Chinese items like noodles, fried rice along with a curry. The best part about these items were that they had a balanced taste, not much spicy so that people like me could enjoy it 😛
There were also 2-3 types of Rice preparations. Was surprised to see Biryani as a part of the buffet, because most the buffet places I’ve visited till now didn’t have the Veg. Biryani. Steamed Rice was there which could be enjoyed with Sambhar and Hyderabad’s second famous item curd rice was there too 😉
There was also a ‘Live Counter’ where you would get Pav Bhaji, Dosa, Chat and Pani Puri. Ohri’s Jiva Imperia has a Pani Puri ‘apparatus’ which is quite interesting. It’s a tank with a tap where the ‘pani’ is kept, so this is hygienic. Pani puri was amazing but Pav Bhaji was no where close to how it’s supposed to be.
Apart from these, there were the usual chutneys, sauces, papads and other side items on offer. The variety of Salads was good but I guess hardly anyone tried all of it. The only thing I noticed was that the Mint chutney wasn’t kept with the starters, so I took sometime before I found it.
However, the desserts were a let down. There was Malpua served with Rabri, Moong Dal halwa, Ice cream, Kaju Barfi and Rajbhog The halwa seemed ok but all the remaining things were more sweet and didn’t have much taste.
Overall, Ohri’s Jiva Imperia is a must visit place for all the vegetarians. For 499 Rs, this lavish spread is definitely worth. The number of items and the balanced taste is highlight. Lat time I had tried Utsav Restaurant at Jubilee Hills but this was way better than that in terms of space and the variety of the buffet. There is everything for everyone. With the perfect ambiance coupled with courteous staff, the whole dining experience is enhanced !
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