Top 10 Best Biryani in Singapore
This popular South-Asian cuisine has been fancied by many, including myself. The yellow rice, as many may call it, is one of the most popular dishes in our region. Known as Biryani, or Briyani in today’s context, is made with Indian Spices, Rice, Meat, Vegetables and Eggs. Originated from India, this is the most sought-after amongst so many Indian delicacies today. If you’re in for this exotic dish (I wouldn’t call it exotic as it is my personal favourite), let us go on a food hunt to find out the cream of the crop by Tropika Club. We will take you through aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. Read on to find out where are the Top 10 Best Biryani in Singapore.
- 1. Allaudin’s Briyani
- 2. Bismillah Biryani
- 3. Islamic Restaurant
- 4. Mami Midah Briyani
- 5. Geylang Briyani Stall
- 6. The Song of India
- 7. Mr Biryani
- 8. The Banana Leaf Apolo
- 9. Imam Banana Leaf Restaurant
- 10. Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant
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1. Allaudin’s Briyani
Introduction: Allaudin’s Briyani calls itself the “briyani specialist” which probably has some truth. Allaudin’s Briyani Pte Ltd has been selling briyani since the 1950s, which means it has more than 60 years of history in the field. This unassuming briyani stall has been featured in numerous newspapers such as Sunday Times, The Window, You Magazine, Life!eats. As it’s a landmark in Little India, expect plenty of Indian fare. The biryani is very famous; you may choose mutton, chicken or fish as a topping.
Offerings: Served with a generous piece of delicate lamb, chicken or fish (at your choice) soaked in exquisite curry sauce, a bowl of curry and 3 pieces of papadum, this is the signature dish in Allaudin’s Briyani. The yellow basmati rice is fluffy and injected with heaps of flavors. Definitely worth the try!
Location: 666 Buffalo Road, #01-232, Tekka Centre, Singapore 210666
Contact: +65 6296 6786
2. Bismillah Biryani
Introduction: Bismillah Biryani is a four-time winner of Michelin Bib Gourmand, an honourable award that designates the restaurant that serves quality food at good value. What makes their biryani different is that they use combination ovens, which feature both convection and steaming cooking methods. This makes their rice very aromatic, fluffy, and moist.
Offerings: A definite must-try if you were to patronise the stall – the legendary Chicken Dum Biryani priced at SGD 8.50. It is made up of marinated chicken with basmati rice, boiled egg, and raita. Unlike regular curry-drenched biryani, this is served with raita as the yogurt-based sauce is lighter and helps with digestion. The fork-tender and moist chicken meat goes extremely well with the aromatic rice and raita. The marinated meat is cooked together with the rice – spiced up with saffron and chopped cashew nuts to increase the savoury of it.
Location: 50 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209379
Contact: +65 9382 7937
3. Islamic Restaurant
Introduction: Kicking off with the grand-daddy of the list – this venerable establishment is nearly 100 years old! Islamic Restaurant is a shoo-in on the lists of biryani lovers all over Singapore. In its heyday during the ’70s, the nasi briyani served at this quaint shophouse restaurant was said to be a hit with dignitaries, ministers and businessmen alike. Today, a generation later, its age-old recipes still stand the test of time. In fact, so popular is the briyani here that there’s even a dedicated hotline!
Offerings: What else can you be looking at on the menu when the best is here to stay – Nasi Briyani. The rice is soft and well cooked, and the mutton is so juicy! Cooked till tender yet preserving the moist and juice in it, it can only be done with high quality lamb. The chicken is well-seasoned, the curry isn’t spicy and even offer a large chunk of potato to go with it! Eaten altogether, you will be brought to another level – one you would never forget.
Location: 745 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198713
Contact: +65 6298 7563
4. Mami Midah Briyani
Introduction: Located at Eunos Crescent Market & Food Centre, Mami Midah Biryani is here to stay. Offering healthier plates by substituting coconut milk with evaporated milk and ghee with vegetable oil, you no longer have to fret about putting on weights! What matters most is, despite using healthier alternatives, their nasi biryani’s taste is not compromised.
Offerings: Fancy a plate of Nasi Bryani at only SGD 5.50? You’re in at the right place. Enjoy a mouthful of lean and flavourful meat (chicken/mutton at your choosing) with the fragrance rice, and served alongside is the sweet and sour achar which goes extremely well with the biyiani. Definitely worth the try!
