Mughlai, Dindigul, Or Hyderabadi: You Can't Go Wrong With Biryani At These Chennai Restaurants

Navya posted on 22 January

Decadent and comforting, biryani is every food lover’s bae. For biryani lovers, this city is a treat. After all, we can dig into Tamil Nadu’s many biryani inventions, from Ambur to Dindigul and Chettinad, right here in the city. And we can even feast on biryanis from Hyderabad, Lucknow, and the Mughlai kitchens. Here are the best biryani stops in Chennai.

Aasife Biryani

There are over 15 outlets of this legendary outlet in Chennai, so, you can gauge its popularity with the crowds. Lightly fragrant, the mutton (or chicken) biryani can sure perk you up after a hard day. Pair it with a plate of spicy Chicken Tikka or a plate of Aasife’s Special BBQ and you’ve got a winning meal.

Casual Dining

78/123, Manoranjitham Complex, Medavakkam Main Road, Rajamanickam Nagar, Keelkattalai, Chennai

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Dindigul Thalapakattai

Chennai is surrounded by biryani hubs. There’s Ambur not very far, and if you are heading towards Hosur, you’ll find the famed Dindigul biryani. But don’t worry, you don’t have to budge an inch to get your share of steaming hot Dindigul biryani. This famed chain restaurant serves boneless mutton biryani, chicken versions, and biryani in a bucket to feed your entire brood.

Casual Dining

38/1, 100 Feet Bypass Road, Velachery, Chennai

Copper Chimney

Specialising in Mughlai and North Indian flavours, Copper Chimney is where you head to when you’ve got a calorie-loaded treat on your mind. Stuff your face with their excellent Dum Gosht Biryani that’s sprinkled with saffron and features chunks of beautifully cooked lamb. That said, it’s certainly a more fine dine version of the meal.

Casual Dining

73, Cathedral Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai

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An Alwarpet icon, Samco’s meaty menu is a huge hit with the crowds. When it comes to biryanis, they have quite a few options that you can choose from. Out of which you’ve got to pick the Samco Special Chicken Biryani, that’s fragrant with spices. Or their Mutton Biryani, that includes tender pieces of meat.

Casual Dining

174, Eldams Road, Vannia Teynampet, Alwarpet, Chennai

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This popular chain sure knows how to draw in the crowds. It’s all about going big here! Dig into their unlimited Biryani thali offerings that come stacked with Thalassery or Madurai-style biryani. With this come a meaty side dish, barottas, and a kuzhambu. If you are not prepared for the unlimited version, you can choose plates of piping hot Ambur Chicken Biryani or Prawn Biryani as well.

Casual Dining

14, Sterling Avenue, Nungambakkam, Chennai

Ya Mohideen

When you put iconic and biryani together, head straight to this no-frills joint in Pallavaram {they also have another nearby}. You can work up an appetite by joining the long queues and when it is your turn at the front of the counter, just snap up their superb Mutton Biryani. Pair this with their Chicken Pakoras and you’ve got yourself a memorable meal. They even sell biryani by the kilo. Perfect for those house parties.

Casual Dining

4/158, Church Road, Opp. Uzhavar Santhai, Pallavaram, Chennai

Sukkubhai Biryani

Craving beef biryani? Look no further than Sukkubhai’s in Alandur. The aromatic rice is subtly spiced and allows for the chunks of meat to shine through. Their hunky beef cutlets and beef fry prove to be worthy accompaniments to the stellar biryani.

Fast Food Restaurants

61/45, Opp. Central Bank Of India, Asharkana Street, Alandur, Chennai

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Charminar Biryani

A busy biryani joint in Royapettah, Charminar is a favourite with the crowds. The tiny place specialises in Muslim-style biryani and you can line up for plates of their mutton or chicken option that is served out of large, blackened cauldrons. They have a few tandoori dishes that you can chomp down with your biryani. Bucket versions, for large crowds, are available as well.

Fast Food Restaurants

91, Dr. Besant Road, Near Meesapet Market, Royapettah, Chennai


Their extensive menu is a meat lover’s delight and features quite a bit of variety in biryani. If you want to go the tried and tested way, there is the dum-style mutton and chicken biryani. Fish, prawns, and egg versions make an appearance too. But if you are looking for sheer indulgence, just pick the Mutton (also available in chicken) Zafrani Pulao that’s sprinkled with the goodness of saffron.

Casual Dining

30, Block A, 6th Street, Behind Titan Showroom, Anna Nagar East, Chennai

Nammaa Kitchen

Located in Taramani, the highlight of Nammaa Kitchen’s menu is their stellar Hyderabadi style biryani. However, if you are in the mood for experiments, they also offer Special Chicken 65 biryani and a royal biryani that’s got a variety of meats. Mughlai Mutton, Tandoori Chicken, and Prawn Biryani round off the menu. They offer combos as well.

Didn’t include your favourite biryani place? Tell us in Comments.

Casual Dining

57-A, 100 Feet Road, Opp. Indian Overseas Bank, Taramani, Chennai