I am a big fan of biryani. Be it any type, this is one of the dishes which I never say no to and can have it any time. The biryani I had in some places were damn good, that I can even have it for three meals a day. Have been craving for biryani last week. So decided to check in Charminar at Gopalapuram. And did so for Sunday lunch.

This was my second visit to this place after three years (since the time they opened). Was quiet surprised to see the restaurant almost empty at 1.30 pm on a Sunday. Settled in and ordered a chicken hot and sour soup, apollo fish and a veg sheek kebab. The soup was just okay after adding some salt. Though it had generous amount of chicken pieces it lacked flavor. The apollo fish was just brilliant. Spicy, a little bit tangy it was melt in the mouth kind of dish and was absolutely yummy. The quantity was also good. The veg sheek kebab was just okay and nothing to rave about.

The service was damn slow. For the entire restaurant, there was only one person taking orders and one more to deliver the food. Slowly, the tables started filling in and the service was painstakingly slow. Like we were waiting for 10 minutes to get the attention of the steward and another 15 minutes to get our water glasses refilled.

For main course, I went for a chicken biryani with double masala and hubby opted for vegetable biryani with double masala. At this point the, steward informed us that the vegetable biryani is nothing but vegetables added to the rice from the non-veg biryani. We were fine with it. But both the biryanis were entirely different. The chicken biryani was damn good with perfect blend of spices and the (single big piece)  chicken being soft, tender and juicy, well blended with the masalas. But the veg biryani was just bland with veggies. Hubby asked for extra masala and after mixing it was good. While the biryani was finger licking good, the accompaniments were very poor. The onion raita was way too watery like rasam and the dalcha was sour and watery too. We decided to take some other accompaniment, we were told that it would take 20 mins to get anything, even the raitha. So dropped the idea and finished off the biryani.

I was hoping to have kubani ka meetha for dessert. Unfortunately only double ka meetha and ice creams were available. Took two double ka meetha. Though hubby's bowl was perfect, what i got was just chunks of white bread :( I couldn't have it anymore so just kept it as such. Hubby felt full and I finished off his bowl. The steward inquired about the left over dessert and told him my concern. He offered for a replacement to be packed or even ice cream. Since I too felt full, we refused.

The bill was 1300 bucks. Since the service is damn slow, next time I would prefer having the biryani home delivered or packed and no dine in.

Place : Charminar
Location : Avvai Shanmugam Road, Gopalapuram
Cuisine : Hyderabad biryanis veg and non-veg
Cost : A meal for two would cost around 1300 approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only.

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