You simply cannot say you love Indian cuisine without having tried the biryani. Known as the food of the Nawabs (a meal fit for a king), the biryani is the most favourite meal amongst Indians themselves. Fortunately, no matter where you are in India, it is always easy to find a place that serves biryani. However, to truly experience this magical dish, and learn why locals here love it so much, it is necessary that you only go for the best biryani that your city has to offer. If you find yourself in Mysore, count yourself lucky, as this city will not let you run out of options to sample some really delicious biryani. So read on as we discover the best spots for biryani in Mysore, India.
1. Hotel Hanumanthu
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This is the number one name in Mysore for biryani and is a pretty old-time establishment. The ambience, while not impressive, considering it is a small joint on a busy road, is still humble and charming in its own way. The biryani here is considered one of the best in Mysore and is light and flavourful, and you get a huge quantity that would serve two people. This is an unparalleled bargain in the price you are paying, and this is because this restaurant has been around since 1930, and there are few overheads.
Address: #57, Market Building, Benki Nawab St, Mandi Mohalla, Mysuru, Karnataka 570021
Website: Hotel Hanumanthu
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 6:30am - 10:30pm; Sat: 6:30am - 4pm; Sun: 6:30 am - 10:30 pm (closed on Mon)
2. Nasheman Hotel
This place is a little secret of the locals and serves some of the best mutton (lamb) biryani you can find anywhere in Mysore. It has been running for 46 years now and locals attest that it follows the exact same recipe it has since it opened. It tends to be quite crowded, so you may have to go for their takeaway option. Also try their beverage called Hana, which is a local natural fizzy drink that is loved by guests, and comes in lime, ginger, grape and kokum sherbet.
Address: 1, Kanthraj Road, 21st West Cross, Lashkar Mohalla, Mandi Mohalla, Mysuru
Website: Nasheman Hotel
Opening hours: 12pm - 12am (daily)
3. Hotel RRR
Hotel RRR serves great mutton (lamb) biryani as well, with flavourful spices and tender well-done meat. They use the popular basmati rice for their biryani which takes it to a whole new level. The ambience is better than some of the more hole-in-the-wall type of joints you may find in Mysore, with an air-conditioned and clean place. However, it is the food that makes your visit well worth it.
Address: Sri Harsha Road, Lasker Mohalla, Near Mahatma Gandhi Square, Mandi Mohalla, Mysore
Website: Hotel RRR
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 11:30pm
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This is a comfortable indoor cafe with a cosy and welcoming ambience. It serves a wide variety of cuisines, from continental to American. However, the biryani they prepare here is simply out of the world, and they specialise in Indian cuisine. Guests especially compliment the service and ambience here, so if you wish to go for a higher-end spot for your biryani fix, or do not trust the hole-in-the-wall kind of places, this is a highly recommended spot to check out.
Address: 2820, 2nd Floor, Sri Sai Krupa Complex, V V Mohalla, Gokulam, Mysore
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 12:30pm - 3:30pm, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
5. Poojari's Fish Land
This is a great place to take a breather if you’re taking a road-trip along the Bangalore-Mysore highway, so keep a lookout as you travel. It is known for its non-vegetarian food in general, but the biryani here is a must-try option. The ambience is clean and spacious, but not too extravagant, which is justifiable for the price you have to pay. Make sure you can handle spice though, as the food here can be quite spicy. Guests, however, love the service here and the staff is very friendly and welcoming, which definitely adds to the charm of this place.
Poojari's Fish Land
Address: Mysore Bangalore Road, State Highway 17, Kalastavadi, Gokulam, Mysore
Website: Poojari’s Fish Land
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 11am - 11:30pm
6. Spring - Radisson Blu Plaza
The Radisson is a popular chain of high-end hotels that provides the ultimate in luxury living and dining. Spring, this hotel’s 24-hour restaurant, provides the kind of food and service standards you can expect from a five-star hotel. If you have a sensitive stomach and are sceptical about the cleanliness of lower-end places, definitely opt for this restaurant instead. The menu is extensive and will leave you at a loss, but do go for the biryani here. The biryani they serve is carefully prepared, and it really shows. The rice is flavourful and decadent, and you will love the raita (yoghurt-based sauce).
