Places To Go For the Best Early Morning Biryani in Bangalore
Imagine a heavenly combination of flavoured rice cooked in rustic masalas with the juiciest of meat as the first meal of your day! If you haven’t guessed it already, we are talking about biryani, and if you’re a fanatic about the dish, ready to roll out of bed as early as 5 a.m. to satisfy your biryani-pang, then this list is for you.
Food content creator and our #SESExpert Kunal Bysani has twice represented Bengaluru cuisine at the national level and stays up to date about the city’s culinary scene through his explorations of eateries, iconic and unexplored. Here’s a list of his top picks for the best early-morning biryani in the neighbourhood.
Mandipet Mysore Pulav, JP Nagar
Mandipet Mysore Pulav lives up to its name with the walls decked with framed images of Sri Vishveshwariah and Nalvadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar on the walls and delectable Mysore-style meat pulav. The pulav has a subtle flavour balanced with the sourness of tomatoes and a smoky touch from the firewood, with mutton and chicken cooked to perfection. The pulav is served on areca nut plates with a classic onion and cucumber raita.
Address: 5th A Cross, 24th Main, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar
Timings: 4:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
Bannur Dum Biriyani, Nagadevanahalli
The location bears the name Bannur, after Karnataka’s fattest and meatiest sheep. This has to be your go-to eatery if you're a meat enthusiast who loves the flavour of succulent meat over spices in a biryani. The quality of the meat in the biryani and the lamb shanks in the mutton chops, both of which have subtle masala flavours, stand out amongst their offerings. Also, try the Kaal soup and the chicken fry.
Address: Devaraj Arash Layout, Sonnenahalli, Nagdevanahalli
Timings: 4:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on all days except Mondays and Thursdays
Naraapura Biryani Bhavan, Hosakeralahalli
Naraapura stands for Narasimha Raja Pura, an eatery known for its Gowda-style biryani. The rice cooks in the juices released by the meat in a pot of green chilli, ginger and garlic paste and makes it hard to resist the aroma of Mutton Biryani cooked over firewood. Enjoy the biryani while sitting on their stone seats or stand and eat viewing their open kitchen.
Address: Srinivasa Colony, Srinivasa Nagar, Hosakerehalli
Timings: 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays; 4:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
Jayanagara Donne Biryani, JP Nagar
If you can't make it for their donne biryani in the early hours, stop by the eatery late at night instead. With the biryani rice cooked in a green masala of green chillies, mint, and coriander ground together with a hint of cloves and cinnamon, the donne biryani here is not to be missed.
Address: 17th Main Rd, 2nd Phase, J. P. Nagar
Timings: 4:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Mavalli Biryani, Shanthinagar
The chicken and mutton biryani at Mavalli Biryani have a tomato base with a smoky flavour from the firewood, unlike most donne biryanis, which have a rustic green masala base. Try their special country chicken biryani and Kheema Gojju served on Sundays, with soothing raita to mellow down the heat.
Address: 4th Cross, Shanthinagar, Double Rd, near HDFC Bank
Timings: 3:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
SLV Biryani, Kumaraswamy Layout
SLV biryani is amongst the initial eateries that hopped on the early morning biryani wagon. Their chicken is cooked to perfection in a local style green masala bursting with mint, green chilli, and coriander flavours. And if you have a king-sized appetite, you'll be glad to know that unlimited biryani rice is offered for INR 300.
Address: 3rd Main Rd, Vittal Nagar, 2nd Stage, Kumaraswamy Layout
Timings: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Sundays
Ramaswamy Naidu Biryani, Shivajinagar
Shivajinagar is a treasure trove of meaty fare brimming with local flavours, and a stop at Ramaswamy Naidu Biryani is one such gem. The eatery serves old Bangalore food of those who migrated from the Naidu region and the dishes are prepared using decades-old recipes, with the Paaya soup, mild pulav and mutton sides worth trying.
Address: No nameplate outside, Opposite line to Renuka talkies Palace Mall, Bharati Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Kaluve
Timings: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on all days except Mondays and Saturdays
S.G Rao’s Military Hotel, Sultanpete
Shivaji Military Hotel, which opened its doors in 1908, is one of the oldest military-style eateries, the one that introduced meat-based pulavs to the town. The restaurant serves Maratha food and is well-known for its flavourful Mutton Pulav served on palm leaves. Among their Naati-style fare, try the excellent Kheema Balls and Chilli Chicken.
Address: 221, Police Rd, Ranasinghpete, Sultanpete
Timings: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sundays; 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays; 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Tuesdays to Fridays
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