In Hyderbad, Eat here!

From roadside eateries to star hotels; from breakfast to midnight biryanis; and from mexican cuisine to hyderabadi; this blog attempts to provide you short reviews for all the places I have eaten so far in Hyderabad!

Without much further ado, if you are looking for reviews of restaurants in Hyderabad by Alphabetic order(I have 180 so far!),
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Needless to say, there will be continous updates, and the list is never final! Happy eating!

PS: My apologies to the vegetarians, I very rarely eat veg outside :), so very few recommendations!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Absolute Telugu Buffet


By far, the largest buffet which has almost all of telugu land delicacies! Since I am a big fan of our food, I found this place fascinating! Almost every item is very good in their menu. What stands out are there – mamsam pappucharu and pappucharu Annam. All the other items are quite tasty too – will not describe all of them here J - Suffice it to say that you can visit them once and decide for yourself! However, during my latest visit, I saw that they changed the pot bowls in which they serve to common steel bins. The pot bins were one of their chief attractions. I hope they bring them back! 

Habanero


I had this sudden yearning for Mexican food. The last place I remembered eating was Tex-Mex, some years ago! Did a quick search and found Habanero! Went here for lunch on a hot afternoon – ordered the Holy Guacamole (I am a die-hard fan of anything made with Avacado. I wanted to return to Habanero some other day, so I called them enquiring if Holy Guacamole was available. They said no – so I didn’t go!). The other starter we ordered was Jalapeno poppers – which was quite yummy too. We also ordered a Fajita, Quesidilla, and Salads – all of them were very good and as flavourful as you would expect them to be J. And their Mojito drink was sooo soothing – a perfect drink for the hot afternoon! 

Palamuru Grill


Whatay place J - truly bowled over! Quick service and very very very tasty food! Gongura Mutton with Pulkas, Fish Pulusu with pulav rice, Chicken pulav, mutton chops for starters, chicken wings for starters, ragi sankati with pachi Pulusu – the list is just endless. Just go there, have a bountiful and go back to relive the experience! The pan we get outside is also quite good J

Bombay Duck


The name sounds different, but there’s nothing Bombay about it J. This has two sections – French and Italian on the ground floor; Continental (Indian and Thai) on the first floor. We settled in the ground floor J - too lazy to walk up you see! Though we were told the menu was French and Italian, it had the utterly delicious middle eastern BabaGanoush J. Ordered it without any hesitation – it comes along with nice soft Pita bread. For main course, we had their speciality chicken and fish dishes. The fish was deep fried (which we didn’t know – just assumed it would be grilled), so didn’t enjoy it much. The chicken was quite good though – tasty and filling. I forgot my debit card here – the manager kept it safe till I went back the next day. 

Tansen


Another place that has a superb ambience! This place serves Hyderabadi and a few North Indian cuisines. We had their fish platter for starters – the choice of fishes the chef used, was simply superb. They were very tasty and were melting in the mouth J. We had the Sirmal (a different type of naan) which was very heavy on the pallete J - but the taste was very good, when eaten with their Dum ka murgh curry. A live music performance (table and violin) was a refreshing change from the same old “restaurant music”. 

7 Biryanis


Like the name suggests, they have 7 biryanis on their menu! Raju gaari kodi pulav has been had else where – so we didn’t try that (2 varities of the same – mutton and chicken). Dum Biryani has become boring, so didn’t try J. Rajamundry Ajantha Biryani was simply superb in taste! It comes with two leg pieces and a spicy curry on top of the pulav rice. When I am going back to this place, this will be the first dish I will order J. We had the kheema biryani too – no complaints! They also serve nice starters – we had Bangla Kodi – chicken wrapped in a Alu slice and deep fried J - this is a must try in their chain of restaurants. They do have curries too – but when you go to a place named 7 biryanis, why should you bother with eating curries? ;)

Fusion9 (Eat9)


Snacks time! So I had this craving for Tiramisu, and knew this place would have it. What we didn’t expect was that the other snacks will be quite good too! We tried the Chicken Quiche (heard of Quiche innumerable times on MasterChef Australia) for the first time, and liked it very much. There was this pastry called the – Chocolate Log! It looked like an actual log :D, and tasted very very good! If you go here, this is a must have. Then we had a garden sandwich which was also good. And ofcourse, Tiramisu J. In summary, nice place to go. 

