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“Good Concept - quality could be better”
Review of Nautanki Gali

Nautanki Gali
Ranked #106 of 5,654 Restaurants in Hyderabad
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking
London
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good Concept - quality could be better”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Nautanki Gali has been conceived to look like a typical scene from a ' local Indian street' and the ambience does adequate justice to the theme. A fully air-conditioned restaurant made to look like a huge gali full of local shops, the baltis (the aluminium buckets used in Indian homes) converted to seats in the waiting area, the occasional big tree with a platform around it (the kind that the Sarpanch gets to sit under - in Hindi movies), partitions made with delicately placed glasses of 'cutting-chai' and bottles of 'goli-soda', musicians performing in traditional Rajasthani attire, feedback forms in the form of a Report Card, bills coming in quaint bill-boxes - the ambience sure gets a 10/10. My dining booth was the barber shop with some very beautiful pics of yesteryear Bollywood actresses (they sure were gorgeous. sigh!).

The buffet spread was vast and spread out throughout the whole restaurant. The starters were extremely good with a special mention of the batter-fried corn kernels and the succulent pieces of chicken (the chat counter should employ a more cheerful and generous man, though!) and the main course had a good variety of dishes accompanied with rice / dum biriyani or chappatis / phulkas hot off the stove - in a typical dhaba style. The mocktails and the cocktails (which were served in goli-soda bottles) had an offer of a free drink for every 2 that you purchase. Sadly, that did not apply to the hard drinks!

The letdown was the desserts - both in terms of the number of items and in terms of quality. The icecreams did not have flavor-tags and in the dim light you really can't make out if the icecream you are picking out has the flavor of mangoes or oranges. The carrot halwa tasted as if it was made halfheartedly. I did not bother to taste the rest of the desserts.

Verdict - good for a regular night out with friends / family - not a place I'd recommend for a 'special' evening.

Tip - while the autorickshaws are a great photo-op, its quite inconvenient for dining - since you need to keep moving around to get to the buffet.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank LittleCaramia
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English first
Hyderabad, India
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Excellent place”
Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

Nice place to hangout. Lavish buffet with lot of options. The ambience is perfect with a local street

  • Visited December 2012
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2 Thank rkirans
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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice Experience”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

The ambience was very nice and it was a very nice experience. The starters were very good and there were many food options.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank PradeepReddyKypa
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lucknow
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“One of best concept restaurant”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Food was good and buffet choice was huge. You would be spoil for choice for sure. Lunch buffet was around 450 including taxes but was worth it. Lot of lice counters for snacks which are also tasty and ambience adds to the taste as well. Prebook always anyday as it is always full

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank vikx
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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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25 reviews
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“Good Food, Reasonable Rates”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The buffet spread is good. The ambiance is different, and the crowd is decent. Located in hi tech city, it is very convinient for working people to meet up on a dinner. The cost is very reasonable compared to the buffet spread. Only concern was that one of the waiters refused to give us the finger bowl after the dinner and wanted us to use the wash room. It was quite strange coming from a restaurant so well maintained.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Oscar_Prince
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