In a line: Serving authentic hyderabadi biryani at a price that wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Price for two: Rs.800(approx)
Must haves: Dum ka chicken, Chicken Biryani
What is it about biryani that makes our mouth water ? It’s the fragrance of the fluffy rice that comes from opening the vessel, the tenderness of the meat used in the cooking process and the flavour of the spices that make it one of the most loved items from the array of rice dishes.
They say that south India was exposed to this aromatic and flavourful rice dish through the Arabs and Mughals were the ones to introduce it in Northern India. With each region having their own twist to biryani, it is ultimately Hyderabad that takes the crown when it comes to serving the best biryani. The rich palate of the Nizams of Hyderabad lead to coming up of the delectable Hyderabadi biryani, which is enjoyed with a spicy mirchi ka salad and to curb the spiciness down, is accompanied with a soothing curd raita.
Bringing experienced chefs from the land of biryanis and kormas, Biryani Blues(www.biryaniblues.com) has successfully established itself as a brand serving one of the best biryanis in Delhi NCR. And this could be easily testified with the fact that they now have 7 outlets in Delhi NCR and each of them doing equally well on the basis of their quality food and reasonable pricing. Not only does Biryani Blues offer a dine-in option, now they are delivering their dishes right to your doorstep, ensuring that your cravings are always satiated.
The limited and fuss free menu manoeuvres its way through a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian biryanis, hops to a few starters and then moves from the mouth-watering curries to some delicious sweet endings. While they do have a few vegetarian dishes, it is ultimately the non-vegetarian dishes that take the front row and what more can you expect from the land of Nizams?
Binge onto the fluffy and aromatic biryani(my personal favourite being chicken dum biryani) along with a spicy mirchi ka salan and raita, both of which are accompanied along with the biryani at free of cost. The burst of the flavour of the raw spices is indeed impressive and does not overpower the aroma coming from the kevda or the flavour of the rice. The big chunks of meat are absolutely succulent and could be easily devoured by themselves(that’s what I end up doing). You can enjoy the Indian version of scotch eggs, the nargisi kebab, which are eggs, coated in spicy minced meat and then deep fried, rendering a crisp covering, along with some roomali rotis and green chutney. However, if you’re a fan of curry leaves, then their chicken 65 becomes a must have. Juicy morsels of chicken, coated in spices, battered and deep fried, with a predominant kick of the curry leaves.
From the mains, it is the Dum ka chicken/mutton that takes the centre stage and leaves the other dishes far behind. Rich tomato and cashew based, with mild spices and packed full of flavour, the gravy has a great texture element going on with the smooth gravy that is contrasted with the bite of cashews. The menu states that it is slow cooked till the meat almost falling off the bone, and it is rightly mentioned so. Pair this with either a crispy laccha parantha or with some paper thin roomali rotis and you’ll be good to go.
The portion sizes that Biryani Blues serve is good enough to keep a few hungry souls satisfied, but if you don’t have a good appetite, then their meal combos will work just fine and will leave you and your tummy full and happy.
Overall, if you’re looking for a place to binge onto some delicious biryani as you demolish a few kebabs, then Biryani Blues is the place to go. The swift service accompanied with clean and simple ambiance and the delectable Hyderabadi food, make this place a must visit.
Value for money: 3.5/5