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All about Kababs at Kabab Stories, Hyderabad

Kababs are possibly among the most favourite dishes of any non-vegetarian food lover in India. The origin of the word is from ‘Kebob’ in Arabic which means charred. Folklore says that kebabs were the fast cooked food of hunters, where chunks of hunted meat and fat were skewered on a sword and rubbed with rock salt and then charred over firewood. This group of dishes, which often has marinated and skewered meat grilled, roasted or even pan-fried are enjoyed all over the Mediterranean countries, Middle-East as well as South and South-East Asia.  The meat, spices, marinades as well as the methods of preparation differ based on local tastes.

Raan-E-Zaika
Raan-E-Zaika

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Treats from Mumbai Streets at Courtyard by Marriott

Mumbai is one of the best places for street food in India. The chaats at Chowpatty beach, the meat delicacies at Mohammed Ali Road are some of the well-known street food, but there are many other non-descript locations in every nook and corner of the metro which serve some delightful local food. “Treats from Mumbai”, a promotion of street food at Momo Café, the all-day dining restaurant at Courtyard by Marriott plays a tribute to this.

The Street Food Carts at Courtyard by Marriott

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Three New Microbreweries in Hyderabad

A microbrewery is usually a pub which brews its own beer, often only a few varieties and in limited quantities. Often such places are known for their few boutique varieties of beer. The concept started from London in the 1970s and it has taken its time to travel to other countries.

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Ramzan Diaries in Hyderabad: Three Restaurants with Interesting Iftar Menus

In Hyderabad, a large number of restaurants have special offerings during the Holy month of Ramzan. While most of the places serve the oft-repeated local food, hallmarks of some of these iftar dinners are carefully designed menus, signature preparations and bringing recipes not so well-known to the fore. This post talks about three places where one can visit with family for a different kind of experience during Ramzan.

Gyarah Handi Haleem


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Haleem Trail: Green Park Hotel, Begumpet

Green Park Hotel is one of the places in Hyderabad which serves haleem round the year as part of their Midnight Biryani buffet. However during Ramzan, the hotel puts up a stall in their campus, selling Iftar food from evening till 10 pm. Apart from haleem, biryani and desserts are also available for takeaway.

The Haleem 

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Ramzan Food Walk in Bangalore: Masjid-E-Eidgah Bilal and Tilaknagar

During the holy month of Ramzan, many areas in Bangalore turn into a non-vegetarian food lover’s delight in the evenings. Catering to the people breaking their fasts after the Iftar prayers, a large number of temporary stalls come up, especially near the Masjids. Apart from Mosque Road and Shivajinagar, a large number of stalls also come up near Masjid-E-Eidgah Bilal on Bannerghatta Road, and the Tilaknagar Mosque close by.

Phal Seekh Tilaknagar
Phal and Seekh Kabas are in demand during Ramzan

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Goan Food Festival at Siesta Hitech

Qube Café at the Siesta Hitech Hotel in Kondapur is known for its value-for-money food festivals – it brings regional cuisine promotions to Hyderabad at a very attractive price. Whereas around Durga Puja their Bengali food festival with unlimited Hilsa is a huge hit, they had also done decent Kashmiri, Awadhi and Punjabi festivals in the recent past. Now the restaurant is organizing Goan Food Fiesta, a celebration of food from Goa and around.

Goan Food Fiesta


The festival buffet is priced at an attractive Rs 570 on Bookmyshow. It is part of the dinner buffet and includes a wide range of meat and seafood. The buffet is dominated by Goan food, though it has a few non-Goan preparations for the in-house guests.

Goa is a favourite weekend destination for people from Hyderabad, and as a result, food lovers here are pretty familiar with the cuisine. Recently two restaurants offering Goan food have also opened in the city. Fish and other seafood items are popular in this cuisine, which has a lot of Portuguese influence on it. The buffet at Qube Café also had a lot of seafood items in it.

Anchovy Fry
Anchovy Fry

The first dish we tried out was Anchovy Fry – a spicy and crispy preparation of small nethili fish with sliced green chillies. An ideal dish to go with drinks. Sadly Siesta Hitech does not have a liquor license yet.

Mackarel Rechado
Mackerel Rechado

This was followed by Mackerel Rechado. The rechado paste has red chillies in abundance along with cumin, ginger and other spices. The fish was soft and well-cooked and the dish worked out pretty good for me. Some of my fellow-diners had a tough time picking the bones though.

Goan Style Squids
Goan Style Squids

Goan Style Squids seemed to be an oriental preparation for me replete with a lot of chopped garlic and bell peppers. While not scoring on the authenticity front, it was definitely tasty. The Goan shacks usually have a lot of such preparations with the fresh catch to go with the fenny. There were also other starters on the buffet like Stir Fried Prawns.

Mackarel Pulao
Mackerel Pulao

The main courses had quite a vegetarian dishes – Goan Style Okra and Mushroom Fry being noticeable among these. The buffet also had some dishes from Udupi area of Karnataka like the coconut based Mixed Veg Sagu and the Mangalorean Chana Gassi.

Goan Crab Curry
Goan Crab Curry

Among the non-vegetarian items, the star for me was the Goan Crab Curry – a coconut based gravy of crab which was simply delightful. Another one I liked was Prawn Balchao, a garlic and chilli based spicy dish, which went well with rice.

Chicken Cafrael
Chicken Cafrael 

Chicken Cafrael, the green Goan curry with coriander, green chillies and mint scored on the taste front. There was another chicken dish Chicken Sukeem which I did not like. Coconut based Mutton Xacutti and Goan Fish Curry were also on the menu.

Prawn Balchao

With the curries, I missed Sanna – the rice cake which is usually eaten with the gravies.

The dessert platter had Nevris, deep-fried sweet dumplings stuffed with coconut. Bebinca the most famous of the Goan desserts was a tad too dry. I enjoyed the Mango Mousse which was part of the buffet too.

Bebinca
Bebinca


I am no expert in Goan cuisine and would not be able to vouch for the authenticity of most of the dishes. What I can say is that almost all the starters and main courses tasted remarkably good. Also, as always I wondered how the value-for-money buffet at Qube Café packs so many non-vegetarian dishes.

Mango Mousse
Mango Mousse

The festival is on only for dinner till 4th June. It is recommended for lovers of non-vegetarian Indian food.

Location:
Qube Café
Hotel Siesta Hitech
55E Kondapur, Hyderabad
Telephone: 42420000

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant. However, the opinion expressed in the post are honest and unbiased.



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The New Menu at SodaBottleOpenerWala Hyderabad

SodaBottleOpenerWala, the Bombay Irani restaurant from the Olive group is credited for popularizing Parsi cuisine in areas like Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore. In Hyderabad it is a popular destination for lovers of Indian regional food. The outlet had since extended the Irani café concept to include quite a few Hyderabadi delicacies to the menu (Read here about the Hyderabadi menu). Now, the restaurant is making a major enhancement to the menu, adding about 30 odd new dishes.


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