It’s not possible to announce a trip to Hyderabad and not get a rejoinder on trying the city’s famous biryani. The legendary city has become synonymous with its specialty biryani not just in India but across the globe. Big and small eateries and restaurants have cropped up around the world serving Hyderabadi biryani. But those who have tasted the oh-so-popular biryani in the city at its famous hot spots would agree that there is nothing to beat the charm of biryani in the city of Charminar. But in case you thought that biryani remains the beginning and end of the culinary adventure the city has to offer, then trust us you have just scratched the surface.
Here are the gourmet surprises that await you in this city full of history and hustle.
Shah Ghouse Café
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If you want to discover the real charms of local Hyderabadi food then move away from the fine diners at posh enclaves such as Banjara Hills. Head towards Charminar and after you have feasted yourself on the sights and sounds of the city, it’s time for a feast of another kind. About a kilometer from the hustle and bustle of Charminar bazaar, this local non-fancy eatery serves the best Haleem and Irani chai. Dine here like a local and forget about vanity for a day as you get the real taste of the city.
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The local legend is that you cannot come to Hyderabad and not dine at Shadab. This simple restaurant opened in 2000 and quickly won the hearts of locals and visitors alike for its authentic biryani. While the patrons swear by all its dishes, you have to of course try the biryani. This restaurant near Charminar, encouraged by the popularity it received has now opened a take away branch in Banjara Hills too.
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Ever tried Guntur Idli? If the answer is no, then it is a reason enough to book a table at Chutneys at Jubilee Hills. Pronto. Other twists include corn dosa and paneer tikka dosa. You will be wolfing down more than you imagined at this lovely eatery.
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Okay, so when we are talking about a foodie trip to Hyderabad it becomes more than obvious that we will be recommending more than one place to go for biryanis. Dotted across the city are various branches of Paradise food court that makes no bones about calling themselves the World’s favourite biryani. It is popular indeed considering the eatery has now branches in Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam and even Gurugram.
Luqmi At Various Road Side Stalls
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You thought samosa was God’s gift to mankind. A bite into luqmi would make you think what you may have been missing on. A flaky patty, filled traditionally with keema luqmi sadly is vanishing from city’s menus. Keeping the tradition alive are few small eateries near the Charminar and Secunderabad area. While you are there do go on a luqmi hunt and you will never regret it.