Apr 21, 2013

Taj Falaknuma Palace - III

Let's talk about fooooood!

A table with a view
This is the third and last (for now!) of my posts about the Taj Falaknuma Palace - here are the first and second posts.

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.
Strawberry Sorbet
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 :)


  1. Sounds like a great meal - and yes, the jasmine martini certainly seems like the prettiest drink on the table:)

  2. Anonymous5:10 AM

    That sounds like a gorgeous meal. :) Especially loved the kabab platter.

    Simply LOVED the first pic. I would LOVE to sit near that window and have a lovely meal, specially designed by the head chef.

    I have never had or heard of dahi ke kabab. Am going to look it up. Sounds very interesting!

  3. oh wow! am definitely staying here when i visit with my bf. sounds wonderful!

  4. Thank you so much Priyanka, thegalnextdoor, Pree :) Glad you enjoyed the post :)

  5. Yummy.......... I would love to go there..