If there's one delicacy that unites Indians, it has to be biryani. Be it a house party, a family get together or a quick lunch with colleagues, this dish is an absolute favourite. With so many local versions, we cannot get enough of this melting pot of flavours. Biryani's origins are many, but let's focus on the aromatic blend of rice, with all the foodgasm inducing masalas that make it worth everything.
So, for all Mumbaikars looking for the best biryani, here is a list of places to go and treat your tastebuds.
Established in 1976, Persian Darbar is, without a doubt, the spot to head to for the best biryani in Mumbai. What's popular there? The Chicken/Mutton Persian Special Biryani! Priced at Rs 450 and Rs 500 for the chicken and mutton versions respectively, one portion of this biryani is good enough for 2 to 3 people.
Dum Pukht is a luxury dining restaurant known for its ambience with a Lucknowi touch. Their classic slow-cooked dishes are sure to amaze you with their flavours and quality. From lush interiors to sumptuous food and great service, the restaurant makes you feel no less than a Nawab. The decor of this biryani outlet in Mumbai has a nice blend of modern and artistic aesthetics. They also have a great collection of wine, so you could pair a glass or bottle of Chardonnay or Merlot with their biryani..
Being a legendary biryani restaurant since 1973, Jaffer Bhai's Delhi Darbar serves brilliant food and has many branches across the city. Whether it’s the fragrant Subz Dum Biryani, Murg Biryani or Gosht Biryani, the right amount of spices and marination will have you salivating for more. Pair them with some fresh cocktails. And don’t forget to make a reservation before you go.
If you're not particular about the ambience of a restaurant but go for its iconic food, then Cafe Noorani should be on your list. The place café is not only unique for their typical chicken and mutton biryanis, their show-stealers are Surmai Biryani, and Fish Tikka Biryani. Fresh fish mingled with tangy masalas—this dish is prepared to excite your taste buds.
A biryani list without the addition of Zaffran would be a crime! You don’t need to wait for Eid to try the famous delicacy, just head over to this biryani outlet in Mumbai and order their mutton preparation. The meat is succulent, it is just rightly spiced , and smells truly blissful. We know a lot of people who think dal-chawal is their comfort food. To us, it is biryani from Zaffran!
Going by the name, Dum Mutka serves its biryani in matkas (pots). These pots are sealed while cooking, for enhanced flavours of the dish. You should visit the place with friends and family to try as many dishes as possible. Go for their chicken and mutton biryani. End the meal with a sweet and fluffy caramel custard or malai kulfi, and you are all set.
Shalimar is a legendary outlet that opens early morning until past midnight. Known for their brilliant biryani, it has four outlets in Mumbai. Their expansive menu, indulgent quantities and economical rates will definitely impress you. We recommend the Chicken Tikka Biryani, Chicken Dum Biryani, Mutton Biryani and more.
As the name says, this outlet in Mumbai specialises in biryani, barbeque and Chinese specialities. The place is beautifully done up with lavish interiors, mirror walls, colourful furniture, simple yet elegant cutlery and picturesque show-pieces. And while you’re there, try the kebab dishes, and especially the mutton kebabs.
Having multiple outlets, Go Biryan is known for serving delish biryani till the wee hours of the night. The restaurant offers the most authentic and amazing preparations at the best prices possible. Vegetarians choose from Paneer Tikka Biryani, Vegetable Afghani Biryani and many more! Who said biryani can’t be vegetarian?
Let’s be honest - do we ever need a reason to savour some delicious biryani?
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