Love or Lust? Top five mandatory biryani eatouts

Sneha Moorjani:

There’s this old saying, throw a morsel of Biryani on the floor and if every grain separates then it is considered perfect! I am sure that no one would try this, all for the love for Biryani.

There are three kinds of people vegetarians, Non- vegetarians and Biryanians. So which category do you fall under?

Let me guess, Biryanians??

Before you jump to any conclusion there’s a certain criterion you need to meet in order to call yourself a Biryanian. Consider yourself a part of the Biryanian Cult only after you’ve hogged the biryani from these top five restaurants.

Miya tum agar yaha se Biryani nahi khayai tho kya baigan khayai?

Are you ready for a stroll down Biryaniland? After all it’s the survival of the tastiest!

Shadab Hotel

shadabA trip to Charminar is incomplete if you haven’t dined in here, it isn’t the best for dining experience because the ambience is old-fashioned. It started off as a small Irani café that is still intact and later incorporated a restaurant on the first floor for a quick dining experience. This place is always crowded for the Biryani or the Irani Chai.

Words would not do justiceshadab2 to describe the Biryani served here but I’ll still give it a try. The flavors are seamless and consistently distributed all over the rice.
There is not a single grain that we could call the black duckling. The meat is tender, flavorful and off the bone. The ratio of rice to meat is almost 65:35, which is perfect. There are no whole spices in the Biryani, which adds on to a subtle taste.


Jewel of Nizam

For people who are looking for both great food and royal dining this is THE place for you. It’s a part of Golconda hotels and has two branches one at Masab tank and the other at the Golconda resort. You would find talking walls, each wall tells a story about the golden era embellished with the pictures of the extravagant lifestyle of the Nawabs. The interiors are antique with chandeliers brightening up the place. The cutlery is unique, dining in here would make you feel royal so much of the king-like vibes around.

jewel of nizam

The Jewel of Nizam in the Golconda resort is situated at the tower top giving you an overwhelming view of the city, Gandipet Lake and the Goloconda Fort. Now this is taking dining to a whole new level on the fifth-minar of Hyderabad.

Enough said, lets come to our main agenda the food. Everything in the menu is tinted by Royal flavors be it the kebabs, gravies or our Biryani. The flavors are authentic and the meat is cooked to perfection. This is a perfect place for a date because if royalty were to be replaced by a word it would be “Jewel of Nizam”.

Shah Ghouse

The ambience is old fashioned, close to a typical middle class home back in the 90’s. The tablemats were covered under transparent plastic tablecloth. We found that funny but who cares man? After all superman too wears his underwear over his pants. This isn’t a place for a grand dining, the air conditions weren’t switched on although they were up for display.

We can safely say that the food was doing the moonwalk on our palates. The flavors were not obvious and dominant like the few masaledaar biryanis but it was hitting you subtly (in a pleasant sense). The biryani rice is dry on top and the fleshy layer towshah ghouseards the bottom is moist and greasy. The best way to relish this dish would be to scoop the entire layer vertically and mix it to get the perfect blend of the biryani. The mutton was cooked tenderly to perfection and the quantity was more than sufficient. The raita and mirchi ka saalan wasn’t appealing in taste and appearance. The former was homogeneous and watery while the saalan wasn’t up to the mark.

We suggest you go in for ‘take away’ to enjoy this mouth-watering meal.

Café Bahar

This restaurant has been serving biryani since 30+ years and it is famous in the new city. This too was an Irani café that was later integrated with the restaurant. It offers scrumptious food and a great value of moneyCafe-Bahar-Source-panoramio.com__1424176022_61.12.83.43. It was always swarming with people irrespective of the time or day.

The Biryani served here is mild and flavorsome with a gigantic piece of tender chicken, again cooked to perfection. The oil is homogeneous and there is a perfect balance of white rice and the masala rice. The best way to relish this is to get a Take Away. If you are lucky enough, you might find a funny man at the parcel counter screaming ek chikkan biryani aande uske ke baad doo mutton biryani aande bhe***d. LOL


“Sarvi” meaning tall and magnificent and it literally justify its name. Located at Banjara Hills this place serves one of the best Biryani and Haleem in town. It was ranked the best by TOI food magazine.

The Birysarviani is delicious and it is more towards the drier side where each grain of rice stands apart (Great news for all the Health freaks out there!!). Not only the Biryani but the Seekh Kebab and Patthar ka Gosht are one of its kind. Do not miss out on the amazing Irani tea, biscuits and Burgers at the Sarvi Bakery.







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