Pista House Vijayawada is a place famous for its offering of Haleem during Ramzan season, Pista House rose to fame with branches all over and also offering regular restaurant food such as Biriyani etc. In Vijayawada, Pista House seems to be a big success, just like everywhere. Crowds throng this place for Haleem and other starters. From the About section of their official website, Pista House claims to be what KFC is to Fried Chicken, Pista House is to Haleem.
Extremely filthy and crawling with rats
We visited Pista House Vijayawada on the 5th of July to have some Haleem as well as some Tangdi Kebab which my friend swore were one of the best available. What I witnessed was something terrible and something made me swear never to visit this place again or recommend this to anyone.
I ordered 1 Haleem, 4 Tangidi Kabab, 1 Double ka Meetha and 1 Kheer. To begin with, the place was unclean, there were under aged labour working. Many I say, including the guy waiting tables seemed to be well below 18 years. Describing the place would be difficult as I had not seen anything this dirty. Rats were all over the place, there was slime on the floor, the guys working on the Haleem had sweat dripping off their bodies and foreheads, the boy working on the Kababs was in a vest and was touching everywhere.
The chicken was so dry it was almost making a sound when tapped.
In terms of street food, it is accepted that they are not as hygienic as restaurants. In general, this is presumed to be ok because the street food is generally tastier and carries a particular x factor which the restaurants cannot provide. Even taking this is into consideration, Pista House Vijayawada falls well short. In regards to the taste of the food, the Haleem was as bad as it could be. There was no trace of any meat whatsoever, every spoon full we tried had either a peppercorn or something else which would ruin it for us. The Kabab was extremely dry, wonder how long they were left to dry on the roadside without any protection.
The preparation of the food is extremely unhygienic
The Double ka Meetha stank of some vague oils, the moment I tried eating it, I almost threw up. As for the kheer, it was ground rice in milk. We packed up as swiftly as possible from this dump and went over to Bismillah where we ate in peace.
Double ka Meetha was made with disgusting smelling oils, probably recycled.
It is doubtful if the original Pista House manages this place. If it does, it is the time that they took a backseat from focussing on the cash counter and paying attention to other issues highlighted.