Location: 4A Eunos Crescent, Singapore 402004
Contact: +65 9177 7153
5. Geylang Briyani Stall
Introduction: Geylang Briyani Stall, established since 1964, has been serving authentic chicken and mutton briyani. They do cater for functions too!
Offerings: Quoted from the reviews on their website, “the mutton briyani is excellent! The meat is very tender and the aroma of the rice is heavenly”! Their Chicken Briyani ($5.50) and Mutton Briyani ($5.50) have captured the hearts of many and gained loyal customers.
Location: 1 Geylang Serai, #02-146, Singapore 402001
Contact: +65 9831 0574 / +65 9170 9700
6. The Song of India
Introduction: The Song of India, is the ultimate in luxury fine dining for modern Indian Cuisine in Singapore. Located just a stone’s throw from Orchard Road, in a classic black and white heritage bungalow, it forms the setting of grand opulence and sophistication with its stylish interiors and lush green surroundings for a gastronomical journey through India with its award winning cuisine. Since opening its doors in April 2006, The Song of India has established itself as one of the iconic restaurants of Singapore and has already begun to garnered numerous awards.For a more elevated version of the ubiquitous biryani, try The Song of India.
Offerings: A definite must-try of their signature tandoori turkey stuffed with morel biryani! Mural prepares this by marinating the bird overnight in a blend of Kashmiri chilli powder, tandoori garam masala, mustard oil and cumin. It’s grilled in the tandoor oven and served with a tomato-based wine sauce. Salivating much?
Location: 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226
Contact: +65 6836 0055
7. Mr Biryani
Introduction: Mr Biryani is a food catering service and restaurant located in the heart of Little India, which serves authentic biryani catered towards local Singaporean tastes. For Mr Biryani catering, the biryani is served in a large sharing dish for a group of 5 persons, to encourage friends, families and colleagues to spend some time together sharing their food. For Chef Govind, cooking biryani is about bringing people together to enjoy food and eat together, like he had experienced when he was younger. This communal experience of bonding over sharing food together is essential to the Mr Biryani brand concept.
Offerings: Hyderabad style Dhum Biryani is the signature in this restaurant, which has been adjusted for Singaporean tastes. Hyderabad Dhum Biryani is a dish that originated in Hyderabad, India and requires meticulous attention to avoid over or undercooking the meat, as it is marinated, layered with rice and cooked in a dough-sealed vessel.
Location: 32 Norris Road, Singapore 208274
Contact: +65 8661 4271
8. The Banana Leaf Apolo
Introduction: The Banana Leaf Apolo has been serving its food on a banana leaf to patrons since it opened its doors in 1974. This has become their signature! At The Banana Leaf Apolo, this practice is more than just a tradition – it is a science! Popular with local Singaporeans, the restaurant has an excellent selection of Indian favourites. Meals are served in a traditional setting – on a banana leaf instead of a plate. The curries and sambals, the fish and seafood, the vegetarian dishes – all are marvellous, flavorful experiences at a great price.
Offerings: Featured in the Straits Time, these are the signature dishes that is worth the try – Fish Head Curry, Mutton Mysore, and Chicken Masala. Coupled with the fragrance and soft texture of the rice, as well as free-flow papadum, you are in for a treat!
Location: 54 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218564
Contact: +65 6293 8682
9. Imam Banana Leaf Restaurant
Introduction: Located in the hearts of Geylang, and a 5 mins walk from Kallang MRT station, the most sought-after briyani in Imam Banana Leaf Restaurant is only available after 11am.
Offerings: You know you’re at the right place as soon as the aroma of the rice hits your nose upon approaching the stall. Bingo! They are famous for their briyani rice. Served alongside mutton, achar and papadum, it is priced at $7.50.
Location: 10 Lorong 1 Geylang, Singapore 389119
Contact: +65 6744 8644
10. Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant
Introduction: Walking past Masjid Sultan, one would probably have noticed Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant with their prominent yellow-and-green sign boards screaming for attention. This two-storey restaurant has been in business since 1908 and they are well-known for their murtabak and nasi biryani.
Offerings: Fancy something different, or rather, exotic? Give the Deer Briyani a try. The deer meat is slightly more gamey and tougher than mutton.
Location: 697/699 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198675
Contact: +65 6298 6320
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