Home to the true Nizami heritage, Hyderabad has it all - the unique architecture, iconic monuments and pearls. Wait, but there is something much more significant, much more precious than pearls, Hyderabad is the “Biryani Hub” of India! Basmati rice blended with exotic spices, cooked over a slow flame. Soul food can’t get better than that! Biryani has been (and continues to be) the go-to meal for cheat days. Come to think of it, who can possibly resist some Dum Biryani with raita? Craving for some? Well, be boggled by the explosion of flavours in your mouth at these biryani spots in Hyderabad.
1. Dum Pukht Begum's at ITC Kohenur
Rated one of the best biryanis in Hyderabad, the signature Dum Pukht Begum is a sure shot way to melt your heart. At Dum Pukht, the meat is cooked over a slow flame in a sealed container with almost no water. This allows the meat to soak in its own juices and accentuate its flavour. While the Chef’s speciality is still in the kitchen, experience the royal hospitality of ITC with decors of impeccable white and hues of violet.
Address: Plot 5, Survey 83/1, Opposite Inorbit Mall, Hitech City, Hyderabad
Website: Dum Pukht Begum’s at ITC Kohenur
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7pm - 11:30pm; Sat - Sun: 12:30pm - 2:45pm, 7pm – 11:45pm
2. Meridian Café and Restaurant
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If you happen to notice a crowd at 11 pm discussing how exquisite the mutton biryani is, you are at Meridian Café and Restaurant. With the right amount of spice, well-cooked rice and mutton that melts in the mouth, this is a go-to biryani place when you are in Hyderabad! Although there is limited seating space, the prompt service of the staff makes it a delightful experience.
Meridian Cafe & Restaurant
Address: 6-3-697/1, Officers Colony, Panjagutta Cross Road, Panjagutta, Hyderabad
Website: Meridian Café and Restaurant
Opening hours: 12:30pm - 11pm (daily)
Paradise, one of the most desired and cherished named in the biryani empire. With a history dating back to 1953, Paradise has been winning food points and hearts with its trademark Hyderabadi Biryani. What started out as a small kitchen is today an award-winning chain of unforgettable biryanis and unmatched customer service. Consistent taste and fulfilling quantity is the true reflection of their philosophy - “Atithi Devo Bhava” (a guest is equivalent to God) and hard work. The ambience might seem minimalistic but the aroma in the air speak volumes of the chefs and their skills.
Address: X Roads, Masab Tank, Hyderabad, Telangana 500004
Website: Paradise (https://www.paradisefoodcourt.in/)
Opening hours: 11am - 11pm (daily)
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4. Pathar-ka-gosht at Sarvi Restaurant
Sarvi is one of the few old school restaurants in Hyderabad that makes it to this list not just for its authentic Hyderabadi biryani but also a foodie favourite, Pathar-ka-gosht. With its familiar spicy aroma and burnt barbecue flavour, you are sure to find this lamb dish on every table in Sarvi. Start your meal with delectable red meat followed by chicken biryani and raita. The ambience may not be what you expect but who really cares when every bite is pure deliciousness, right?
Address: No. 6-2-626, Opposite Care Hospital, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034
Website: Sarvi Restaurant
Opening hours: 8am - 12am (daily)
5. Biryaniwalla & Co.
Hyderabadis take their biryani very seriously and Biryaniwalla & Co. is the embodiment of this emotion. Afghani spices mixed with tender chicken or mutton (as per your preference) served with Mirchi-ka-salan make a meal at this place unforgettable. The interiors are low key and don’t particularly stand out. The service, however, is exceptionally quick and attentive. Do not miss out on their amazing shawarma while you are there.
Biryaniwalla & Co.
Address: Plot No 100, Ground Floor, Road No. 3, Beside TV 9 office, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034
Website: Biryaniwalla & Co.)
Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)
6. Cafe Bahar
This legendary biryani house has managed to stand the test of time keeping the true Nizami heritage of Hyderabad alive. Since its establishment in 1973, Cafe Bahar has been the go-to place for red meat lovers to delve into the tender juicy lamb and slow cooked rice without burning a hole in the pocket. Delicious food served at a decent price has led to the growth of this tiny cafe and to accommodate the growing numbers, the interiors have been redone and the service is prompt. What once started as a tea stall has now become one of the most popular names in Basheer Bagh and continues to serve visitors their final cup of tea before retiring to bed.
Address: 3-5-815/A, Old MLA Quarters, Avanti Nagar, Basheer Bagh, Hyderabad
Website: Cafe Bahar
Opening hours: 11am - 1am (daily)
7. Jewel of Nizam at Golkonda Resorts
Adding to the deliciousness of the chicken biryani at Golkonda Resorts is the sumptuous view of the lake while you enjoy your platter of Afghan cuisine in a former royal residence. With Osman Sagar setting the backdrop, dig into the smoky chicken tandoori with chicken biryani. End your shahi meal with kulfi topped with some falooda and dry fruits like a true Nizam.
Jewel of Nizam
Address: The Golkonda Resort, Gandipet, Hyderabad, Telangana 500075
Website: Jewel of Nizam
Opening hours: 12pm – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11:30pm (daily)
8. Shah Ghouse Cafe and Restaurant
Located in Tolichowki, Shah Ghouse Cafe and Restaurant is popular for its Hyderabadi haleem. Made of wheat, barley, minced meat, lentils and spices topped with rice, this is the hot selling at Shah Ghouse Cafe. To blend in the flavours of spices, meat, barley and wheat, it is slow cooked for seven to eight hours, which results in a paste-like consistency. Other Hyderabadi delicacies like the biryani, paya are also popular with the local foodies.
Shah Ghouse Cafe and Restaurant
Address: Opposite SA Imperial Gardens, Near RTA Office, Salarjung Colony, Tolichowki, Hyderabad
Website: Shah Ghouse Cafe and Restaurant
Opening hours: 24/7
9. Bawarchi Restaurant
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Adding a pinch of ghee to its trademark biryani, Bawarchi has carved its way into the yummiest biryanis in Hyderabad. The ambience is rather simple and doesn’t try to over power the prompt service and delicious food served at this little place. Despite the name and fame of its biryanis, Bawarchi continue to remain pocket-friendly making it one of the most popular places after a late night movie at the Sandhya Theatre, located not far from the restaurant.
Address: Plot 44, RTC Cross Road, Opposite Sandhya Theatre, Chikkadpally, Nallakunta, Hyderabad
Website: Bawarchi Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 11:30pm; Sat - Sun: 11am - 11:30pm
10. United Kitchens Of India
Keeping the tradition alive in Jubilee Hills is United Kitchens Of India. Apart from the awesome biryani, it is popular for its Murgh Khurcha, a crispy chicken appetiser with veggies cooked over a shallow flame with exotic Indian spices and sauces. If you are craving some seafood, their menu has fish cooked with a kick of princely swag. Food adventurers, be sure to try that!
United Kitchens Of India
Address: Plot# 1187, Road Number 45, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500033
Website: United Kitchens Of India
Opening hours: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11:30pm (daily)
Heritage is served with some spice in Hyderabad
Hyderabad acts like a foodie magnet when it comes to value-for-money delicious biryanis. While you may stumble across numerous biryani places whilst in Hyderabad, make time to stop at at least one of the listed places for just the right amount of saffron minced with your preferred choice of meat and some freshly cooked rice. Visit during the festival of Ramazan and experience the true Nizami hospitality and lifestyle for an entire month.
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