If you’re visiting Hyderabad, we bet biryani and kebabs are on your mind as you prepare to get a taste of Hyderabadi cuisine. So here’s where you can find your very own royal spread in Hyderabad city…
The Shahi Dastarkhan, a value buffet at Viceroy Hotel’s patio Coffee Shop is a Royal banquet that lays out Nahari (trotter soup), the quintessential Biryani and Haleem, lentils cooked with spices, and ground meat.
Your wait at the Hyderabad House, Humayun Nagar is rewarded with a fragrant and delicious Biryani served with dahi ki chutney. Generous portions of mutton, chicken, or vegetables are cooked to perfection on a bed of rice. Double ka meetha, divine bread pudding or Qubani ka meetha, juicy apricots dunked in creamy custard are a sweet finish.
If you’re looking for the very best of “Dum” cuisine, the Kacchey Gosh (raw mutton) ki Biryani or the Pakkey Gosh (cooked mutton) ki Biryani cooked in dough sealed vessels at Dakhni, Gateway Banjara, Road No.1, Banjara Hills is the one for you. For vegans, Mirchi ka Salan (pickled chilli gravy) and Baghare Baigan (spicy brinjal gravy) are two typical Hyderabadi preparations that are a must-have.
But if you want to enjoy kebabs under a star lit sky, Kebab-e-Bahar, Road No.1 on Banjara Hills is where you should head. The regular Pathhar Gosh (meat cooked on stone), Reshmi Kebabs, and Tangdi Kebabs are very good. But make the most of this sophisticated joint’s seafood offerings – a barbecued lobster served with Irani Yogurt, a choice of bread and salad, or crab with black pepper and garlic butter. A platter of three types of meat kebabs, two vegetarian ones served with chutney, bread, and salad is a good deal for Rs. 350 (less than US$10)!
Where did you enjoy an unforgettable Hyderabadi meal in the city? What was outstanding about the place: the taste or the ambience? Is there more to Hyderabadi cuisine than Biryanis and Kebabs?