Top 7 under-rated Meccas for food lovers in Hyderabad.

These are under-rated restaurants which you might have hardly heard of but are simply awesome!

Everything in this universe is disliked by some or the other person. Be it cats, dogs, music, fashion, ANYTHING.
But.
The one thing that has only lovers, likers and fans, is FOOD.
It has been a uniting force between communities, countries and continents since forever! Food is not a thing. It is passion, art, beauty, life.
So for all our Hyderabadi friends who feel the same way, we present to you the top 5 hidden Meccas for foodies in Hyderabad
*smacks lips*

1. Punjabi Paranthe:

Craving typical Punjabi food in Hyderabad? Head to Punjabi Parathe in Sindhi Colony, near Dimmy’s Pan Shop.

Punjabi Parath
A personal favourite, this is a small and under-rated place that certainly serves the best-stuffed paranthas and chole chawal. Managed by two brothers and their dad along with help from a few boys (all of whom you can call “chotu”) it gives a homely feel and you get the “mummy ke hath ka khana” wala khana! Service is quick and the three managers are SUPER friendly. At the risk of sounding racist, it is a must visit for all Punjabis!


2. Lamakaan:

Located near GVK one, Banjara Hills, Lamakaan offers space for cultural debates, plays, etc. It has the ambience of a college canteen and certainly brings back memories! Don’t miss out the samosas, egg pakora and chai! The place is nothing like other posh restaurants in the area but serves good quality nibbles that are worth your money. Summers here are not to everybody’s liking as there is no AC. All in all, Lamakaan is an ideal spot to satisfy your hunger within a modest budget.


3. Food trucks at opposite of NIFT Hyderabad

 

If you’re looking for a pocket-friendly late night eatery, do visit the food trucks of the road opposite to NIFT Hyderabad, Hitech City. The choice of food ranges from the typical south Indian dosa idli to Dilli ki mashhoor kulfi! (Cheese kulche from the punjabi parathe food teuck are a MUST EAT) Honestly speaking, you can get a decent tummy filling meal for Rs. 100/-. On the more fancier side, the Mist and Cream food truck offer`s lip smacking ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. Also available are sandwiches, pav bhaji, dabeli, burgers and occasionally waffles too!


4. Coffee cup:

Located in Sainikpuri, this is pretty much a hidden gem. The staff is friendly (also connects your phone/laptop to the wifi if you ask them to) and service is quick. The outside seating arrangement might be a little unpleasant because of mosquitoes during the rainy season, but apart from that the place is magical. Nestled between lights and the boughs of a huge tree, the ambience is soothing and happy. Coming to food, the SHAKES ARE TO DIE FOR and fish fingers and chicken sandwich tickle your taste buds. It also has live music at times. Visit coffee cup for a light evening with family or friends.


5. Shah Ghouse:

This is where you go if you want authentic Hyderabadi biryani. Though the place scores only little on the ambience side, the quality and quantity of food make up for it. The haleem is easily the best in the city. Service can get slow when the crowd is too much, but like they say, all good things take time! Both air- conditioned and non-air-conditioned seating is available. And unlike other popular restaurants, this does not weigh heavy on your pocket too! With branches in Tolichowki, Old city and Gachibowli, Shah Ghouse tops the Hyderabadi biryani charts and also serves mouth watering paya, firni, Irani chai.


6. Drunken Poets:

Perfect for a rocking Friday night, Drunken Poets Café in Kondapur is a personal favourite. Food is a little overpriced but delicious. The bar mostly has a good collection and the staff is responsive and helpful. Hookah is available only in outdoor seating. The interiors that scream Hollywood, combined with fairly good DJs and comfortable seating arrangement, form a great ambience. Apart from it’s closing time being 11:00 PM sharp, there are no negative points about the place. Must visit on Bollywood nights!


7. Pizza Den:

Offering desi pizzas, Pizza Den in Secundrabad is one of the most popular food joints in the twin cities. It has recently added Lasagna (served only on Sundays) to its menu. Despite facing a maddening rush, service is quick. Also on the menu are ice-creams and cold coffee. Ideal for an evening with friends, this place is particularly popular among school and college goers.

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