While the eat-streets continue to lure us with budget food-trucks that serve amazing food, there’s always a list of “high-end” restaurants we save for some really special occasion. The trend of fine dining is a classic and will keep attracting people with their sophisticated atmosphere and services. Food search site Zomato has come up with some exclusive lists of the most expensive restaurants in each Indian city under their “Luxury Dining” collection. These fine dining restaurants boast of their royal and posh ambience. Thus, these restaurants are usually visited by those who pay taxes more than the annual income of an average Indian. In this post, we are going to share a few restaurants that Zomato has deemed the most extravagant in Hyderabad.
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Here are the 5 most expensive restaurants in Hyderabad.
As per Sabina Sehgal Saikia, food critic for the Times of India,
“The country is one of the world’s fastest emerging economies and Indians’ newfound confidence is reflected in a number of areas, one of which is this developing preference for fine dining”.
When it comes to savoring good food, Indians are spoilt for choice. Dining is not just about eating anymore. It has transformed itself and is now an experience. An outburst of wealth in India’s major cities has indeed kick-started a gastronomic revolution backed by several exotic restaurants to serve it. These restaurants mostly host celebrities from various fields. Simply discussing the names of the most expensive restaurants in Hyderabad indeed result in acute hunger pangs. After all, the mouthwatering aroma of Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, Laham Kabsa, Kebabs etc. is irresistible. Continue reading to find out where and for how much the elite guests are pleasing their classy lifestyle. :)
5 Most Expensive Restaurants in Hyderabad
1. Adaa, Taj Falaknuma Palace
Engine Bowli, Fatima Nagar, Falaknuma, Hyderabad
Phone:040 6629 8585
Price for 2 – Rs. 7,300
Adaa, the signature Indian restaurant at Taj Fakalnuma, tops the list of our most expensive restaurants in Hyderabad. It is not just about food, but it’s an invitation to get a fleeting glimpse of the royal lifestyle left behind by the Nizams. Palace Chef elaborates to his guests about the Princess’ penchant for very high standards when it came to the food that she served her guests. He talks about the mouth-watering recipes sourced from old Farsi journals. The Falaknuma Palace, which was painstakingly renovated by the Taj group, is a sight to behold.
The palace is breathtaking, once the sun goes down and the lights come on, the palace transforms into something magical. There is a half an hour tour for all the restaurant guests at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM which briefly touches upon the history of the palace and guides the guests around the various rooms of interest. Adaa is located at the far end of the palace in one of the smaller rooms. It doesn’t have a lot of tables, so you need to reserve your seat well in advance. The room is adorned with massive old school paintings and chandeliers.
Here’s a review from a Zomato user –
“The place is of course very beautiful. The sesame prawn dish had nice chunky and fleshy prawns. The haleem and mutton biriyani was really yum. They serve berry sorbets and fruit chaat to cleanse your palate. The desserts have surprising flavors like ginger lime and tamarind sorbets.”
2. Prego, The Westin
Westin Hotel, Mindspace, Hitech City, Hyderabad
Phone: 040 6767 6828
Price for 2 – Rs. 5,000
Flavour, passion, and grandeur are served up at Prego, one of Hyderabad’s upscale and authentic Italian restaurant located at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace. Premium Italian wines, fresh gourmet pizzas, and homemade pasta are some of their major highlights.
If you’re into Italian cuisine then the flavours of Italy served at Prego will urge you to come over and over again at this luxe restaurant. Guests can have a look at the live kitchen while feasting on fresh pasta, homemade bread, and delicious hand-tossed pizzas. Their outdoor dining offers a spectacular poolside setting that adds charm. Share a bottle of premium wine al fresco at one of the most expensive restaurants in Hyderabad and be swept away by one of the city’s most romantic destinations.
Here’s a review from one of the guests –
“Was here for lunch. The place is simple and elegant. It was Friday and the place was quiet. We started off with the complimentary bread. It was freshly baked and soft. We ordered minestrone soup, a pizza, and pasta. The soup was the best minestrone soup I have had in Hyderabad. The pasta was really creamy. My favorite was the thin crust pizza with lots of veggies and one nut. The crust was perfect… Just the way I prefer. The staff and the service are excellent. This is a must visit place for all Italian food lovers.”
