Aarti David

Food Festivals: May Couldn’t Get Any Better!

May 19, 2019

Food festivals and promotions are an integral part of a restaurant be it standalone or star hotel properties. They play an essential role in bringing out the best of cuisines across the world where visitors and foodies like us love to indulge in. May might be the hottest month but this list of excellent food festivals will certainly not let you sit at home! So come dine at this popular list of restaurants serving various cuisines this month!

Kebabs and Kurries:

It's that time of the year where the best and most loved dishes from the Hyderabadi cuisine are brought forth. The month of Ramzan should be a must visit to Hyderabad for all those living outside the city.Many restaurants/hotels come up with the special ramadan menu and Kebabs and Kurries at ITC Kakatiya is not far behind. Ramzan Mubarak their month long food promotion has an appetizing menu. The ones that stood out were the marag, teekhe mirch aur hare matar ke kebab, soya haleem which was surprisingly flavourful with hints of garlic, tursh-e-paneer that had a stuffing of cheese & pomegranate layered with a tomato gravy & apricots on top! Dum ka murgh which I thought was going to be a regular dish, turned out to be one of the most distinctively flavoursome dishes I've ever had in the city!The Gucchi pulao(wild mushrooms) was another flavourful dish!

Where: ITC Kakatiya, Begumpet, Hyderabad

When: The whole month of Ramadan


Zega at Sheraton is hosting the ongoing food promotion of serving unlimited dimsums, thukpa and main course only for 799 AI! It’s available only for lunches between 12-6pm. The fried chicken gyoza, prawn crystal wraps, Chilli & pork dimsums were mind-blowing. Thukpa is also served in lamb, chicken, pork & vegetarian versions. It's hard to ignore this offer that's a total steal deal!

Where: Sheraton Hotel, Nanakramguda, Financial District, Gachibowli, Hyderabad.

When: Ongoing only for lunches at Zega at 799 AI.


Kanak at Trident hosts the Rivayat food promotion each year with different cuisines. This year it's the royal Kashmiri cuisine titled Rivayat-E-Kashmir where the extremely knowledgeable Chef Parvinder Bali has come down to curate this festival along with Chef Dharmendra Lamba, Trident Hyderabad's executive chef. Dishes to try here are the Rogan Josh, Goshtaba(pounded lamb), Methi Tsaman, Nadru ki Chaap and many more. Kashmiri food is divided into two parts and that is the elaborate Wazwan and the pandit cuisine. The best aspects here, however, were the sinful desserts! Shufta, Kong Firin and Badami Kheer were rich in flavour and fabulously done!

Where: Kanak, Trident Hotel, Hitech City

When: On till the 21st of May

Farzi cafe:

Farzi is known for it's fusion food with a lot of innovations. It's overwhelming to see the team working out on new menus and special occasion menus every 3 months! Last year they did the Ramadan Kareem menu and this year they're dedicating the entire month of May to the king of fruits, mangoes! From old delhi aalu chaat with aam ki chutney to raw mango & papaya salad and mango dal with ghee rice to honey mango lamb chops, every dish was insanely delicious! Not to forget the desserts such as mango cheesecake and the mango popsicle with falooda!

Where: Farzi Cafe, rd no 36, jubilee hills

When: Entire month of May 2019

Soda bottle Openerwala:

SBOW is the only restaurant in the city that serves delicious Parsi cuisine and also the only soda bottle outlet in the country that serves Hyderabadi food as well. Every year during the month of Ramzan the Gyaara Handi Haleem was served with 11 variations of haleem including vegetarian. But this year they've gone slightly off beat by celebrating food from the Middle Eastern countries during Ramzan. There's a separate menu with dishes like Chicken Sheesh Taouk, Lamb Arayes, which is pita bread stuffed with spiced lamb, a huge platter of Irani Raan Pulao that had the most tender raan with fragrant rice and two popular desserts across the Middle East, one's kunafa which is fried noodle-like strands layered on cheese and the other one's Umm Ali which is baked puff pastry with pistachios and few other nuts! Apart from this, one can't let go of the haleem obviously, so there are 5 varieties of it being served! SBOW certainly never disappoints when it comes to good food.

Where: Soda Bottle Openerwala, Ground Floor, Niharika Jubilee One, Rd Number 1, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

When: The entire month of Ramzan


Feast at Sheraton is hosting the Gahrwali food festival, a cuisine straight from the mountains! It's wonderful how basic ingredients are transformed into something exceptional!  The trout(macchi fry) was the clear winner out of the entire meal for its crispy outer layer with the right amount of spice! The aam ki chutney was the perfect accompaniment with the appetizers such as the gaht ki dal ki tikki and bicchu ghaas ki kebab. The mains are all about home-style cooked food like the ultra-soft bhuna mutton, Ghar ki kukadi(chicken curry) and a whole lot of lentils and vegetable curries! Desserts comprised of meetha bhaat, baal mithai and jhangore ki kheer which tasted a lot like temple food.

Where: Feast, Sheraton Hotel, Nanakramguda, Financial District, Gachibowli, Hyderabad.

When: May 15th – May 25th 2019


Radisson Blu Plaza has not one but three promotions going on for this entire month!

Start your evening on the right note with some quirky & innovative cocktails called 'Juniper Affairs' using Hendricks Gin. The Golden Tonic that is a fun concoction of homemade turmeric syrup will blow your mind with its superior taste and quality! There's also the Coffee G&T, A Rosemary and a spiced up gin cocktail that are pretty refreshing and not too sweet.
For a Gin lover this is going to amaze you!

Head to their restaurant Chill, that's hosting the Mughlai food festival, Andaz-e-Mughal. There's Galouti, Boti & kalmi kebabs in the appetizers that provide for a good start to the royal mughlai dinner. The main course to specifically mention is the star here with dishes like dal akbari, nargisi Kofta, meat Darbari, murgh Rezala & paneer Pasinda having distinctive flavours that stand out from each other.

if this isn't enough you can finally move on to desserts where there's a specially curated mango menu called May Mango! A month full of mangolicious treats from mango tart to mango mint pastry including mango lassi & shake!

With three promotions on full swing this entire month, an elaborate trip to Radisson Blu should be a must this may!

Where: Radisson Blu Plaza, Rd Number 6, Green Valley, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

When: Entire month of May



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