What do you do when you hear the word “Biryani”?Does your brain remind you of the piquant smell of hot Basmati rice mixed with herbs and Indian spices? Do you visualize a plate overloaded with Hot Steamy Biryani with loads of juicy Chicken/Mutton/Paneer pieces and cashew nuts? Or can you already feel the soft and tender Biryani rice melting in your mouth as your taste buds experience euphoria!
Some say that the Biryani was brought here from Persian countries, some speculate its birthplace to be Awadh (Lucknow). Another theory is that Mughal chefs came across the infamous Indian “Pulav” and upgraded it to its ultimate level! Well, whatever may be its origin, everybody loves Biryani! Here are 20 places that serve the best Biryani in Hyderabad!
Often touted as Hyderbad’s best and finest Biryani restaurant, Bawarchi should be foremost in your list. A casual dining restaurant that serves outstanding, world-class Biryani at a reasonable price! Also, famous for its MughalaiKababs, tikkas and many more appetizing dishes, Bawarchiis surely a must visit place!
Cost for Two: Rs. 750
Location: RTC X Roads.
Note- There are numerous fine dining restaurants that go by the name of Bawarchi in Hyderabad, but rtc cross roads, Nallakunta is the one we are referring to! They make it clear that they don’t have any branches elsewhere!
As the name suggests, Paradise is surely the Eden of Biryani and is insanely popular all over Hyderabad! Known for their 100 percent original homemade spices, Paradise gives you a glimpse of the genuine Hyderabadi Biryani! This has become one of Hyderabad’s prime attractions. Many celebrities, sportsmen and famous personalities have visited here and have expressed how overwhelmed they were by the Paradise experience. It has a very beautiful ambience and a fine service. It has several branches spread across Hyderabad! Do pay a visit!
Cost for Two: Rs 950
Location: Paradise Circle (Main), Begumpet, Masab Tank, Hi-Tech City, Gachibowli, Kukatpally, Necklace Road, Himayath Nagar, Kothapet, Sbr Gateway Hitech city.
Note-With so many branches out there, you can understand how legendary the place is!
3 Cafe Bahar
Started in 1973 as a small tea stall, tucked in a bustling street of Basheerbagh, Cafe Bahar has since then grown to be Hyderabad’s most admired café! Renowned for its Irani Chai, Osmania Biscuits and, of course, Biryani, Cafe Bahar assuredly lives to the visitor’s expectations. The Biryani here is Out of the World! Be prepared to lose yourself into the scrumptious, zesty blend of spices that are perfectly cooked with long grain Basmati Rice and succulent Mutton/Chicken pieces.
Cost for Two: Rs 600
Note- “Think of Biryani? Think of Bahar”
4 Hotel Shadab
Situated in the busy and crowded streets of Charminar Hotel Shadabwill surely test your patience as it’s so popular that getting a seat in this Hotel is an arduous task itself! It’s well known for its traditional, authentic Hyderabad Dum Biryani. If you are a Biryani lover, Hotel Shadab is highly recommended!
Cost for Two: Rs 850
Location: Ghansi Bazaar, near Charminar
Note- Authentic, traditional, delightful, (Add several more adjectives),Shadab for the win!
5 Shah Ghouse Cafe And Restaurant
As soon as you enter this place, a rush of several aromatic aromas of paya, kababs, gravy and Naan flow into your olfactory receptors. Shah Ghouse serves stunning Biryanis and Non Vegetarians, specially, will love it! The Biryani is available in Mutton, Fish, Prawn, Chicken and Vegetable. It has an average ambiance, but serves one of the best Biryanis in town!
Cost for Two: Rs 800
Note- If you owe a favour to your taste buds, you can undoubtedly take them to Shah Ghouse!
The place speaks for itself in terms of how traditional one can get while serving a legendary dish. The customers are given the taste of genuine Andhra food that is served on Banana leaves, handmade pots and copper glasses. The Biryani itself is amazing and surely will make a place in your heart. A great place to bring your family and enjoy a tasty meal.
Cost for Two: Rs 700
Sarvi Restaurant is a contemporary Indian style restaurant that is quite comforting and very well lit up. They serve one of the best Mutton Biryanis in the city. Spiced just right and served with a delicate blend of tender meat that will leave you wanting for more! A good place for a family gathering and meat lovers.
Cost for Two: Rs 850
Location: Banjara Hills
Note- I suggest you skip breakfast if you decide to visit this place.
8 Alpha Hotel
Located near the Secunderabad Railway station, Alpha hotel is loaded with street foods. One can spend an entire day here if you’re looking to have a wholesome breakfast, a delicious Lunch, a hot cup of tea and biscuits in the evening and to top it all a mouth-watering and filling dinner! It’s an extremely pocket friendly place that serves mind blowing Biryani and other assorted dishes!
Cost for Two: Rs 250!
Location: Secunderabad Railway station
Note- An tremendous place that serves succulent dishes at an astonishing price!
9 Punjabi Affair
When a Hyderabadi dish is given a Punjabi kick, you can be damn sure that the result is going to be outstanding! Punjabi affair serves luscious Biryanis and other North Indian foods that are a delight to have. It has an impressive ambiance and a lovely service and is a highly recommended place for North Indian food lovers!
