The simplest of places serve the best food . No doubt, all the fancy gourmet restaurants are amazing at what they do but nothing like a hearty meal at an authentic traditional restaurant and one such restaurant is Chichas, Hyderabad.
Having opened only a year back, it stands true to its tagline “Asli Hyderabadi” and has won many hearts with its amazing Hyderabadi food. Now of course Hyderabad does have its fare share of South Indian food as well, but this place serves the Mughal cuisine that the city is majorly known for. Located near Masab tank, it is a little hard to find and I recommend keeping your eyes peeled. A small place with two different seating choices (inside and out), it has a very minimal decor. From the moment you walk in, that staff is more than welcoming and make you feel quite at home.
Moving on to the main attraction; the food. We tried a few dishes and instantly fell in love with how well they were made. The menu gives you are good variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes but I would personally recommend you to try their meats.
We started with 2 of their appetisers, Shikampur and Meloni kebab. Shikampur which essentially means filled belly are pan fried patties made of ground lamb, spiced yogurt and onion mixture. These little discs melt in your mouth and taste amazing when paired with green chutney. The second appetiser, Meloni kebab was serve on a very fancy, colourful platter with rose petals, red coloured onions and a mint chutney dip. The kebabs are essentially chicken meat stuffed with spicy minced mutton and even though a little on the saltier side, they are absolutely lip smacking!
Moving on to the main course. We tried their Daccani Talava Gosht with buttered Naan which was was again very well made. This is a typical Hyderabadi recipe and can be found at a lot of places locally, but this by far has been one of the best I have tried. The meat is tender and not too overpowered by the spices. The naan, even though traditionally not a part of the Hyderabadi cuisine, was soft and well made. Apart from these dishes, their Mutton Biryani and Kareli Ka Gosht are very well known too and I would recommend you to try it out. We ended our meal with a chai instead of the usual, dessert. We had the Saffron and the Cardamom chai which came in traditional Mughal glasses. Very subtlety flavoured and the perfect end to a meal.
So, if you ever visit Hyderabad and are curious about the food of the city or just want to enjoy a good meal, this is one place you should not miss.
Location: Masab Tank, Hyderabad.
Cost for 2: Rs. 800 (Approx)