Ulavacharu


Ah – a fully grilled korameenu J - where else can you get this but Ulavacharu! There are a lot of dishes that are quite good here – if you like spicy Andhra food, then this is one of the best places to go to! One of their specialities is the Bamboo Chicken – mouth wateringly tasty. We were a big group, so had 4 different types of Biryanis (Best being Avakaya Biryani non-veg), 4 different types of curries – all of them were quite good. The only grouse was that “Pachimirchi Biryani” was not spicy J. This place can be frequented often. 

Jubilee Ridge


Full name is Blue Ridge - Best Western. They have a standard buffet, which is quite good – but what stands out is their Nellore Chepala Pulusu. One of the best we have eaten in the city – I went back twice to this place only to taste this item. What are you waiting for?

AB's - Absolute Barbeques


Similar on the lines of Barbeque Nation. But these guys have a live counter that serves noodles with a variety of meat – Emu, Quail, Duck, Shark etc. I tried the Shark and didn’t like it much. The Duck and the Quail were good, but since this is served by mixing a variety of spices, sometimes it is difficult to get the taste of their meat. Their normal menu is quite good though – but like I said, it’s like Barbeque Nation – so it will suffice if you read about Barbeque Nation J

Ohri's Golf Course - Boulder Hills


It was by chance that we visited this place. Since we were a large group, we ended up ordering a lot of stuff – including a burger! They had a picture of the Chicken burger in their menu card – it looked so yummm that we ordered it. Unfortunately, the burger that came to us didn’t look anywhere close to that picture. The taste was good but…. L. We had other items like the Chicken drumsticks, Apollo fish, Biryanis – which were all good too. The best part about this place is the place itself! Since it is located on a golf course, the ambiance is quite serene and enjoyable. Coupled with good food, this is one of the best examples of fine dining. 

Cinnamon Fusion


I always wonder why this place is never full – given the nice quality of food they serve. Perhaps the costing? Or perhaps the choice of cuisine?

Cinnamon Fusion has a limited buffet option and an ala carte menu, that does not include many options of typical Hyderabadi food. Their grilled fish items in the main course are very nice. We’ve also had pizzas, salads as part of their buffet and liked them too. It’s been a while but their chicken starters were also quite good… though I vaguely recall their mutton was not quite nice the day we went. Overall, a nice place for fine dining, and fine food too J

The Trident


Best Buffet after Westin (in the star hotels category)! Trident has a wide variety of choice – ranging from middle eastern to Thailand! Very few places serve the Thai Red Curry – on one of the days we went, they had Thai Fish Red Curry J. Most days, they also serve dosas – so an egg dosa with chettinad mutton will simply make you forget all problems of the world J. Since this is 5 star, the cost is on the very high side, but it’s worth to go once in a while – just to try out various cuisines. 

Minerva Grand


This is the Kothaguda restaurant we are talking about (There is Minerva Coffee shop, and there is Minerva Grand). The buffet has the usual options which taste good. For dinner, you have to order from the menu – the chicken spring rolls stood out J. The fish was also good – and we ordered the usual noodles, fried rice and biryani – no complaints. 

13 Dhaba


A perfect example for the adage – “small is good” J. 13 Dhaba serves parathas – along with a couple of curries. They are served in the true Punjabi style – with loads of butter J. The taste of the parathas are simply superb. But make sure you go early there – because otherwise it is very difficult to find a place to sit and eat there J. But you must go there.