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Serengeti (Ohri's Banjara)

Serengeti (Ohri's Banjara)
EDITOR RATING
8.5
Food
Service/Courteousness
Ambience
Value For Money
8.0
9.0
10.0
8.0
Suggestions
Good for date/family
NA
Easy parking
NA
Long waiting
NA
The Scene
Serengeti is to Africa what Africa is to Africa. Well, almost. The trick to liking Serengeti is to go in with no expectations. Which will be hard if you come to a leading Hyderabad website (heh heh) and see an editorial rating for ambience of 10. But then, Serengeti will perhaps still match, or even exceed, your expectations.

Serengeti could then have logically been attempted only by an Ohri's. After a dozen eat-outs all over the place that are marquees on the Hyderabad restaurant scene, it needed to stretch, or at least put one up just to show off. So call Serengeti the pinnacle of Ohri's evolution.

Serengeti aims to recreate the experience of eating in an African jungle, and does a better job of it than the skeptical one might expect. Yes, it works best if you walk in skeptically.

There are vines, sprawling banyans with hanging aerial roots and all, authentic grunts and growls in stereophonic sound, life-size animals that actually move, and even machans. Well, not exactly machans, but a whole upper floor. Which is even better, given the panoramic view of the city from there.

Even the waiters are dressed like the Phantom's jungle patrol in this sprawling restaurant-cum-bar, and the feel is more life-like than you would normally assume possible in this African safari. It would be a whale of a time for your kids, and for you too if you haven't resigned yourself to being an adult yet. You can't help wondering at the creative and the logistical effort.

The Food
Serengeti serves Awadh (Peshawari) cuisine. Which approximates to North-Indian if you need a dictionary for it. Parothas, kebabs, shorbots, dumpukht biryanis and lots of Paneer, Murgh and Gosht all over the menu.

The alcohol menu is a colossal spread in itself, serving just about anything Indian and firangi that you need to bankrupt yourself. Apertifs (including a Chaat Ranthambori), soups (including Paya Shorba) and salads (including a Tandoori Warm Salad) are the only things rather reasonably priced, ranging Rs. 50 - Rs. 100.

There's a vast appetizer spread, including seafood (Jheengha Dum Nisha and Tandoori Jheengha being prominent), mutton (Kakori Seekh, Raan E Sikandari), chicken (Bhatti Ka Murgh, Banjara Murgh Kebab), a chef special Tawa menu (all meat) and kebabs (priced Rs. 600 - Rs. 1,350). A typical non-veg appetizer can cost Rs. 250. Veg appetizers include chaat items, tikkas and kebabs, and are priced Rs. 120 - Rs. 500. The main course again has seafood, mutton, chicken and veg (mostly paneer) items as separate heads, plus dals, breads, 3 dumpukht biryanis of Avadh (including Dum Murgh Biryani), and pulaos. Jheegha Lababdar, Baliram Gosht, Murgh Serengeti Masala, Paneer Jahangiri and Rarha Gosht are some indicative items on the menu. There are some handi dishes too. Desserts, priced Rs. 90 - Rs. 160, include, among others, Kulfi Falooda, Aam Ras Chana Payas, Litchi Ka Tehari and Gulab Jamoon.

You can't really complain about the food if you like this branch of cuisine, but you can do that of the prices. Indeed, the ambience costs - a meal for two, without alcohol, can cost Rs. 800. But as we write this (Oct 2007), Ohri's has found a solution to that, too (we guess they needed to). Yes, there are thalis at lunch now priced Rs. 200 - Rs. 350 (depending on whether you want veg or non-veg, and how many items you want) that you really can't go wrong with. The spread in this quasi-buffet includes something from all sections of the menu, and is really good (you can actually fill yourself up with the appetizers if you aren't careful) - perhaps so good that they'll tinker around with it to spruce it down.

The Verdict
After the thalis, there's no reason any more to not visit Serengeti. You owe it to the kids in your home, and in yourself. Or at least to the animals.
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8.3
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  • Address
    8-2-682/3, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500034
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  • Telephone
    98667-79881, 2330-2200, 98667-78040, 41, 42
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    23302255
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    Click here
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  • Distance
    3.3 km (Maps & Directions)
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  • Website
    http://www.ohris.com
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  • Sub-Categories
  • Average Meal Per Couple
  • Recommended Dishes
    Awadh Ka Paneer Tikka, Awadh Ka Galouti Kebab, Lahori Chicken Tikalal, Murgh Peshawari, Nihari Gosht, Litchi Ka Tayari, Aam Ras Chana Payas, Ulta Tawa Parotha, Warqi Paratha
  • Parking
    Valet Parking
  • Veg/Non-veg
  • Other Features
    Liquor, Smoking, Bar
  • Year Started
  • Timings
    1200-1530; 1900-2330
  • Closed On
    No Day
  • Payment Option(s)
    Cash, Credit Cards
  • Closest Bus Stop
    Road No. 12 Kaman Busstop
  • Closest MMTS Station
    Ladki-ka-Pul
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Easy parking - Yes
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emokshaa on 13th Feb 2011, 5:45pm | Permalink
Serengeti is a misnomer if you are going for North Indian or Peshawari / Lucknowi food. Though i hasten to add that food being served here is of good to excellent quality. Decor resembel an African jungle with wildlife thrown in for good effect. Though Serengeti zone is very large plains, this restaurant is having two decks. We choose the upper one for no particular reason. Non veg menu is exhaustive whereas resonable choices are there for vegetarian. Well stocked liquor bar is attached offering some real exotic drinks. Ambience, food quality and service is good to excellent . A nice place to take your guests on a gastronomical trail though i must say a little expensive.

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RATING
7
prachi on 20th Sep 2009, 5:24pm | Permalink
Well... I personally find the review a lil' wrong... yes it is expensive...but, we loved it... Meal for two... a la carte, cudn't evn finish it... and were foodies... ok!!!
And guess how much we paid... 350 total!!!!
I'm satisfied!!!

Pros: ambience
Cons: price
ravi kumar on 20th Jul 2008, 10:45am | Permalink
the atmosphere der is really gr8... the jungle setup and the music is fun... its jus like eating in a jungle... the food and the service is very nice...
the menu for the drinks is also gr8... a very nice hangout
RATING
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