3 New Restaurants In Hyderabad: An Exploration Of Telugu Cuisine, An Ode To Natural Architecture And A Bohemian Oasis

In the vibrant cultural hub of Hyderabad, three culinary havens await your exploration. From diverse cuisines to unique vibes, join us on a curated journey through the city's latest restaurant scene.

  • 16 May '24
  • 1:30 pm by Tanvee Abhyankar

Embark on a gastronomic odyssey through the bustling streets of Hyderabad, amidst the vibrant energy of this historic metropolis lies a budding group of restaurants and bars. From the iconic flavours of traditional Telugu cuisine to avant-garde dining experiences pushing the boundaries of imagination, Hyderabad’s gastronomic landscape invites exploration and indulgence. DP curates three new jewels in the city’s gastronomic crown, where each restaurant promises a narrative of flavours, textures, and feastable innovation. Whether amidst the architectural splendour of Telugu Medium, the poetic oasis of Hyderabad, or the breezy kitchen of HALO, each dining destination promises an unforgettable blend of refined hospitality and culinary excellence, reflecting the city’s vibrant spirit and rich cultural heritage.

#1 Telugu Medium By Sona Reddy Studio Is An Ode To South Indian Culinary Heritage

The rectangular pond on the lower level is characterised by a matrix of black square limestone tiles that lend the water a dramatic tint. “The gurgling water serves as white noise against the bustle of the restaurant,” says Reddy. (Image Credit: Pankaj Anand)

Telugu Medium in Hyderabad, a remarkable hospitality project envisioned by Sona Reddy Studio, showcases a seamless blend of beauty and feast across its expansive 5,200 square feet. Characterised by its load-bearing structure, the design incorporates striking elements such as shallow domes and vaults crafted from exposed brick, evoking a sense of timeless elegance. The architectural narrative extends to every detail, from the arched staircase, meticulously constructed with brick and adorned with lime plaster and pink granite, to the distinctive Tandur stone flooring and the elegant bar featuring pink granite accents. Windows and doors crafted from teak wood add warmth and sophistication, while the landscape by Varna Shashidhar of VSLA further enhances the ambience. Notably, thumb impressions adorn the lime plaster, adding a personal touch to the space. From the dynamic interplay of light and shadow created by the protruding bricks to the strategic placement of overhangs and vertical fins for window protection, every aspect of Telugu Medium reflects meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to elevating the hospitality experience through thoughtful interior design.


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With a menu steeped in tradition and infused with Telugu richness, each dish is a testament to the bold and spicy flavours that define this regional cuisine. (Image Credit: Adama.)

The restaurant, in itself, is a culinary journey that delves deep into the rich tapestry of South Indian flavours, specifically celebrating the vibrant cuisine of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. From the aromatic Paya Shorba and indulgent Mutton Liver Fry to the tantalising Bangla Kodi and flavorful Tawa Mutton Chops, every bite is a symphony of tastes and textures that evoke memories of home-cooked meals and cherished family gatherings. The restaurant‘s owners describe their culinary philosophy as a journey through nostalgia, aiming to recreate the comforting flavours of cherished childhood memories with each meticulously prepared dish. At Telugu Medium, every meal is not just a dining experience but a heartfelt ode to the timeless culinary heritage of Telugu households.

#2 Hyderabad by Essajees Atelier Where History and Contemporary Design Intertwine

At Rü, every corner tells a story, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the timeless allure of the Deccan. (Image Credit: Gokull Rao Kadam)

Step into Rü, a sanctuary designed by Sarah Sham and the team at Essajees Atelier, where history intertwines with contemporary design amidst the ancient Deccan landscape. Nestled on a land rich in cultural heritage, Rü stands as a testament to the seamless fusion of past and present. Envisioned by founders who sought to honour the natural beauty of the site, Rü beckons with its striking architecture that embraces the majestic granite boulders scattered across the terrain. From the terrace bar offering sweeping views of rugged ridges to the intimate corners adorned with treasures from the bazaars of Charminar, every space within Rü unfolds like a canvas of art and history. Wander through corridors adorned with delicate hand-painted motifs and discover hidden nooks embellished with rustic decor pieces. Marvel at the brutalist facade and the grand staircase spiralling around a colossal boulder, serving as both a structural marvel and a stage for live performances. 


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A culinary journey through the vibrant flavours of the Deccan at Rü takes you to the intersection of ancient traditions and modern interpretations to tantalise the taste buds. (Image Credit: sigh films)

Inspired by the rich tapestry of Indian culture and cuisines, Rü’s menu pays homage to timeless recipes while infusing them with a contemporary twist. From the tender Awadhi Lamb Shank to the aromatic Jackfruit Haleem, each dish is a homage to the slow-cooked delicacies of yesteryears, showcasing the freshest ingredients and bold spices. At the bar, indulge in the art of mixology as Rü celebrates the forgotten cosmopolitanism of the region through craft cocktails that blend tradition with innovation. Led by Master Mixologist Karl Fernandes, the signature cocktail menu is a testament to Rü’s commitment to sophistication and excellence in every sip. Whether you are savouring small plates or relishing gourmet creations, Rü invites you to experience the poetry and romance of drinking, accompanied by the finest Haute delicacies. 


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#3 HALO by team HALO Is A Bohemian Oasis 

Experience an urban oasis at HALO, where lush greenery meets soothing earthy tones, a testament to meticulous attention to detail and unique charm. (Image Credit: Suraj Gosh)

In the vibrant locale of Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, HALO – Cocktail Bar and Kitchen stands as a bohemian oasis, harbouring the air of freshness. This newly unveiled dining destination promises an unparalleled experience, seamlessly blending nature’s tranquillity with culinary innovation and mixology mastery. Whether you seek a serene escape or a gastronomic adventure, HALO delivers an extraordinary journey. Inspired by the essence of nature, the ambience invites guests into a lush, verdant landscape, adorned with bamboo and rope accents. The expansive dining space, featuring outdoor, upper, and indoor sections, boasts earthy tones and abundant greenery, creating an atmosphere of natural serenity. With its sandy, raw, and organic aesthetic, its design ethos is evident in every detail, offering patrons a delightful space to savour delectable delights. Here, a harmonious blend of bohemian decor and contemporary design nuances adds to the allure.

Halo’s culinary offerings promise an enticing journey for the palate. Take, for instance, the Black Pepper Indian Salmon, where succulent salmon skewers are expertly coated in a zesty black pepper sauce, achieving a harmonious blend of tenderness and spice. Alternatively, the Punugulu with Smoked Tomato Chutney offers a South Indian twist with airy rice dough balls paired with a smoky homemade chutney, crafting a light yet flavorful appetiser. Whether you opt for the BBQ 5 Spice Chicken and Mushroom Kofta Skewers or indulge in the richness of Truffle Ricotta Cannelloni, every bite at Halo strikes a perfect balance of diverse flavours, promising an unforgettable dining experience. Rooted in fresh ingredients and innovative techniques, the bar menu invites patrons to explore flavours that evoke nostalgia and familiarity. 

As you navigate the vibrant streets of Hyderabad, let these three new culinary destinations serve as your compass to an unparalleled gastronomic journey. Embrace the spirit of exploration and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of flavours that Hyderabad has to offer. With each bite, uncover the essence of culinary innovation and savour the diverse tastes that await you in every corner of this dynamic city.