Have You Eaten At The 16 Best Biryani Places in Mumbai?

    Be it a house party, a family get together or even a quick lunch with colleagues, biryani is the ‘go-to’ food that a lot of us prefer. Not only is it delicious but it also isn’t very heavy on the pocket. It’s one of the few dishes that one can have by itself. No accompaniments required! One might not associate Mumbai as where one can get the best biryani places. Mumbai does have Delhi, Lucknow and even Hyderabad as stiff competition. However, there are a few places in the bay who do manage to serve a pretty mean version of what is (arguably) one of the most popular rice dishes in the world.

    Veg, Non-veg or the just as popular Egg, there is biryani for everyone. So come one, come all!

    1. Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar, Multiple Outlets 

    Established in 1973, Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar is an institution when it comes to the biryani. Today, they are popularly known as ‘The Biryani King of Mumbai’. I have been visiting this place for over 20 years. Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar manages to live up to all the hype that’s been surrounding it since almost 45 years now. Be it their Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani or even their Chicken Tikka Biryani. Although, of late there has been a lot of complaints about the service at the restaurant – biryani getting over too soon and impolite staff. We only hope that this food chain gets it grip back and lives up to its name.

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    Chicken Biryani –
    INR 260 (full plate)
    Mutton Biryani – INR 299 (full plate)
    Chicken Tikka Biryani – INR 330

    Mahim – 18, Lady Jamshedji Road, St Michael Church
    Grant Road – 195/197, Patthe Bapu Rao Marg, Grant Road East
    Marine Lines – 94, 1st Marine Street, Big Three Building, Metro Gol Masjid, Dhobi Talao
    Jogeshwari – EE Heights Essa, Aziz Estate, SV Road, Jogeshwari
    Vashi – 1/A, Next to APMC Market, Mafco Road, Ramlaxman Tower, Sector 18
    Mohammad Ali Road – 151/153, Abdullah Mansion, SVP Road, Chaar Null, Dongri, Umerkhadi
    Mohammad Ali Road – 84, Mohammed Ali Road, Near Crawford Market

    2. Noor Mohammadi Hotel, Mohammad Ali Road

    Having been in business for the last 94 years (Yes! That’s how old this place is), Noor Mohammadi Hotel has managed to carve a niche for itself amongst the meat lovers in the bay. Although they are very popular for their Nalli Nahari, Chicken Hakimi and Sanju Baba Chicken (the recipe for which has been apparently given by Sanjay Dutt himself), what a lot of people don’t know is that they serve a very unique version of the biryani. Known as the Chicken White Biryani, this version is unlike any other biryanis out there.


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    Instead of having the traditional brown/red masala as the base for the biryani, the folks at Noor Mohammadi Hotel prepare one with a reshami (white masala) base. This gives the biryani a very unique creamy flavour as opposed to the traditional masala flavour.

    Tip: People who have tried this version of the biryani swear by it hence making it one of their fastest selling dishes. Make sure you reach there before 8 PM in order to sample this creamy goodness.

    Chicken White Biryani – INR 90

    179, Wazir Building, Abdul Hakim Chowk, Bhendi Bazar, Near, Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai

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    3. Persian Darbar, Bandra & Andheri

    One glance at their menu and you will come across multiple options when it comes to biryanis. The one that stood out for me was their Chicken/Mutton Persian Special Biryani. This biryani, according to me, gets it absolutely bang on when it comes to the proportion of rice to meat to masala. Priced at Rs 450 and Rs 500 for the chicken and mutton version respectively, one portion of this biryani is good enough for 2 to 3 people.

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    Image Source – Persian Darbar Facebook Page

    Chicken Persian Special Biryani – INR 450
    Mutton  Persian Special Biryani – INR 500

    Marol – Shop 101 – 102, Noori Baug, Andheri Kurla Road, Marol Naka, Andheri East
    Bandra – Morya Mahal, Linking Road, Bandra West

    4. Hotel Deluxe, Fort

    Known mainly for its Malayali offerings, Hotel Deluxe is not a place where one would generally go for a plate of biryani. Surprise! Surprise! Hotel Deluxe’s Boneless Chicken Biryani is truly a hidden gem. Prepared with short-grained rice as opposed to the traditional long-grained basmati rice, this version of the biryani is highly spiced. It is also doused with a generous amount of ghee (you can actually taste the ghee while having the rice).

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    On one of the occasions when I’d visited, they had also put small, bite-sized pieces of pineapple in the biryani, which surprisingly (I’m against fruit being part of any kind of main meal dishes) proved to be a great contrast for the spicy masala. Don’t know why they’ve stopped doing this.


