There is the Lucknow Biryani, the Hyderabad Biryani, the Delhi Biryani and there is the Kolkata Biryani. The Kolkata Biryani is actually far removed from the others mentioned; it is made out of a different combination of spices, which renders it its unique taste. Anybody to have tasted the Biryani in Kolkata is sure to have come back to get some more of it. And to add to it, each platter of the delicious dish in the places mentioned below has a unique flavour of its own, all of which you will savor till the end.
Here is a list of the 7 best places in Kolkata which serve you with the best Biryani:
With outlets at various locations in Kolkata, Arsalan is one of the best restaurants in Kolkata, which serves authentic Mughlai food and especially Biryani. The Park Circus branch situated right in front of the Park Circus crossing has the best servings in terms of taste. It is not much expensive. Inside the restaurant it is difficult to find a person who does not have a plate of Biryani apart from other dishes. There is no competition faced by this eatery despite so any other places and it continues to attract people everyday. A tip would be to order a plate of Arsalan Special Biryani. Nothing on earth tastes better.
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It is located in Diamond Harbour Road and is the best Biryani centre in the south-western part of Kolkata. Along with exclusively mughlai dishes, it also has Chinese and North Indian. But the people who visit Haji Saheb are the ones who strictly go for the Biryani. Prices are cheaper too. One secret is that one plate Biryani when packed and taken home is of a greater quantity than which is served inside the restaurant. The ones who know about it bring it home and take pleasure in it.
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Apart from being famous for Kati-rolls, Nizam’s serves up the best Biryani plates available in Kolkata. Situated in the New Market area, you will mostly never find a seat empty because of the huge footfall. You will probably have to wait for a maximum of 5 minutes, but the wait is worth it. Biryani, together with ‘kebabs’ or ‘chaap’ is heavenly there. The plate served has such a huge quantity that it can easily make way to two stomachs. But again, it’s too tasty to share.
Again located in the New Market area, very close to Nizam’s, the aroma of this Biryani restaurant will drag you inside. The pocket pinch being too easy, Amenia can be visited quite frequently. The mutton-Biryani and mutton-chaap combination in Amenia is something which you will never forget once you have had a spoonful of it. Mutton Biryani being a hot favourite among visitors is the tastiest dish here. You can also have it with kebabs which are very tasty too.
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One of the spiciest biryani’s are served at Zeeshan. If you are in the mood to have something heavy and spicy, which stays on with you for a considerable period of time, this is the place where you should be. You should, along with having the Biryani platter, try the reshmi kebabs too. The chaap here also tastes brilliant, be it chicken or mutton. It is very spicy and too tasty too forget. Prices are mediocre which will leave you with enough to splurge on. One suggestion would be to order the special Biryani. You have not tasted anything like that before.
With as many as six outlets in Kolkata this is one of the oldest restaurants here. The main branch which is located in Park Street is the one where you should first go. Be it an old man or a youngster, there is nobody in Kolkata who has not been there. Even a man in his 70s or 80s will tell you how a particular Biryani tastes there. You can choose from a host of menu and not worry about any. They will be tasty undoubtedly.
This is a relatively new restaurant and is placed right opposite Shiraz Golden Restaurant in Park Street. This is the most expensive in terms of prices in the list. They will provide you with a range of lip-smacking Biryani dishes and you will be spoilt for choice. Whoever visits this place comes out with only good things to say. Like the others, order a plate of mutton Biryani and then whatever you want. Do not miss out on any if you are in Kolkata.