The Verdict For The Ultimate Biryanis In Pune Is Out & These Are Our Picks
Biryani is one of the most hotly-debated dishes in Indian cuisine, owing to its numerous variations that differ from one region to the next. What can be unanimously agreed upon, is that biryani is delicious. Here are 5 of our favourite places for a mouth-watering plate of biryani in Pune.
We can’t talk about biryani without bringing up George on East Street. A classic, their biryani recipe is said to have remained unchanged since the 1940’s – and the taste is consistently delicious! We love their mutton biryani, with the chicken biryani coming in at a close second. If you’d rather try a different style of chicken biryani, their chicken tikka biryani is pretty good too. They also have veg, prawn, and fish biryani – if you’re so inclined. Complete your meal with a side of butter chicken, and remember to wear your stretchy pants to accommodate all this food.
SP's Biryani House
Located at Sadashiv Peth, SP’s Biryani House is one of those cult-classic biryani places you can’t miss out on. With over 13 styles of biryani on the menu, they’re most famous for their sajuk ghee mutton dum biryani, and their signature ‘SP’s mutton dum biryani. Served with a side of rassa, we hear it’s real value-for-money, tasty fare. There are mutton, gavran chicken, seafood, egg, and veg speciality mains available as well. If you’re up to it, you can order biryani made with an entire chicken or a leg of mutton – but you have to notify them at least 24hrs in advance. They’re said to be packed on weekends, so plan accordingly!
We love Savya Rasa for their excellent representation of regional South Indian cuisine – but the dark horse on their menu is undoubtedly their Kongu mutton biryani. Made with a short-grain rice – ‘seeraga samba’, which is a speciality rice of the Kongunadu region, this biryani features tender mutton pieces flavoured with coconut milk, and served with a side of coconut pachadi. It’s brilliant, trust us. Their Thalassery meen biryani – made with seer fish, and the kozhi chatti biryani – made with chicken, are also worth a try. Keep in mind that these biryanis are spiced with regional flavours, and traditionally made with short grain rice – which makes them different from their Northern counterparts, but no less delicious.
As nawabi as the name sounds, more nawabi is the ambience, food and service. With cozy and stylish low sitting sofas, dim lighting and premium feel, Nawab Asia is the best for your meat and Mughlai food cravings. ideal for biryanis and kebabs, this place made it to our list for its chicken as well as biryani, that has the charcoal flavour infused in it perfectly.
Reddy's Biryani Zone
Reddy’s Biryani Zone is your ultimate destination if you’re craving for some lip-smacking biryani that doesn’t cost a bomb. It’s a small place with limited seating area and average ambiance. But the food sort of makes up for everything else. If you love Hyderabadi-style Dum Biryani, this is the right place to go to hog on the Roasted Chicken Biryani (INR 180) and the Prawns Biryani (INR 250).