Hyderabad biryani is one of those foods that will probably be on the menu in the buffet at Eden. The slow-cooked rice, with the different spices, and the tender meat is something of a treat. If you’re a Hyderabad Biryani afficionado, you probably know that the true gourmet eats the mutton biryani (and not its poor cousin the chicken biryani) and that the meat is not cooked separately and mixed but cooked on a slow fire along with the rice.
But, this post is not about how to cook biryani or about which biryani is better. It’s about a place in Bangalore called Hyderabad Biryani House, which serves the best Hyderabadi Biryani I’ve eaten in Bangalore. (Note that I’m not saying that I’ve sampled the biryani at all the restaurants in Bangalore.)
The first time I ate at Hyderabad Biryani House (HBH) was a few years ago, when it had just started. At that time, I didn’t like the biryani all that much. I preferred the biryani at Hyderabad House (in Koramangala) to the HBH version. A friend who ate at the latter even mentioned to me that HBH was better but I still could not get myself to try it.
Then, another friend, one whose culinary tastes are more in tune with mine, mentioned that the biryani from HBH was really good and I decided to give it one more try. Glad that I did because I was missing out on some yummy biryani.
At HBH, you can get all sorts of Hyderabadi/Mughlai cuisine but the star attraction is the biryani. The veggie biryani is pretty good but if you’re a meat eater, go for the mutton biryani and you won’t regret it. And, if mutton is not your meat of choice, the chicken biryani is pretty darn good.
The rice and meat are cooked to perfection and the aroma is heavenly. The fragrant biryani aroma that will rein you in, just like the scenes in the Tom and Jerry cartoons. The portions that you get are pretty generous and more than enough for one person.
You can eat at the restaurant or get a parcel and enjoy the food at home. The biryani is a tad spicy and if you’re into restrictive diets like low oil, it’s probably not the food for you. If you don’t mind a little artery-clogging however, this is a biryani that you should not miss.
Hyderabadi Biryani House is at Victoria Road, less than 100 metres from the Lifestyle on the same road, but on the opposite side.
PS: This is one of those posts that I should’ve written months ago.