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Big Bite (Mount Lavinia)

485 Galle Road, Mount Lavinia

Big Bite in Mount Lavinia is one of the few places where you can get yourself a proper Pakistani biriyani. It's spicier than most, but it's still damn good, specially coupled with their barbequed chicken.

Big Bite in Mount Lavinia is one of the few places where you can get yourself a proper Pakistani biriyani. It's spicier than most, but it's still damn good, especially coupled with their barbequed chicken.

The Biriyani

So there's been quite a few places with the Big Bite moniker throughout the years, some related and others not so much, and each of these spots seems to differ when it comes down to quality. If we had to pick our favourite, Big Bite Mount Lavinia would take the top spot. When they first started out about 3+ years back, they actually had a menu with a few different dishes, though now they seem to be sticking with just their biriyani and barbecue chicken.

They offer the two things that Sri Lankans expect when it comes to any rice dish - massive portions at an affordable price. Their basic chicken biriyani is priced at Rs. 250, with the BBQ chicken biriyani costing Rs. 450. They cook it in this massive metal pot and serve it throughout the day.

When they served me the biriyani, I had to take a closer look at the rice since I almost mistook the super long grain basmati for a string hopper biriyani. Purely in terms of rice, this has to be one of, if not THE best biriyanis around. It was light, fluffy and perfectly seasoned. One thing to note though is the fact that this is one spicy biriyani. Unlike Indian biriyani this one has a good amount of dried chili flakes which really adds heat. The portion they serve up should be more than enough for any single person, but the good thing is that there's a good amount of chicken in there so it's not like other spots where they give you tons of rice with a bit of meat.

Their barbecue chicken is also phenomenal. While the BBQ chicken biriyani does cost nearly twice as much as the regular, it's still totally worth it. You get a massive hind quarter which is cooked just right on a charcoal barbeque. The real secret to this one is in the marinade they use which clearly has quite a bit chilli going on, but still not overpowerlingly, so that it doesn't throw off the balance of seasoning. 

Ambience & Location

Big Bite occupies a small spot on Galle Road in Mount Lavinia. They serve biriyani throughout the day so people generally get it to go. However, if you are looking to sit and dine, Big Bite does have a bit of space inside with a few tables. It's certainly not the cleanest dining environment but when the biriyani is this good, we don't really mind.


Big Bite in Mount Lavinia does an downright outstanding biriyani and barbecue chicken. It's spicy but in terms of value for money and overall flavour, these guys are pretty tough to beat.


The guys here tend to be lazy, so insist on the bbq chicken.


485 Galle Road, Mount Lavinia


Proceed along Galle Road south, past Hotel Road and the Cargills/KFC. It's on the corner of Dakshinarama Road.


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Between Rs. 200 - Rs. 500

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