Few foods attain the country-wide love and reverence as enjoyed by biryani. Cutting across state borders and cultures, this rice and meat dish (whether the vegetarian version is actually a ‘biryani’ is a discussion for another time…) is an unwavering favourite. One of the most popular kinds being the Hyderabadi Biryani, originating from the kitchens of the Nizams. So, here we’ve listed the best spots for biryani in Hyderabad – whether in the city or visiting, you’ve got to get yourself a plate at at least one of these.
Awadhi and Hyderabadi cuisines are the stronghold of ITC Kohenur’s Dum Pukht. The aromatic, spiced Hyderbadi biryani is the star of their menu, with Chef Aamer Jamal recreating recipes from the kitchens of Hyderabad’s royal families.
Where: ITC Kohenur, Plot No.5 Hyderabad Knowledge City, Madhapur
With celebrating Hyderabadi cuisine at its core, Zaiqa-e-Hyderabad has a Nizami menu that converts first-timers into regulars with ease. Not just the traditional biryani, their kebabs and shorbas are to lookout for as well. Local flavours done expertly is what you’ll find here.
Where: 8-2-337/A, Road 3, Banjara Hills, Central East Hyderabad, 500034
Perhaps the most famous of the lot, the 66-year-old eatery has gained popularity over the years to exist in six locations across the country today. Starting out as a canteen in a cinema named ‘Paradise’, it gradually translated into the iconic biryani destination it is today, all with the push of it’s expertly made Hyderbadi biryanis. A no-nonsense menu and handful of biryani options that will get you raving is what they offer. They’re also present in Bengaluru, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, and Gurugram.
Where: Several locations across Hyderabad, find it here.
Aish at The Park hotel, Somajiguda is known for its authentic Hyderabadi and Andhra flavours. Looking over the Hussain Sagar, the restaurant that creates an ambience from the time of Nizams and gives it a moern touch with chrome plating, is one of the best palces in the city to get an authentic, dum-style Hyderabadi biryani.
Where: The Park Hyderabad, 22, 3rd Floor, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Central East Hyderabad
Rice as flavourful as the meat, and the mutton curry actually visible in the biryani — Hotel Shadab has long been a favourite in Hyderabad. Always bustling with people — a clear indicator of how much their biryani is loved — the spices seep into the mutton and can be tasted through the meat.
Where: 21-1-140-144, Near High Court, High Court Rd, Madina Circle, Charminar, Ghansi Bazaar
Views as splendid as the biryani one’s eating? Yes, please. Perched atop a 100 ft. modern-day minaret, the Jewel of Nizam – The Minar seeks to be an ode to the Golconda Fort. Their authentic biryani from the traditional kitchens of Hyderabad is surrounded by an ambience dripping in an opulence reminiscent of the Nizams.
Where: The Golkonda Hyderabad, 10-1-124, Masab Tank, Vijaynagar Colony
One to grace almost all lists on the best biryani in Hyderabad, Shah Ghouse is one of the most-loved spots by the city folks. While the surroundings may not be glamorous, the flavour is such that it all melts into the background, just as their biryani melts int he mouth. If you’re big on spices, this one’s definitely a must-try.
Where: Near RTA Office, Tolichowki