When it comes to biryanis, there are always debates about which biryani is the best one. If you’re in the capital city of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, the situation is similar. Abu Dhabi is one of the most premier and discerning cities in the Middle East for all and any gastronomical cravings that you as a foodie has, especially when it comes to biryani. There are different variants springing from numerous favorite restaurants when it comes to the famed, flavourful, fragrant rice dish, all of which have a loyal cadre of regular patrons. Here are the best spots for biryani in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
1. Biryani Pot
If you don’t believe that a fast-food outlet could dish out top-class, healthy, and fresh food, then you need to visit the Biryani Pot on Al Maryah Island, which will change your perception of fast food completely. With food served in takeaway bowls and plates with disposable cutlery, Biryani Pot has the choicest of curries, hot kebabs, and fresh garden salads. Sworn biryani lovers will love the perfectly cooked chicken biryani with soft rice grains, tangy masala, and soft, flavourful chicken pieces. Also, don’t miss the roasted paneer tikka, kadhai chicken, roasted chicken strips, masala quinoa salad, and the wide array of yummy desserts.
Address: Level 2, South Food Court , The Galleria Mall , Sowwah Square، Al Maryah island - Abu Dhabi
Website: Biryani Pot
Opening hours: Saturday - Wednesday: 11am - 11pm; Thursday - Friday: 11am - 12am
2. Pakwaan Foods
The humble yet full-of-flavor Pakwaan Foods Restaurant is your gateway to authentic Pakistani and Hyderabadi food armed with a taste that patrons will never forget and not find anywhere else either. The restaurant also features catering services as well as delivers healthy and delicious home-like food across areas of Al Hosn, Al Karamah, and Al Khalidiyah. Biryani aficionados will love the Dum Mutton Biryani, the Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani, and the Chicken 65 Biryani. Pakwaan Foods even has a bevy of special, signature dishes as well as a Daily Menu.
Address: Al Salam St - Abu Dhabi
Website: Pakwaan Foods
Opening hours: Sunday - Saturday: 7:30am - 12am
No list of the best biryanis in Abu Dhabi is complete without Ritaj featuring on it. Never mind the cramped, crowded, and cacophonous ambience while you wolf down your meal - for feasting at Ritaj is an absolute experience. There isn’t a menu either, so you need to know which biryani you want to feast on; choose from Tender Mutton Biryani, Chicken Biryani, and the Spicy Chicken 65 Biryani if you are feeling particularly adventurous about experimenting with your food. For spice lovers, there’s a spicy sauce accompaniment. For those who like it milder, dig into the plain yoghurt.
Address: Electra Street, Beside Alam Super Market - Abu Dhabi
Opening hours: Sunday - Saturday: 9am - 12am
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4. Biryani Palace
For unparalleled Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, head straight to the Biryani Palace in Musaffah area of the city. The seating in the restaurant is of the perfect size, and the restaurant can even arrange for family-size seating with partition. The serving sizes and portions in the Biryani Palace are great and more than enough for two people. The long, thin Basmati rice grain and the right amount of spices are what makes the biryani so yummy. If you’re a lover of spice, then you can ask them to make it extra spicy too!
Address: Building # 25,Shabia 10, Musaffah - Abu Dhabi
Website: Biryani Palace
Opening hours: Saturday - Thursday: 10am - 12am; Friday: 1:30am - 12am
5. Hyderabad House
Hyderabad House in Abu Dhabi comes with a legacy. The brand was established way back in the year 1975, but the current owner established the Hyderabad House chain of restaurants as takeaway places in the year 1998. Today, the restaurant brand has been elevated to the global level, with outlets all over the world - Sydney, Bahrain, Madina, Mecca, and more. Don’t miss dishes such as Barbequed Stuff, Achaar Gosht, Lukmi, the Chinese preparations and especially the Hyderabadi Biryani.
Address: Tourist Club Area, Opposite GAD Restaurant - Abu Dhabi
Website: Hyderabad House
Opening hours: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:30pm
6. Perfect Biryani House
They key to Perfect Biryani House’s success is very simple - consistently offering great food with amazing taste every time it is served. Perfect Biryani House features authentic Hyderabadi food with a delicious taste and world-class quality. When it comes to biryanis, these guys are known to serve some lip-smacking dishes which are a favorite with their patrons too, of which mutton, chicken, egg, and Chicken 65 Biryani are the best and most popular. Don’t miss out on eating Qurbani ka Mettha, Tahari, and Mayaqaliya as well.
Perfect Biryani House
Address: Behind Al Ain Tower , Hamdan Street . - AbuDhabi, United Arab Emirates
Website: Perfect Biryani House
Opening hours: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30am - 12am
7. Nemat Kadah New Restaurant
If there’s one biryani place in Abu Dhabi where you’ll go back for both the biryani and the nostalgia that good food places usually inspire, then the Nemat Kedah New Restaurant is the place. A food haven for Pakistani food lovers, the menu of this hardcore non-vegetarian restaurant features a host of tasty dishes including grills, handi stuff, and biryani too. Don’t miss out on their Fried Rice, assorted Kebabs, Nihari, Paya, and especially their Chicken Dum Biryani - it’s finger-licking good!
Nemat Kadah New Restaurant
Address: Behind Fish Market, Near General Post Office, Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi
Website: Nemat Kadah New Restaurant
Opening hours: Sunday - Saturday: 6:05am - 12am
8. Hadi Biriyani
Hadi Biryani is not one of the favorite hangout spots in the Musaffah Dragon Mall for nothing; the restaurant has a very loyal patron cadre that claims that this place serves the best biryani they have ever tasted in their lives. Using fresh halal meat and ingredients, the chefs at Hadi Biryani whip up some deliciously amazing and genuine Hyderabadi Cuisine which includes the likes of Double ka Mettha, Bagarey baingan Curry, Chicken 65 and, of course, Dum Biryani. With amazing consistency in taste, non-oily dishes, and fresh ingredients, Hadi Biryani is biryani with a difference.
Address: Mussafah, Abu Dhabi
Website: Hadi Biriyani
Opening hours: Sunday - Monday: 10am - 12am
9. Biryani Mahal Restaurant
Biryani Mahal’s USP, as the name indicates, is that it serves a wide range of delectable tasting biryanis at pocket-friendly prices. Biryani Mahal serves excellent tasting, a great variety of authentically Pakistani biryani. The quantities are huge, even enough for two people, and is a real treat for spice lovers as the food is deliciously spicy. For those who’ve had biryani in Karachi, this restaurant and its food will certainly kick up a storm of nostalgia. The dish to beat them all? Chicken biryani.
Biryani Mahal Restaurant
Address: Halifa Street, Intersection of Liwa Street & Khalifa Street, Al-Markaziya, Abu Dhabi
Website: Biryani Mahal Restaurant
Opening hours: Saturday - Thursday: 12pm - 12am; Friday: 1:15pm - 12am
Abu Dhabi's varieties of biryani
When you’re in Abu Dhabi, don’t miss visiting these restaurants to dig into their lip-smacking variety of biryanis and you will surely not regret it!
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