Telangana restaurants had never been much of a seafood lover’s delight, the cuisine of the non-vegetarians here are mainly meat based. However, coastal parts of Andhra Pradesh has a fascination for all kinds of fishes, as well as prawns and crabs. Hyderabad, which was the capital of the undivided state till a few years ago, still has people from all parts of the state, and a few Telugu restaurants in the city traditionally served Peethala (Telugu for crab) dishes. Over time, with Hyderabadis developing a love for other cuisines, you can now get crab dishes from Oriental, Bengali, Goan, Odia and many other cuisines in various restaurants here. Here are some of the restaurants in Hyderabad which are known for their delectable crab dishes:
Mekong, Marigold Hotel, Hyderabad
Apart from having crab festivals from time to time, Mekong, the Oriental restaurant at Hotel Marigold has a few crab dishes on their regular menu. To start the meal, one can go for their Fresh Spinach Puree with Crab Meat Soup.
Singapore Curried Crab Meat
Among the main courses, they have 3 crab dishes, Butter Garlic Crab, Xiang Le Xie (crab cooked in fragrant sauce) and Singapore Curried Crab Meat.
Sarkar’s Kitchen has rapidly established itself as a top-notch Bengali restaurant in Hyderabad.
They have 2 crab dishes on their menu, the SK Special Crab Curry (the typical Bengali style Kankrar Jhol) and Crab Masala Dry.
Sambal located near Inorbit Mall is the only Indonesian restaurant in the city.
They serve 3 crab dishes, Kepiting Biru Sambal Hijau (stewed blue crab with green sambal), Kepiting Biru Bawang Puti (blue crab with fried garlic) and Kepiting Biru Lida Hitam Sauce (blue crab in black pepper sauce), the last one being my favourite there.
Deccan Canteen, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
The recently opened South Indian restaurant at Jubilee Hills serves Peethala Pulusu (Andhra style crab curry) as well as the local style Crab Iguru both cooked in an authentic style using local spices. The presentation of both dishes is also very inviting.
If you are interested in trying out crab sushi head to Ohm, the modern Oriental restaurant at Avasa Hotels, Madhapur. Their Soft Shell Crab Roll - a maki roll stuffed with soft crab is not-to-be-missed. One of their signature dishes is Hot Butter Soft Shell Crab tossed in Chardonnay.
Butter Garlic Crab
Among the main courses, try their Butter Garlic Crab.
Ulavacharu, Jubilee Hills and Ulavacharu, Gachibowli
One of the top Telugu restaurants in the city, Ulavacharu is known for its seafood dishes.
Stuffed Crab is a signature dish where crab meat is cooked with local masala and onions and stuffed back inside the crab shell before frying it. Another extremely popular dish from their menu is Peethala Vepudu (Andhra style crab Roast).
Ocean’s Basket, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Ocean’s Basket is one of the exclusive seafood restaurants of Hyderabad.
They have a number of crab dishes on their menu, including Crab Cake Salad, Stir Fried Crab in Chilly Bean Sauce and Crab Iguru. The restaurant also has a live seafood counter, where you can choose your mud crab or sea crab, and request it to be cooked with one of the sauces available.
The modern Indian restaurant at Green Park Hotel presents Indian recipes with a twist.
Their Nandu Rasam is a dish where tamarind rasam is served with Rawa-fried Soft-shell Crab Meat. Apart from the superb taste, the presentation of the dish also deserves a mention.
A passionate food and travel enthusiast, Sabyasachi is quite popular in the food and beverages circles of Hyderabad, the city he has made his home for the last twenty-five years. As a much-travelled sales person, Sabyasachi has been exposed to many international cuisines as well as regional food from remote corners of India. He blogs about his food and travel experiences at Foodaholix, and is a frequent contributor of food-related articles to the print media.