Alti­tude

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Step in at Alti­tude and ex­pe­ri­ence a high of a dif­fer­ent kind, even be­fore you’ve tasted a spe­cial from their cock­tail menu. Over­look­ing the Hus­sain­sagar Lake, it’s the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for a date on a nippy Feb­ru­ary evening. En­joy your drink paired with de­li­cious con­ti­nen­tal fare or desi de­lights such as Kozhi vepudu, a south­ern style chicken snack flavoured with pep­per and soy­bean. The burnt lemon cheese­cake is an in-house spe­cial treat you’d love to in­dulge in to­gether. AT Tank Bund Road

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 4,000

Celeste

It’s the charm of his­tory that is beau­ti­fully stamped all over Taj Falaknuma Palace, the erst­while guest­house of the Nizams. It is no sur­prise then that an evening of wine and de­lec­ta­ble risot­tos at Celeste—said to have been one of the erst­while wait­ing rooms of the Nizams—can turn truly mag­i­cal. Find your­self be­ing lured into a glo­ri­ous past with the chan­de­liers dat­ing back to the 1800s and the un­der­stated el­e­gance of the roy­alty. Serv­ing Euro­pean fare with a twist of Asian and Mediter­ranean, Celeste is also where you will find the best foie gras in town. On the way out, do stop to see the for­mi­da­ble por­traits of Queen Mary and King Ge­orge the fifth, who are sup­posed to have been the first royal guests at the palace. AT Taj Falaknuma Palace, En­gine Bowli TEL 66298585 MEAL FOR TWO Rs 7,000 plus taxes

Jewel of Nizam - The Mi­nar

Leave the bus­tle of the town be­hind as you head to Jewel of Nizam – The Mi­nar for a rich Hy­der­abadi feast. The long drive to Gol­conda Re­sort on a leisurely evening is cer­tainly worth the de­lights that await— a stun­ning view of the city, the plat­ters painted with mo­tifs of jew­els from the Nizams’ times and artsy de­tail­ing on the walls. Af­ter you have treated your­self to the birya­nis and pather ka gosht among other tra­di­tional recipes drawn from the royal kitchens of Hy­der­abad, do leave room for their anokhi kheer, a dessert you wouldn’t be­lieve is made with onions. AT Gol­conda Re­sort, Gandipet TEL 8050612232

MEAL FOR TWO Rs 3,000 plus taxes

Pho­to­graph by KRISHNENDU HALDER

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