Ponderosa is a small restaurant in the mini food street of Mohamamad Ali Society, next to Kaybees. It has the most yummiest South Indian food with prices which doesn’t come hard on your wallet.

I wanted to try Idli Sambar for quite a few time and it was there in their menu. Though taste was good but it felt that Idli were either not cooked properly or were not cooked fresh. Still the Masala Dosa was a delight, cooked to the perfection. We also ordered Daal Fried which was the most delicious daal I have ever eaten, even better than the dhaba ones. The highlight is the madrasi thaali with a variety of daals, puri, rice and achar. And there they didn’t believe in serving soda water with no taste and call it fresh lime as most of the restaurants do.

It is a must visit with family or friends and the bonus is you will have a chance to try a new cuisine too. They also have Pakistani and Seafood entrees on the menu but as I haven’t tried anything from it so there is no point in recommending. I don’t think it would be more than Rs. 200 to 250 per head as the food has good serving size and quite heavy too. They would surely see me next time.

21 Comments so far

  1. burhaan on August 22nd, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    Om Nom Nom.
    Have they got any Ramadan deals???

  2. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on August 22nd, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

    Didn’t ask about it. You can call at 4529877. Though the menu is rightly priced so it is more or less accessible.

  3. fasee on August 22nd, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

    Yup, I visit pandarosa quite frequently, dats once every two years….always found the same level of food quality and same old waietrs and same old rickety chairs.

    But yes, I wud vouch for madrasi thali any day any time.

    Only drawback being, the thali ingredients are chaged each day of the week, so its ur luck what u get inside when u decide to drop by.

    In dosa…I liked the qeema dosa the best…although the aloo filled dosa is the most economical and quite good.

    Lassi is really ugli, same goes for the service, and same for the interior and cooling system.

    But for the price..u get a really nice deal…..

  4. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on August 22nd, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

    spot on!

  5. balma on August 23rd, 2009 @ 8:51 am

    First time maabadolat had dosa was when most of you were probably still in diapers or even perhaps your naanis were still searching for your dads.
    It was on Abid’s in Hyderabad at this famous restaurat called Taj Mahal.
    My first reaction as a young man was: yeh kyaa bakvaas hae.
    Over the years I have begun to tolerate Mysore dosa and few other varieties. They also have another thing in Madrasi restaurants which looks like pizza. That is fine too, once in a while.
    Other than that….madraasi food is not for your Balma.

    I did go to Ponderosa once when they were near Karsaz. You guys were still in your chaDDies then…probably. Then I thought they disappeard.
    Good to know they are still around. Vaisay, MALI society kaa kyaa haal hae aaj kal….jamaanaa ho gayaa vahaa’n gayae huay.
    There was one Madras Mahal restaurant near the badbakht marhooma’s house in Clifton…..Last December I went to this place in some slummy part of Defence which also sold dosaas…naam yaad nahi’n aa rahaa.

    Almost 30 years later, same Hyderabad, same Abid Road, same Taj Mahal restaurant….Balma took ibn-e-balma to introduce him to that historic restaurant…like abu-balma had once done for his sapoot. Sirf sapooto’n kee umrou’n may farq thaa. saalay pooree riyaasatai’n khatam ho gaee’n, raajay navaab khatam ho gayae, tehzeeb aur zabaan khataam ho gayee….chhichoro’n kaa raaj hae….but glad that restaurant was doing well.

  6. بستنی (wasiq) on August 23rd, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

    I have never eaten in the MAHs…don’t know why….KB’s sey kabhi kabhi icecream ajati thi…woh bhi katam….peer aur fakeer sub hee naraz hain kya karein….lol

  7. fasee on August 23rd, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    @ balma

    Jis zamanay ka aap ziker ker rahay hain, us me loog nappy pehna kertay thay…diapers ki lanat baki lanaton ki tarhan recent import hain.

    Dosa tastes great if aperson has not recently devoured a hyderabadi double tambako pan, and has thrown his “chappal marka” beeri….as these might have ruined the taste for ya…..

    Otherwise I can’t figure out how any cook worth his salt can ruin a simple dish as a doosa….( Waiasy fasee some times fantasticaly ruin a plain omlete when at its best )

    @ wasiq

    Aaah KB ki icecream, kabhi hum bhi un ke ashiqon me se thay, ab tu hamari mehboba ka wohi haal hai jo laila ka 6 bachoon ke baad hota hai…..40-55-80 ki figure dekh ke majnoo ki saroo “majnoo giri” fana hojati hai….

