Too lazy to cook? Wanna pamper pamper yourself? A house party? Or drive away those Monday blues? Biryani is always the answer. The minute the perfectly spiced long-grained rice and the succulent meat tickle your taste buds, time stands still. Bengalureans, while there is no dearth of good biryani, for great biryani, leave it to the legends! So, here are 10 legendary biryani places in Bengaluru you absolutely MUST visit!
10 Legendary Biryani Places In Namma Bengaluru
1. Meghana Foods
Meghana Foods has fans, very loyal fans. This popular biriyani paradise is known to serve lip-smacking, spicy food and Andhra-style biryani. Their generous portions and value for money make this a mandatory stop for your biryani cravings. We’d highly recommend the Meghana Special Biryani and the Lemon Chicken.
Where: 57/1, 1st Floor, Jayalaxmi Chambers, Near Old Galaxy Theatre, Residency Road, Bangalore
When: 11:30 am to 12 am
Cost: ₹1,000 for two
2. Shivaji Military Hotel
One of the oldest military restaurants in Bengaluru that dates back all the way to 1935, Shivaji Military Hotel is no less than a pilgrimage spot for biryani lovers. Their Maratha food especially the Mutton Biryani served on palm leaves has crowds spilling on the roads. Among their Naati-style fare, the Chicken Chops and Paya Soup are delicious. Line up on Thursdays, for their Naati biryani.
Where: 718, 1C Main Road, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
When: ₹450 for two approx
Cost: ₹450 for two approx
3. Ambur Star Biryani
Ambur is a tiny town that unassumingly sits between Bengaluru and Chennai. Its claim to fame is the biryani. First cooked in the royal kitchens of the Nawabs of Arcot, this biryani has a rich history. Infact, even Deepika Padukone revealed to Curly Tales that she loves Ambur biryani. With the meat and rice first cooked separately and then sealed in a dum, the flavours are invigorating. So, head to Ambur Star Biryani serving this iconic fare since 1890 to Bengalureans.
Where: 194, 1st Floor, Akruti Chambers, Hoysala Nagar, Link Road 4, Indiranagar, Bangalore
When: 11 am to 11 pm
Cost: ₹850 for two approx
Nestled on Church Street, Bheema’s is a go-to place amongst biryani lovers. The Andhra restaurant served flavoursome biryani, wholesome Andhra meals on banana leaves, a plethora of lip-smacking appetizers and even omelettes if you want to drive away those hangovers.
Where: 31, Church Street, Bangalore
When: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
Cost: ₹950 for two approx
5. Ramaswamy Naidu Biryani
Ramaswamy Naidu Biryani is a hidden gem in Shivajinagar, an area in Bengaluru known for its meaty affair. Serving piping hot biryani for breakfast all the way from 5 am in the morning, visiting this 140-year-old restaurant is an experience. Enjoy lip-smacking biryani prepared with family recipes as you slurp on Paya soup and other mutton dishes. How far are you willing to go for good biryani? Wake up early folks! It’s worth it!
Where: Opposite line to Renuka Talkies Palace Mall, Bharati Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Kaluve
When: 5 am to 9 am (Closed on Mondays and Saturdays)
Cost: ₹200 for two approx
6. Mani’s Dum Biryani
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A personal favourite, Chicken Biryani and Hot and Spice Chicken (an appetizer) is is my go-to biryani order at Mani’s Dum Biryani. Trust Mani’s to serve deliciously spicy biryani cooked in Ambur style and pair it with crispy appetisers that pack a punch. Vegetarians, bear in mind that this restaurant is known to cook their biryanis separately so you can order without any unhesitatingly.
Where: 18/1, First Floor, Haudin Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore
When: ₹900 for two approx
Cost: 11 am to 11 pm
7. Gundappa Donne Biryani
Donne biryani is a an emotion for Bengalureans. Made with short-grained rice with the meat marinated in a mixture of coriander, mint and other spices, the done biryani is served in a done(areca palm leaves). That’s where it gets its name from. And Gundappa donne biryani is certainly one of the most legendary biryani places in Bengaluru.
Where: 120/1, 1st Main Road, S R Nagar, Seshadripuram, Bangalore
When: 11 am to 11:30 pm (Closed on Mondays)
Cost: ₹350 for two approx
8. Ranganna Military Hotel
With over 64 years of history, Ranganna Military Hotel is actually the brainchild of a pehelwan turned restaurateur, Munirangappa. Serving Naati style fare, specialising in mutton-based dishes like Mutton Biryani, Chicken Fry, Leg Soup and more, there are generations visiting this loved establishment. The biryani is light green in hue and cooked with copious amounts of spices.
Where: 61, 1st Floor, KR Road, 7th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
When: 7:30 am to 4 pm and 7:30 pm to 10 pm
Cost: ₹350 for two approx
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When it comes to Andhra food at its best, there’s no place like Nagarjuna. The long queues outside their outlets, especially during lunch are testimony to the special place they hold in the hearts of Bengalureans. The fragrant biryani, spiced, expertly with tender meat that just falls off the bone, Nagarjuna knows how to make a mean biryani.
Where: 44/1, Residency Road, Bangalore
When: 11:30 am to 3:45 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:45 pm
Cost: ₹1,000 for two approx
10. SG Rao’s Military Hotel
SG Rao’s Military Hotel has 110 years of experience in feeding the finest biryani to Bengalureans. And boy, they never disappoint! The authentic taste, the top-notch quality that has stayed the same over the years is why biryani lovers can never get enough of their Naati-style fare.
Where: 221, Police Station Road, Opposite Karnataka Bank ATM, Ranasingpet, Majestic, Bangalore
When: 6 am to 10 pm ( Closed on Mondays)
Cost: ₹400 for two approx
Bengalureans, how many of these have you ticked off your biryani wish list?
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