Eating and drinking in Hyderabad could never be considered boring. This city is as famous for its food as it is for its pearls and lakes, and the famed Hyderabadi biryani alone is reason enough to take a stroll through the restaurants and food stalls of the city.
Since the most famous dish of Hyderabad is easily its biryani, it is best to start from there. Hyderabad’s biryani is available everywhere in the city, so you need not go to the best restaurants to taste it. Some top restaurants, though, shall give you some of the more exquisite and truly interesting of all the Hyderabadi biryani variants, including the delectable Joban Malti Biryani—a mouth-watering dish of partridge, quail, and mutton with the traditional basmati rice. Usually, though, goat or chicken are used for the dish, although lamb is also quite popular as an alternative. If you happen to be vegetarian, do not worry: they also make it without meat. Typically, the biryani will be redolent of the fragrant basmati rice, traditional Indian spices, saffron, lemon, and the garnishes of pudina, coriander, and fried onions.
Then there is the baghara baingan, which is typically served when you order a biryani. These are aubergines stuffed with two of the signature ingredients of Hyderabadi cuisine: peanuts and coconuts. The aubergines are then cooked in a curry, resulting in a deliciously tender and flavourful dish. The city also offers such culinary delights as the wheat porridge called haleem, which boasts of a complex flavour profile that arises from the hours-long cooking of meat with spices, wheat, and real Indian butter. This is served everywhere too, but some of the best places to try it would be establishments around the Old City. The Hyderabadis are no slouches with dessert either: they have such delicacies as double ka meetha and qubani ka meetha.
Now the best way to really experience all these dishes is to taste them at someone’s home, so it might pay to know someone in the city willing to cook these things for you the traditional way. Otherwise, you shall have to go out and take a gander at the different restaurants found in Hyderabad. One thing to note is that there are so many of these that it may well end up confusing you. A quick tip is that the best restaurants are usually the ones located in the less “up-and-coming” or “newly modern” areas. The older establishments and locations seem to have better food, on the whole.
Now we did talk about eating and drinking in Hyderabad earlier, and have yet to cover the latter half of that subject. Drinking in Hyderabad is probably not as wild as in other places, considering that police regulations are fairly tight. In fact, most of the establishments shall close their bars once 23:00 hours shows on the clock. This does not mean that there is no nightlife to the area: you just have to try and find it around the late Friday nights, but be sure not to overindulge, because the authorities might pick you up if you look inebriated. For those who want to drink in their hotels, there are also bars in most establishments and quite a lot of off-licences.