A trip to Hyderabad turned out to be in the cards. It was for work of course. But my ulterior motive was to chase the answer to the question- Where do I get the best Biryani here? Well I had only 5 hours post work to find the answer. Luckily my site visit got me to the fabulous Paradise Resturant. It was 2 in the afternoon, I was starving and Paradise beckoned me. My partner in crime Rinkoo was starving as well and wanted me to be done taking measurements. We had both heard from our friends that Paradise was a must try. In fact I had 'to go' orders from office folks. They apparently specially pack their biryani and mail it around the world. Wow!
Paradise was huge- 5 storeyed restaurant with indoor, outdoor, terrace area for seating. The interiors were simple and clean. Not over the top. The moment you stepped in you were swept in with the smell of biryani. Our waiter quickly pointed at the Mutton biryani with a smile on his face. Aha! mutton biryani it is. We ordered some chicken tikkas with the biryani. The tikkas were perfect- soft, melt in your mouth. Followed by our mutton biryani. I made Rinkoo suffer as I took endless pictures of the biryani. The smell was blissful and delicate. Every grain of rice was coated with gentle spices. The mutton pieces were tender and tantalizing. I heard music in my head as I ate the biryani. I was happy. The 3am wake up call, run to the airport and almost missing my flight was all worth it. In fact I am glad I did not miss my flight and got a chance to taste this incredible biryani.
Rinkoo- patiently waiting as I clicked photos
Fresh Pineapple juice- perfect
The waiter showing us how he places the orders on his cellphone and it wirelessly reaches the kitchen thus saving paper.
Where will I find good biryani here?
My quest led me to the beautiful Char Minar of Hyderabad and the market place surrounding this monument. This place was alive and vibrant. I photographed a Falooda wala prepare a glass of sinful Falooda in a few seconds and got carried away buying 9 sets of bangles (who does that)!
I walked around the marketplace. I let it all sink in. The bright lights, the various shops, bangles, slippers, clothes, pearls, cyclewalas, rickshawwalas, some cars, vendors, ice cream and of course food. My quest finally led me to a place called Shahbad.So I ordered chicken biryani. I had a bite. It was beautiful. It was subtle, different spice in every morsel. It was very very subtle. It was drier, lighter, easy to eat. It was also very good. It was surprisingly very different from the biryani at Paradise.
Below are some pictures of my quick tour of Hyderabad. A charming city. I loved this city of the Nawab- its Char Minar, the its colorful marketplace and the Hyderabadi biryani. A day well spent. For a day trip I think I did well.
The owner of the Farasha Falooda
Finally at Shahbad-