Among the countless restaurants in Hyderabad that serve really good biryani, Paradise Hotel could easily make it to the top 10 list. We had lunch there yesterday—my first at this restaurant—and I was truly impressed.
Though located very close to a big intersection constantly busy with traffic, there’s ample parking space with valet services. Security upon entering the building is quite similar to the ones at the airport: walk-through metal detector, pat-downs, and bag inspection.
Another guy opened the door and greeted us. The maître d’ immediately showed us to a table-for-two, right next to a window (just as I hoped so that I could take pictures), handed us the menu card, and took our order. He typed into this PDA-looking thing in his hands that transmitted our orders wirelessly.
For starters we ordered fish malai tikka. Twenty minutes later, we’re still staring at the plate of finely-sliced onions and lemon wedges that was placed on the table right after our orders were taken.
“Sir, would you prefer to have your biryani first?” asked the waiter. “The fish will take some time.”
“Sure.” We were starving.
The mutton biryani, our main course, and the fish, our starter, arrived together.
The biryani was really good: the rice was fragrant and nicely cooked, the spices not too overwhelming, and the meat was delicately tender. Biryani was served with a couple of side dishes: a yoghurt raita or sauce, and a bowl of mirchi ka salan, a flavorful, rich gravy.
The fish was even better than the biryani. It’s marinated in spices and cream, grilled over charcoal, and served hot with mint chutney. It quickly releases a burst of wonderful flavors that makes your taste buds swoon in complete delight then immediately melts in your mouth. Yum.
For dessert, we ordered banana split. Except that it was chopped. The banana, I mean. And there was no cream or cherry on top. Or chocolate syrup drizzled over the ice cream. But alhumdillah, it was still OK.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this restaurant. And don’t forget to order the hyderabadi biryani and fish malai tikka.
Location: Sardar Patel Road, Secunderabad
Phone #: 040 66313720