Biryani possibly began in North India, and spread through Southern India, but its exact history is somewhat shrouded. It combines characteristics of native spicy dishes with a possible Persian influence.
Whatever its origin, it tastes great, and it is very popular, and Chennai has some wonderful examples of Biryani restaurants. Find out about them below.
1. Aasife Biryani, Alandur
This restaurant is open every day of the week and is located in Alandur in West Chennai, and the meals average around ₹ 800 for two people. They specialize in North Indian food, and seafood, as well as Biryani.
It is located near The Elite School Of Optometry, has been open since 2000, and sells more than a ton of Biryani every day.
It was started by Aasife Ahmed and he has worked hard to turn his restaurant into one of the most popular Biryani restaurants in Chennai. It is branching out and has franchising opportunities, which is great news for anyone who loves Biryani.
2. Zaitoon, Adyar
Zaitoon is a great chain that operates out of Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai and Qatar. It has seven restaurants in Chennai itself, and as well as offering Biryani, they are also known for their Arabic food and BBQ,
The restaurant looks beautiful, and they are open from 11am until 11pm.
The average price is ₹ 1000 for two people. Of their Biryani dishes the Chicken Biryani is front and center on their website and looks great, so this may be the one to lead off with. You are going to be spoilt for choice.
3. Thalappakatti Biryani, Nungambakkam
This restaurant has a lot of history. It opened in 1957 and was founded by Mr. Nagasamy Naidu, meaning it has been providing great Biriyani for over 60 years.
The restaurant still carefully sources its ingredients from the best Masala products. The Biriyani is made with special spices, short grain seeraga samba rice which absorbs the spice’s flavors, and Kannivadi meat, which comes from grass-fed goats.
It has been frequented by politicians, Chief Ministers and cinema legends, and you get to enjoy it as well. If you are searching for biryani near me delivery this is a wonderful place to order from.
4. Ente Keralam, Alwarpet
Known for its Kerala cuisine and Kerala themed ambience, this great and affordable restaurant averages ₹750 for two people. The biryani to try there is the chicken and the Kappa Biryani, a mix of tapioca and beef special to Kerala. This is just the tip of the iceberg for the great food choices available.
It was launched in 1994 by M Mahadevan, and it has maintained a very strong philosophy from those early days. All of their ingredients are carefully sourced from Kerala, and their attitude is that food should be made with love, care and a whole lot of heart, and that communicates in their food.
5. Copper Chimney, Gopalapuram
Copper Chimney specializes in North Indian and Mughlai cuisine, as well as Biryani. The average price is ₹ 1500 for two.
It has been in business since 1972, when it was founded by JK Kapur. They cook in custom clay ovens, and over their 40+ year span millions of guests have travelled with them on their journey through Indian cuisine, which has come a long way from that first restaurant in Bombay, the first restaurant in the country to showcase an open kitchen.
The dish you should go out of your way to try is Dum Gosht Biryani, a dish that is made from mutton cubes marinated in spiced yogurt, and pressure cooked with spices.
If you love Biryani there is so much choice in Chennai. A number of different traditions are represented, brought together with Biryani to provide you with some unique flavors. However you like your Biryani, you are guaranteed to find something that will make you very happy.