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“Excellent food .. Ambience was Good ...”
Review of Holy Basil

Holy Basil
Ranked #144 of 5,656 Restaurants in Hyderabad
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Hyderabad, India
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excellent food .. Ambience was Good ...”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

The food was really excellent and very nice in taste. you will get a good variety of desserts and Indian "Gulab Jamun" with "Rabdi" in the top was excellent. overall it's worth to visit and if you are looking for good dinner with family then it's a nice place to visit.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Hyderabad, India
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9 restaurant reviews
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“Maharaj Gujarati & Rajasthani Food Festival !”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

The weather was absolute perfect, cloudy and cool. I along with few foodies headed to Radisson Blu on special invitation from Madison World. Radisson is celebrating its 1st year of completion in a very grand style by hosting an array of Food Festivals starting with Maharaj Food Festival, Bohri Food Festival and Sizzling South from July to August. The celebrations kick started with Maharaj Gujarati & Rajasthani Food Festival from 20th to 31st July 2013 at Chill.

It’s time to relish ‪‎Gujarati‬ & ‪‎Rajasthani‬ delicacies. Maharaj Food is predominantly found in Gujarati & Rajasthani cuisines. Maharaj which means “Chief Chef”. The Maharaj cuisines are healthy and light yet very delicious. I am not usually an aficionado of Veggie food but I relish and like to discover new and delicious cuisines from across the world. The menu looked very interesting and exciting conceptualized and executed by Chef Rajesh Joshi. The menu which changes every day has lots of new and exciting dishes.

Let me dig into the menu;

Welcome drink was Malai Lassi (clotted cream or Devonshire cream) a popular, traditional, yogurt-based drink with rose essence. It was to my liking creamy and yummy a perfect drink to lift you mood.

Makai Ka Soup, a true Indian style soup with real flavour of Makai (Corn). It is a thin soup which could have been better if it was little less salty though the flavours were apt.

Starters were Jaipuri Paneer and Lilwa Ni Kachori. Jaipuri Paneer was very bland and the flavours did not sink into the paneer as expected. Then we had the Kachoris which were small potlis styled kachori’s and it also let me down. The kachori’s were slightly undercooked. Apart from them there Pani puris with two different masala pani’s; one sweet and the other was hot and sour type. I like the sweet one which was very refreshing and tasty. There were also different kinds of regular kachori’s, Aloo chats, Samosa chats, Dahi wada and lot more street food on the offering. I must confess the Kachori chat I had was really amazing and lip-smacking, which I didn’t expect in a star hotel.

The main course looked very fascinating and to be had with different roti’s like Makai roti, Bajra Roti, dal roti and plain roti apart from Puri and Naan’s. Chef briefed that these different roti’s complement each gravy on the menu.

1. Mangodi mutter – a green peas based gravy with moong dal vadi (Mangodi). It is a Rajasthani dish and it did come out well.
2. Tamatar ki lungi - Spicy Rajasthani dish, goes well with rice or stuffed roti’s. It was just fine.
3. Dal Mewadi – it is Marwari style dal, a perfect dish for ghee roti’s.
4. Oondhiyu (Undhiyu) Rajwadi – it is one of the best dishes I had in a very long time with lots of flavours. It is a very interesting dish with 16 different vegetables, herbs and spices. Undhu means upside down in the Gujarati language and hence the name of the dish Undhiyu. It is a Gujarati's dish mainly from Surat in Gujarat. It is cooked using a number of herbs and spices.
5. Muthiya Palak Nu Sak – it is rice/chickpea flour dumplings (muthiya) based palak gravy. Muthiya is typical dumpling made from the gripping action of the hand. It is a one of the traditional dish of the region.
6. Toor ni Khichidi – it is a toor dal based khichidi. Khichidi is a very widely accepted dish in many part of India. It is very tasty and does stand out as one of the best dish on the menu. I just tasted only a spoonful of it as I want to keep some space for traditional desserts.

Desserts;
1. Moongdal Halwa – it is a moong dal based dessert with loads of Ghee. This is a very healthy dish which actually keeps your body warm during winter months. I had only a small portion and it was perfect.
2. Bhajra Ka daliya – it is a Millet Porridge, tastes simple yet very flavourful, ideal for a morning stomach and it is easy to digest.
3. Shirkand – it is a sweet dish made of strained yogurt. It is one of the main desserts in Maharashtrian and Gujarati cuisine. It was so yummy I could not stop eating it again and again. The flavours were perfect with slight sweetness.
4. Tare Jamun – these are small gulab jamuns, I had 8-10 of them, and they were very soft and juicy.
5. Kopre Ka Ladoo – I actually mistook it as round shape chum chum, after having a bite I realized it was Kopre (grated coconut) ladoo. It was very tender yet juicy.
6. Soan Papdi – a classic gujarati sweet. It was crisp, flaky and very tasty.
7. Kesari Kheer – it is a tradition sweet dish made in every household across length and breadth of India. It is a kesari (saffron) kheer which was creamy and very scrumptious.

Overall an amazing experience with such delicious food and desserts. I could not resist those mouth-watering desserts which were both tasty and healthy. I lost the count of how many times I had visited the desserts counter. The roti’s were very think, I would like it if they were little thicker. Though starters disappointed little bit but the Chats, Main course and Desserts were really very appetizing and scrumptious. We finished our meals with a gigantic and delicious sweet paan at live paan counter.

Special mention should be made for Chef Rajesh and his team for executing such a great spread. Thanks to Ms.Saxena and Ms.Neha Mishra for being there till the end and making us comfy. Now my expectations for the next food festival have risen to new level. I eagerly look forward to get back soon to quench my thirst for GOOD FOOD. Competitors watch out The Radission blu is making some heads turn.

Ambiance 4.5/5
Food Quantity -N/A
Food Quality 4.5/5
Pricing 4/5 (buffet and brunch pricing)

  • Visited July 2013
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Hyderabad, India
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“the chinese and japanese share the table..”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

the menu offered is chinese, thai and japanese in the holy basil restaurant.the jasmine tea as a welcome drink triggers your senses to indulge in exotic dishes coming from the far east and yes it doesnt disappoint you.the thai salad with the raw papaya grated was very good, the thai crispy vegetable starters was surprisingly good and tasty ,i have had better sushi ,and yes the service is perfect.,once again the ambience gets my thumbs up, simple,neat and spacious.

  • Visited June 2013
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INDIA
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“True Japanese Cuisine”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Being in Japan for a long time, i always had missed the true taste of Sushi, Sashmi and Onigiri. Even the Miso soups in the star hotels were not upto the mark. Till i met Chef Mahender from Radisson Blu. Amazing selection of Sashmi and wonderful tepanyaki at the counter.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Rajreviews
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Pune, India
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“Good Pan-Asian cuisine”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

A good place if you want to try Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Malaysian food. Liked the dimsum and veggie Sushi platters. Also like the Khow Suey and the Thai Red Curry. Nice ambience and helpful staff.

  • Visited June 2013
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