3. Celeste, Falaknuma Palace
Engine Bowli, Fatima Nagar, Falaknuma, Hyderabad
Phone: 040 6629 8585
Price for 2 – Rs. 6,000
“Taj-e-Hind mei kya dekha agar Falaknuma nahi dekha?”
The experience of eating at the Taj Falaknuma is a lifetime experience. Right from the warm welcome at the gatehouse to the twirling golf cart ride through the grounds and to your arrival at the main building, everything is just dreamy. This elegant all-day-dining restaurant offers classic Italian and Mediterranean fare that appeals to the palate of even the most discerning connoisseurs. The fine pizzas and pasta, antipasti and cutlets are created with ingredients sourced from across the globe.
Here’s a review on Zomato –
“So, to visit this magnificent palace, I booked myself for their high tea on Sunday.
High tea started at 3:30 pm.
I opted for a mix of Nizami and English – vegetarian.
First was given a choice of fresh juices, followed by a good variety of savories.
5 different sandwiches, chat, spring rolls, Dhokla, mini idli, and many other small bites (names of which I don’t remember) – all were good in taste.
Was also served a plate of cookies with cream, preserves, and jam.
They also had a buffet for desserts with pastries, Indian sweets – simply spoilt with choices.
In all – every item in their menu was good.
The whole experience was royal!
The high tea was followed by a 30-minute palace tour of the palace which started at 5.
Was simply awe-struck by the grandeur of the palace.”
4. Thai Pavilion, Vivanta by Taj
VIVANTA BY TAJ, 1-10-147 & 148, Mayur Marg, Begumpet, Hyderabad
Phone: 040 6725 3645
Price for 2 – Rs. 4,000
A part of one of the luxury hotels in India, Thai Pavilion is another diner that offers the country’s best Thai cuisine. Chef Ananda Solomon introduced Thai cuisine to India with the original Thai Pavilion in the early ’90s. For this, he had spent months across Thailand experiencing and studying its cuisine and culture. The celebrity Chef now presents an elevated version of this popular cuisine at Thai Pavilion. The menu always changes. Try the celebrated Pia Nueng Manao (Steamed John Dory with coriander, chilly, peanut in a tangy sauce).
Further, round up your experience with Fok Thong Sankaya (Delicately steamed custard in baby pumpkin) and Tub Tim Grob (Diced water chestnut with coconut milk). The guests are entertained by an interactive kitchen in the middle of the restaurant. This makes for a great private restaurant for couples. Some tables with sunken seating are kept for those who want to eat in traditional style. The staff also recommends an excellent pairing of food with a fine collection of young and vintage wines.
Here’s a review from dine-out –
“Thai food at its best bit pricey but the food was worth every penny amazing food not a big fan of Thai cuisine but I think I’d go to this place a few more times been there twice already ambiance was excellent couldn’t get any better overall must visit place even if your not into Thai food you’ll love it.”
Opposite Hussain Sagar Lake, Tank Bund Rd, Bhagyalaxmi Nagar, Kavadiguda, Secunderabad
Phone: 040 2752 2577
Price for 2 – Rs. 4,500
Finally, we are at one of Hyderabad’s most traditional yet extravagant fine dining restaurant. Bidri in Marriott, Hyderabad has an eloquent setting. Apart from the delicacy, the Live Ghazals and the soothing ambience gives you a soothing effect which envelopes you from the moment you enter. They offer authentic cuisine of the Riyasats from the Andhra, Hyderabad, Kashmir and Lucknow dynasties.
Here’s a review on dine-out –
“Bidri continues to impress with its old-world Hyderabadi ambiance, down from the intricate black and silver etched Bidri and mirror work on the pillars to the crimson-hued chandeliers and sophisticated tableware. Unobtrusive, ever-attentive service and last, but not the least, top-notch cuisine, sum up the experience as one of true-blue fine dining. The menu did a makeover recently to include classical flavors from regions influenced by the Persian & Afghani rulers – Hyderabad, Awadh, Kashmir and Andhra. Traditional cuisines from the kitchens of India’s Riyasats (royal families) from these regions are now on the menu. Try the Hyderabadi Murgh Dum Shorba, its soul-filling, and for vegetarians, there is the Zafraani Subz Shorba from Lucknow.”
So those were the 5 most expensive restaurants in Hyderabad as listed by Zomato. An occasional visit to any of these diners wouldn’t cost you a kidney after all :)