Cost for Two: Rs 400-600
Location: Kondapur, Madhapur and Tirumalgherry
Note- A Hyderabadi Biryani with a Punjabi twist!
10 Maa Ooru Biryani
The name literally translates to “Biryani of our place”. MayaOoru Biryani is a comfortable and a cozy place that has a good ambiance and serves food in traditional Andhra style. The food here is earthly, simple and ludicrously delicious! Another great place for family gatherings and for those who want to enjoy the traditional Andhra cuisine.
Cost for Two: Rs 350
Note- Simple yet Magnificent!
11 Hyderabad House
Hyderabad House outlets are spread well across the country and it should come as no surprise that it made the list. Spread across Delhi, Pune, Nagpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and several other places.Hyderabad House offers various family combos that are a delight for your taste buds! Along with their infamous Chicken and Mutton Biryanis, they are also famous for their exceptional melt-in-the-mouth kababs!
Cost for Two: Rs 600-800
Location: Secunderabad, Kukatpally, Banjara Hills, Shamshabad
Tabla, Hi tech city, has a marvelous ambience and is an appropriate place for dates! It has a friendly staff and delectable food! They are known for their North Indian, Chinese and South Indian dishes! And of course, the luscious, tender and enchanting Biryani!Tabla offers a grand dining experience by providing a magical atmosphere, delicious foods and a beautiful decor that will just make your day!
Cost for Two: Rs 900
Location: Hardhick Crown Hi tech city, Banjara Hills,Kothapet, Kukatpally
Note- The place offers the 3 basic things that make a person happy. Awesome food, splendid ambiance at a pocket friendly price!
13 Meridian Cafe And Restaurant
If you are willing to compromise on anything but the taste, thenMerdian Café is the place for you! The ambiance is like a typical casual dining restaurant, but the taste is extraordinary! The beautiful layers of Biryani are easily visible starting from the tender, juicy and perfectly cooked Chicken/Mutton pieces followed by an aromatic layer of Basmati Rice and finally a luxuriant mix of spices and masalas. This pleasing creation deserves a place in your list and your mouth!
Cost for Two: Rs 550
14 Hotel Prince
Hotel Prince is the certainly the King of all restaurants in Mehedipatnam. It’s one of the few places in Hyderabad that serve beef, especially sheek kabab! It’s still unknown how they make their Kabab’s so tender and juicy whilst maintaining a meaty taste! The Biryani here is Legendary! No wonder that this place is always crowded. They serve one the best Kabab’s as well and is a heaven for Non-vegetarians.
Cost for Two-Rs 300
15 Grand Hotel
Being one of the legacy food joints in Hyderabad, it attracts a big crowd. This place is always jam packed.The Biryani is cooked to perfection. The moment you smell the aroma of Biryani, it’s a challenge to control your appetite. The Biryani is perfectly spiced, which defines the right Hyderabadi flavor. The mutton pieces are soft, juicy and tender. Overall, Biryani has all the required elements, which makes it better.Though this place is known for its Biryanis, other dishes are equally appetizing! Also, this is one of the late night restaurants and is open till 2 am!
Cost for Two: Rs 600
16 Silver Salt
A quaint restaurant located in the more affluent part of Hyderabad, Silver Salt is a restaurant known for its lip smacking north Indian food and a breath-taking ambiance. Located on the roof of the Sufi Chambers Complex, this restaurant is sure to give your taste buds a meal to remember. Silver Salts also boast live sporting events screening. The restaurant is open late into the night for the nocturnal foodies.
Cost of Two: Rs.1200
Location: Road no. 1, Banjara Hills.
The Abhiruchi restaurant in Madhapur is one of the favorites for office workers from around the area. With a wide variety of food options, one can opt for either North Indian food or some very traditional Andhra delicacies. The Prawn Biryani served here is especially famous. If you are in the mood for some delicious traditional food, thenAbhiruchi is the place to be.
Cost for Two: Rs.700
Location:DurgamCheruvu Road, Madhapur
18 Shahi Dastarkhwan
Located in the prime location of Lakdikapul, ShahiDastarkhwan is a restaurant which specializes in authentic North Indian and Mughlai food. The Pattar-Ka-Gosht served here is out of this world. The ambiance is very pleasant and the service is quick to respond. Certainly some of the best kebabs in town are available here.
Cost For Two: Rs.800
19 The Spicy Venue
The Spicy Venue located in the prime location of Jubilee Hills is known for their traditional Andhra style food with a modern twist. Renowned for their various Thaali’s this is a must visit restaurant if you love Thaali’s. The Biryani served here is also delicious. The ambience is also gorgeous and not too stuffy. All in all a must visit place for all traditional Andhra food.
Cost For Two: Rs.900 (approx)
Location: Road no. 10, Jubilee Hills
20 Ohri’s Pickles – Hotel Baseraa
Ohri’s pickles is popular for their Buffet, Breakfast and Biryani! The place has an elegant ambience, and serves mouth-watering food! This place is suitable for families and social gatherings and also is famous for its piquant Biryani!
Cost for Two: Rs 1000
Location: S D Road