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We all know Shah Jahan built the famous Taj mahal in the memory of his late wife Mumtaz mahal; hold on a second, he had three wives, right? So why did he not build any nice mahals for his other two wives? The answer is quite logical and may not surprise you one bit. Only Mumtaz could make Biryani. Yeah, what an amazing fact this is!!!
Okay, jokes apart, making a good Biryani is not everyone’s cup of tea. These days majority of restaurants offer Biryanis in their menus, but do you really think they can make a real biryani. What you eat at such places is a “Pulao”. These places give Biryani a bad name. “REVOKE THEIR BIRYANI LICENSE” I say. Just kidding, there is no such thing as a Biryani license of course, but if there was one, following are the places that would have it.
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Hours Open: 12 Noon to 1 AM
Address: Junction of S.V. Road & Hill Road, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Phone: 022 33956075
If making Biryani is an art, then the cooks at Lucky are the Michelangelos of our time.
Lucky is what you are if you have had Biryani at this legendary restaurant. Pity and only pity is what feel for you if you haven’t had biryani here, and being in Mumbai if you haven’t even heard of the place, it might be time to find a new set of friends. Being a vegetarian is no excuse to give this place a miss. It’s a must visit for everyone.
Hours Open: 9 am to 2 am
Address: 5, Alexandar Terrace, Dr Babasahed Ambedkar Road, Opposite Palace Cinema, Byculla East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400027
Phone: 022 30151060
Even hearing the name of this place brings water to my mouth. Mind blowing Chicken and mutton biryani. The meat literally melts in the mouth. You wouldn’t want to put anything in your mouth for days just so that the taste lingers on. Do try the feerni and caramel custard while you are there.
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Hours Open: 11:30 am to 12:30 am
Location: Grant road, Mahim, Vashi, Colaba, Girgaum
Phone: 022 22020235 (Colaba)
Another local favorite that serves brilliant Mughlai food and mutton biryani to die for!!! Best part is that it goes easy on the pocket whilst delivering top notch quality. They have 5 outlets all over Mumbai, so distance is not a valid excuse for you to give this place a miss. Do try the falooda and the kulfis while you are here.
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Hours Open: 12:00 – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Address: 1, Varsha Building, Opposite Gajalee, 7 Bungalows, Andheri west, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400061
Phone: +91 9167616999
Easy to locate, this is the best non-veg food place in and around Seven Bungalows, Andheri. Their menu might be limited but the food here gives you infinite joy. Bad news is that they don’t have a seating area and people usually order from their cars parked outside. They also do home delivery and rest assured the food is delivered steaming hot.
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Hours Open: 11 AM to 1:30 AM
Address: Vazir Building, Shalimar Corner, Bhendi Bazaar, Sandhurst Road, Byculla, Mumbai
Phone: 022 33715924
Located on the bustling Mohammed Ali Road, Byculla, this is another legendary local favorite thronged by hundreds during Ramzan. It’s a must visit during the festive period. They serve great portions and it light on the pocket as well. Kesar badam falooda and kulfis are amazing.
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Location: CST, Malad, Ghatkopar, Lower parel, Vashi, Kandivli, Thane, Bandra
Phone: 022 23442690 (CST)
Zaffran used to be synonymous with Biryani and Hookah until Hookah got a ban in Mumbai. The hookah is no more but the Biryani here is just as amazing as it used to be. The original one is located in Crawford market but they have opened up seven more outlets now and all of them have the same quality as far as the biryani is concerned. It’s a must try if you are in Mumbai.
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Hours Open: 12:00 – 3:30 pm and 7:00 – 11:30 pm
Address: 48, Tian Building, Gulmohar Road, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Phone: 022 30151654
Juhu’s Golconda Bowl’s Hyderabadi Biryani is as close as you can get to eat an authentic Hyderabadi Biryani in Mumbai. The place has an ethnic ambiance that has a very soothing effect. The Biryani here is incredible and is an absolute delight to the senses. Food here is reasonably prized and is worth every penny. Home delivery is also available.