These Are Some Of The Best Biryanis In Hyderabad. How Many Have You Tried?

Ashis posted on 31 March

If there is one dish that Hyderabadis hold close to their heart, it’s the biryani. Odes and eulogies can be written about the city’s unshakeable love and faith in biryani. The biryani find its origins in Isfahan, Persia. It started out as beryani and didn’t feature rice at all. The minced meat was fire roasted and served along with the naan. It’s only when it reached Indian shores did the beryani become biryani. The Mughals had to feed their armies and hence the rice was added in.

The Hyderabadi version of the biryani is a Kacchi Gosht Ki Biryani. In this the rice is cooked along with the meat in layers in a distinct dum style method which gives it its uniqueness. Every Hyderabadi has his/her favourite spot to have biryani. Below I list out my favourite places to have biryani in Hyderabad in no particular order.

Cafe Bahar

Arguably one of the best Hyderabadi biryanis I’ve had is located in Basheerbagh outlet of Cafe Bahar. They serve huge quantities of biryani for economical prices without compromising on quality or quantity. The biryani can be quite spicy at times but it’s that good kind of spicy. 

Casual Dining

3-5-815/A, Old MLA Quarters, Hyderguda, Basheer Bagh, Hyderabad

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Bawarchi

Bawarchi, RTC ‘X’ Roads isn’t a place where people look for ambience or music relaxation. It’s the biryani that counts and I wouldn’t mind wading through the crowds and waiting time for a plate of it.  A delight in the truest sense.

Casual Dining

Plot 44, Beside Astoria Hotel, RTC Cross Road, Nallakunta, Hyderabad

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Meridian Cafe & Restaurant

From the confluence of traffic at the busy Punjagutta Circle rises Meridian Café. What first started years ago as a butcher shop has now transformed itself into one of the best places for dum biryani in the city. Many biryani connoisseurs in Hyderabad consider it the best you can have in the city. The meat-to-rice ratio, the spice level and portion sizes make it a one-stop destination when in Punjagutta.

Casual Dining

6-3-697/1, Panjagutta Cross Road, Punjagutta, Hyderabad

Hotel Shadab

Situated in Ghansi Bazaar, this hotel oozes with a charm that is reminiscent of Irani chai places. But once you are guided to the upper first floor you’re transported to another place altogether. The place is incomplete without a strong aroma of biryani. With every visit to the Old City, it’s almost customary to visit Shadab as a quick pit-stop. They also serve really amazing Mughlai food and a huge spread for breakfast.

Casual Dining

21-1-140-144, Plot 21, Opp. Madina Building, High Court Road, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad

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Shah Ghouse

With three outlets spread out across the city, Shah Ghouse continues with the trend of Hyderabadi cuisine and does a good job in maintaining it. Almost all of the hotels are packed and bustling with people, ordering in a Double Masala Biryani before continuing on with their day.

Casual Dining

8-191/15, Near Rai Durgam Police Station, Gachibowli Road, Gachibowli, Hyderabad

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Hotel Sohail, Malakpet

The legacy of Hotel Sohail can be understood from the crowd who visit regularly from morning to dusk for a serving of it’s legendary biryani. They also serve the hard-to find Marag {a spicy mutton soup} here. 

Casual Dining

Shop 16-8-992, Beside Government Hospital, Chanchalguda, Officers Colony, Malakpet, Hyderabad

Alpha Hotel

For many travellers who go through the busy Secunderabad Railway Station, Alpha serves as a quick stop to pick up a parcel of biryani for their relatives and friends back home. The biryani is delicious and the smell lingers around long after you’ve partaken of it. That itself is enough to bring a big smile around your face.

Fast Food Restaurants

Opp. Railway Station, Railway Station Road, Secunderabad, Telangana

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Aish, The Park

For years now Aish, The Park has been upholding the tradition of Hyderabadi food. While most hotels nowadays have moved to experimenting with dishes and making their versions of it. Overlooking the majestic Hussain Sagar, dig into biryani which is as authentic as it can get.  

Casual Dining

The Park Hotel, Lobby Level, 22, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad

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Zaiqa-e-Hyderabad

Literally putting the Zaiqa back in Hyderabad, Zaiqa-e-Hyderabad has been dishing out the best traditional food that I’ve had in recent times in the city. With Chef Pradeep Khosla at the help, the Biryani is worth every morsel. The Shorba, Shikampuri Kebabs are the other delicacies that you can enjoy from the extensive Nizami Menu.

Casual Dining

8-2-337/A, Road 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

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Paradise Biryani

Last but not the least we end with Paradise, a name that’s synonymous with Hyderabadi biryani. With nearly 15 outlets in Hyderabad alone, the number of people going through their doors is massive. They’ve been instrumental in getting the word out all over the world. If there is one thing I’ve observed about the Biryani in Paradise, it’s that there is no matching the aroma with the ones from other Irani Cafés.

For the inhabitants of the city, biryani isn’t just a dish. It’s an emotion, it’s a conversation, a though and most importantly it’s love.   

Casual Dining

Plot 22 & 23, Vinayaknagar, Gachibowli Main Road, Gachibowli, Hyderabad