Follow your nose to the fragrant aroma of golden, long grain biryani.
Since @tummyleejones had mentioned this place earlier in the week, suggesting we check it out on the weekend, a tantalizing vision of fluffy, long grained briyani, heightened by phantosmia of aromas of turmeric, cumin seed, coriander seed, almonds, cardamom and cinnamon all toasted and fragrant kept plaguing my dreams. I knew I was a lost cause till I satisfied that itch.
So finally, the weekend arrived and we traipsed to Brickfields in search of Hyderabad Biryani House. The restaurant is situated on Jalan Berhala and is a wee bit off the main road. Some landmarks to look out for would be the Temple of Fine Arts Malaysia as well as some old apartments.
Anyway, once you see this red banner, you know you’ve found it.
Of course the thing you come here to eat is the Biryani rice. There is chicken briyani for RM12, mutton briyani for RM15, vegetable and plain briyani for RM8 or even egg briyani for RM9. After trying the mutton briyani, we found the mutton pieces a little small, and actually, the better thing to have done, would have been to order the vegetarian biryani and then just added your own side dishes because they have mutton as well as a whole host of other delicious side dishes to pick from.
The briyani rice comes with cut lime, pickled onions and cucumber and a small bowl of lentil (dhal) and raita on the side. Of course you may go to town with your side dishes – pick from a dozen or more tantalizing curries of meats, vegetables and rasam.
For us, the best dish was the spicy brinjal kurma it’s a must order. Also, too bad we already had the mutton biryani because the Gongura mutton is famous too apparently and a hot favourite with many diners.
Hyderabad Biryani House gets crowded past noon. Best come early to get a comfortable spot.
Masala Tea.. another must order.. it’s tiny but costs only RM1!
Love the mesmerizing layering of colors of the biryani rice imparted by masala… I like to see how the server’s hand dances across the big pot scooping bits of deeper orange colored rice, and mixing it with the lighter bits.
After lunch, a stroll around the area to work off the carbs. Hyderabad Biryani House is definitely my current favourite for good affordable biryani rice in KL.
Hyderabad Biryani House Brickfields
No 46, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2260 7036/012-2237036
Business hours: 11am -10.30pm, daily