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10 Spots For The BEST Biryani In Singapore

Fragrant rice coupled with tasty curry? You can't go wrong with these biryani spots.

Biryani is definitely one of the most beloved dishes in Singapore and it’s not hard to see why. Fragrant rice coupled with a tasty curry makes for an extremely comforting and satisfying meal.

Fragrant long grain basmati rice cooked with spices and ghee, paired with meat or vegetables and often served with dalcha (a light lentil based curry that originates from Hyderabad), achar (pickles) and boiled egg biryani is part of both Indian and Muslim cuisines and there are a fair few variations of the dish. Read on to find out where you can get some of the best biryani in Singapore.

*Disclaimer: At the time of publication, in view of the Phase 2 Heightened Alert measures, dining in is prohibited at all eating establishments until 18 August 2021. Take outs, however, are still allowed. We’re doing our best to be accurate, but please double check with the restaurants before you visit.

1. Allaudin’s Biryani


Allaudin’s Biryani is possibly one of the most popular Biryani stalls in Tekka Centre and its no wonder! This place is on the Michelin Guide Singapore. The rich, spicy curry gravy as a subtle sweetness to it and is well infused into the fall off the bone tender chicken. You can also get Mutton Biryani here and biryani’s are served with papadams, achar (pickles) and a boiled egg.

Allaudin’s Biryani
Address: 665 Buffalo Rd., #01-232, #01-229 Market, 210665
Tel: 6296 6786
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Daily)

2. Samy’s Curry Restaurant


Located in the lush, tranquil surroundings of Depmsey Hill, Samy’s Curry is an extremely popular Indian restaurant but ordering a biryani here is a little different from some of the other Biryani joints. Why? Instead of serving the usual chicken, mutton, fish or vegetarian Biryani set options, the menu has Biryani rice and leaves it up to you to choose what dishes you’d like to have with it.

Samy’s Curry Restaurant
Address: 25 Dempsey Rd., 249670
Tel: 6472 2080
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 3p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.); Closed on Tuesdays

3. Ali Nachia Biryani Dam


Ever wondered what Dam Biryani is? Dam Biryani or Hyderabadi Biryani as it is also called, is cooked by layering the meat and rice in a large pot (pictured above), it is then covered and cooked slowly over a fire so all the flavours meld together. The result? An extremely flavourful plate of Biryani with melt in the mouth meat that just falls off the bone! This method of cooking is used at Ali Nachia Biryani Dam and its biryani is made fresh each day. The Chicken and Mutton Biryani ($7 and $8, respectively) are available daily and it also has a Friday Special Fish Biryani ($8). The Lamb Shank Biryani ($20) is only available on Saturdays.

Fun fact: Ali Nachia Briyani Dam was one of the stalls that was formerly located at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station before its closure. Talk about nostalgia!

Ali Nachia Briyani Dam
Address: 9 Hoe Chiang Rd., 089314
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Tue. to Sat.)

4. Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant


Looking for vegetarian food options? Look no further than Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant. Its Hyderabadi Dum Briyani Claypot ($11) is made with a soy meat alternative and you can find various other Biryanis on the menu alongside other Indian vegetarian dishes.

Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 9 Upper Dickson Rd., 207478
Tel: 6396 7769
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Daily)

5. Mr. Biryani


Spice marinated chicken and parboiled rice are slow cooked together to create its Hyderabadi Chicken Dhum Biryani ($10.90). It also does a Boneless Chicken Biryani at $14.90. Other Biryani options include Vegetarian Brinjal Dhum Biryani ($9.90), Prawn Biryani ($18.90) and Lamb Shank Biryani ($21.90). Want something to accompany your Biryani? Try the Bhindi Palli Fry ($8.90), crispy lady fingers (okra) that’s served with aromatic spices and topped with crunchy nuts. 

Mr. Briyani
Address: 32 Norris Rd., 208274
Tel: 8661 4271
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 10:30 p.m. (Tue. to Sun.)

Address: 11 Chander Rd., 219529
Tel: 8661 4273
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. (Daily)

6. Grace’s Pot Indian Restaurant


Long grain basmati rice is cooked with aromatic spices, garlic and yoghurt to create its Biryani rice which is served with Mutton ($9.90) or Chicken ($8.90) Curry amongst other options. It also does a Vegetarian Biryani ($7.90). The sets are served on a banana leaf (as photographed) which a common eating tradition in South India and with South Indian cuisine.

Grace’s Pot

Address: 441 Sembawang Rd., 758401
Tel: 9387 8501

Opening hours:
11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily)

7. Cafe Mariam


If you’re looking for some tasty biryani in the east of Singapore, check out Cafe Mariam. Popular go-tos include the Chicken or Mutton Dum Biryani ($6.50 and $7.50 respectively). For something different try the Nasi Mandi which is a style of Biryani that originates from Hadhramaut, Yemen where the meat is cooked in a tandoor (a cylindrical oven used for baking and cooking) giving it a smoky flavour. Chef Hassan at Cafe Mariam has his own trick for creating that smoky flavour and taste, so head down to give it a try!

Cafe Mariam
Address: 116 Changi Rd, #01-02, 419718
Tel: 9369 8564
Opening hours:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Mon. to Thu.); 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Fri. to Sun.)

9. Koothurar Nasi Biryani


Another popular hawker centre gem is Koothurar Nasi Biryani. Known to most as the Beach Road Nasi Biryani, snaking queues can often be seen at this store despite it not having a signboard. A short walk from Golden Mile Shopping Centre, the Biryani (available in chicken or mutton) here is known to sell out pretty quick (the stores is only open for a few hours each day) so it’s best to head there early to get some!

Koothurar Nasi Biryani
Address: 17 Beach Rd., #01-4705, 190017
Tel: 6392 5247
Opening hours:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Mon. to Sun.);Closed on Tuesdays.

10. Machan’s Kitchen


As one of the newer Indian restaurants in Singapore, Machan’s Kitchen serves up authentic Tamil cuisines in a stylish, contemporary setting. Its handpicked classic dishes from the various regions of Tamil Nadu include the biryani! It does Chicken, Fish, Prawn, Mutton and Vegetarian biryani with prices ranging from $10.20 to $13.40.

Machan’s Kitchen
Address: 74 Race Course Rd., 218574
Opening hours: 6291 2526
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Daily)

Originally by K Praveena

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