Hyderabad is a city renowned for combining the cultural traditions of both North and South India. The same can be said for the city’s cuisine, which is characterized by an amalgamation of Mughlai, Turkish and Arabic flavors, mixed with the native tastes of India’s South. Here’s our guide to the best places to try Hyderabad’s exciting cuisine.
Recreating the magic of home-cooked delicacies, Dakshin presents an unusual menu of southern Indian cuisine. The southerly regions of the sub-continent are known for their rich spices and productive coastline, which extends all the along the southern peninsula. The menu at Dakshin presents a rare feast of seafood, and some classic dishes of the South, including hearty Kerala stew a rich mutton curry from Andhra Praddesh. Even every day staples of Indian cuisine such as rice and daal are given a southern overhaul, with chefs adding region-specific spices and innovations to every dish.
Located in the upmarket Banjara Hills district, Zafraan Exotica hosts a wonderful layout. The outdoor seating with chairs and tables laid out among water fountains on an open lawn creates a wonderful ambiance and offers a lovely view. The Zafraan Exotica provides a popular daily buffet with tallumein soup, chicken hot and sour, or paneer tikka peshawari to start. The spread is elaborate, with many salads and main courses from both India and Chinese roots. The mutton biryani is a particular favorite with diners praising the tenderness of the meat and flavor.
Chutneys offers a delightful breakfast, lunch and dinner menu for all occasions. Known for their large variety of dishes with both Chinese and Indian cuisine, Chutneys also aims to provide excellent excellent table service; the waiters are knowledgeable and ready to advise new customers. The menu features dosa pessarattu, a combination of umpa (traditional porridge) inside a green lentil dosa, steamed and served with a sweet dip. In keeping with the name of the restaurant, Chutneys also provide six different types of chutney to complement your meal with a hot and spicy side serving. This is a vegetarian’s heaven.
Barbeque Nation boasts a blend of American, Mediterranean, Oriental and Indian cuisine. The unique restaurant has embedded a ‘live-grill’ onto each table so you can grill your own starters, add a selection of marinades and sources and then enjoy food straight from the grill. The buffet is packed with soups, salads and main dishes, as well as desserts including sweet, fried dumplings called gulab jammun, and chocolate brownie. Barbeque Nation also plays a range of music with live DJs
Rayalaseema Ruchulu is an award-winning restaurant which serves a very traditional menu. All the ingredients are fresh and hand-picked to Chef Reddy’s precise specifications. The ‘lady finger’ masala, made from okra, is a particular highlight of the small but punchy menu. Rayalaseema Ruchulu has also been known to serve celebrities and members of the film industry.
The Water Front Restaurant is a premier fine-dining restaurant with unbelievable views. The restaurant is on the banks of the Hussain Sagar Lake offering picturesque vistas along with great food, and overlooking Hyderabad’s imposing Buddha Statue. The Water Front Restaurant serves continental cuisine using only the finest, freshest ingredients, ranging from sliced Peking lamb to lobster in wine. The Water Front also has a well-stocked bar full of wines, spirits and cocktails.
Our Place serves Indian, Chinese and Hyderabadi cuisines in a beautiful setting, tucked away in a quiet area of Banjara Hills. Elegantly decorated with an open roof and outdoor seating, Our Place is suitable for the hottest evenings with a wonderful ambiance and service. The eatery hosts a number of events, from live jazz music to cocktail evenings, as well as vegetarian evenings. The bar stays open until late, and guests can sit in the romantic gardens looking over the city.
Sahib Sindh Sultan promises you will eat like a King and be treated like a Queen at their delightful North Indian restaurant. The restaurant is a tribute to the era gone by, with everything from the interior to the culinary experience being reminiscent of a mix of Indian regal traditions and the British Raj. The restaurant aims to take you back to 1853 with the first Indian train making its trip from Bori Bunder to Thane. This can be seen in the silk tapestries and silverware, but most of all in the fact that one wall of the restaurant is made up of a Pullman-style carriageway, aiming to replicate an actual train. The food reflects India’s rich past, serving a great variety of Anglo-Indian dishes.
Kangan is located at the Westin Hyderabad hotel, and provides tasty dishes full of the aromas of Indian spices. Head chef Rakesh Singh crafts the finest Northwest cuisine and reinvents Peshawari traditions. The menu consists of kebabs and baked Indian breads, as well a selection of Indian teas with exotic flavors. The Kangan restaurant is also popular due to their Scotch selection; the team at Kangan serve up world-class single malts that can be enjoyed while listening to local jazz players.
The Square is a signature restaurant found in branches of Novotel hotels across India. With a contemporary European interior, the Square in Hyderabad classes itself as a multi-cuisine restaurant with a lavish buffet. Food is served over three live cooking stations with their famous Hyderabadi Birayani at the Indian counter of the buffet. The restaurant also hosts outdoor seating where you can look out on the hotel swimming pool and lawn.