2019 Jun 4
We Sri Lankans LOVE Biriyani with a passion, and with good reason. From the meat to the fluffy grains of rice, cooling raita and many side dishes, this Indian delicacy has many variations, each having a unique set of flavours and aromas.
Since it is often hard to pick simply one spot to go get some hearty Biriyani due to the numerous restaurants that offer this treat, here’s a compilation of the best spots in Colombo for Biriyani, this Ramadan season.
Dindigul Thalappakatti Restaurant
With branches across the world, it has been 6 months since Dindigul Thalappakatti opened up a restaurant in Sri Lanka as well. They serve up some great Biriyani which garnered them rave reviews, so this had to be on the list.
Contact – 0114 878 787
Address – 9, De Fonseka Place, Colombo 5.
This is the only vegetarian restaurant on the list so this one is for the vegetarian Biriyani lovers out there. Shanmugas offers veg Biriyani ranging from Hyderabadi Biriyani to even String Hopper Biriyani. Who says a good Biriyani has to consist of meat?
Contact – 0112 361 384
Address – 53/3, Ramakrishna Road, Colombo 6.
Aasife has been around for quite some time and they have a great selection of Biriyani! If you are ever in the Rajagiriya area craving some warm and aromatic Biriyani, this is the spot for you. We recommend takeaway.
Contact – 0114 940 940
Address – 939, Ethul Kotte Road, Rajagiriya.
This restaurant serves up Special Sawan Biriyani and even String Hopper Sawan Biriyani with a wide variety in terms of preparation and meat. In addition, they also offer regular Biriyani portions guaranteed to keep you satisfied.
Contact – 0777 511 911
Address – 17, Charlemont Road, Wellawatte.
Chana’s, specializing in North Indian cuisine, is known to serve some of the best Biriyani in Colombo. Their main focus is on Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani with a selection of Tandoori Chicken Biriyani, Prawn Biriyani and more!
Contact – 0113 288 788
Address – 50, W. A. Silva Mawatha, Colombo 6.
Chola Authentic Indian Restaurant
Chola has an incredible selection of speciality Biriyani including some vegetarian options as well. However, this particular restaurant is quite pricy with their Biriyani s ranging from LKR 650 to 950. Nevertheless, you are sure to get your money’s worth!
Contact – 0114 363 118
Address – 37, Lily Avenue, Colombo 6
Big Bite Biriyani
Known to many, Big Bite specializes in Pakistani Biriyani. While their main branch is in Rajagirya and has other outlets in Kohuwala, Pettah and Nugegoda as well, we prefer their Mount Lavinia branch as it has maintained its standard throughout the years.
Contact – 0755 012 213
Address – 485, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia.
The Biriyani Restaurant
As the name connotes, this spot is THE restaurant to go to for some Biriyani as it offers 7 impressive types. Nestled down Armour Street, The Biriyani Restaurant offers Biriyani from all parts of India with a price range from LKR 300 to 900.
Contact – 0112 440 339
Address – 33, Armour Street, Colombo 12.
Hotel De Buhari
This restaurant offers delicious Biriyani at very reasonable prices. They are also super versatile in terms of mixing and matching different types of chicken with the various Biriyani s they serve. However, the food will be best enjoyed at home so get it for takeaway!
Contact – 0112 431 015
Address – 15, Panchikawatte Road, Colombo 10.
We obviously had to mention the OG spot for Biriyani which emanates much nostalgia for those who studied in the heart of Colombo. Raheema has been around for ages and it still maintains its standard with quality service and great food.
Contact – 0112 586 237
Address – 44, Thurstan Road, Colombo 3.
The Mango Tree
On the high end of things, is The Mango Tree. With outlets at Crescat Food Court and Odel Food Court, their main outlet is next to their partner Thai restaurant: the Jack Tree. We highly recommend their Mutton Biriyani.
Contact – 0117 620 620
Address – 82, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 3.
Head over to Alhambra at the Ramada Colombo Hotel for some delicious Biriyani! Specialising in North Indian cuisine, Alhambra is quite pricey as well but this spot probably has the best dining experience so it adds up.
Contact – 0112 422 001
Address – 30, Mohamed Macan Markar Mawatha, Colombo 3.
So there you go guys, a roundup of the best spots for Biriyani in Colombo!
Is there anything we’ve missed out? Let us know in the comments!