They say if you start making biryani in Bangalore, you’ll be making a hell lot of money. And this is true too. If you throw a stone in Bengaluru, chances are, it will either hit a software guy or a biryani outlet. Such is the craze for this famous mouth-watering dish across the Bengaluru city. No wonder it’s the most ordered dish on the food delivery apps. Some even won’t mind having it as a three course menu for the day.
So what’s it that makes the biryani the top choice all through the year? Is it it’s widely available factor, Or is it because of its x-factor – full paisa vasool and fills your stomach completely with? Whatever may be the reason why people order biryani so much.
One thing is for sure, their love for biryani is only growing stronger, deeper, and bigger. Heard about bucket biryani?! Undoubtedly, it’s the biggest superstar of South Indian and North India alike. Come, let’s dive deep into some of the best Biryanis in Bangalore.
We have shortlisted 25 go to places for the Best Biryani in Bangalore:
- Ambur Star Biryani, BTM
- Paradise, Indirangar
- Gundappa Donne Biryani, St Marks Road
- Shivaji Miltary Hotel, Jayanagar
- Meghana’s, Indiranagar
- SG Rao’s Military Hotel, Cottonpete
- Dum Durrust, Kaval Bairasandra
- Gramin, Koramangala
- Sharief Bhai, Koramangala
- Mani’s Dum Biryani, Jeevan Bhima Nagar
- Ammi’s Biryani, Indiranagar
- Noon’s Biryani, HSR Layout
- Kritunga Restaurant, Marathahalli
- Samarkand, Shivajinagar
- Nagarjuna, Residency Road
- Lazeez, Koramangala
- Ambur Biryani Point, Koramangala
- Rahhams, Frazer Town
- Empire Restaurant, Indiranagar
- BonSouth, Koramangala
- Thalassery Restaurant, Kammanahalli
- Lucknowiz, Koramangala
- Alibaba Cafe, Frazer Town
- Ranganna Military Hotel, Jayanagar
- Hyderabad Biryani House, Malleshwaram West
1. Ambur Star Biryani, BTM
The reason why biryani lovers flock to this place is because of its most memorable dining experiences with a variety of biryani delights to choose from and not to mention its grand ambiance. What sells here like hot cakes is chicken biryani. Drop by this place to have a bowl of flavourful rice, a heady aroma of whole spices and tender chicken. If you’re a fan of that best chicken biryani in Bengaluru, then this is the place for you.
2. Paradise Indirangar
If your love for biryanis comes before everything else, then Paradise, Indiranagar is the place you must give it a try. The just right great tasting biryanis served here will transcend you to paradise for sure. Paradise is one the famous Biryanis in Bangalore and they have been making history for years and serving delectable and mind-blowing biryani even when their choices are limited here. Located on Richmond Road, this best affordable biryani place in Bangalore is a hit among students and working professionals. Thanks to their pocket-friendly biryanis with great taste that stays with you till the next time you visit this place. Keep in mind Paradise restaurant is closed on Monday.
3. Gundappa Donne Biryani, St Marks Road
There is no dearth when it comes to great tasting Biryani joints in Bangalore. And this quite a popular restaurant, is an iconic place to satisfy your love for mouth-watering biryani, that’s loaded with enough meat and masala that will elevate your taste buds to whole new heights. No wonder it has been making headlines for years for serving the best biryani in Bangalore. Their signature style of donne biryani is what makes them stand out for that distinctive taste.
4. Shivaji Miltary Hotel, Jayanagar
The love for that great tasting biryani is a feeling. That can’t be put in words and is always better experienced – over a plateful of the best tasting chicken biryani in Bengaluru. And what better place than Shivaji Military Hotel in Jayanagar, to experience it? It’s a name to go to for those seeking delicious and aromatic biryani at pocket-friendly prices. Undoubtedly, it’s one of best donne biryanis in town. As it’s always mostly crowded, you may have to stay patient to experience that awesomeness in every bite. When the biryani is finger-licking good, some waiting to devour should be okay isn’t it.
