The off-beat name “RoadRomeo”; the cuisines “Hyderabadi and Kashmiri”; the reviews “ranging from very good to excellent”; the location : “Def Col” – All these factors (not necessarily in order) were enough to pull us to this restro-bar perched on the 2nd and 3rd floors buzzing with an eclectic ambiance.
Dim and stylish lighting coupled with some cool paraphernalia on the walls including an electric guitar evoked cheery feelings about the whole place. We were greeted with sweet mango sherbet shots on arrival which I particularly liked.
Glancing through the menu we realized prices were considerably reasonable. After deliberations and recommendation from the very responsive and cordial manager, settled for some exciting preparations that were served soon.
Chicken 65: One word – “Hot”! Just the starter one had asked for- hot, spicy and fiery yet one couldn’t stop taking more servings. These were manageable-size chicken chunks to gulp down with minty green dip. The quantity was aplenty and same was the case for the other dishes too.
Cocktails: With a 1+1 offer on drinks, Margarita in two flavors- lime and strawberry was refreshing in its slightly-diluted avatar.
Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani: Ah the litmus test for this restaurant claiming “Hyderabadi” cuisine. So did it pass with flying colors? Yes, gladly so in all aspects – flavor, quantity, abundance of marinated chicken and the spicy saalan! Of course, there are better biryanis I have eaten, but this was as good as it could get. It is a must try here , and they also have a logical “Single Romeo” scheme running to pull the crowd.
Chicken Rista with Naans: The Kashmiri test “Road Romeo” did pass, but with a lesser margin. The chicken mince balls were succulent no doubt, but the curry didn’t enthuse us that much. Taste of saffron and cinnamon was distinguishable and nice, but the overall impact was on the bland side. Happened to have this dish at a Kashmiri friend’s place so could get the difference.
Cost for two: Rs 1400
All in all, it was an evening well spent. The service is great and on leaving we were given key rings as souvenirs ; these small things go on to show how restaurants are increasingly following the adage “Customer is King” ; Even though restaurant visits are still mainly about food, but they are not “just” about food !
Overall Rating: ****