Calling all biryani lovers! We all love our true desi street-side biryanis, packed with flavour and spices, but have you ever tried biryani from fine dining restaurants in Dubai? Yes, these do exist and they’re actually pretty good! As much as it pains us to pay more than AED 25 for a biryani, these Indian restaurants in Dubai do it so well that we can’t help but go back again, and again. Here are our 6 favourite fine dining restaurants that serve the best biryani in Dubai – ranked!
6. Tresind Dubai
Everything about the slow-cooked lamb biryani at Tresind, from the presentation to the taste, is great. Definitely one to add to your biryani bucket lists! Tresind also serves chicken and prawn biryani, which we’re sure is equally as delicious.
Price: AED 165
Where: Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
5. Cafe Nikki
This one really was a surprise. We had zero expectations when ordering the chicken biryani from Cafe Nikki, but it turned out to be one of the best we’ve ever had! The chicken biryani is spicy, has the perfect amount of masala and is served in a good quantity too.
Price: AED 95
Where: Nikki Beach Resort, Dubai Pearl
4. Indego by Vineet
From a coconut Goan style prawn biryani to a wild mushroom biryani for the vegetarians, Indego by Vineet has its own creative spin on the traditional biryanis. However, our favourite biryani on the menu is the Nawaabi Dum Murg chicken tikka biryani topped with egg.
Price: AED 230 for lamb/prawn biryani, AED 165 for chicken biryani, AED 165 for mushroom biryani, AED 145 for veg biryani
Where: Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina
3. Mahec Dubai
Want to dine like a queen? Mahec’s menu has been created by celebrity chef Satish Arora, who has cooked for Queen Elizabeth, Amitabh Bachchan and Marilyn Monroe! As expected, the slow-cooked lamb biryani at the restaurant is divine. They also have really good raita.
Price: AED 95 for lamb biryani, AED 85 for Murg biryani, AED 72 for veg biryani, AED 120 for prawn biryani
Where: Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud
2. Jodhpur Royal Dining
With a rating of 4.8 on Zomato, we expected everything from this restaurant to be awesome – and they didn’t disappoint! The biryani is yummm! Not very spicy, but packed with lots of flavour.
Where: Roda Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai
Spicy, super flavourful, and the perfect proportions of masala and rice – ‘wow’ is literally the only thing we could say after having one bite of the chicken biryani at iZ. Before you run off to try it, you should know that it’s pretty expensive for the (tiny) portion size. However, this is definitely a biryani worth saving up for. Forget about the best biryani in Dubai, this iz the best biryani in the country!
Price: AED 80 for chicken biryani, AED 63 for veg biryani
Where: iZ, Grand Hyatt, Garhoud