The thing about true love is, not all of us will ever get to experience it in our lifetime, but we can have Biryani and that is pretty much the same thing. If you are a biryani aficionado (who isn’t!) you would know what a plate of fragrant rice cooked with succulent meat and aromatic herbs can do to the senses. Ranging from Middle Eastern to North way up to South Indian style, here we are this time around with 10 Best Briyani In KL. Let’s get the spice partyyyy onz!
List: 10 Best Briyani In KL
Brought to India during the Mughal Era,briyani is almost like an adventure to the taste buds to spice seekers. Though of Persian origin, this remarkable dish became all the more versatile, acquiring flavors and spices later on adopted by the Indians and with middle eastern roots who brought this magical dish from one place to another!
#1 South Indian Briyani @ ANJAPPAR Indian Chettinad Restaurant
When they say it’s spicy they ain’t kidding! Chettinad cuisine uses heavy use of spice, making it one of the most aromatic, SPICY, hearty dishes from India. and if you looking into trying everything without literally doing it, Anjappar’s Chettinad Restaurant’s Briyani will sum it up for ya!
The flavourful bay leaves, garlic and chili will leave a pleasant tingle on your tongue that will definitely not disappoint and the myriad of flavors will leave you feeling satiated yet craving for more!
#2 Hyderabad Briyani @ Hyderbad Biryani House
Dated back to during the ruling of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, he appointed Niza-Ul-Mulk as the ruler of Hyderabad, then directed his chefs to make 50 versions of the same dish that would include shrimp, fish, quail, and flesh of deer and hare though eventually, the Hyderabad chicken briyani became the primary essence for its fame. It’s not the meat that bears the sole focus but the aroma of the saffron-flavored rice and the spices that have done a bulk of the job in perfecting the dish over the years.
If you’re close to the temple of fine arts, you’re close to Hyderabad Biryani House. Or you could let the smell of spicy masala lead the way to the nondescript setup sporting large aluminum pots of freshly cooked biryani.
For rm 1 2, their chicken biriyani ladled onto a plate with onions, cucumber, a lime wedge, peanut curry and raita on the side is everybody’s pick! Cooked in layers with masala mix, meat and a touch of milk and saffron, the yellow-tinted long grains emerge soft and aromatic. Every so often, you’ll scoop up a large chunk of rice-dotted chicken that supplies a shock of umami. The secret lies with their Hyderabadi cook, who developed the recipe from scratch to replicate flavors from home using local ingredients.There are a half portion briyani for the small eaters!While you’re at it, Do. Not leave without teasing your taste buds with their Brinjal Kurma (RM3), velvety eggplant in a spicy sauce.
#3 24/7 Coconut Briyani @ Tengga Biryani
Prepare your taste buds for the best and most likely the only Coconut Briyani in town. Malaysia’s first came about when the Owner of the restaurant brought this 50 years old of a family recipe to the open and now we are considering to move past bamboo briyani to call this our new favorite! While you’re at it be sure to order the mutton version as they use mutton thigh, so the meat turned out super soft and tender. Mmmmmmmmm
#4 Bamboo Briyani @ Bamboo Briyani Taste & See
Any different from normal nasi biryani which is served on a plate? Definitely Yes indeed, once they place the nasi biryani into the bamboo and stuffed the meat inside whether is chicken or mutton or seafood to smoked.
Ever had nasi biryani cooked inside of bamboo tubes? It is Bamboo Biryani’s specialty and they serve everything from rice to curry mutton here. The bamboo tubes are reusable for several months and they give the dish an exquisite taste as opposed to cooking them in a normal wok. Personally, I have tried rice cooked in bamboo tubes before and it does elevate the taste of the dish, giving it a smokey aromatic flavour.
With different spice paste for chicken, mutton and even crab, their briyani is in a league of their own. All that flavor and authentic essence melted together created beautiful aromatic and tasting flavor over the rice. The usual nasi biryani we had are usually dry and less flavor compare to this. The rice was more prominent, soft and packed with flavor plus the size the chicken was humongous.
