In recent years, one of the haleems which is much sought after in Hyderabad is that of Café 555. Tucked in a lane close to the Masab Tank flyover, this outlet has such a great word of mouth publicity by satisfied customers that towards the end of the season there is quite a queue there.
Fortunately, these days Café 555 has started offering their signature dish well before the Ramzan period. On a Saturday following Shab e Barat, I landed up here at 5:30 pm to try out the haleem.
Though dusk was still quite some time away, a motley crowd had already gathered to taste the haleem. A plate of standard haleem this year is being offered at Rs 150. We immediately got hold of a plate and sat down to devour it. The haleem looked enticing garnished with cashew, mint, fried onions and a liberal amount of ghee, as well as a piece of lime.
The haleem here is usually on the spicier side, with a uniform consistency and perfect ratio of wheat and meat. This time, however, the spices were dumbed down a tad. There were a few mutton bones in the haleem and the mutton in the haleem was adequate and soft. The aroma of the ghee was pervading all over. The haleem here this year tasted a bit different than last year.
One word of caution, though – some of you who like home cooked haleem may still find this a bit too spicy.
For the more adventurous food lovers Café 555 also has a special haleem which has jabaan (goat’s tongue) and few pieces of Chicken 65 added to it. Though I normally prefer haleem in its original avatar, I was told by the person at the counter to come back soon and try out the special haleem here. Larger packs for take home are also available.
Location: Café 555 is very close to Masab Tank flyover. From Masab Tank Flyover take the road which proceeds towards Banjara Hills. Café 555 is inside the first lane to your left.
Disclaimer: The feedback and ratings are based on sampling on a particular day. In many such outlets, taste is not consistent and varies from day to day and branch to branch.