It makes me sad writing this review. This one the few places that I absolutely love, it always felt kind of special while visiting here, but now it is closed. There is a new branch of United Kitchens of India opened in Secunderabad, I haven’t visited that one yet, as its quite far from my place. The menu seems to be a bit different from what it had originally. Although the restaurant is closed, I would like to go ahead talking about the original United Kitchens of India because it was really close to my heart.
If you ask me about the best fine dine restaurants in Hyderabad, I would suggest Jonathan’s Kitchen and United Kitchens of India. And for cafes, its Roastery Coffee house without a question. We visited UKI three times. Twice with a group of friends and once on an impromptu date. The experience was superb every single time.
We visited for the first time on the occasion of Diwali. It was one of those times when Diwali was falling close to our midterms and almost everyone was in college. Even though we couldn’t go some, we still wanted to make it a memorable celebration. We were in a group of around ten people. The first thing that caught our eye was their lovely ambiance. The place is cosy and very well designed.
They had both indoor and outdoor seating. We preferred the outdoors because the weather was good and they had these lovely mini seating areas specially made for people visiting in large groups. Moreover, I always love the concept of light water sprinklers, they feel very soothing and positive. The first thing that we were awestruck by was the size of their menu. Man! It just didn’t end. There are a lot of options for varied cuisines from different states of India. Since we were a group of about 10 people, we definitely did not hold back on order. We were wondering how they are able to manage such a large menu and we got our answer well enough, when we tasted the food.
Malai Paneer Roll: Wow, the paneer was so soft. It just melted into the mouth, loved their starters.
Crispy Corn Kernel: Really tasty. We had to repeat this order in fact. 🙂
Malai kofta: It’s definitely not an easy dish to prepare, as too sweet malai kofta doesn’t taste good. But here, they made it perfectly. It was actually my favorite dish here. Rich gravy, apt amount of sweet and salty flavor. Loved it. Although I did feel that the portion was quite small.
Dal Makhani: Nicely cooked. The time taken to cook it was reflected by the taste.
Paneer lababdar: The one thing about their dishes is that their gravies are thick, very rich, and flavorful. Paneer lababdar gravy also tasted amazing.
Dhaniya Aloo mongodi: Generally we don’t order aloo sabzi, so we were kind of hesitant ordering this one. But as we were so many people, after a conflicting discussion we just decided to order it. And we were so glad we did. No one could stop eating it. It was delicious.
Their rotis are their speciality too:
Mirchi paratha: I am not a spice lover so I didn’t try that, but my friends really loved them. They wouldn’t shut up praising them. Other options were also really good, Lachha parantha, ajwain paratha, methi paratha, garlic naan, etc. all were well cooked.
Litchi mocktail and Mango flavored Virgin Mojito is a must-try. Would suggest not trying Pina Colada. I couldn’t take the third sip. The second one was just the benefit of the doubt.
I went again after that and we had indoor seating. It was great. The only mild drawback here is that it is a bit costly when compared to other restaurants but overall the food is amazing from starters to mocktails. Everything is just wow. I really want to visit their restaurant in Secunderabad and hope that they maintain the same standard.