Restaurants & Bars 10

Hyderabad House, Palo Alto

Melanie Wong | Nov 12, 2007 04:43 PM

Michael "mdg" has recommended this spot on University Ave. a few times. Since he steered me to Southern Spice Bistro that I liked so much (and sadly, has gone downhill), I've been wanting to try Hyderabad House. On a Thursday evening in August, my brother and I checked it out for dinner. It has counter service. All the seats were taken when it was our turn to order, but the cashier told us not to worry. And a table did miraculously appear just before our food was ready.

We started with Chicken 65, $7.95, from the appetizer menu.
This is the fourth version I've had of this dish. They've all been quite different so I'm not sure I really know what this dish is supposed to be. That said, this is the first one that was day-glow red in color. It does harken back to hyphenated "Chinese" food in this presentation. Color aside, we did like this dish quite a bit. The white meat chicken was tender and jazzed up with a bunch of exotic spices and bits of fresh chili. Hot!

Then a vegetarian dish, Mirchi ka Salan, $8.95, that comes with rice and naan.
I ordered this because I like it as an accompaniment to biryani. Made with yellow wax peppers, the chilis were moderately spicy. The gravy was not as thick as some and had a stronger tamarind taste to it. The naan was good too.

Finally, Mutton Dum Biryani accompanied by cooling raita, $8.95.
This had quite a heady aroma when brought to the table. William thought the rice was a little too hard, whereas I liked the dry roasted character of this biryani. The pieces of mutton were too dry and sort of stringy. But the overall dish was a success with so much flavor going on.

Too full for dessert this time, but I'll want to go back to try the Hyderabadi dessert, Qubani ka Meetha, and more from the menu. Another good rec from "mdg", and an especially welcome one for the chow-challenged Stanford area.

Hyderabad House
448 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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