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Aidu – Impressive South Indian Food In Hyderabad

If you also stay in Hyderabad, I am sure you are aware of the type of restaurants that are coming up nowadays. In most of the restaurants that you see around, you would be either a South Indian restaurant, an Asian restaurant, or a cafe.

I am yet to understand the reason behind this but I guess it’s just that people over your love their South Indian food. Having said that, most of the new South Indian restaurants have a very similar menu and I often fail to identify what extra are they providing.

It’s been a few weeks since I visited Aidu, a new South Indian restaurant which wasn’t like the others is Aidu. It’s not even a month since it opened its doors, but I have already seen a lot of people flocking to Aidu. So in this blog post, I am going to share my review of Aidu and how it is redefining South Indian food in Hyderabad.

Aidu – Food From 5 Southern States

Aidu means five in Telugu and that is what is the essence of the restaurant. It brings together flavours from the five South Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. You might argue that there already are a lot of restaurants serving food from the five states. So how is Aidu different? 

Well, they have carefully crafted the menu and have some interesting takes on the various dishes that we see around us. Not only that they have carefully created the whole space giving it over the ambience, which is modern yet gives you a feeling of home.

One of the things that I noticed on the menu is that it has absolutely no north Indian dishes which means you won’t find a Dal Makhani, Paneer butter masala or even a Tandoori roti. I am sure that most of the other South Indian restaurants that you have seen in Hyderabad.

Location & Ambience

Aidu is located in Jubilee Hills right at the beginning of the Durgam Cheruvu flyover. It’s fairly easy to locate and it’s very close to Telugu Medium and Lord of the Drinks. The set-up is grand and is not easy to be missed. They also have valet parking so you don’t have to worry about that.

They have a small outdoor seating with some pretty interesting murals on the walls that convey the history and stories of these five states. On the inside, they have a pretty large seating area with a bar that is well-stocked. They have used earthen colours like mud red and green to give the homely yet contemporary look. The place is well lit and the tables and upholstery used are pretty good.

Refreshing ambience at Aidu
Refreshing ambience at Aidu

Since the team behind Aidu is the same as the team from Farzi Cafe, the choice of cutlery, the way of presenting the menu, the names of the dishes and everything else are class apart. I was here on Wednesday evening and I was amazed to see that the place was almost packed.

Refreshing Food At Aidu – Review

The menu looked interesting indeed, but I couldn’t order all of it. But since I was invited to the restaurant, I was provided a sampler for almost all of their marquee dishes. For starters, I had the Ghee Roast Paneer, Patti Samosa, Avakai Soya Chaap and Ghee Podi Idli

Delectable Starters
Delectable Starters

My absolute favourite from the starters was the Patti Samosa and the Avakai Soya Chaap which was a different take on the Soya Chaap that we eat. The flavours were pretty well infused and were pretty new when it comes to soya Chaap.

For the main course, I had a serving of my favourite Idiyappam and Puttu, which was served with a bowl of Gutthi Vankaya and Paneer Chettinad along with Ghee Rice. Talking about Gutthi Vankaya I think it was one of the best ones I have had in the city. Paneer Chettinad, too, was flavoursome, but a little hot for my liking.

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For drinks, I was served a glass of coconut Nannari, which is Nannari made with coconut water. Nunnari is one of my favourite drinks but at most places, I have seen them made with soda but this one with coconut water was different and refreshing. Apart from that, I was also served a kokum-based drink, which was made with a base of Ginger Ale. The drink was perfectly balanced and was quite refreshing and I highly recommend you try it.

Not to be missed desserts and drinks at Aidu
Not to be missed desserts and drinks

Lastly, I was stunned by the deserts that were served. I got a serving of Aidu’s Mysore Pak along with the Elaneer Payasm. Both these dishes were unique and pretty interesting. When it comes to the way they were served. I want to explain to you how the dishes were, but I don’t want to so that you go to Aidu and experience it. If I were to choose between these two, then my personal favourite would be Elaneer Payasm.

Aidu – Changing The Way We Look At South Indian Food

Aidu is not the first South Indian restaurant that I have been to in Hyderabad. But it is surely the one that has quite an interesting menu which is different from a lot of other South Indian restaurants. I was amazed by not seeing any North Indian dish on the menu and also a lot of dishes like idiyappam and Puttu along with Chettinad Paneer made it to the menu. The deserts as well as the drinks are spot on and are inspired by the various regions of South India.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate the team for a wonderful opening and for the beautiful place they have. I think in terms of service they are impeccable. I am surely planning to go there once again with my family to give them a taste of what Aidu has to offer.

That’s about it for this blog post, if you are looking to dine at a South Indian restaurant, Aidu is a good option. Though I was invited to the restaurant, the review that I have shared here is honest and based on my experience. Do let me know your thoughts in the comment section below, you can also tweet to me @Atulmaharaj, DM @Atulmaharaj on Instagram or Get In Touch.

About Atulmaharaj

A seasoned blogger and a content marketer for close to a decade now. I write about Food, Technology, Lifestyle, Travel, and Finance related posts. Blogging brings me joy and the best part is I get to read and e-meet so many amazing bloggers! PS: I'm also the founder for Socialmaharaj.com :) Favorite Quote: "Traveling is like reading a book, one who hasn't traveled, hasn't turned a page.

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