Cousin sisters-in-law (nanads & bhabhis) and brothers-in-law (jijajis and bhaiyas) planned a post-Diwali get together at the Village restaurant in Inorbit Mall at Hitech City.
|Village Restaurant, Inorbit Mall, Hitech City, Hyderabad|
In the last decade, of all the restaurants I have visited anywhere, Village Restaurant fascinated me like no other (apart from Rainforest Cafe). Right from the entrance, I started to feel like I was walking into a completely different city - oops, I mean a village. The ambiance of this "theme restaurant" left me flabbergasted.
It was a very reasonably priced all-you-can-eat restaurant with a wide range of food. They even had a guy perform the Rajasthani horse dance, a puppet show, and there was LIVE dhol and dandiya. Along with the kids and the in-laws, I think it was about 25 of us at the Village restaurant and we totally enjoyed the activities while munching on food once in a while. The taste of food was average, but I would give 6/5 for the ambiance. And really, the ambiance always takes the experience a level higher.
|the view after you enter...|
Here is a virtual treat of this restaurant with a village concept... where there are intentional spelling errors, vibrant atmosphere, different setups, and most of the things that a village could possibly have - a circus, an underground well, a train station, a police station ........ what else can you spot?
|"muneem ji" (which means "cashier") at the entrance|
|wall art as you would see in villages|
|welcome drink...rose sherbat and jal jeera|
|appetizer, start off with some chaat|
|those who have lived in India during childhood will be able relate to this|
|ample seating provided|
|spelling errors - intentional and cute|
|there is a small bangle shop - choodiyon ki dukaan (not for sale, of course)|
|ceiling decor...made with vegetable graters!|
|funny posters and idioms around the place|
|Rajasthani horse dance|
|all-you-can-eat buffet with variety of food|
|a railway station setting|
|live dhol for people to dance away|
|"theka" = bar for beverages but alcohol was not sold|
|a circus setting, how fun!|
|puppet show, dancing on Bollywood item numbers|
|fancy a paan after the meal?|
|... or tea from chotu's chai ki dukaan?|
|that was not it; some more setups to see|
|you can wear the police or prisoner uniform and click photo in that jail|
|the group enjoying dandiya|
|"cycle wali chai" - tea on bicycle|
|another interesting ceiling decor, bulbs inside tea kettles, hanging from a bicycle tire|
This place was fantastic, I think. What do you think? Have YOU been to a "theme restaurant"?
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