5. Meghana Foods, Indiranagar
The great tasting biryanis of Meghana’s is a real treat for your taste buds. Guess what, it’s one of the best mutton biryani serving restaurants in Bengaluru. The flavorsome Mutton Biryanis here come with succulent chunks of mutton pieces and enough biryani rice along with it to fill your stomach. This renowned restaurant has served customers in Bangalore for years with its best biryani and is still the place to go when it comes to mind-blowing food. You will like it more, if you are hailing from Andra Pradesh, it is a go-to place to satisfy your craving for Andhra-style biryani.
6. SG Rao’s Military Hotel, Cottonpete
If you want to bite into a bit of history, then this is the palace for you. This hotel in Cottonpete has a history of over 110 years in serving the famous biryani in Bangalore. One of the oldest eatery in namma ooru (city) has an authentic taste and traditional way of making the NAATI style non-veg food to date. Just make your way to this place. We bet you’ll not be disappointed. You’ll come back again and again. The fanbase of biryani lovers of SG Rao’s Military Hotel is only growing bigger, with one plateful of the best biryani in Bengaluru polished off!
7. Dum Durrust, Kaval Bairasandra
This place that’s better known for its Dum Durrust, Awadhi biryani is famous amongst all those who swear by a plateful of great tasting biryani. Dum Durrust is a small restaurant but with a big heart, that whips up some of the great tasting biryanis in town. What’s evident is their passion in the freshness of the food and the nuanced flavours. If you’re a fan of the Awadhi style of biryani then you’ll start frequenting this place more than often. Thanks to their rice to meat proportion that is great, and they don’t scrimp on quality and quantity either. What’s more, Bengalis in Bangalore swear that the Calcutta biryani served here is the closest you’ll get to anything like it in the city.
8. Gramin, Koramangala
Fan of a Handi Biryani? Then Gramin in Koramanagala is where you should be heading to. Gramin offers an exclusively prepared Handi Biryani and their signature Gramin Biryani to their customers has received a massive thumbs up from all the biryani connoisseurs. Gramin is a village-themed restaurant that is quite popular in Bangalore. They have a rich menu of a variety of dishes served in a themed ambiance with top-notch customer service and food quality. If you are looking to have the best veg biryani food, they have a variety of options for vegetarians.
9. Sharief Bhai, Koramangala
Located in Koramangala, Sharief Bhai is famous for its Bengaluru-styled Ghost Biryani, that’s so mouth-melting, so great tasting – tastes like heaven! If you are thinking of trying Mughlai, It is the best place to head to. Sharief Bhai is among the topmost restaurants in Koramangala serving Biryani with Mughlai Preparations. From ambiance to service, everything is perfect at this place. Hygiene is maintained at the restaurant and the price of dishes is also quite reasonable. A perfect place to quench your thirst for great tasting best mutton biryani in town.
10. Mani’s Dum Biryani, Jeevan Bhima Nagar
The love for biryani is relished in many delicious ways. And Mani’s Dum Biryani is one such place to relish your love for Ambur-style biryani. So if you’re looking for a place that prepares Ambur-style biryani, Mani’s Dum Biryani House is a great option. This place in Jeevan Bhima Nagar is quite literally heaven on earth for biryani lovers. There are various branches across the city. So go there someday, for the love of biryani!
11. Ammi’s Biryani, Indiranagar
It’s a great tasting famous Hyderabadi biryani at an affordable price which you can’t afford to miss out on. Ammi’s Biryani Cafe fills you without emptying your pocket for sure! Ammi’s Biryani Cafe at Indiranagar lets you gorge on the most brilliant and delectable biryanis that are also light on the pocket. All in all, they have 14 types of biryani, which include veg biryani and loads of non-veg varieties. You must try the mutton biryani here which is more than reasonable and the meat is juicy enough and chunk that’s big enough – making this place the best biryani place in Bengaluru.
