• Signature Dishes: Special South Indian vegetarian thali
  • Opening Times & Days: 11am to 10pm, daily
  • Address: SD Road, Secunderabad; Saifabad; Nampally Station Road, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Contact: N/A
  • Reservation: No

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Kamat Hotel is well known for their delicious South Indian meals which are really delicious and cheap. This chain of South Indian restaurants has quite a few branches around Hyderabad and Secunderabad so you won’t have to travel far to find one. Duck into any branch for lunch, dinner or simply a snack.

Kamat Hotel Hyderabad


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There are so many branches of Kamat Hotel that it is impossible to get away from this chain of restaurants. There are two branches on SD Road in Secunderabad; one in Saifabad and the other on Nampally Station Road. We visited the branch on Nampally Station Road in Hyderabad.

Kamat Hotel is well known for their delicious South Indian meals which are really delicious and cheap. The best part about these meals is that you can have one as a snack any time of the day/night or a selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

You don’t come here for the decor or service; the emphasis is simply on the lip-smacking and affordable food.


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First up was a glass of Mango lassi for Graham. It wasn’t mango season so the mango flavour was a bit synthetic. The texture was nice and thick and the sweetness was perfect but it didn’t taste like fresh mango.


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For my first sample of South Indian food, I decided to try the Tomato and onion uttapam.

Uttapam literally meaning ‘poured appam’ in Tamil. It is a dosa-like dish made by cooking ingredients in a batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, uttapam is a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter. Uttapam is sometimes described as an Indian pizza.

Uttapam batter is made of urad dal and fermented rice. The outer surface is crisp and the inner layers are soft and doughy. Uttapam is traditionally made with toppings such as tomatoes, onion, chillies, capsicum and cabbage mix; other common choices are coconut or mixed vegetables. It is often eaten with sambar or chutney.

The tomato and onion uttapam was delicious and really well cooked. The toppings of tomato and onions were fried before being added to the uttapam; this added a lot of flavour to the batter. What I liked about this dish is the lightness and goodness I felt after eating it; the snack-size portion was perfect.


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Graham ordered a Special vegetarian thali which consisted of a pappadam, puris, rice, dal, sambhar, chana masala, okra fry, coconut coriander chutney and a vegetable pickle.

Of all the dishes in the thali, the okra fry was the best; it was nicely fried, crispy and well flavoured with the right amount of spices. The chana masala had fried chick peas, and along with the sauce, made this dish really tasty. The sauce was the best part of this dish as it was well spiced and full of flavour. The other dishes in the thali were pretty average.


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The Special vegetarian thali came with a Western-style tomato soup with croutons. The soup was quite boring as it was similar to a normal tomato soup; there was nothing special about it. The soup itself was quite thin and the flavour was weak. The soup seemed to be straight out of a can.


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As part of the Special vegetarian thali, we were served some Vanilla ice cream. This was a stock standard ice cream that you get from the market rather than it being home made.


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The Indian sweet was too sugary to eat so we didn’t even attempt to eat it.


Overall, the food at Kamat Hotel is good value; some of the dishes are quite tasty. The variety of different dishes available on the menu at this restaurant is impressive.


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