You know what they say about not judging a book by its cover. Or in this case, a packed lunch delivered right to my doorstep in an impressive happy red flat box with ‘Bhojanam’ spanning right across.
Well, I did pre-judge this one by its cover, because any box that’s managed to reach its destination without a spill manoeuvering Hyderabad’s notorious craters, humps and dumps is definitely dressed to impress!
The thali came neatly sealed with 9 items – 2 types of rice, rotis, radish sambar, veg korma, bhindi fry, yoghurt and a sweet rice. To describe it in two words – comfort food. Would have been nice if the items were labelled so I’d know the traditional names of these dishes. Apparently there’s no fixed menu and the items change daily so every day is a new surprise. And only at Rs 185 + taxes that’s quite a steal. It’s available only from Monday to Saturday for lunch though.
While the packaging was impressive, by the time the food arrived it had gone cold. Would have been great if the plastic tray were microwavable since I’m guessing these thalis are primarily targeted at the office crowd. And we all know how those hunger pang-inducing group meetings usually extend through our lunch breaks. Missed basic cutlery too. Eating with your hands is supposedly good, but most definitely not sightly at your desk.
A note on the box says Bhojanam is ‘a phrase said by our ancestors in Sanskrit to describe a meal which they thoroughly enjoyed’ . Guess you’ll have to find out whether your next lunch is bhojanam enough by ordering one from Simply South at +91 9100717999 (Filmnagar) or 040-40180809 (Gachibowli).