In recent years, Hyderabad’s craft beer scene has been growing with an increase in number of breweries in town, most of them located just a stone’s throw away from each other in Jubilee Hills. If you’re a beer lover, you are sure to have heard of the latest one — Broadway The Brewery — a welcome addition to the circuit.Tucked away in the bylanes of Jubilee Hills, on the surface, Broadway might seem like a regular pub. But don’t go by its unpretentious looks. As we walked into the outlet, we were rather surprised by the expanse of it. In the first look, the only word that came to our mind was magnificent.
Designed to let in lots of sunlight, the high-ceiling roof, stacks of firewood and wooden walls give a rustic feel. On one corner is the 56 foot-long bar with a spacious taproom and the other has high tables with graffiti of youngsters enjoying beer. The stairs lead you to a balcony area, inspired by Broadway theatres. That apart, there are three more sections — barbeque corner, a dreamy courtyard and a cosy dining area. The good thing about the design, done by city-based company 23 degrees, is that one can get a view of the stage set up above the entrance, from every section of the outlet.
There is also a separate room with comfortable couches and chairs, if you want a bit more privacy, away from the music. We ended our long tour at the dining area that has a wall featuring framed monochromic photographs of how the place was built.
“It took us about two years of planning, execution and construction to give it a complete look. When we started, this place was full of rocks and trees. We intentionally decided to let a few trees and small rocks be, to retain bits of the original form,” says owner Rohit Medisetty, as we settle down in the courtyard section. Along with Rohit, Broadway is owned by five city-based engineers — Anil Kumar Karnati, Rohit Reddy Koppala, K V Sharath, Manik Yarrangangu and Siddharth Dronavalli.
We were welcomed at our table with the beer samples. Apart from the well-executed traditional choices on tap — IPA, wheat and stout — there’s generally three other experimental ones in each mix, like hibiscus and milkshake IPA. Giving up on the regular beer options, we tried Imagine. Made of ginger and curry leaves, this one is creamy with a tangy flavour. “We wanted to try something with Indian spices and it has clicked well. The next batch has something with honey. We’re pleased with the feedback for experimental beers. Our raspberry one is sold out already,” shares Rohit.
In addition to brews, Broadway also offers mixed drinks and unique mocktails.
For a warm noon, we’d recommend Broadway Refresher (cucumber, orange, lime and mint), while you can choose Mango Colada if you’re looking for something sweet.
Best of global bites
The brewery’s cuisine is described by its owners as ‘global comfort food’. Whether you’re looking for classics such as Pepper Chicken to go with your whiskey or a pizza for your beer, they have it all. There’s also some homely offerings like — Maggi and Khichdi!
We begin with Spanakopita Cilantro Pesto (‘spanakopita’ means spinach pie in Greek). Perfect for vegetarians, the spinach and cheese filling in the samosa, served with spicy mayo, makes this one delicious. Non-vegeterians can opt for Beer Battered Fish and Chips and Classic Cajun Prawns. Our favourite from the menu is the Chicken Tikka Pizza. The succulent chicken pieces, fried onions and cheese with flaky puff crust makes this one of the best pizzas in town. There’s also a paneer tikka variation of the pizza for vegetarians.
To end your meal, you can choose from a range of desserts including Blueberry Cheesecake and Panacotta.
If you want to branch out of craft beer, there are dozen other options. However, we encourage you to get beer instead. That’s what Broadway does best. And it does it well.
Price for two: Rs.1,200 (approx).
Pics: Vinay Madapu.