12. Noon’s Biryani, HSR Layout
Better known for their home-cooked style of biryani. The speciality of this restaurant place is surely its signature Hyderabadi-style biryani, a recipe that comes from generations they say. It’s a family-run eatery with a small place and menu but will sweep you off your feet with their distinctive taste. Pre-order and best for takeaway. However you order it, you just can’t go wrong with this choice of place to have that great tasting, best Hyderabadi-style biryani you’d fall in love with.
13. Kritunga Restaurant, Marathahalli
Without doubt, Kritunga restaurant located in Marathahalli is famous for its biryani with extra spiciness. A spice lover’s must-eat biryani joint, the biryani here will for sure tingle your taste buds – and you’ll be craving for more. If you decide to head here, get ready to experience your tongue going on a fire ride. No, we are not exaggerating it even a bit. Did you ask where you could try this out? Kritunga has a few branches in Koramangala, Maratha Halli, and Whitefield. Go to any of these that’s close to you, to experience some wholesome biryani-ness.
14. Samarkand, Shivajinagar
Samarkand restaurant stays crowded throughout the week and has a couple of outlets spread across the city. This biryani outlet in Bangalore has mind-blowing Punjabi biryani, traditional dum style biryani and Yakhni Shorba that will definitely make you fall in love with this place. Serving one of the best biryani in Bangalore, Samarkand is also very generous with their portions and will impress you with almost everything that they offer. With all these and a lot more in between, Samarkand is the perfect place for that weekend dine-out with your bae.
15. Nagarjuna, Residency Road
Nagarjuna restaurant is located in Residency road, and was started in 1994. And it mostly serves some of the best biryanis in Bangalore with a dash of signature Andhra spiciness. Being one of the oldest restaurants in the city, these guys are experts when it comes to making mind-blowing biryani. Settle in for mounds of fragrant biryani that’s studded with tender chunks of meat and glistening chilies that add a fair bit of punch to your meal. So, if you love to dine in style and are craving some lip-smacking biryani in Bengaluru then Nagarjuna should be your destination.
16. Lazeez, Koramangala
What’s so special about biryanis at Lazeez, Koramangala is their strong aroma of saffron that comes with good chunks of potato which kind of adds a great flavor to this amazing lip-smacking dish. You could try the normal biryani or the Mughali biryanis which have an exquisite taste to send your taste buds a soulful touch. If you are planning to try the Kolkata style biryani, we suggest that you make plans for heading to Lazeez. Drop by this place with your gang to have a feast of time over the greatest tasting biryanis.
17. Ambur Biryani Point, Koramangala
Ambur Biryani point was first started in Ambur town, and today it serves some of the best biryani in Bengaluru. Speciality of Ambur biryani is said to have been cooked in the royal kitchens of the Nawabs of Arcot, the popularity of the biryani has only grown through the years. When you step inside the Ambur Biryani Point to relish some great tasting biryani The overall ambiance here is lovely, romantic and welcoming. So, if you are planning a nice dinner with your bae or family, this restaurant would be perfect for you – for that great time over senses pleasing biryani.
18. Rahhams, Frazer Town
The real essence of Muslim style biryani is quite distintively different. And we must say that Rahhams has captured the flavour of Muslim style biryani to perfection. This famous Rahhams in Frazer Town has over 6 outlets spread across the city. All these places serve lip-smacking pot biryani, chicken curries and all things hot and spicy. Listed along with the list of places serving the best biryani in Bangalore. What’s even better is that the Prices are also extremely reasonable and yet the flavour and quality are not compromised even a bit.
19. Empire Restaurant, Indiranagar
Just remember this, whenever you are home alone and famished, the chicken biryani of Empire restaurant will keep you sorted. Empire is one of the best restaurants to try out many types of great tasting biryanis in Bengaluru. Once you experience this place, it will soon surely become your first choice for all your life moments. Biryanis at Empire are reasonably priced so you could drop by anytime with your friends gang.
20. BonSouth, Koramangala
If you ask us, what’s the best kept secret of Koramangala, it has to be BonSouth. As it’s famous for having some of the best biryani in Bengaluru. You could drop by BonSouth for meat that falls off the bone, the rice slightly greased with the fat from the protein and a subtle hint of spices are what makes BonSouth one of the finest biryani outlets in Bangalore. Surely this is the place that’ll bowl you over with a plateful of delicious biryani. We tell you, you just can’t go wrong with this biryani place.
