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|A table with a view|
After a tour of the palace, we proceeded to Adaa, the hotel's Indian restaurant, for a traditional Hyderabadi meal. We were seated at a table by a window with a gorgeous view - dark clouds were gathering in the sky, and it looked like it might finally rain, after weeks of uncharacteristic sultriness. We were served the Chef's special menu, a selection of some of the restaurant's best Hyderabadi dishes - I totally recommend going with it if you are confused about what to order.
|My jasmine martini|
I chose a jasmine martini from their signature range of cocktails. I loved the subtle flavour, and the little flower used as a garnish made mine the prettiest drink on the table :) Meanwhile, the starters started coming in:
|Delicious Dahi Ke Kabab|
|A platter of starters: Paneer Tikka, Baby Corn and Zimikand Shikampuri Yam Kabab|
I really loved all three, but the Yam Kabab was particularly amazing.
The main course followed this - there was Dal Makhni, Dakhni Saag (pureed and spiced spinach - I love green leaves, so this was my favourite dish) and a mixed vegetable subzi served with Indian breads. And of course, there was slowly and delicately cooked Hyderabadi Dum Biryani with Mirchi Ka Salan and Dahi Ki Chutney (Hyderabadi style Raita).
|A platter of Hyderabadi desserts:|
Left: Qubani Ka Meetha Top Right: Double Ka Meetha Bottom Right: Paan Ice Cream
The meal ended with a gorgeous dessert platter of Qubani Ka Meetha (a compote made of dried apricots-Qubani means apricot), Double Ka Meetha (a bread pudding that gets its name from 'double roti/bread' ) and Paan (betel leaf) flavored ice cream. I loved Adaa - lovely ambiance, great food, awesome service. Just as we were about to finish our lunch, the sky opened up and poured rain - we couldn't have asked for a more perfect end to the beautiful afternoon :)