We have the Moghuls and the Persians to thank for this beautiful dish. Many a Lankan has confirmed that biriyani is the apple of their eyes, the love of their lives and we are quick to agree. Here we have compiled a list of well-known establishments that serve up some good biriyani if you're ever craving for that authentic kick.
Spice Coast has been serving up biriyani for a while now. They do an authentic Indian biriyani that a lot of people have recommended and if you're in the area out for a lunch date make sure you drop by.
This was easily the most unique of the bunch. It can barely be called a biryani but we all still loved it. The rice had a great flavour with the slightly charred flavour of the chicken adding to that. The issue here was that at Rs. 650 for one person, it's nearly Rs. 250 more than the other options, so you could pay a bit more and get 2 from another place. However, if you're tired of the typical take on biryani these guys are a good change.
Chana's in Wellawatte is a real hidden gem. They found themselves #2 on our samosa list, and now they've gone one better with their biryani. The best way to describe the biryani is that they hit the sweet spot in so many ways. The portion size is ample, the price is reasonable, the rice is fluffy and tasted great (only second to Kandoori), an awesome raita which we added for every mouthful, and the best chicken of the bunch. It just all worked brilliantly together.
Aasife Biriyani is the new kid on the block. Though they're relatively new to the scene they still do a good job with their biriyani and their faluda is super interesting as well. If you head on here, be sure to try their chicken 65.
Although they cater to the vegetarians they still serve up some amazing biriyani. You'll find that you don't need any meat because their execution of the rice is absolutely excellent.
Kandoori is still relatively new to the scene and we're glad we gave them a shot. They had a the best rice of all the contenders. The long grain basmati was fragant and seasoned perfectly. Just goes to show what good ingredients will do for you. The chicken was cooked well, but we all agreed that it could have used a bit more seasoning compared to the top 3. That along with a raita addition would have seen them higher on the list.
This is an addition to the list, a new shop on Galle Road in Dehiwala. Their biryani was served with 2 mint chutneys and a raita, with an adequately large piece of chicken. While the chicken was cooked well and tasted pretty great, the rice was what really stood out. The long grain bhasmati was light and fluffy with just the right seasoning and spice. We would happily have eaten just the rice with nothing else.
Pot Biriyani is a small home cookery which specializes in biriyani. Chicken, mutton, prawn, veg. It's takeaway or delivery and it's meant for groups - eight people by default. As the name implies, everything comes in clay pots. You get the usual biriyani pot, kottu pot, pittu baabath pot, even dessert pot. They are nice pots (which you get to keep) and the food inside is excellent.
House of Biriyani doesn't look to change much from the norm when it comes biriyani preparation. They do, however, offer good value for money, large portion sizes, a good roast chicken and the convenience of delivery.
Good biriyani for great prices. It's nice eaten hot-hot, but if you want nicer environs, you could get take out.
Remember to chug lots of faluda while indulging. Happy biriyani-ing!
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