Here are the top restaurants in India you cannot miss if you love biryani

Biryani is more than just food in India, it is an emotion in its own. Here are the best places to experience this emotion in India.

Updated on Feb 28, 2018   |  08:44 PM IST  |  676.6K
Here are the top restaurants in India you cannot miss if you love biryani

If you think India is obsessed with chaat and thaalis, you should see their enthusiasm for biryani. Dry yet fresh rice with assorted herbs and spices accompanied with masala meat, yes, meat. Biryani is never vegetarian, that is called veg pulav and this is a fundamental rule. Keeping that aside, you haven't had a taste of India if you haven't had biryani. Although there are a number of outlets across India which serve amazing biryani, there are a few which stand out due to a lot of reasons and hence are a part of the best biryani places in India.

Wahid's Biryani, Lucknow

This place is located amid the busy Aminabad market in Lucknow. This list is incomplete without this place because they are famous for serving some of the best biryanis in the city. Here, you can indulge in the Awadhi flavours where it is said that they cook a meal with 55 spicy packets of ingredients! The side dishes like tunday kababs, seekh kababs and salads are also great with the meal.

Where: Outlets across Lucknow

Bawarchi, Hyderabad

Bawarchi is one of the renowned places for biryani in Hyderabad and also the oldest. They serve original Hyderabadi biryani with all its local flavours it is known for. Don't miss out their Hyderabadi Dum Biryani and Chicken Biryani. It was inaugurated by Bollywood celebrity Sunil Shetty back in 1994 and has been flourishing in business ever since.

Where: Beside Astoria Hotel, RTC Cross Road, Chikkadpally, Nallakunta

Lucky's Restaurant, Mumbai

Mumbai is not exactly known for its biryani but there are some restaurants which are defying that notion by bringing authentic tastes from Lucknow, Kolkata and Hyderabad to the city. Lucky's is one of them. Other scrumptuous delicacies to choose from are paya soup, bheja masala fry and mutton Afghani. For all those in Mumbai, visit Lucky's for biryani that is as authentic as it gets. 

Where: Outlets in Bandra and Goregaon

Al-Jawahar, Delhi

Al-Jawahar is regarded as one of the best restaurants in Delhi. A variety of mutton and chicken biryani is served but the fact that stands out is that it is served with mutton korma and raita which is truly a different combination. End the meal with palatable firni, which is a Mughlai dessert, also something that is made really well here.


Where: 8, Jama Masjid - Matia Mahal Road, Matia Mahal, Opposite Gate 1, Jama Masjid

Arsalan, Kolkata

It is one of the best places in Kolkata where the most sought-after dish is mutton biryani, which is said to just melt in your mouth with every bite. They have a number of outlets across the city but visit the original one at Park Circus for the most enriching experience. It is defined as Kolkata's hub for biryani.

Where: Outlets across Kolkata

Lalla Biryani, Lucknow

Lallaji, who is the owner of this joint is all charm and smiles as he serves piping hot biryani with tender meat cooked to perfection to you. The meal is cooked with great precision and perfection, paying a lot of attention to details. If you want to have biryani in Lucknow, this is the place you should go to.

Where: Chaupatia Chauraha, Chowk

Paradise, Hyderabad

Your trip to Hyderabad will be incomplete without a visit to this place which is said to be as famous as the Charminar itself. The Chicken Biryani and Hyderabadi Biryani along with the salan are unmissable. It is almost an instant choice for anyone who wants to have the best of the biryani of Kolkata.

Where: Outlets across Hyderabad

Cafe Noorani, Mumbai

Cafe Noorani located near Haji Ali is a proper biryani joint. It is also Salman Khan's favourite biryani right after what his mother cooks, as said so by the man himself. The meals here are as good as homecooked. Their kababs and other side dishes are also as lip smacking as the biryani. This place is almost iconic. 

Where: Outlets in Mahim, Bandra and Tardeo


Karim's, Delhi

Karim's has legendary status in Delhi not only because it is one of the oldest eateries but also because they have been consistent in taste. Their service has only been getting better. Their biryanis are still one of the best Delhi has despite the recent number of Mughlai food outlets popping up in the area. Karim's is and will be on the list of restaurants you must visit in Delhi.

Where: Outlets across Delhi though the best one is near Jama Masjid

Aminia, Kolkata

Aminia is the largest and most popular biryani outlet in Kolkata. It is also a childhood memory for so many people there, it is almost a classic. Their food and quality has remained spectacular through all these years. There is a huge variety of biryani to choose from, however, don't forget their firni!


Where: Outlets across Kolkata

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