Times of India, Gurgaon
Plus, March 18 2009.
HYDERABADI DELICACIES - Delight to the taste buds
Those who always looked forward to trips to Hyderabad for a chance to enjoy and carry home the excellent biryanis need not fear, as now there is a chance to enjoy authentic Hyderabadi food right here in Gurgaon at Viva Hyderabad, a chain of take away and delivery outlets specializing in Hyderabadi cuisine. Other dishes include kormas, bhunas, kheema bhare saalim murgh ka pulao and exotic dals.
Owner Suchandra Juneja shares, "Hyderabadi cuisine is perhaps the most cosmopolitan in this country. It has evolved over a long period of time and absorbed tastes and cultures of different communities that lived in Hyderabad. It is a harmonious mix of influences from kitchens of the Mughals, the Qutub Shahis, Asaf Jahis, Persians, Turks, Telugus, Parsis and the states of Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, etc. With this cuisine, you can't go wrong in India."
In Gurgaon, Viva Hyderabad operates 5 outlets in diferent parts of the city. These are the outlets in DT Mega Mall, Spencer's Hyper, food court in Mega City Mall, Old Delhi Road opposite Sector 14, Sohna Road. Today it is among the biggest biryani chain in NCR.
Metro Now, Gurgaon, March 07 2009.
SUCHANDRA JUNEJA - Owner Viva Hyderabad
She is Gurgaon and the whole of NCR's biryani queen. At Suchandra Juneja's Viva Hyderabad, making biryani is an unhurried process that takes several hours and over 40 ingredients. In a Tsunami of some genuine and mostly not-so-genuine biryani joints, here's one place which assures you authentic Hyderabadi cuisine cooked in a secret blend of freshly ground in-house masalas...all thanks to our lady food expert. Suchandra is an MBA in International Business having worked all over the world, including East Africa, Hong Kong and Bangkok. She was the director of marketing in the Export Promotion Council when she realised she wanted to do something of her own. Coincidentally, she was associated with a Hyderabadi biryani chain at that point, "I liked the product for its multiple appeal. Its a mixture of both South & North India," recalls Suchandra. She immediately got chefs from Hyderabad. "We started four years back in Gurgaon and today we have 12 outlets in Delhi and Gurgaon. We do only takeaways and home delivery but we are also venturing into catering in a big way," informs Suchandra who has tied up with all the major hospitals and corporate houses for business lunches & parties in Gurgaon. "We have received great response from people, one basic reason being the quality of rice we use. Unlike most of our fellow biryani-cum-pulao makers we use basmati worth Rs. 100 per kg and all branded masalas" she elaborates.
HT City, New Delhi, Jan 25 2009.
THE DINING PLEASURE - Flexing the taste buds
Pepole especially look forward to their trips to Hyderabad for a chance to enjoy and carry home the excellent Hyderabadi biryanis. After the first couple of times, hesitation at airport security turns into practiced nonchalance as people acknowledge that they are not the only drooling ones gingerly carrying packets of biryani in cabin baggage.
Delhi and NCR inhabitants however can skip the discomfort as Viva Hyderabad, a chain of take-away/delivery outlets specialising in Hyderabadi cuisine offers them delightful authentic Hyderabadi Biryani. The spread also includes some of the all time favorite Hyderabadi delights such as kormas, delectable bhunas, kheema bhare saalim murg ka pulao (of the Chini Kum fame) and exotic dals. The taste will leave you intrigued about how such authentic Hyderabadi cuisine is available in Gurgaon. Suchandra, the lady behind the show calls herself a hopeless foodie. In her travels around the globe during 12 odd years she spent in the corporate world, she says she would prioritize sampling the local cuisine over sight-seeing, for which there would be limited time anyway. A few years back, she decided to chuck it all up and marry her management expertise with a passion for food. And thus was born Viva Hyderabad. She says "Hyderabadi cuisine is perhaps the most cosmopolitan in the country. It has evolved over a long period of time and absorbed tastes and cultures of different communities that lived in Hyderabad. It has elegance of the north as well as the pluckiness of the south. The cuisine is a mix of influences from kitchens of the Mughals, the Qutub Shahis, Asif Jahis, Persians, Turks, Telugus, Parsis and the states of Orissa and Karnataka. With such a cuisine, you cannot go wrong in India".
At Viva Hyderabad Suchandra has recreated the Hyderabadi taste after careful research. The Biryani making process is very tightly controlled and takes several hours and over 40 ingredients, including a secret masala blend. Today it is among the biggest biryani chains in NCR region with a spread of 12 outlets in Gurgaon, South Delhi, Dwarka and Pitampura and among the fastest growing Indian chains specialising in biryani.
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