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    Chicken Boneless Biryani – INR 170

    10-A, Pitha Street, Opposite Lane of Citi Bank, Fort, Mumbai

    5Café Noorani, Haji Ali

    For biryani connoisseurs, the concept of a ‘Chicken Tikka Biryani’ might seem slightly scandalous. A true biryani is one where the rice and meat are cooked together. The various spices and masalas combine together and that’s when individual flavours from all ingredients complement each other. Voila! you have your perfect biryani ready. Although Café Noorani’s Chicken Tikka Biryani does not follow this route, be rest assured that there is no compromise at all when it comes to taste. Fragrant, colourful rice is topped on a bed of tikka masala along with huge pieces of juicy chicken tikkas. It’s far from being the perfect biryani but it surely hits the spot as far as flavour is concerned.

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    Image Source – Cafe Noorani Facebook Page

    Chicken Tikka Biryani – INR 330

    5 D, Tardeo Road, Haji Ali Circle, Tardeo, Mumbai

    6. Kebabs & Kurries, ITC Grand Central Parel

    The only ‘5 star’ restaurant to feature in this list, Kebabs & Kurries’ Gosht Dum Pukht Biryani is totally worth the bomb that you’re going to spend on it. Prepared in the traditional dum pukht style (it’s brought on to your table in a huge vessel which is covered with flour and the same is dismantled in front of you). The biryani is delicately spiced with pieces of mutton that melt in your mouth. This is the closest that you’re going to get in finding a truly authentic biryani in the bay. Highly recommended! (Irrespective of the steep pricing).


    Image Source – ITC Website

    Gosht Dum Pukht Biryani – INR 1500

    ITC Grand Central, 287, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Parel, Mumbai

    7. Zaffran’s Gosht Biryani, Multiple Outlets Across The City

    A biryani list without the addition of Zaffran would have to be a crime! The next time you don’t have to wait for Eid to get some great Biryani, just head over to Zaffran and order the mutton biryani. The meat is succulent, it is just the right amount of spicy and it smells like what I imagine heaven smells like. I know a lot of people who think of dal-chawal as their comfort food. To me, it is biryani from Zaffran.

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    Image Source – Zaffran Facebook Page

    Gosht Biryani – INR 550

    Malad – 4th Floor, Infiniti Mall, Link Road, Malad West
    Lower Parel – Todi & Company, Mathuradas Mills Compound
    Mumbai CST Area – B, Sitaram Building, DN Road, Crawford Market
    R City Mall – 1st Floor, R City Mall, LBS Marg, Ghatkopar West
    Kandivali – T 9, 3rd Floor, Growell’s 101 Mall, Akruli Road, Off Western Express Highway
    Vashi – 1st Floor, Inorbit Mall, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
    Bandra – Fernandez Villa, Opposite St Andrew’s Church, Hill Road, Bandra West
    Andheri – Floor 2, Infiniti Mall, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West

    8. Go Biryan, Lokhandwala, Bandra And Lower Parel

    Don’t feel like heading out to that party tonight? How about you bring the party to your house? A delivery kitchen located in Go Biryan is your perfect companion for an ultimate Biryani feast. Servingking size, queen size and by the kilo portions, Go Biryan has a great selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian biryanis. Vegetarians, choose from Paneer Tikka Biryani and Vegetable Afghani Biryani and many more! Who said Biryani can’t be vegetarian?

    Go Biryan

    Where: Lokhandwala, Bandra and Lower Parel
    Lokhandwala: 022 30151647
    Bandra: 022 26048844, 022 69948844
    Lower Parel: 022 30151827
    Approx cost: ₹600 for two people

    9. Hyderabad Xpress, Oshiwara 

    You have not had biryani until you’ve had Hyderabadi Biryani. And Hyderabad Xpress gives you just that, authentic Hyderabad dum biryani flavours available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants. Come get a taste of asli Hyderabadi biryani, you won’t be able to go back to regular biryani after this. We recommend the vegetable biryani, Hyderabadi dum biryani, boneless chicken biryani. Don’t forget to pair them all with delicious and trademark Mirch Ka Saalan.