21. Thalassery Restaurant, Kammanahalli
A delicious part of the celebrated Malabari cuisine, the Thalassery biryani is made from the short-grained Khaima rice that’s distinct to the region. Low on chilli, the biryani is however packed with flavours from the use of cloves, cinnamon, and onions. And is enriched further with dollops of ghee and generous sprinklings of cashew nuts and raisins. For an authentic plate of Thalassery’s finest, you can drop by Thalassery Restaurant in Kammanahalli.
22. Lucknowiz, Koramangala
One of the earliest and most enduring versions of the biryani, the Lucknowi-style is a rich dish that is befitting of the royal kitchens it was first developed in. Chunks of meat and rice are first cooked partially before going into a sealed pot to be slow-cooked. The fragrant Lucknowi biryani that is served at Lucknowiz, in Koramangala, remains one of the city’s favourite. Tunday Kababi’s Awadhi biryani is as close to enjoying biryani in Lucknow too!
23. Bhatkal Biryani, Alibaba Cafe – Frazer Town
The Nawayath people, who call Uttara Kannada home, take immense pride in the culinary traditions that they have crafted over time. At the cornerstone of their cuisine is the Bhatkali Biryani that has captured the affection of biryani lovers from all over. What sets this style apart is the onion and tomato gravy that is first made using a range of spices. Once this gravy is ready, the meat is then added in and layers of rice are then heaped on. While Bhatkali biryani is not found easily in Bangalore, the Alibaba Cafe and Restaurant, in Frazer Town, has been dishing it out for long.
24. Ranganna Military Hotel, Jayanagar
This peppery version originates in rural Karnataka and is also known as Gowdru biryani. Found in many military hotels and local eateries around town, the spice quotient is mild and often features nati koli (country chicken). You can try it at the 60-year Ranganna Military Hotel that serves mutton and chicken versions. To make your meal more special, you can pair your plate of biryani with their robustly-flavoured Kheema Ball Curry and Thale Mamsa (goat head meat). Mandya Gowdru Donne Biryani has built a little bit of a reputation for itself for it’s Mandya-style Mutton Donne Biryani (the meat is sourced from Mandya) in HSR Layout too.
25. Hyderabad Biryani House, Malleshwaram West
Whether you hail from the city of Nizams-Hyderabad, or just have a smack for its delicious food, Hyderabadi Biryani is that all-inclusive source of contentment, which encompasses the potential to induce hunger pangs for a wide range of mortals among us. For all those yearning to dig into a plate of authentic Hyderabadi biryani, there’s no place which can stand on par with the flavours served at the Hyderabad Biryani House!
FAQs on Biryani in Bangalore
The cost of a lip-smacking biryani in Bengaluru ranges from 120 at a roadside joint to 1000 for two at a restaurant with great ambience around. It doesn’t matter at what price point the biryani is sold at, biryani lovers would grab for any price.
Donne biryani is quite famous in Bengaluru. And in the rest of Karnataka each town has its own local flavour biryani. The most commonly found biryani hotels are named as Gowdru hotel. Where you get to try out all kinds of chicken and mutton items. Hence, we could say with a loud burrp that Gowdru hotel is famous across Karnataka.
“Donne” means big sized cups or bowls made from areca nut palm leaf. “Donne” in Kannada means large cups made with this arecanut dried palm leaves. Traditionally the biryani is prepared in huge copper vessels over firewood stoves and served in this leaf container called Donne. Biryani is served by the local vendors in these Donnes and hence the name came as Donne biryani.
It is really a tough question to answer as some say it’s the Hyderabadi biryani and some, it has to be the Lucknowi biryani. Why don’t you try these as well – Kolkata Biryani, Kashmiri Biryani and Malabari Biryani. And figure it out for yourself which should be the most popular biryani of India.