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Best places for romantic dinners in Hyderabad | Hyderabad

Candle lit dinnerA scrumptious candle lit dinner and exotic wine – the perfect recipe for a romantic dinner date. Here we present the most romantic restaurants in Hyderabad.  

Waterfalls, rocks, landscaped greens…Our Place in Banjara Hills is one of the few places in Hyderabad where you can enjoy candle lit alfresco dinners. Visit the restaurant over the weekend, and live ghazal recitals come as a bonus. The award winning eco-friendly restaurant, tucked in a quiet corner of Hyderabad serves multi-cuisine (Chinese, Indian, Tandoori and Thai) fare. North Indian though is highly recommended. Crispy corn pepper, paneer malai, crisp honey chicken, murgh mulayam kebab and drums of heaven (chicken winglets) are some of the best starters served here. The soft drinks and desserts section is limited, but good. The lush green environs of Our Place give you the scope of an elaborate leisurely meal with your beloved like no other restaurant. Average meal price for two would be Rs. 700. The restaurant is open from 12 PM to 3 PM and 7 PM to 11 PM.

If royal, colonial style dining means romance to you, then Sahib Sindh Sultan in the City Center Mall should be your ultimate destination. The opulent ambience a la Palace on Wheels of the Indian Railways is mesmerizing and sets the mood right for a memorable, romantic dinner. An extensive beverage menu, complete with finest wines, cocktails, mocktails and sherbet, is just the perfect way to embark upon a culinary journey. This North Indian, fine dining restaurant serves delectable veg/non-veg kebabs, which are among the best available in Hyderabad. Among the main course curries from regions such as Gujarat, Rajasthan, Kolkata, Punjab and Kashmir, must try are the paneer tikka rahra masala, bharrey lahori aloo, rajputana lal maas and murgh peshawari. Here, you have the option of rounding your meals off with delectable paans. A word of caution: The place tends to get at little noisy. Average meal price for two would be Rs. 1,200 and the restaurant is open from 12 PM to 3.15 PM and 7.30 PM to 11.15 PM.

Zafraan Exotica, a rooftop restaurant in Banjara Hills is a perfect dating destination that gives you the option of plush open-air as well as indoor lounge dining. With the décor done up the tropical Indonesian way complete with glowing candles, bamboo thickets and water bodies with aquatic flora and fish, the romantic vibe Zafraan Exotica exudes is simply overwhelming. The menu that is a mix of Chinese, Thai and North Indian is quite average. Among the good starters here are paneer tikka, talwari kebabs and golden prawns. And from the main course section, tried and tested orders include chicken kashmiri, malai kofta, nahari gosht, vegetable jalfrezi and dal zafraani. The beverage menu leaves none disappointed. The service is a little slow, but on a romantic date, who minds? Zafraan Exotica is highly recommended for its ambience. Food though is not exceptionally good. A meal for two would cost Rs. 1,000. The restaurant is open from 12.30 PM to 3.30 PM and 7.30 PM to 11.30 PM.   
Little Italy, a vegetarian Italian restaurant in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad has a very cozy ambience with a rustic feel. Everything from interiors and seating to decor and cutlery smack of luxury. You also have the option of terrace dining here. Leisurely, candle lit dinners are a very romantic experience at Little Italy. Hit it off with an exotic wine (imported wines are also available) or a creamy mocktail with antipasto like crostini della casa, crostini assorti and crema di avocado and follow it up with a salad, pasta, lasagna, risotto or wood burnt pizza. For those with a spicy, Indian palette, the Nawab and Bombay pizza are highly recommended. As opposed to common belief, the food here is adequately spicy and not bland at all. Round off a meal with the sinful chocolate bomb or tiramisu. Meal for two would cost Rs. 1,200. The restaurant is open from 12 PM to 3 PM and 7 PM to 11 PM.

For a truly romantic evening, head to Atiroopa in Aalankrita Resorts located on the outskirts of Hyderabad on the Karimnagar Highway. This lush green resort bears a very ethnic look and resembles a heritage site. Atiroopa, the multi-cuisine restaurant is one of the most romantic, fine dining options that the resort extends. The sculptures, carvings, jharokhas, Thanjavur paintings and the huge wooden swing at its entrance account for an exclusive dining experience away from the din and bustle of Hyderabad. It serves Indian, Continental, Middle-Eastern and Oriental fare (Burmese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Chinese). The kebabs, pastas, kashmiri koftas, Parsi dhansak and in fact anything on the menu is worth trying. The restaurant offers an extensive liquor selection. Dinners at Atiroopa are generally followed up with a quite stroll in the resort. A meal for two would cost Rs. 900. You can visit it from 12 PM to 3.30 PM and 7. 30 PM to 11 PM.

Lakeside is the ideal place to have a romantic dinner, most believe. The Waterfront Cafe, on the banks of the Hussain Sagar Lake on Necklace Road is the perfect place to have a quiet, cozy dinner with your beloved. You may choose to sit either inside the royally done up restaurant or relish your meal next to the breezy lake. Live western music band adds to the impeccable charm of the dining experience here. While the restaurant serves Indian, Thai, Chinese and Continental fare, Thai is believed to be exceptionally good. The restaurant is known to have an exhaustive beverage menu too. A meal for two would approximate around Rs. 800. The restaurant can be visited from 12 PM to 3.30 PM and 7 PM to 11.30 PM.

Have a blissfully, romantic time! 

By N Arora
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MURALI's Review on 19-06-2010


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