Mughlai, Dindigul, Or Hyderabadi: Get The Best Biryani At These Places In Chennai

Biryani has got to be easily one of the best recipes ever created. With its addictive flavour, fulfilling taste, it is truly a celebration of all that is great. From Ambur and Dindigul to Chettinad, we have any biryani inventions to dig into in Chennai. And we can even feast on biryanis from Hyderabad, Lucknow, and the Mughlai kitchens right in the heart of the city. Check out our list to find out where you can eat the best biryani in Chennai.

Rasavid

Rasavid translates to 'knowing good flavour'. They sure know it. They serve one of the best Hyderabad dum Biryani in Chennai. Easily. Rasavid strikes a perfect balance of spice and flavour, making it the favourite of both spice lovers and the ones who don't enjoy spicy food. There are multiple locations in Chennai, hit-up the one which is the closest to you next time you are craving biryani.

Price for two: INR 900

Casual Dining

Rasavid

137/2-A, Old Mahapalipuram Road, Semmancheri, Chennai

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Kolapasi Takeaway

This is a takeaway restaurant which is known for their Chicken Chukka Biriyani, pulling in all the youngsters their way. The best part is the amount of ghee they use in their recipe that accentuates all the other flavours in the dish, making it irresistible to any biryani lover. 

Price for two: INR 400

Fast Food Restaurants

Kolapasi Takeaway

T-3/2, 4th Main Road, Anna Nagar East, Chennai

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Sukkubhai Biryani

Love beef biryani? Head to Sukkubhai Biryani! 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. You can also check out our list of budget biryani restaurants to eat the best without shelling out much. 

Price for two - INR 300

Fast Food Restaurants

Sukkubhai Biriyani

400 & 401, OMR, Nehru Nagar, Perungudi, Chennai

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Samco

This iconic restaurant needs no introduction. If you are an ardent non-vegetarian, you will definitely know that you can never go wrong with this one. Our favourite dish at Samco is easily the chicken 65 biryani. Right amount of spice, flavour, oil and oh, the chicken 65 pieces! You can also try their other creation, the Chicken Schzwan Sauce Biryani, that is equally yummy but not equally popular.

Price for two: 700

Casual Dining

Samco

174, Eldams Road, Vannia Teynampet, Alwarpet, Chennai

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Ambur Star Biryani

We might not know where Ambur is situated but we sure know what it is famous for. Been existing since the 1890s, this biryani chain serves plates that have more meat than rice. In fact, there is very little rice on one plate that leaves you wanting more. There are 12 Ambur Biryani outlets spread across Chennai and every one of them is spacious with friendly staff and really quick service.

Price for two: INR 700

Fast Food Restaurants

Ambur Star Briyani

116/1, Near Saravana Bhavan, Arcot Road, Vadapalani, Chennai

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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 to experiment, 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.

Price for two - INR 600

Casual Dining

Nammaa Kitchen

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

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Yaa Mohideen

When you put iconic and biryani together, head straight to Yaa Mohideen.  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. No fancy ambience, no great furniture, but there is something about this brand that makes their recipes consistently crave-worthy. Pair their biryani with  Chicken Pakoras and you’ve got yourself a memorable meal. They even sell biryani by the kilo. Perfect for those house parties.

Price for two - INR 600

Casual Dining

Yaa Mohaideen

4/15-B, Opp. Uzhavar Santhai & Tea Stall, Church Road, Pallavaram, Chennai

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Behrouz Biryani

Behrouz kills it with their Awadhi style biryani. The apparent capital of biryani was a place called Behrouz in Persia that served the long fragrant rice to its royalty and that's the ideology behind Behrouz Biryani that has over 30 outlets in Chennai itself. To save yourself from a content shock with all the complicated terms in their menu, just talk to their wait You could go for their vegetable biryani, murgh tikka biryani or murgh malai biryani. They taste heavenly with a bowl of raita and are served in mud pots as well. 

