Originally Posted by strawhat
- I simply love the biryani's at 4 Seasons and Shah Ghouse (both at Tolichowki). While the latter is more famous for it's Chicken and Mutton variants, 4 Seasons' Veg Biryani is equally great. The aroma and taste is unparalleled.
- Paradise I believe lost the magic touch years back. Ditto with Bawarchi. Early 2000's was the first time I tasted the biryani's at those two famous restaurants. Back then they lived up to the hype. Not anymore.
- Alpha (opp. Secunderabad Station) is inconsistent.
- Cafe Bahar, especially the one at Basheerbagh, is good.
- Surprisingly cheap ripoff's like Green Bawarchi also sometimes serve some lip-smacking editions. You need to be lucky to get one though.
PS: I am not associated to any of these restaurants. Just a personal opinion.
Hyderabad is a land of biryani and I enjoy biryani in most places as my firm belief is in Hyderabad everyone makes a good biryani (authentic style not the multiple variants we get these days)
I had 4 Seasons Biryani a few times (Mall & Airport) and totally loved the aroma and taste that you mentioned and also found them to be consistent. Never visited their restaurant at Tolichowki as I personally dont find it family friendly
Now i dont know if you remember "Mandar" in the same compound in Tolichowki. They also used to make a mean biryani
Paradise is now quoted by people that it is a biryani meant for "Tourists" to Hyderabad. I simply wont agree with that. Paradise was and is still one of the best places to enjoy a biryani
Trick is to be there during the right time and not at odd hours as you know they serve people in masses
Show me one biryani in Hyderabad that has meat which just melts in your fingers like they serve in paradise (not a single place I can think of). Most places have large chunk of hard meat and many of them serve unrecognizable pieces. I get turned off with such bad meat in an otherwise excellent biryani
Alpha. Just hype and no show. I prefer Grand Hotel at Abids to them
There are tonnes of old school biryani houses which are still reasonably good
Cafe Bahar biryani is excellent. Long grained rice and good mutton pieces (not excellent like Paradise)
It's been a long time I tried Shah Ghouse so cannot comment
Originally Posted by Arjun Reddy
Thanks for an awesome list. I visit Hyderabad often and would love to sample the places you have mentioned.
Mutton Dalcha was something I tried for the first time a few years ago, it was at Palamuru Grill. Cannot remember the location though. It was awesome.
Agree with you. Somehow Paradise now feels overrated. Though I still love their Kubhani ka meetha.
I did not much care for the 4 seasons biryani at Hitec but their old outlet used to be amazing.
I kind of enjoy the Green Chilli Biriyani at Rayalaseema Ruchulu as well. The Gongura Mutton is another favourite of mine.
Spicy Venue is a favourite for their thali.
Try Murg Mussallum at Paradise. Remember they dont give it for take-away. It has to be had only there
Our order at Paradise is standard
Murg Mussallum with Rotis
What a frickin' satisfying meal
Originally Posted by hyd_traveller
For biryani, be it chicken or mutton or veg, tops is Cafe Bahar. At Hyderguda near Basheerbagh. They do not have any branches. All others are mis-using the name or using similiarly sounding names like Bahar Cafe.
A plate of Double-Chicken Biryani contains half a chicken and enough rice for 2 people and costs below 300.
A plate of Double-Mutton Biryani also is below 300 and contains melt in the mouth 12 mediumish-small pieces mutton just enough for 2 average eaters but enough rice for 2 people.
Veg Biryani for 100 is good enough for 2 people.
If wanting to take as parcel by air, the biryanis easily last 6/7 hours if purchased last minute else use my formula, I buy at lunch time, allow it to cool to room temp by 5/6 pm, freeze it and carry frozen next day which increases shelf life to 8 hours. You need to specify while taking parcel that you want airline packing so that they do not put egg, onions and water (called raita which we anyway never consume) and they seal salan in a separate aluminium foil.
By the way, Cafe Bahar won the Times Award 2018 for best Biryani in Hyderabad.
Now that is some details Bajaj Sa'ab....Who else but, you can go into it
Totally agree and Cafe Bahar is wonderful for their biryani. I dont know if i tried anything else there but, dont remember any fond memories of it despite my home being so close to them
Originally Posted by HPP
I'm looking forward to the usual Hyd foods, plus Indo-Chinese and some Dhaba food!.. On top of the inevitable weddings and associated food.
Chinese for me the buck stops at "Ming Court" at Basheerbagh. Amazing quality, quantity, nice ambience and great service. We have been going there for years and they never disappointed us
Originally Posted by hyd_traveller
VFM alternative to JON is ZeH.
Zaika-e-Hyderabad is located very close to TV9 office and Road No. 3 Mosque in Banjara Hills.It is a small place and fills up fast so lunch @ 1 and dinner @ 8 is safer unless you have booked a table in advance.
How the heck did i miss talking about ZEH. I have been here a few times and one of those times ran up a horrendously high bill as they are not cheap
They serve some mean
Boti and Sheek kebabs
There was one dessert I ate there I dont remember. I thought I will go into a coma.(LOL)..it was sweet and super delicious.....Dont remember the name
Totally worth a visit