Saransh Goila who is in City of Nawabs these days takes to Instagram and writes “Biryani party to celebrate 🥳🥂 GBC in Hyderabad. Only fair that while the city eats butter chicken we get to enjoy some #delishaaas biryani at Cafe Bahar. I first came to Cafe Bahar when I was 25! I still remember the taste of my first Hyderabadi biryani it was right here on this table! Topping of chicken 65, ek anda with some salan and raita on the side.

The ratio of rice is almost always much more than meat here unless you order extra chicken. I still remember Cafe Bahar family teaching me that the secret lies in sourcing good quality meat and A1 chawal. After that if you pay attention to cooking of rice 'truly an art dum cooking is' @mrnigelng will agree. They layer the rice in the dum handi step by step, bottom is filled with pre boiled rice (the top half from the boiler) and the top of the handi has pre boiled rice (that was at the bottom of the boiler) This ensures every grain cooks evenly and finds its true potential. What a great way to celebrate this day ❤️🥂💯 Which is your fav Biryani spot?

Here’s our take of few favorite Biryani spots in the city

Bawarchi

Another popular joint, Bawarchi stands tall on the main road of RTC X roads. Known to serve one of the spiciest biryanis, you get to Chicken, mutton, and egg. The place also sees an AC dining area, along with a rooftop. Other than the biriyani the place also boasts about Bawarchi Special Chicken curry, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Kebab, Mutton Chops and some naan. 

Location: Plot No. 44, RTC Cross Road, Jawahar Nagar, Chikkadapally, New Nallakunta,
Cost for two: ₹700
Timings: 11AM–9PM

Hotel Shadab

Known for its Mughlai-Persian food, Hotel Shadab is an iconic address in the old city of Hyderabad. This popular food joint is also known for their Chicken Drumstick and Chicken Dragon and of course the biryani and kebabs are surely worth trying. The double masala biryani has large chunks of chicken. Don’t miss to try their glass of falooda.

Address: Madina Circle, 21-1-140-144, Near High Court, High Court Rd, Charminar, Ghansi Bazaar, 500012
Cost for two: ₹700
Timings: 5:30am–12:30am

Cafe Bahar

This place that opened in 1973 is known to serve the best biryani in Hyderabad. Their double masala in their Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, sees a wonderful combination of meat, rice, and divine spices. It’snot just biryani that’s famous here but also their Afghani Chicken, Onion Samosa, Bheja Fry, Qubani Ka Meetha  and their Irani chai are equally liked and enjoyed. This place sees it’s loyalist divided between biryani lovers and the chai lovers. The chai counter opnes around 4 am and then around 11 am the restaurant opens and runs beyond midnight. Chai lovers swear by Irani samosas, Special Chai, and sugary cream buns.

Location: 3-5, 815/A, Old MLA Quarters Rd, Avanti Nagar, Himayatnagar, 500029
Average Cost: 650 rupees for two people (approx).
Timings: 4 am – 12midnight