Price for two - INR 700

Fast Food Restaurants

Behrouz Biryani

19, Pushpa Nagar Main Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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H.Akbar Mess

Aren't wedding biryanis one of a kind? Tasting homely, H.Akbar Mess in Vepery serves some authentic biryanis in town. Their mutton biryani served in banana leaf adds not only to its comfort but also taste. It's not overly spicy but just right. Don't ask for a spoon to eat the biryani if you don't want to be judged. Dig in with your hand.  For more legendary messes in Chennai? Click here.

Price for two - INR 200

Fast Food Restaurants

H.Akbar Mess

2/17, Samy Mudali Street, Vepery, Chennai

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Buhari

One of the iconic possessions of the city and a pioneer for giving us Chicken 65, Buhari has grown across Chennai. Not to forget, their biryani remains among the best in town. Their juicy chicken biryani paired up with chicken 65 is the perfect jodi. Spicy and thick, just how we like it. Ask for a leg piece in your biryani - it tastes the juiciest mixed with the spices.

Price for two - INR 850

Casual Dining

Buhari

17, Opp. CSI Church, Taramani Link Road, Velachery, Chennai

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Karaikudi Chettinadu Mess

How much spice is too much spice? Well, Chettinad cuisine will answer that. If you love Chettinad food, where else to try it than in the Karaikudi Chettinadu Mess? Located across outlets in Chennai, it specialises in *drum rolls* Chettinad biryani. Long grain and heavily spiced, the tears rolling down your eyes are worth it just for the sake of its taste. Apart from chicken and mutton biryani, they have special fish and prawn dum biryani that you have to try out as well. 

Price for two - INR 600

Fast Food Restaurants

Karaikudi Chettinadu Mess

46 & 47, Jenis Road, Saidapet, Chennai

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Ente Keralam

Cooking with coconut oil can never go wrong. And Ente Keralam knows that well. Located in Alwarpet and Anna Nagar, this location is perfect for that long due family get-togethers!  Apart from their fish fries and beef curry, their Thalassery biryani is one of its kind. Unlike the others, this biryani uses small grain, khaima rice. What's so different about it? Well, the rice and the meat are cooked separately first and then put together dum-style. If you haven't tried this Kerala favourite then this place is your chance. Their cozy interiors will keep you going back regularly!

Price for two - INR 1000

Casual Dining

Ente Keralam

1, 1st Street, Kasturi Estate, Alwarpet, Chennai

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Aasife Biryani

There are over 15 outlets of this legendary outlet in Chennai, so, you can gauge Aasife Biryani's popularity with the crowd. 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.

Price for two - INR 750

Casual Dining

Aasife Biriyani

Plot 1, 22-A, 100 Feet Byepass Road, Velachery, Chennai

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Dindigul Thalapakatti

Chennai is surrounded by biryani hubs. 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. With branches across the city, Dindigul Thalapakatti serves boneless mutton biryani, chicken versions, and biryani in a bucket to feed your entire brood.

Price for two - INR 800

Casual Dining

Dindigul Thalappakatti

36, 2nd Main, 5th Avenue, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Besant Nagar, Chennai

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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 finer dining version of the meal. It is about feeding the Nawab in you.

Price for two - INR 1500

Casual Dining

Copper Chimney

Phoenix Marketcity, 2nd Floor, Indira Gandhi Nagar, Velachery, Chennai

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Charminar

A busy and budget biryani joint in Royapettah, Charminar is a favourite with the crowds. No fancy packaging and branding, but tiny place specialises in Muslim-style biryani that tastes almost like homemade food. 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.

Price for two - INR 300

Fast Food Restaurants

Charminar Biryani Centre

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

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AlMaza

AlMaza's 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 Mughlai 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. Looking for more places to eat in Anna Nagar? Click here.

Price for two - INR 1000

Casual Dining

AlMaza

30, A Block, 6th Street, Anna Nagar East, Chennai

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Biryani Bol

One of the newer places in the list, this is mainly a takeaway restaurant that kills it with their combo offers. Our favourite is their Chicken Tikka Masala and Mutton Biryani combo. 

Price for two: INR 500

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Maplai

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. If you are not prepared for the unlimited version, you can choose plates of piping hot prawn biryani and mutton biryani as well.

Price for two - INR 1000

Casual Dining

Maplai

14, Sterling Avenue, Nungambakkam, Chennai

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