UAE offers a medley of cuisines & very niche Indian cuisines. However, true Hyderabadi style food is limited to a few restaurants… Haddad is one of them.
Ambiance: This is a small canteen style place with no fancy tables or seating. You might sometime end up sharing your table with an unknown person.
Service: The waiters can rattle off the specials and main dishes like the back of their hand. Service is prompt but you need their attention for a re order.
This place is known for its Hyderabadi Biryani & it delivers on that front. It is a spiced up version with cinnamon sticks & a slightly robust masala flavour to the biryani. The mutton is well done & the rice is long and separate from each other.
Some might complain the Biryani is a bit dry but then the Salan given alongside can offset that. With it’s peanut flavour & nice texture, its a wonderful accompaniment to the Biryani.
The Chicken 65 is probably the best I have had anywhere. Boneless julienne of chicken with a hot & tangy marinade & peppered with chillies & curry leaves is just divine.
Unfortunately the other curries/ main dishes are not up to the mark. They literally have a colored base (orange/red/ bright green) for different gravies but very similar flavour to all of them.
The Chapatis/Rotis can get a bit stretchy and chewy unless you have them immediately hot off the pan.
The “Double ka Meetha” translated to Sweet made from Bread doesn’t look enticing but it quite a surprise with the gooey sweet flavour
Pricing: Pocket friendly for the quality and qty of dishes. A meal for 4 will cost you 100 Dhs & you will be packing home some leftovers.
Final Verdict: Forget the ambiance and dig into a spiced Hyderabadi biryani and Chicken 65, skip everything else