    Credits: Hyderabad Xpress

    Address: Hyderabad Xpress, Near Lotus Pump, New Link Road, Oshiwara, Andheri West
    Avg cost for 2: ₹350
    Contact: +91 8419938333, +91 8419934333

    10. The Sahib Room And Kipling Bar, St Regis, Lower Parel

    When you do fancy, do it right. And nothing spells fancy like the grand St Regis Hotel in Mumbai hiding away The Sahib Room And Kipling Bar. Turns out you get killer gourmet level Biryani here! And at the St Regis, we expect no less. Whether it’s the fragrant Subz Dum Biryani, Murg Biryani or Gosht Biryani, the right amount of spices and marination will have you salivating for more. Pair them up with some fresh cocktails. And don’t forget to make a reservation before you go.

    Credits: St Regis Mumbai

    Address: The Sahib Room And Kipling Bar, The St. Regis, Level 9M, 462 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
    Avg cost for 2: ₹3500
    Contact: 022 61736132

    11. Behrouz Biryani, Multiple Outlets 

    With over 15 outlets in Mumbai, Behrouz has sure established a name for itself. Many turn to it for a hearty meal and an uber delicious Biryani. It’s a delivery-only canteen and boy does it make life easier when you just don’t want to go out nor do you have the energy to cook either. All you have to do is try Behrouz Biryani’s range of biryanis including Afghani Biryani, vegetable biryani, paneer biryani etc. You shall not be disappointed.

    Credits: Behrouz Biryani

    Avg cost for 2: ₹700
    Contact: +91 7700050050 (worli outlet)

    12. Charcoal Eats, Multiple Outlets

    Get flavourful Biryani, good quantities of it too and without breaking your bank here at Charcoal Eats. We swear by the Awadhi Biryani and Chicken Tikka Biryani. There’s plenty of options for both Vegetarians and Non-vegetarians. Go crazy and tell us which is your favourite Biryani here! You can also call for the party packs here, suited for larger groups, to gorge on unapologetically.

    Credits: Charcoal Eats

    Avg cost for 2: ₹500
    Contact: +91 9022500500 (Dadar outlet)

    13. Lucky Restaurant, Bandra

    Think a wide range of biryanis, great quantity and spot-on taste and you have Lucky Restaurant. What’s more, there’s a lot of dishes and cuisines to check out and gorge on here instead of just biryanis. It’s the sort of place to take all your friends and family to so that you can try as many dishes as possible! Go for chicken biryani and mutton biryani. End the meal with a sweet and fluffy caramel custard or malai kulfi and you are all set.

    Credits: Lucky Restaurant

    Address: Lucky Restaurant, Junction Of SV Road & Hill Road, Hill Road, Bandra West
    Avg cost for 2: ₹1,000
    Contact: 022 26442973

    14. Biryani Barbeque Chinese By Borivali Biryani Centre 

    Want to discover something new in Borivali that does Biryani as well as your cult favourites? Head to Biryani Barbeque Chinese By Borivali Biryani Centre. Their expansive menu, indulgent quantities and economical rates will definitely impress you. We recommend the Chicken Tikka Biryani, Chicken Dum Biryani, Mutton Biryani etc.

    Credits: BBC

    Address: Biryani Barbeque Chinese, Shraddha Heights, Babhai Naka, Opposite Kam Dhenu Building, Borivali West, Mumbai
    Avg cost for 2: ₹1,300
    Contact: +91 8655532121

    15. Rahat Darbar, Marol

    Rahat Darbar in Marol area serves a number of cuisines like Chinese, Noth Indian and Mughlai. It is not a huge restaurant but the food here is amazing. Some of the dishes you must try here are their Chicken and Mutton Biryani, they are heavenly. And while you’re at it,  do try their Kebab dishes and especially the mutton kebabs. Also, the Chicken Shawarma is very popular among customers. It’s easy on the pocket too!

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    Address: Rahat Darbar, Alpine Industrial Estate, Opposite Mumbai Residency, Marol Military Road, Marol, Mumbai
    Avg cost for 2:₹800
    Contact: 022 68493631

    16. Bukhara Bar And Kitchen, Mira Road

    Egg lovers, we did not want to exclude you from this biryani extravaganza and this is just the place to indulge in a well-made egg biryani. And for a change, we have a special biryani here if you are up to trying something different, it’s the SMOKED Butter chicken biryani that will surely surprise you with it’s clean and creamy

    Credits: Bukhara Bar And Kitchen

    and smoky flavours. A must try!

    Address: Bukhara Bar And Kitchen, Sasupada, NH 8, Mira Road, Mumbai
    Contact: 022 61736111
    Avg cost for 2: ₹1,600

    We’re sure that we haven’t covered all the best biryani joints of Mumbai in this article. Know a really cool biryani place? Please drop a word regarding the same in the comments section below.

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    Aman Shah
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