For the Love of Biryani | MF Guide
Biryani is our go-to comfort food. The deeply fragrant Asian rice dish possibly originating from Iran has captured a place in the hearts of many. While its history may not certain we are just really happy it exists.
Today there are so many variants of Biryani- Hyderabadi Biryani, Dum Biryani, Delhi Biryani, Mughlai Biryani, Kolkata Biryani and more- that it’s hard to pick a favourite.
If like us, you’re always on the lookout for the best biryani, this is the list for you. We have curated this list of places we love to satisfy our biryani cravings at. So let’s begin?
Goregaon East and Hill Road, Bandra
There’s a reason for putting this at the top of our list. We have grown up eating biryani from Lucky, one of the oldest restaurants in Mumbai, which started way back in 1938 by Sayed Ali Akbarul Huseini. Their biryanis are slow-cooked to perfection and are lip-smacking, aromatic, and flavoursome. Given that they’ve been serving biryani for so many years, we still feel it gets tastier with every order!
MF Recommends: Chicken Tikka Biryani (INR 300++) , Mutton Biryani (INR 320++) and Paneer Tikka Biryani (INR 290++).
2). Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar
Jogeshwari, Mahim, Grant Road, Mohammed Ali Road, Vashi, Marine Lines
All biryani connoisseurs know about this place. Standing tall since 1973, Jaffer Bhai’s has saved many a hunger pang and given us comfort in even the most trying of times. With so many outlets, we find ourselves giving into our taste buds that are crying out for the spice and flavour of Jaffer Bhai’s legendary biryani almost once a week!
MF Recommends: Mutton Biryani (INR 355 ++) and Mutton Kheema Biryani (INR 260++) .
3). Cafe Noorani
An iconic joint in South Mumbai, known for its Mutton Seekh Kebabs, Cafe Noorani is a name many of us have grown up with. Don’t come here expecting great ambience or fancy decor, but do prepare yourself for a wide variety of biryani and kebabs.
MF Recommends: Surmai Biryani (INR 460++), Fish Tandoori Biryani (INR 500++) and ReshmiTangdi Biryani (INR 350++) .
P.S.- We always drop by Haji Ali Juice Centre after, for some seasonal fruit-cream, you should too!
4). Pritam Da Dhaba
From the name itself and one glance at the menu you know you’re in for a hardcore North-Indian food affair. The winning biryani dish here is the Gosht Dum Biryani (INR 395++) which features well marinated pieces of meat served with fragrant rice. It’s totally bang-on in terms of flavour and spices.
MF Recommends: A portion of their sinful butter chicken to go along with the bowl of biryani.
5). Go Biryan
Andheri Lokhandwala, Khar, Lower Parel, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
You will definitely not feel a pinch in your pocket here. This budget-friendly biryani eatery has wholesome and delicious biryanis that are priced very fairly. Go Biryan serves a great variety of biryanis, tikkas, rolls, naan-pockets and curries too.
MF Recommends: Chicken Schezwan Tikka Biryani (INR 180++) which has a fusion of Mughlai and Chinese flavours. Also give their Butter Chicken Biryani a try which has rice doused in mouth-watering butter chicken gravy. Shukraan biryani fans you can get a kilo of this here too in Bhuna and Makhani style (INR 1999++)
Versova, Pali Hill, Goregoan East, Powai, Ghatkopar West, Thane
Open till the wee hours of the morning, this place serves authentic Mughlai cuisine. From kebabs to biryani, they have a bit of everything to tease your taste buds.
MF Recommends: Murgh Dum Biryani (INR 150-260 ++) and the Chicken Kathi Kebab Roll.
7). Persian Darbar
Marol, Linking Road (Bandra), Byculla, Kurla
Established in 1976, they are known for their Mughlai cuisine and authentic Iranian food.They call themselves the ‘Raan King’ and serve more than 10 varieties of raan. Celebrating the flavours, aromas and richness of Persian cuisine, you can expect a great dining experience here in an elegant ambience.
MF Recommends: Chicken Persian Special Biryani (INR 495++) and the Mutton Persian Special Biryani (INR 545++).
8). The Hungry Bunny
Home chef Sama Ankolkar has a catering service which provides authentic Bohri food as well as Konkani Muslim cuisine. From kheema pav, patti samosas and paaya to full fledged raan and biryani, the menu can be customised to your preferences. The Bohri Biryani focuses more on flavour than on spices. It leans more towards the milder palette and lets the flavor of the meat and ingredients do the talking.
MF Recommends: Mutton biryani (1 kg for INR 1800) and Chicken Biryani (1 kg for INR 1600).
9). Borivali Biryani Centre
Borivali, Marve, Gorgeoan, Mira Road, Thane
Started as a small mobile hawking stall on a corner near the Borivali railway station, BBC as it is commonly known has come a long way. Started by a pure vegetarian Gujarati family (the Udeshis) in 2002, they sell vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian biryanis that are much raved about.
MF Recommends: Subz Potli Biryani (INR 260++) which is baked in a roomali roti and served in a potli. You can also try their Seekh Kabab Biryani ( INR 290++) which has aromatic rice served with perfectly spiced pieces of seekh kabab.
10). Jeff Caterers
Established in 1950 at the junction of St. Peter Road, this take-away joint serves muslim and desi Chinese cuisine. Along with dishing up delicious, fresh, aromatic and perfectly portioned biryani at fair prices, they customize the biryani as per your taste too.
MF Recommends: Paneer Biryani (INR 300++) and Mutton biryani ( INR 450++).
After talking so much about biryani we are literally craving a biryani now, how about you?
Tag us @MumbaiFoodie in your Instagram photos if you manage have a biryani at any of these places.
Written By Nidhi Mehra