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4/5

Pot Biriyani

If you're having people over and don't want to cook or just having a family meal, we highly recommend Pot Biriyani for takeaway or delivery. It's run by a friendly family and they make tasty, well presented and generous biriyani, among other things.

  • 29, Kadawatha Road, Off Anderson Road, Kalubowila
Pot Biriyani is a home cookery which serves excellent biriyani. It comes in clay pots (which you get to keep) and the usual portion for 8 costs Rs. 3,000. For 4 it's Rs. 2,000.

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.

The Food



Pot Biriyani Chicken Biriyani

We ordered the chicken pot biriyani for four (Rs. 2,000). I suppose it shouldn't make a difference what the food arrives in, but it does. Serving food out of proper clay pots rather than takeaway boxes makes a big difference to both taste and presentation. There's also this somewhat pointless feeling of accumulation in getting to keep the pots, you feel like you're getting a deal, even if you'll likely never use them again. Because, you know, you always could.

Pot Biriyani Above

The food itself is excellent. The first big pot contains with biriyani rice - it's well spiced and generous, with egg, cashew, chicken, etc. The other pot contains BBQ chicken and onions. You also get three (plastic) tubs with malay pickle, cucumber and onion raita, and a caramelized onion sambol of some sort. As you can see, it's a satisfying meal.

Pot Biriyani Rice

The rice alone is fragrant and delicious. There's a good amount of egg, greens and raisins in there, along with quite a few pieces of chicken at the bottom. Dig for those, we didn't find them till we ate all the rice on top.

Pot Biriyani Above

Mix it all up and you get a lovely meal you can combine to your taste. One of my issues with biriyani is that too often you get just rice and chicken and maybe a spoonful of sambol or chutney. Not here. If you want spicy sweetness you can mix in the malay pickle. If you want to temper the spice down you can add raita. If you want more oniony flavor, there's that sambol. With two types of chicken and an interesting variety within the rice, we think this is one of the best biriyani experiences in the city.

Service



Pot Biriyani Pot

Pot Biriyani is run by a family and you get excellent, personal service. The term customer service is almost not relevant here, this is a person to person business, you'll be talking to either the husband (Waznie) or wife doing everything. They're very friendly and the service relationship is more akin to calling a nice neighbor than anything else.

Location



Pot Biriyani is not dine-in. You need to call ahead (777330938 or 716669669) at least 3 hours in advance (for lunch). The menu is pretty basic, biriyanis are Rs. 3,000 (chicken), 3,500 (mutton), 2,500 (veg), 4,000 (prawn), or 4,500 (sea food). Those are for portions that serve eight. A pot for 4 is Rs. 2,000 (chicken I assume). They also have dessert and North Indian fare (butter chicken, paneer tikka, etc).

You can call roughly anytime from 9 AM to 9 PM and lunch pickup is at 12 noon while dinner pickup is at 7 PM. They also do delivery, and catering.

Conclusion



If you're having people over and don't want to cook or just having a family meal, we highly recommend Pot Biriyani for takeaway or delivery. It's run by a friendly family and they make tasty, well presented and generous biriyani, among other things.

Tip

Dig for extra chicken at the bottom of the biriyani pot. It's there.

Address

29, Kadawatha Road, Off Anderson Road, Kalubowila

Directions

From Hospital Road (near the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital) turn down Anderson Rd, then right onto Kadawatha Rd. It's about 200m down.

Contacts

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Open until 06:00 PM

Cuisine

Indian Sri Lankan

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Rice Biriyani Lamprais Rice And Curry

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
3
User Reviews
E

4/5

Elltino

Ordered today. Biriyani was flavorful and we all liked it.

Y

4/5

yohanlawrence

Have used them twice recently. Very good and great value for money. The second time I ordered, I asked Waznie to do a cashew curry as well, which was great. And yes, the extra curry does cost more.

T

5/5

ThiliJay

Really yummy food!! Probably the tastiest Biriyani I've had. Keep it up!!! :D

E

4/5

Elltino

Ordered today. Biriyani was flavorful and we all liked it.

Y

4/5

yohanlawrence

Have used them twice recently. Very good and great value for money. The second time I ordered, I asked Waznie to do a cashew curry as well, which was great. And yes, the extra curry does cost more.

T

5/5

ThiliJay

Really yummy food!! Probably the tastiest Biriyani I've had. Keep it up!!! :D

P

5/5

pinkz666gmailcom

Yummyyyy BEST BIRIYANI loveelyyy

Y

5/5

Yhashi

Delicious !!! Best Biriyani i hv ever had …!!!!

C

3/5

Chamz

I don't really see what all this fuss is about. I ordered from them today just to see why everyone was arguing. It was not bad, really. Tasted good with adequate portion size. But is was not so super duper awesome as YAMU said either. Definitely not the best biriyani in SL. But its still very good value for money. I would recommend it & will try it again for sure.

N

3/5

naavee

Tried this place and it was pretty good. Price for for 4 is 2000 and doesn't include Dessert so going for a savan for like 800~ more is worth it than buying this. That said there's nothing wrong with the biryani. it was tasty but nothing at the bottom and the roasted chicken was given in a siri siri bag. This place wouldn't be the first choice and I live within walking distance.

S

2/5

Sajeev

Pot Biriyani was ok… We felt that the rice was colored, and wasn't cooked on the pot. Compare to the Mount Lavinia Biriyani place this isn't that good.

R

5/5

reza_shajehan

Mutton Biriyani & the Chicken is SUPERB………………….

I

5/5

Imtiaz

We all know your food is the best in town…. this is not the first time we are ordering.
Where is the best food ,,,,,, that is Pot Biriyani

I

5/5

Imtiaz

Excellent…… will place the order soon


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