Hyderabad's Farzi Cafe lines up royal dishes with a quirky spin
What does it take to impress a Hyderabadi foodie who knows his Nizami food? Farzi Café Hyderabad tries to answer this difficult question and comes up with the answer – authentic taste all through, but with a bit of innovation to surprise the discerning food lover. “We call it Farzification,” quips chef Masaroor Waris Khan, who curated the festival at the restaurant which calls itself ‘a modern Indian bistro’ that amalgamates global and Indian cuisines.
The cafe’s two-week-long Nizami Food Festival is essentially the coming together of royal and authentic flavours from the Nizami cuisine (both Hyderabadi and Awadhi). From the starter Khatti Dal Cappuccino (comes in a transparent teacup and tastes like coffee meets soup, in a nice way) to Qubani Ka Meetha Ka Tart (the syrupy sweet apricot delight with a tinge of tang), they have a long list of classic delicacies with a new twist. Says Zorawar Kalra, Founder & Managing Director, Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd which operates Farzi which opened in December, “For instance, Paneer Pakeeza takes on an entirely new avatar when it comes with gongura pickle and mayo. We are trying out some revolutionary new dishes this season,” he adds.
Although the classic Haleem tastes best in its original form instead of as Shahi Haleem Risotto here, Farzi’s other specialities such as Paneer Bagh-E-Bahar Lasagna, Hyderabadi Shahi Mix Veg Ratatouille are pleasant surprises that will make you go for a second helping. Incidentally, both are vegetarian and go well with Indian breads. If you like getting ‘Farzified’ and love food that reminds you of something but still surprises you with a twist in the taste, this one’s right up your alley.
Nizami Food Festival ends on March 7 (lunch and dinner)
Meal for two: Rs.1,800.