#5 North Indian Briyani @ FLOUR
Born of love and passion, KL-ites now can get a real taste of India. That in whole is the concept of this restaurant. The catalog-like menu goes into detail of the background and how each dish is prepared, and the respect the team shows to the cuisine is reflected in the restaurant’s polished selection of dishes.
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Take the biryani – light and fluffy long grain rice laced with spices and chock-full of tender meat that’s been marinated in yogurt; Natasha’s(owner) insistence on creating a dish that’s reminiscent of exactly what you’ll get in India has made it a crowd favorite. Their butter chicken and chai would be the ultimate dealbreaker!
Address: Plaza Damansara, 71, Jalan Medan Setia 1, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 11.30 AM to 10 PM.Closed on Monda.ys
Phone: 012-960 0053
#6 Biryani Ayam Madu @ Mahbub Restaurant
When you hear briyani and you’re in Bangsar, this crowded place is the spot to be! Operating since 1970 their Nasi Briyani Madu is one of the briyani worth waiting for whose prominence (since the ’70s) is slapped across the restaurant signage. Its honey laden chicken is crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.
Sweet chicken drenched in honey sauce paired together with their flavourful briyani, suitable after a long hard day of shopping. The rice set is served with a plate of mild dhal designed to pair with the rice, as well as a crunchy carrot and cucumber acar. We highly suggest you mix in a dollop of daging masak hitam gravy from the display counter.
#7 Street Briyani @ Restoran Tajudin Nasi Beriani
The bestseller- nasi briyani with fried chicken is why we’re here. From a humble stall in Lorong Bandar 13 to the comfort of a restaurant in Jalan Hang Kasturi, Restoran Tajudin Nasi Beriani’s signature nasi briyani meal is still packing a punch after all these decades. FOR ONLY RM7. Based on recipes the owner obtained from his father from Tamil Nadu, India, The meal, consist of warm, soft and fragrant rice with specks of yellow, fried chicken, cucumbers and a dollop of sambal will get you sweating. If fried chicken is not your thing, then just switch it to beef, fish, mutton or squid, whichever you like! whichever you like my friend!
#8 Arab Style @ Al-Diafah Sri Petaling
Nestled within the busy stretch of Jalan Radin Anum populated by Chinese eateries, Al Diafah may look like an odd one out but this popular Middle Eastern restaurant knows a thing or two about dishing out tantalising Nasi Arab. First off, the Lamb Mendy (Mandy) rice is fragrantly awesome. Even if you’re not a fan of lamb, the Chicken Mendy is equally unmissable. Both dishes complement well with the accompanying homemade rice sauce.
#9 A Trip To India @ Passage Thru India
A welcoming destination for some of the best Indian food in KL, it’s unfortunate this place gets a ‘bad’ rep for being too ’touristy’ by locals. It’s anything but touristic but an exciting adventure into elaborated Indian cultural décor filling the entire space.
The owner’s many years of travels to India has inspired the majority of the menu as well as the restaurant’s rustic interior. Dive right into a plate of plain briyani rice with the meat of your choice, which ranges from chicken masala, tandoori chicken, mutton curry, fish curry, and deep-fried prawns. While you’re at it, do not hesitate to order the Murgh Tikka Butter Masala — tender cubes of boneless chicken cooked in a traditional clay oven, then cooked in deliciously creamy butter masala. Diet can wait.
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#10 Ayam Kurma @ Restoran Bismillah
This 30 years old establishment on Jalan Semarak serves a version of the briyani which are fragrant and greaseless. If you like your briyani to be simple, this is the place to be. The rice is always perfectly cooked with a satisfying balance of fluffiness and aromatic whiff and goes hand in hand with their scrumptious. Deep-fried to golden brown perfection and covered in honey gravy, it’s the absolute definition of deliciousness alongside their signature divine Ayam kurma.