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Hyderabad, the capital of the southern Indian states of Andra Pahdesh and Telangala and once a hub for the diamond and pearl trades, is now home to numerous technology companies, including Facebook and Google, and is, according to Mercer’s 2016 Quality of Living Survey, the best city to live in in India. There are also lots of Hyberadad restaurants to try.
The city is famous for its biryani and haleem (meat, lentil and wheat stew), but there is a vast array of top restaurants and cuisines on offer in Hyderabad (both Indian and otherwise) to cater for the city’s mix of young and old, contemporary and traditional, from vibrant street food to elegant fine dining. Here is a list of Hyderabad restaurants to try on your trip.
Hyderbad Restaurants to Try
Situated within the grand Falaknuma Palace in Engine Bowli, which has now reopened as a Taj hotel following years of neglect, this restaurant has an opulent feel, preparing traditional Hyderabadi cuisine in former Royal kitchens.
Photo: Taj Falaknuma Palace
Aish at The Park hotel is that bit more overstated, but like Adaa, it emphasises the cooking of the region without an astronomical price tag.
Photo: The Park Hotels
3. Hotel Shadab
A Hyderabad institution, the Hotel Shadab in the Ghansi Bazaar is famous for its mutton biryani and haleem, and attracts hungry Hyderabadis from all over the city.
4. Shah Ghouse Cafe
Located in Shalibinda in the old city (the old and new parts of the city are separated by the Musi River), the Shah Ghouse Cafe is famed for it sumptuous and cheap biryani and haleem. Watch the latter being served at a blistering pace below.
5. Olive Bistro
If you’re looking for a change, then this Mediterranean bistro on the shores of a fresh water lake is perfect. Popular with a young, brunch–loving crowd, it features white stonewashed walls and tiled walkways designed to transport you to the volcanic Greek Island of Santorini.
Photo: Olive Bistro
6. Sahib Sindh Sultan
This restaurant celebrates the first ever train journey in India, which departed from Mumbai’s Bori Bunder station in 1853 – the decor apes that of a train carriage, while the food includes dishes from across the country, as well as Anglo–Indian adaptations.
Photo: BJN Group
7. Famous Ice Creams
The Mozamjahi Market is famous for its ice cream parlours, and Famous Ice Creams is quite literally the most ... well you know what we’re going to say. The family-run establishment hand churns all its seasonal ice creams, offering a welcome brief respite from the intense Indian heat.