  8. بستنی (wasiq) on August 23rd, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

    woh apna spinzer fast fast ka kya hua…abhi hai kay giya…?bahut din sey naam nahein suna

    @fasee sab….icecream khana nahein chordh saktey….buss ab sirf walls ki khatey hain aur walls ki gatey hain….

  9. Sarfaraz Ahmed Soomro (sarfarazsoomro) on August 23rd, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

    having tasted Kaybees icecream recently, i must say it has lost it’s touch, especially the vanilla has been quiet tasteless. Icecream fans may like IceBurg. They have a branch on Johar Road not so far away from Kaybees.

  10. بستنی (wasiq) on August 23rd, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

    @ramadan kareem….i have heard from Re-Tweetable source that my multiple has been escheated…please don’t ruin the rest of my remaining life by showing the green-card form again….and again…you know I can’t stay longer…

    @Balma jee….ibn-ay balma ko bahut sa piyar…. halwa puri toh hum ney bahut khai hai…yeah salay puri kya hota hai….? hum ney toh sunna hai…aadhi khudai…lol

  11. fasee on August 23rd, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

    @ wasiq

    ” Salay puri”

    Ghair musadiqa itla ke mutabiq ye amreesh puri ka phupa aur neesha puri ke mamolay rishtay daar hain.

    “Ramdan kareem”

    Ironic, at start of ramadan, fresh cream has been hoarded, u can’t find a pack of cream anywhere, unless its packaged in dubai or saudia, at 3 times the price…

    Mahina start hua nahee is mahinay ki nahoosat shuru hu gai…fasee today bought every veggie, fruit, meat ect from bearded traders, who too him as abu jehal at badar, and looted his every penny as maal-e-ganimat sent by allah so then can produce and sustain more of there ugly bearded creed.

    I m already running on salary advance…abi sali eidi bhi deni paray gi, tu all my khandan ke bachay, where I wud go, jo awam ke maslon ki tarhan add nai multiply hu rahay hain….

    Sali bakra eid pe bakray qurban hitay hain, is wali ko choti eid nai, insan kushi eid kehna chayee

  12. Kashif Aziz (kashaziz) on August 24th, 2009 @ 9:17 am

    Ponderosa is not the place to go if you are looking for ambience and environment. The waiters are slow and unresponsive to the point of being rude, the place has roaches roaming around, plaster striping off the walls and not very clean cutlery. It has the worst customer service in all outlets of M.A. Society.

    If its Masala Dosa you want to eat, try the dhaba at Bahadurabad or near Hasan Square.

  13. balma on August 24th, 2009 @ 10:14 am

    Thank you Wasiq ( oh, I actually used w and not f!)

  14. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on August 24th, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

    @kashif, Thankfully I didn’t experience any of that =D

  15. Kashif Aziz (kashaziz) on August 24th, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

    @Raheel: My last visit to Ponderosa was in April. Not going back for sure.

  16. بستنی (wasiq) on August 24th, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

    @Raheel lakhani….I believe he is describing my house…..lol

    @Balma jee….ya I would have definitely noticed it….because I regret not being at the khyber ka kila at the right moment….anyways God Bless You always….

    @Fasee saab….sir advance bhi ordaa diya…itna keun hoard karlia…ab toh taleban ka bhi koi chance nahein….MQM ko london calling ….sunna hai pakistan kay rigid constitution ko nonrigid bananey per study ho rahee hai….lol

  17. بستنی (wasiq) on August 24th, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

    @kashif aziz….now who will tell the barish (rain) kay baad ka manzar…..??? please please ….

  18. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on August 24th, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

    @kashif I know ambiance isn’t that great but pata nahi I found the place simple and welcoming. it was a good change :p

  19. fasee on August 25th, 2009 @ 12:25 am

    Yaar tum log khuda ka khoof karoo…500 rupay me pori family khaa ke ajati hai….ab ya tu jaib dekh lo ya ambience, service, cutlery and hygeine….bhai hum tu memon log hain ( mentaly ) apnay ko jaib pe jo suit keray woich mangta…baki sab jaway teel lenay

  20. hasan (unregistered) on August 29th, 2009 @ 9:53 am

    yaar aap loag sub kitnaay faarig hein? lol! am attending a class at dow so makes sense in me readin all dat or even commenting.. magar aint u all da normal office goers? anyways.. welcome me cuz am here to stay.. cheers!

  21. بستنی (wasiq) on August 29th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm


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