If you aren’t a foodie you most likely are unaware of the offer that Dineout is running. With the FIFA frenzy everywhere, they are running this Predict and Win contest. You might think that this is just-another-predict-win-crap-stuff. But no ! The Dineout app gives you a lot of points based on your predictions which can be redeemed for food. So we put on our thinking caps, predicted a couple of games and boy we earned close to 3K points ! And what then ? Time to spend it. So to spend these points, we were short listing the restaurants and zeroed in on Smoky Pitara in Jubilee Hills. So here’s a quick review of Smoky Pitara.
Smoky Pitara – The Ambience
The restaurant in located in Jubilee Hills, just before Tatva and above Club N. The restaurant is on the first floor and if you are visiting the restaurant for the first time your might find it difficult to find the entrance. Anyways, the entrance to the restaurant is quite amazing with quirky posts all over the walls. The restaurant however felt a little congested as most of the space is taken up by the buffet which is served only during lunch. Also, my personal view is that the area near the buffet station isn’t quite comfortable. Its better if you sit on the other side. We were here for dinner and felt that the lighting could have been better. The playlist was pretty good and I didn’t realise when I started humming some songs.
Pure Vegetarian Food at Smoky Pitara – Review
We were a group of three and not all of us are interested in soups. The world might say that Soups are appetizer which improves your appetite. But for me, it totally kills my appetite and feel full. Anyways, we quickly ordered a Tomato Dhaniya Shorba, Galauti Kebab and Nachos for starters. Shorba was average and I found the one at Punjab Grill much tastier. I’m not that fond of Nachos but I did eat some. The dips were pretty bland for me and the salsa dip was average. The Galauti Kebab truly blew us away. Probably the best I’ve had till date in Hyderabad. Full marks to the chef for this. Highly recommended for your next visit.
For me, the default items for main course is the Dal Makhni. I previously told that the Dal Makhni is the one dish with which I gauge the goodness of the place 😛 Moving on we ordered Makhmali Paneer, Khazana-e-Lazag along with Dal Peshawari (signature dish of Smoky Pitara). To this we added a couple of Laccha Parathas and Garlic Naan. Also later on we decided to order Jeera Rice. After all Dal Makhni ke saath rice toh banta hai !
All the curries were quite sufficient as per the amount. Paneer Makhmali was actually makhmali – it was soft, fresh and tasty. The Khazana-e-lazag was a veg kofta preparation which was great on taste. However the koftas did feel a little hard. Coming to their signature dish – Dal Peshawari, it was probably the best Dal Makhni I’ve had in Hyderabad. Not quite close to the one at Taj Vivanta but definitely comparable to the likes of Punjab Grill. So over all, the main course was pretty good. Decent amount and very balanced taste.
One of the managers there told us that the mocktails served are very good. Going by her recommendation, we ordered for three drinks. Pina Colada, Citrus Drink and a Smokey Mojito. The Pina Colada was tasty and so was the Citrus drink that was made from fresh juice. The Mojito wasn’t exactly what I had thought of. (Smoky) It had mind, coriander and lots of chat masala. It was good, but I would have preferred the one without the masala.
Smoky Pitara Review – Must Visit for Vegetarians
Smoky Pitara is a relatively new restaurant in the foothills of Jubilee Hills. The ambience is pretty good and so is the playlist. The service was quick and the servers were quite warm and courteous. My personal recommendation at Smoky Pitara would be the Galauti Kebab and Dal Peshawari. I would definitely visit this place soon. How about you ? Did you find this review helpful ? Whatever it is, let me know in the comments below or tweet to me at @Atulmaharaj