Biryani is the best thing – you have it when you’re happy, when you’re sad, when you’re partying and when you are chilling at home watching a cricket match. Some of the best biryani I’ve had is when I lived in Hyderabad. Outside of that, I’ve mostly lowered my expectations and still been disappointed a lot.
When wife and I walked into Kritunga for lunch, we had no idea it was a non-vegetarian heavy, Andhra/Rayalaseema cuisine place. I laughed out loud when I first realized this, as wife was a veggie. We went ahead anyway and decided to try out the options available.
Kritunga has a very pleasant ambience – one of the better ones in Electronic City and for an Andhra place in general. It is expansive and well lit and the the decor is themed in an antique Indian style. With the bronze cutlery giving the finishing touches, the place definitely gives a good vibe.
The menu is plastered with photos of chicken fry, biryani and fish. There were limited vegetarian options, and I suggested wife to go for the vegetable biryani. I myself opted for the chicken roast biryani, as it sounded interesting and I pictured a well roasted oily chicken sitting atop my biryani.
The biryanis arrived in large hundis, prompting the both of us, average eaters at best, to think if we could finish our portions. Nevertheless, the hundis and the presentation looked enticing along with the generous serving of the raita, salna and the salad. The roast chicken was not as good as I had built it up to be (in my own imagination). The chicken could have been cooked a little better, it was not tender and a little more oil could have given a better taste. The rice however was very well spiced and overall the combination turned out to be decent.
While the concept of a vegetable biryani itself is debatable, there are some restaurants that pull it off. Kritunga did it – the biryani was not a boring dish of rice with some carrots, peas and insipid masala thrown together. They had added paneer, beans and a concoction of spices that left us gobsmacked. I took some generous helpings of the vegetable biryani in between finishing my chicken.
We almost finished our portions, contrary to our own expectations and had a happy grin at the end. Now that is what most restaurants would like to achieve. If you’re in EC and are looking for a good Andhra place, this one is a definite recommend. If you’re not looking for an Andhra place, I would still recommend it for their non vegetarian delicacies.
PS: I ordered a chicken biryani for home delivery as well, and it was delivered in a foil packet which is not very common these days. The biryani was OK, but the quantity was humungous. The delivery was prompt and in under 30 minutes.