Shikaar on Banjara Hills, Road # 2 offers
good cuisine for the food lovers of Hyderabad,
the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians.
The interior of the hotel is well done with drawings
and paintings of tigers adorning the walls. The
pug marks of tigers and deers follow you from page
to page of the menu.
The dishes in Shikaar are distinct, each with
its own flavour and aroma. No, none of the standard
common masala that makes every dish taste
the same. The menu opens with a choice of cold
beverages and hot soups. One can choose from the
chicken, tomato, mushroom and asparagus soups.
The special dishes of this restaurant are tandoori
milan (the mixed patter), the malai kebab
(tender and creamy) and tengri kebab.
Although the Shikaar offers more than the usual
assortment of non-vegetarian dishes there are
choices aplenty for vegetarians, too. The paneer
shaslik (paneer barbecued with capsicum, onions,
and tomatoes) and the paneer urji in the
vegetarian section are other dishes to look out
for. Apart from paneer dishes you could go in
for methi malai mattar ( creamy, with the
smell of methi predominating) or the sabji
Amritsari (vegetables in a cashew based gravy).
non-vegetarian section consists of an array of
items made of chicken and mutton. The murgh
kali mirch, much favoured by yhe royalty in
Lucknow has lots of black pepper. It is
hot and spicy for those who like it that way.
The methi chicken with methi smell predominating,
and murg lajawaab, a house specialty with
chicken in a saffron flavored curry with onions
and baby potatoes are the other dishes to relish.
Among the mutton preparations, the buna gosht
(pot roasted lamb cooked in its own juices over
a slow fire) looks excellent with meat tender
and juicy. Another dish to go out for is the
tawa gosht which is little bit spicy. For
those with a taste for something different, the
safed mas (literally white meat) a royal
specialty from Rajasthan, looks extremely good.
There is a choice of roti or chawal along
with dahi, and papadsto go will the nonvegetarian
helpings. If you like garlic, certainly give the
garlic naan a try.
The staff in the Shikaar are well trained and
courteous and help in choosing the dishes. In
the rice section apart from the usual offerings,
the tawa biryani is very different from the usual
Hyderabadi biryani. The rice and the chicken are
cooked separately and then mixed.
A dinner for two should average around Rs 250
to Rs 350, desserts included.
Address: Shikaar, Road # 2,
Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.
Phone: 354 2835