Top four restaurants of Kolkata to relish biryani

Are you a biryani-lover? Have you tasted the biryani of Lucknow, Hyderabad or Delhi? Now, please plan to relish the biryani of Kolkata in four grand restaurants of the city. Read on to know more about Kolkata biryani.

Biryani! This delicious dish containing chicken, mutton or beef, high quality rice, saffron, meat fats, onions and other special spices stimulates the taste buds of many Indians. The biryani originated in Lucknow and presently it can be tested all over the country. Even then, the biryani of Lucknow, Hyderabad and Delhi deserves special mention. But many Kolkattans prefer the biryani of the city which has a special taste thanks to culinary creativity of the Bengalis.

A brief history of biryani in Kolkata

Biryani arrived in Kolkata in 1856 along with Wajid Ali Shah, the tenth and last Nawab of Awadh. When the British rulers captured his kingdom, Nawab was sent to exile in Kolkata. He arrived in the city with thousands of employees, servants, wives and dancers. The Nawab established himself in present Metiaburooj area of Kolkata. But he had limited means compared to his olden days. Then his Bengali cook made an innovation to save the cost of biryani. He started adding potatoes in the biryani. It tasted different, it saved cost and it was exotic because potato was a rare vegetable in those days which was cultivated only at Dehradun. In this way, Kolkata biryani developed in a different manner than the biryani of Lucknow, Hyderabad, Delhi or other places of the country. Kolkata biryani invariably contains potato.

Royal biryani in restaurants

With the passage of time, the royal biryani found its place in the restaurants of Kolkata. Most probably, during the early part of the twentieth century, the people of the city started relishing this heavenly dish in the restaurants. Some of the restaurants of the golden years of Kolkata (then Calcutta) still remain and thanks to these restaurants, the Kolkattans enjoy biryani of royal taste. In this article, I am going to mention four such restaurants of the city, where the connoisseurs of the city prefer to relish the taste of royal biryani.

#1: Arsalan, Park Circus

Now the famous restaurant has opened many branches all over the city, the connoisseurs of food prefer the main outlet at Park Circus. You can get Arsalan Special chicken and mutton biryanis for Rs. 350/-. It may not be that cheap, but believe me, the taste is heavenly.

Address and telephone number of the restaurant:
Park Circus, 28,
Circus Avenue,
Telephone: 033-22900487.
(The restaurant has some other outlets. The interested tourists may also visit its Shyampukur Street outlet and Park Circus Seven-point crossing outlet.)

#2: Aminia, Netaji Subhash Bose Road

Aminia is one of the oldest Mughlai restaurants of Kolkata. It serves biryani with yummy kebabs. Although it has now seven outlets in the city, the outlet at Netaji Subhash Bose Road is the most famous. The cost of biryani is cheaper than that of Arsalan, but the taste is again great.

Address and Telephone number:
Aminia Restaurant,
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road,
Telephone: 033-32947442.
(The restaurant has other outlets at Nagerbazar, Rajarhat, Tollygunje and Garia. The biryani in all these outlets are of very high quality.)

#3: Nizam's, New Market

No, this famous restaurant has no other branch in this city. Every biryani-lover of Kolkata knows about Nizam's biryani. The restaurant is also known for its rezala and it is the inventor of kathi kabab rolls. The people come here from far away places to enjoy biryani of Nizam's with rezala and kathi kabab.

Address and telephone number of the restaurant:
Nizam's Restaurant,
Hogg Street Market,
Telephone: 09836194669.

#4: Zeeshan, Park Circus

This restaurant is comparatively younger than its illustrious cousins (Arselan, Aminia and Nizam's), but over the years, its has also curved a niche in the mind of biryani-lovers of Kolkata. The biryani of this restaurant is served with chicken rezala, which some people may find little bit spicier. But the taste is second to none. It has three outlets in the city, but the Park Circus branch is the oldest.

Address and telephone number of the restaurant:
Zeeshan Mughlai Restaurant,
17, Syed Amir Ali Avenue,
Park Circus,
(The other branches of Zeeshan are at Sarat Chandra Bose Road and at Raja Subodh Chandra Mallick Road.)

Some essential facts

Those who want to relish the biryani of these famous restaurants of Kolkata may have to wait for a comparatively longer period because the time taken to prepare the dishes in these restaurants is at least one hour. Be prepared to wait for some time after ordering the food. It must be stated clearly that these four restaurants don't serve beef. Further, the people of Kolkata don't believe in the concept of vegetable biryani. So the vegetarian tourists may not find these famous restaurants very interesting.

So whenever the tourists who want to relish good food during Kolkata visit, must visit this biryani restaurants and compare the taste with that of biryani of Lucknow, Hyderabad and Delhi.

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