Besides bounty of culture and history, that India offers to the enthusiasts, the culinary delights across the length and breadth of India have commendations from patrons all over the world. Hyderabad the capital city of Telangana state of India is one of the must-visit places on your trip to India for the rich history and cultural heritage. And the city is famed to be best for quintessential biryani Experience, so a real foodie treat you cannot miss. Hyderabad is the place where Biryani flourished. There are several variations of Biryani found in the Indian subcontinent but Hyderabad takes the top spot.
The Mughals from Persia are believed to have introduced Biryani in India. Subsequent to which the Hyderabadi biryani evolved during the reign of the Nizams in Hyderabad. Today Hyderabad has become synonymous with Biryani for its irresistible and lip-smacking flavors. We visited these five restaurants to savor on their biryani specialties with recommendations from local friends in Hyderabad and here are our views.
In Hyderabad Paradise is synonymous to Biryani. The first name that comes to mind for a biryani restaurant is Paradise. We were running late for dinner and assuming that we wouldn’t find a table opted for takeaway. Paradise set up its first restaurant in 1953 from this very location. The takeaway was quick as they keep the parcels packed and ready to go. The quantity of Biryani, when compared to other restaurants is more and could easily be shared by three. A bit on the spicy side the taste and flavors of Paradise are second to none and we both could easily finish it without feeling heavy on the tummy. Must try is the appetizing starter Paradise Special Chicken. Special Biryani comes with a combination of chicken and lamb. Go for ‘supreme’ Biryani for larger portions. There are in total ten branches all over Hyderabad. Paradise also has branches in Bangalore, Chennai, and Visakhapatnam
Biryani Variants: Chicken, Egg, Veg, Mutton
Address: Paradise Circle, Secunderabad, Hyderabad.
We had come across several Bawarchi restaurant like green Bawarchi, red Bawarchi but only when we visited this one did we know that they don’t have any branches. The Biryani was medium spicy with the quantity which seemed less when compared to other restaurants. As we still had some space left we ordered dessert ‘Qubani ka Meetha’ which is a popular dessert in Hyderabad easily available in most of the Biryani joints. Bawarchi offers Qubani ka Meetha with ice cream too. The restaurant serves Indian and Chinese dishes. They have a huge tempting list of curries to go well with naans or Rotis.
Biryani Variants: Chicken, Egg, Veg, Mutton, Fish and Biryani Rice (with only masala no veg or meat)
Address: RTC Cross Road, Hyderabad.
Cafe Bahar was started in 1973 as a small tea stall and today is popular with local Hyderabadis for the delectable biryanis. We reached early for lunch and only a couple of tables were occupied. We started with lassi to beat the heat. Lassi seemed like a close cousin of Mumbai popular Falooda topped with a scoop of ice cream though dry fruits are common. Tangi Kabab was succulent with a delicious blend of spices. Chef recommended is the ‘Bahar Special Biryani’ which comes with both Chicken and Mutton. Even Chicken Biryani comes with a choice of leg pieces one or two depending upon your capacity. Biryani was aromatic with less spicy masala and stuffed with flavor. Bahar wins the presentation amongst all the restaurants we visited in Hyderabad.
Biryani Variants: Chicken, Egg, Veg, Mutton, Fish
Address: Old MLA Quarters Road, Basheerbagh, Hyderabad.
By the time we finished the queue extended all the way down the stairs with few people on street too. So get there early.
The hotel sits amidst the bustling city opp Opposite Secunderabad Railway Station. They have eatery and takeaway on the ground floor. Though we visited on the weekend place was never crowded due to ample space for seating. Biryani was medium spicy well balanced with spices. Starter Chicken 65 we scrumptious and tangy generously topped with dry fruits. We ordered dessert ‘Double Meetha’ yet another popular dessert of Hyderabad which is made from Fried bread. We were a bit skeptical on how it would turn out but it turned out to be amazingly mouthwatering. Biryani quantity is perfect for two.
Biryani Variants: Chicken, Egg, Veg, Mutton, Fish
Address: Opposite To Secunderabad Railway Station, Hyderabad.
The hotel is situated opposite Madina building on High Court Road at walkable distance from the iconic Charminar. We reached early to avoid the crowd and ended up waiting for half an hour. We were allowed to the first floor only after 12.30. We choose fried Biryani over dum biryani for a different experience. Biryani was lightly flavored and scantly spice which didn’t go very well with us. A request for extra masala/spice in order would have helped. Chicken nihari is said to be must try which we missed as it is available only after 7 in the evening. The hotel got crowded by the time we finished. Lassi was good but we liked it better in Cafe Bahar.
Biryani Variants: Chicken, Egg, Veg, Mutton, Fish, Prawn and Biryani Rice (with only masala no veg or meat)
Address: Opposite Madina building on High Court Road in Ghansi Market
The Biryanis are prepared carefully with a perfect balance of spices which won’t give you a heartburn. Even the quantity though filling isn’t heavy on the tummy. Biryani is usually served with Dahi chutney (Chopped onions, tomato, mint in yogurt) and a curry ‘Mirchi ka Salan’. For spicier biryani ask for extra spice/Masala. Reach by 12 to 12.30 for Lunch and 8 to 8.30 for dinner to avoid waiting.
Have you visited Hyderabad and relished on Biryani specialty of any of the above restaurants or do you have another to recommend? Share your views in comments.
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