Hyderabad truly surprised me with its amazing food culture. Once I was done going to the Golconda Fort and seeing the Charminar; it was all I wanted to do! I went to Hyderabad during the holy month of Ramadan, so this meant that in the evenings the old city streets were alive and kicking. There were so many people doing their Eid shopping, it was quite chaotic.
The absolutely maddening crowds from our midnight food adventures in Hyderabad. Everyone was into shopping for Eid and preparing for Suhoor. It was a really cool experience, though we were upset we didn’t get to try the biryani from Shadab. Completely sold out at 11pm! 📸: @souryasubhanjan . . . . . #hyderabadifood #Hyderabad #hyderabaddiaries #hyderabadicuisine #Charminar #oldcityhyderabad #welltravelled #followmeto #cntravelereats #passportexpress #passionpassport #dametraveler #dubaiblogger #travelblogger #omnomnirvana #thatsdarling #pursuepretty #flashesofdelight #nothingisordinary #exploremore #bestvacations #natgeo #travelstoke #wonderful_places #openmyworld
Moving from one place to another was quite a task; we spent most of our time trying to use Ola/Uber/autorickshaws combined with a bit of walking. Some places even had the food sold out by the time we got there! However, feeling the festive atmosphere amongst the bustling crowd was not only interesting; I was quite amazed by the level of activity so late into the night. My guides were two locals who were brought up in that part of the city; they knew the place inside out, so I am incredibly proud of this curation. My only advice to you before I start my list is: Mind your belongings and preferably walk/travel in a group.
So here goes!
Stop 1: Shahi Ghouse
What to eat: Haleem
Though I agree it’s not the prettiest of foods, haleem is a tender semi solid meat (mutton/beef mostly) made with wheat in a wholesome mixture. This is dressed in cashews and fried onions. It’s a very wholesome dish and is soul-satisfying. The good thing about Shahi Ghouse is that they have multiple branches all over the city; so you can definitely find one next to your hotel.
Stop 2: Chicha’s
What to eat: Pathar ka gosht, Mutton Shikampur & Almond Kund
This place is actually apparently owned by the Nawab (King) of Hyderabad and has some delicious kebabs. You have to try the 3 dishes mentioned above. ‘Pathar ka gosht’ is a mutton dish where the meat is quite literally grilled on stones. The result is : flavourful, tender meat morsels that just evaporate in your mouth. The mutton shikampur is a delicious patty that is very soft and delicious. The almond kund is a very hearty dessert, that has a custard-y feel. It’s very rich and fragrant.
Stop 3: Bade miyan kebabs
What to eat: All the kebabs under the sun
Fo’real though. The beef and mutton kebabs are brilliantly made. It’s right next door to Chicha’s so save your appetite for more!
Stop 4: Hotel Nayaab
What to drink: Saffron chai (tea)
I love my chai, but I really don’t think I’ve had it any better than at Hotel Nayaab. The tea was made of thick, almost condensed milk and had jaggery undertones. One of the best cups of tea I’ve ever had; possibly in my entire lifetime! Do not miss this!
Stop 5: Nimrah Bakery
What to eat: Osmania Biscuits
Hyderabad is super famous for these salty/buttery biscuits that seem to go well with an ‘Irani chai’. I couldn’t quite spot the difference between a regular Indian chai or Irani chai as they tasted pretty much the same. The Irani chai was exceedingly sweet though. Worth a visit for the biscuits for sure. It’s further down the road from Hotel Nayaab. It’s very close to the Charminar.
Stop 6: Shahdab
What to eat: Biryani
Unfortunately we missed this as the biryani was sold out by the time we got there. However, I’ve received plenty of recommendations from multiple friends that this is THE PLACE for authentic Hyderabadi biryani. Another alternative with pretty good biryani is a place called Bawarchi, but that’s in a different part of town.
Final stop: Milan Juice Center
What to eat: Special fruit custard
Some of you must’ve raised your eyebrows at this. Fruit custard. Really? And I’m gonna say.. yuuuuup. The fruit custard here is rich and delicious and definitely worth a try.
Other honourable mentions:
You may also consider trying ‘paaya’ (mutton soup) at Hotel Nayaab. When you walk on the streets next to the Charminar, you will see vendors sell fritters in a yoghurt based soup called ‘pakora curry’. I skipped that because I like the West Indian/Maharashtrian version much better. Also, the double ka meetha from Hotel Bawarchi is quite delicious as well.
Hope this trail was useful! Let me know any questions you have in the comments below! Ta!