10 Best Biryani Restaurants in Chennai
Chennai is a place to taste all the best Biryani varieties in India. Hyderabadi Dum Biryani, Dindigul Thalapakatti Biryani, Vaniyambadi and Ambur Biryani are very popular. It was once a rare dish in Chennai and only few hotels served the dish in its original taste. Factors like cooking style, rice ( basmati and jeeragasamba) and meat (chicken, mutton and beef) contribute to difference in taste and aroma. Buhari is the first and perhaps the oldest Biryani restaurant which still thrives. Thanks to their rapid expansion, now they are present in all important locations in Chennai including T Nagar, mount road, Velachery, Chromepet and OMR.
Dindigul Thalapakatti is the rated the best according to reviews in Zomato, Burrp and many food guides. Foodies are also presented with lot of biryani choices in Thalapakatti. While kids like chicken 65 combo biryani, most families order mutton biriyani with starters like drumstick chicken or kozhi porichathu. The Dalcha and raita are served in high quality. Dindigul Velu ( a copy of the famous Dindigul Venu) was thriving in certain locations in Chennai but they closed shop after the arrival of Thalapakatti.
Buhari restaurant serves basmati biryani in Mughal style. The aroma is great and the serving quantity is often enough for a big mouth compared to Thalapakatti where the serving is very small. Buhari also provides lot of choices which are more opt and goes well with biriyani. The famous Blue Lagoon Resort in ECR now has a Buhari in its premises. Aasife brothers started out very small in buttroad, but they are the fastest growing restaurant chain in Chennai now. Aasife biryani is little spicy and the texture is not smooth. Aasife home food delivery operate through late night till 3 AM in the morning.
Star Biryani, a famous restaurant from Ambur is located in Velachery and Anna Nagar. Like Thalapakatti , they also make biriyani using seeraga samba rice. Junior Kuppana is another non-veg restaurant which serves seeraga samba rice biryani. Junior Kuppana is very costly though the taste justifies the price to some extent. Except in T Nagar, Kuppana is not too crowded and very good for Sunday lunch. SS Hyderabad biryani in Perambur is very famous for its bucket biryani.
Salem RR biryani famous for its serving size is very popular among middle class. Take a pracel and it might serve the whole family. The chicken 65 in Salem RR biryani is too good for the price. They now operate a food counter in The Legend Saravana Stores, Padi. In Velachery branch, they serve payasam as complimentary dessert. koora kadai biryani in OMR-ECR link road, Sholinganallur is a must try place. E Sait biryani and Ya Mohideen Biryani are good choices if you are planning take away. The ambience is not that great for dine-in. Madurai Appu and Kannappar are good for family dinners as they provide good service with wide choice of starters and side dishes. Amma Mess in G N Chetty is a must try if you like biriyani with mutton chukka.
Ammis Biryani operates numerous branches in Chennai. They serve biriyani at all timings. Certain Arabian restaurants like Zaitoon, Alreef and Savoury Sea Shell also serve biryani in persian style. Famous chefs who operate biryani catering insist that it is the Dum which decides the taste. Hyderabadi biryani is often made spicy and only very few restaurants in Chennai serve original Hyderabadi version. However the taste is quite different from Ambur biryani. Gongura restaurant in Sholiganallur serves the tastiest Hyderabadi biryani in Chennai.
While Anjapapar and Karaikudi chettinad restaurants focus on starters, soups, main courses and side dishes, their biriyani is however very spicy and tasty. Ponusamy biriyani is also a must try for mutton lovers. DaalChini serves good chicken biriyani with nice starters and side orders. Among star hotels., biriyani is very good in Hotel Green Park famous for its late night buffet.
For vegetarian lovers, Adyar Ananda Bhavan, Vasantha Bhavan and Saravana Bhavan serve very good vegetable biriyani in Chennai. Also called as Brinji, E Sait also serves it. Similar in taste to kashmiri pulav, vegetable biriyani usually have cashews and hence they are also costly in premium restaurants. Some restaurants also serve fish and prawn biriyani, but they taste very odd if not good. Thalassery biriyani Biryani is available in Kerala restaurants like Kumarakom and Aroma Of Thalassery.
Biryani is the single most popular dish in Chennai served by most reaturants in Chennai. It was once a costly dish served only by very few reataurants. But thanks to the rise in income levels and especially disposable income in the past decade, many new restaurants which are famous for biriyani have sprung up around the city. Here, we have hand picked the Top 10 best biryani in chennai which are ever popular with foodies.