When we talk about food in Hyderabad, the first thing that comes to mind is the mouth-watering spicy Hyderabadi Biryani. Basmati rice flavored with exotic spices and layered with lamb or chicken or vegetables. The fried onions and coriander used for garnishing and the fragrance of spices make it extremely tempting. We have had biryani in Bawarchi, Biryani Ghar, and Paradise – some of the restaurants popular for Hyderabadi Biryani but none of them gave us a high like the day when we went restaurant hopping.
In India, when we go to restaurants on weekends, we prefer to spend a considerable amount of time at one restaurant and complete a 3-course or a 5-course meal. To get a gastronomic experience like no other, sometimes it is good to get out of the weekend routine and go on a restaurant hopping tour. Hyderabad presents a toothsome panorama ranging from spicy biryanis to delicious desserts and a kadak chai (a very strongly brewed tea).
Our restaurant hopping tour had no theme and no location constraints. We wanted to try every delicacy that Hyderabad had to offer other than the popular Biryanis. So here it goes-
Our Tour – Free Flow- Traffic Bar (Jubilee Hills) –> Prost Brew Pub (Jubilee Hills) –> Chili’s American Grill & Bar (Hitech City) –> Churrolto (Madhapur) –> Concu (Jubilee Hills) –> Dostea (Kondapur)
Free Flow- Traffic Bar (Jubilee Hills) –On a Sunday afternoon, we were the only ones here. The restaurant had funky themed interiors and offered a fantastic view from the 4th floor. Less crowd, live music (plus amazing song selection) and a good ambiance is what you can expect here on a typical sunday afternoon. We ordered Kingfisher draught pitcher, chicken dim sim, lasooni fish tikka and buffalo chicken wings for 4 people.
The food was average, the service was laid back and the prices were a bit high. I wish we hadn’t started our tour from here. Not satisfied with the Kingfisher beer and starters, we headed straight to the place where we can get good beer – The best brewery in Hyderabad – Prost Brew Pub.
Prost Brew Pub (Jubilee Hills) – This place was eclectic -the automobile décor, the breweries, the seating and the exquisite craft beer. If you are a beer fan, you will love this place for sure. Order a beer sampler set and taste all flavors.
We tried Fruit Cider (Sweet Apple Cider), Lager and Stout beer along with Nachos. The nachos with chicken & veg toppings, cheese sauce and sour cream on top were mind-boggling. Overall, a nice and vibrant place for a glass of beer and quality time with friends.
Chili’s American Grill & Bar (Hitech City) – We would rate this as one of the best restaurants in Hyderabad. It is a place where you get sumptuous American food with an emphasis on grilled food! The menu is extensive with many options for vegetarians & non-vegetarians food + alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Even though the USP of this place was Tripple Dipper platter & Margaritas, we only ordered white spinach queso and Chicken Ceasar Salad. It was absolutely delicious!
It was already 3 PM and we were seriously bloated after eating in 3 restaurants. But, how can a food tour be complete without having a single dessert?
Churrolto (Madhapur) – It is rightly said – No matter how much you eat, there is always a room for dessert. From Chili’s we went directly to Churrolto. It is one of the best places for dessert in Hyderabad. We tried Blueberry Cheese Cake, New York Cheese Cake, Toblerone Cake, Tiramisu and Churro Pops. Churro Pops is a fried-dough pastry, traditionally from Spain. Drizzled with chocolate sauce, it was crispy and chocolatey on the outside and soft on the inside. While everything was good, the Cheese Cakes were outstanding! We ended up ordering the New York Cheese Cake twice.
We would sum up our experience at Churrolto as – mouth-watering desserts, excellent service but heavy on the wallet.
Concu (Jubilee Hills) – By the time we reached Concu, there was no room left even for dessert. We have no idea why we even continued with our madness of visiting as many restaurants as possible in 1 day.
Concu is placed within a bungalow just next to the jubilee hills metro pathway or Kamal Watch Shop. It is a small and inviting space. We hardly remember the names of dessert we chose but all I know is that everything vanished within minutes. It was that yummy. We would rate Concu 5/5 for the luscious desserts, prompt service, and classy ambiance.
By the time we left Concu, it was already tea time & we Indians love tea.
Dostea (Kondapur) – We ended our tour with the popular masala tea @ Dostea. If you happen to visit any Dostea outlet in Hyderabad, do try Bun Maska along with masala chai.
Our gastronomic tour of Hyderabad ended on a high note. We found some restaurants we would be definitely returning to.