Foodie Alert: Places In Kolkata For The Perfect Biryani

Kolkata biryani draws on Awadhi and Mughlai traditions and is known for its delicate flavour. Here are six places where you can have a taste of the unique Kolkata biryani
Kolkata biryani is a slice of heaven
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Kolkata is known for being a melting pot of different cuisines and superlative food. So much so that Eater, the award-winning digital media brand dedicated to all things food and dining which publishes a list of the world's best culinary destinations every year, featured Kolkata in their 2023 list. The capital of West Bengal was the only Indian city that made it to the list of the eleven best food destinations in the world for 2023. Known for having one of the richest street food culture in India, Kolkata is a treasure trove for gastronomes from around the world. The culinary scene reflects the melting pot influences of various cultures, from the British and Mughal eras to regional cuisines. One of the most popular dishes in Kolkata is biryani. Kolkata biryani is recognised for its delicate flavours and the use of potatoes (sometimes with a boiled egg), which lends a unique aspect to the meal. It draws on Awadhi and Mughlai traditions. Here are six places where you can have a taste of the unique Kolkata biryani.

Manzilat's

Manzilat Fatima draws her lineage from the royal family of Awadh, and runs a restaurant out of her home in Kolkata, Manzilat's. It has been visited by the likes of author Arundhati Roy, Australian chef Gary Mehigan, and Jhulan Goswami (former captain of the Indian National Women's Cricket team).

Address: Rubi Enterprise, Plot-1 Phase-3, Kasba Industrial Estate, Anandapur, East Kolkata Township, near Bank of Maharashtra, Kolkata, West Bengal 700107

Royal Indian Hotel

Kolkata does not like its biryani without a fat chunk of potato which soaks up the flavours. But Royal Indian Hotel, for a long time, had the confidence to serve up biryani without potatoes. That's confidence for you. The biryani is quite strongly yellow/saffron hued. Have it with a plate of their famous mutton chaap.

Address: 24 A, Syed Amir Ali Ave, Lower Range, Park Circus, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017

Shiraz The Golden Restaurant

One of the most popular biryani joints in Kolkata, Shiraz on Mullikbazaar crossing, Park Street, gets a dedicated crowd who come here to sample some of the best Kolkata-style biryani. They are known to get the perfect balance, with spices complementing the scent of the rice, and tender meat falling easily off the bone. Do try the double mutton biryani with a plate of decadent mutton pasinda.

Address: 135, Park Street, behind Neurosciences Hospital, Park Circus

Aminia

This popular restaurant has several branches across Kolkata offering Awadhi and Mughlai food opened in 1929. They still believe in using traditional recipes for their famous dishes like mutton or chicken biryani, mutton rezala, chicken chaap, and so on. Apart from Kolkata, Aminia has expanded its operations to Siliguri and other district towns. 

Address: 6A, SN Banerjee Road, New Market area, near Dharmatala, Kolkata 700087

Arsalan

Everyone in Kolkata has their own list of favourite biryani places which differs according to taste. But Arsalan features in most lists. This cult favourite has several outlets, but their original Park Circus one is where you should go. Their mutton biryani is a tasty tribute to Awadhi styles cooking.

Address: Marina Garden Court, 191, 7 Point, Mother Teresa Sarani, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017

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New Aliah

Ask the office-goers in Central Kolkata about their favourite lunch spot and it is probably going to be New Aliah or Aliah Hotel, as it is known. New Aliah, one of the city's oldest eateries, has been offering some of the best Kolkata biryani for decades. The biryani served here has a particular flavour, similar to that of a Muslim wedding - slightly spicy and low on oil.

Address: 31, Bentinck St, Mission Row Extension, Esplanade, Chowringhee North, Lal Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700069

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