This is the original Rayalseema Ruchulu outlet. It was also the first one I dined at since I wanted to dine at the main outlet first to get maximum variety and exposure, However that mirage will disappear quickly as you begin to realize that being the first outlet it is also the oldest and has far lesser space and far less classy ambience than the other more recent outlets of the same restaurant.
There is one advantage to going to this particular though which is that I have generally found this outlet to always have stock of even the rarer items on the menu... whereas the other 2 I have tried (Himayat Nagar & Jubilee Hills) frequently run out of rare and uncommon dishes like rabbit if you go latter in the day.
The waiters are courteous and responsive and tables are usually available here without any waiting time unless you go on weekend rush hours. The seating and ambience appears a bit cramped though.
The restaurant is primarily famous for it's:
1.Ragi Sangeti Ragi Mudda (which was basically steamed Ragi, a type of millet, mashed with steamed rice ghee and some chilly powder into balls... resembled slightly flavoured mashed rice balls),
which is to be had with
2. Natu Kodi Pulusu (Country Chicken curry in a slightly tangy gravy)...
They also serve Vepudu of all types of fishmeat which mean the masala fried variant.
I personally strongly recommend the Kundelu Vepudu here (which is like Rabbit in fried nuggets form - except it still has bones )... which is unique and wont be found in most other Hyderabadi restaurants.
Also, they have an amazing mutton biriany where the boneless mutton is in a mashed stringy form and absolutely melts in your mouth. It's the best biriany sort of dish I had in Hyderabad. The proper name I think is Mamsam Pulao.
And also, there are the traditional andhra favourities like Cheppala pulusu, Gongura chicken or mutton curry and also the Thalkaya Mamsam.
It was slightly on the expensive side with each of the above dishes coming for around 200-300 rupees. But a count of one dish per person should be more than enough for even those who eat a lot since the quanitity is very large!
Overall, a good experience for Andhra food if you have no idea about the cuisine... (the waiters will be very helpful and can explain in hindi each and every dish in great detail)... but if you already know about the dishes you like from the cuisine or famous dishes there are other cheaper places not too far off.
Cost: 650/- for 2.