Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Haveli Restaurant, Begumpet

Haveli Restaurant, Begumpet, Hyderabad
Haveli Restaurant, Begumpet, Hyderabad
Shopping or even strolling at Lifestyle was a usual weekend activity that I indulged into during my Hyderabad days. My residence was quite nearby and Lifestyle was a good hangout zone with many eateries, drinkeries around the mall. The Haveli Restaurant is located in the Lifestyle building, Begumpet and since we pledged to visit every restaurant in Hyderabad, we paid this one a visit too.

Located on the first floor, this restaurant is very well decorated. The interiors are superb, with elaborately carved woodwork. It has intricate wall carvings and the beautiful crafted tables and chairs that are all well spread out ooze comfort as well as luxury. This restaurant is one where you can see that a lot of money has been spent on the interiors of this place.

The menu of this restaurant offers many different foods. There is Continental, Oriental and good old Indian fare available here. Haveli restaurant though is famed for its Dum Biryani and Hyderabadi cuisine. The chef here cooks a superb Biryani. Even though sizzlers and oriental fare is available, you will be best advised to stick to Indian food while eating here.

The lunch buffet for Rs. 180 is especially recommended. The buffet usually starts with a soup and starter, one each for Veg. and Non veg. Next, there was the Biryani, Chicken and Lamb for the meat lovers and Veg. Biryani, Paneer saagwala, Chana Masala, Aloo Jeera and Mixed Veg. for the veggies. The salads were lovely. There were the sprouts, the regular carrot/onion/cucumber, chicken salad, aloo-chana chaat and boiled egg with cheese n’ sauces salad too. There were different types of Chinese dishes like Schezwan noodles and spring onion fried rice. They also served Dahi wadas and Talimpu rice for the South Indian cuisine. The food was just alright, but the Dum Biryani was awesome. It is considered a Haveli specialty and it was as good as it gets. Finally there came the desserts. From the traditional Hyderabadi double-ka-meetha, succulent gulab jamoons to the Caramel Custard, Fruit Souffle and Vanilla Ice Cream, all the desserts were superb. The souffle and custard were sumptuous and the gulab jamoons made from khoya or channa were also the best I have had in a while.

There is the Club 8 pub just beneath the restaurant and a bar inside the restaurant. The place is perfect for a nice business lunch or for just having a few drinks and a dinner near your workplace before you hit 10 Downing Street below on a Friday night. A meal for two at Haveli restaurant is bound to cost anything above 500 bucks without drinks. Our review ratings for Haveli restaurant, Begumpet:

Ambience : 7/10
Food : 8/10
Price : 7/10
Quantity : 8/10

Large quantity, tasty Hyderabadi food.

Padharo Restaurant, Ameerpet, Hyderabad

Padharo Restaurant, Ameerpet, HyderabadPadharo Restaurant, Ameerpet, Hyderabad
We were regular visitors to Shreeji restaurant in Ameerpet, and the Padharo restaurant, was just on the way. This restaurant was one that was owned by a distant relative of a friend, which means that a Gujju was involved. So one fine day, we decided to grace the restaurant. It was also because there were no other restaurants to go to other than those that served Andhra meals.
Padharo Restaurant, Ameerpet, HyderabadThe ambience of Padharo restaurant and its interiors give a Rajasthani-Gujarati feel. The walls are all mud colored with Bandhanis(specially colored cotton cloth) hanging along them and lots of masks on those walls. The whole set up is rustic and tries to create a village like charm. Yet the seating is comfortable, unlike many other theme restaurants in Hyderabad.

The Padharo restaurant menu has a lot to offer, but it basically sticks to a Mughlai and North Indian menu with a few Asian dishes. We went there during lunch and ordered the full lunch buffet as I was very hungry and they gave us a complimentary pint of beer with the lunch. There are different options like the Masahari Platter for mutton, the Samundari Platter which offers sea food etc. The food was quite alright. The staff and the service were both very good and commendable.

Just next to the Padharo restaurant there is the PMatka pub. This pub, it says serves beer in earthen glasses or pitchers. They serve draught beer from beautiful pots with taps attached to it. There is a dance floor and a DJ too. We didn’t go there at night but considering the facilities, this place would be abuzz at night.

The overall experience at Padharo was quite good, primarily because of the service. The Padharo restaurant is located in Ameerpet. It is very near to Greenlands hotel. Take a turn inside from underneath the flyover that passes by Lifestyle.

404, 405 and 406
4th Floor Meridian Plaza,
Ameerpet, Hyderabad

Phone: 91-040-30588488/89

Our review ratings for Padharo:

Ambience : 8/10
Food : 8/10
Price : 8/10
Quantity : 8/10

I personally had a really nice experience here.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton head is a large Barrier island lying on the East coast of the Unites States. This 12 miles long island is located in the South Eastern part of South Carolina. It is estimated that over 2,000,000 people visit this Hilton Head Island every year.

This beautiful island has a large number of activities that you can indulge in to when on a vacation with your family. You can go and lounge on its 12 long miles of pristine beaches, bays and creeks. There are many different tours like the adventure shelter cove tours, dolphin tours and also sunset cruises to where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset from your cruise ship sailing in the Atlantic Ocean. You can also hire bicycles and ride around town.

The site is one site that will provide you all the pertinent information that you need to know before making a trip to this beautiful island. If you want to visit these islands, you must definitely log on to this website to plan a wonderful vacation for yourself and family. You can also check some of the best Hilton Head vacation rentals on this site to get a better idea of the costs that you might incur on this trip.


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