I went on my very first trip to Hyderabad last year, and I met some of my university friends for lunch in Jubilee Hills. A couple of hours into the afternoon, we were done eating and were sitting around wondering what to do next, when one of our friends spoke up. "There are just three things distinctive about Hyderabad: The heat, the biryani, and Conçu." I laughed at the dramatic generalisation, for it sounded like something one would say as a joke. It seemed even reductive, for as I discovered during those 3 days, there are far too many things distinctive about Hyderabad.
But the confidence with which he'd said it made me want to find out what this Conçu place was all about. What if it was something really revolutionary, and we were missing out? So we headed there next for dessert. Now I have a huge thing for French decor: the pastel pinks and mint greens, those low-hanging lampshades, the easy sophistication, and oh, the daintiness of it all! So when we walked up to the front facade of Conçu, guess what I might have uttered. . . .
But of course... Oooh la laa!