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Hyderabad Food and Dining Guide - Restaurants, where to eat, and more

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Hyderabad is well known for its delectable cuisine. Dishes have a strong Mughal flavor, and locals have a great passion for food, similar to the Mughals. Meat dishes are prominent, and the pounded meat dish of haleem is the most popular dish in the area.

Hyderabadi biryani (a rice dish) is not just a local specialty, but is enjoyed throughout the country. This delicious blend of rice and mutton or chicken is a staple in Indian cuisine and there are more than 26 varieties of the dish in total. Other popular dishes in Hyderabad include kulcha (a bread), pakora (a fried snack) and korma (a mild curry). Deserts include sheer payasam (a sweet rice dish) and badam kajali (almond sweets).

The city has a varied dining scene and along with the traditional restaurants there are international restaurants, fast food outlets, pizza houses and ice cream parlors.

Himayat Nagar

A good selection of restaurants can be found in this area, catering for both local and international tastes. From chop sueyto Dominos pizza, the entire spectrum of international cuisine is covered.

Banjara Hills

The city's swankiest suburb is home to a thriving restaurant scene. Aside from a broad range of international eateries, there are plenty of top-notch Indian restaurants cooking up sensational dishes from all over the country.


From Pizza Hut to Hyderabadi biryani, the choice is wide in Punjagutta. This is a fantastic dining destination for high quality food at very reasonable prices. Some establishments serve both local and international dishes.


Secunderabad is home to some of the city's top restaurants, in terms of taste and ambience. Cuisines available include international fare; however, the restaurants specializing in South Indian cuisine are the cream of the crop.

Hyderabad restaurants

Okra Restaurant
Hyderabad Marriott Hotel, Lower Tank Bund
Phone: +91 40 2752 2999
The massive buffet of Indian, continental and traditional fare is fit for a Nizam. The restaurant has an inviting atmosphere, with open kitchens and a pool view. After dark candlelit tables provide the ideal setting for romancing couples. 

Taj Krishna Road, Banjara Hills
Phone: +91 40 6666 2323 
This elegant restaurant is well known for its authentic biryani and tender marinated lamb steak, grilled tandoori style. Live ghazal music provides the ideal soundtrack for a hearty feast.
Dum Phukt
ITC Kakatiya Sheraton & Towers
Phone: +91 40 2340 1032
The city's most upmarket restaurant specializes in steamed dishes, such as mutton cooked with cardamom and saffron. Char grilled meats are also a good choice at Dum Phukt.

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