Spring - Radisson Blu Plaza
Address: Radisson Blu Plaza, 1, MG Road, Ittige Gudu, Mysore
Website: Spring - Radisson Blu Plaza
Opening hours: 24/7
7. Kafe Biryani Corner
This is a clean and comfortable restaurant that is famous for its kebabs as well as its biryani, so you can definitely try both these dishes here. The ambience is cosy and welcoming, improved with the friendly and helpful staff. The basmati rice they prepare the biryani with is flavourful and rich, and the chicken is succulent and tender, although you can also opt for their vegetable biryani if you’re a vegetarian. They serve raita (yoghurt-based sauce that goes with the biryani) in a considerable quantity with your meal. All in all, it’s a value-for-money spot for your biryani fix.
Kafe Biryani Corner
Address: 26, Divya Complex, Vishwamanawa Double Road, Near A to Z Supermarket, Kuvempunagar, Mysore
Website: Kafe Biryani Corner
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 11:45am - 11pm
8. Empire Restaurant
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Looking for biryani late at night? This late-night eatery will fix your biryani cravings, as it is open until 2 am. If you are looking for good ambience with reasonable pricing, this is a great place to check out. The ambience is warm and welcoming, with comfortable and pleasant lighting adding to the charm. Aside from the biryani itself, which includes a wide variety of options including chicken and vegetarian biryani, this spot is famous for its delicious kebabs and shawarmas, as well as its North Indian cuisine including butter chicken and dal fry. This is a must-try spot for meat and seafood lovers.
Address: 2820/1, 8th Cross, Kalidasa Road, Vani Vilas Mohalla, Gokulam, Mysore
Website: Empire Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 12:30pm - 2am
9. Andhra Ruchulu at Hotel Pai Vista
Compared with the other restaurants here, this one is on the pricier side. However, the price is absolutely justified as it makes up for it in terms of its excellent ambience, attention to detail and friendly and prompt service. This restaurant has a fancy jungle theme with artificial plants, bird nests, and animals, which is very novel and adds to the charm of this place. You will love the peacock and deer structures along with the funky animal-print decor. The Andhra-style biryani here is a must try, as it is flavourful and delicious, with just the right amount of aromatic spice. Guests have highly complimented the prompt and welcoming service and mentioned that the staff really makes you feel at home.
Andhra Ruchulu at Hotel Pai Vista
Address: Pai Hotels, Bangalore Nilgiri Road, Opposite Suburban Bus Stand, Mysore, Doora, Mysore
Website: Andhra Ruchulu at Hotel Pai Vista
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 12pm - 4pm, 7pm - 11pm
10. By The Way
If you love rooftop restaurants, you have to try this one. With a spacious outdoor rooftop setting, complete with pleasant and soft lighting and great decor, as well as a full bar available, this restaurant packs a punch in terms of ambience. On specific days, it also telecasts live cricket matches on its big screen, and you simply cannot explore India without watching a live match telecast alongside dozens of other people cheering on beside you. The food is excellent as well, although the price is justified because of the excellent ambience it provides. The biryani here is quite popular, although so are other Indian dishes such as kebabs, tandoori chicken and rolls. Go for dinner here as the night-time ambience is downright magical.
By The Way
Address: Next to Bhartat Cancer Hospital, Opposite Infosys Circle Ring Road, Vijay Nagar, Mysore
Website: By The Way
Opening hours: Mon - Sun: 11am - 11:30pm
Dine like a king in the City of Palaces
Mysore, or Mysuru, has earned the name City of Palaces because of its beautiful and opulent palaces and historical sites, including the Mysore Palace. However, aside from being a tourist destination for its scenic views, it is also the perfect place to find some of the best biryani spots at the cheapest prices you might find. If you travel to Mysore, be sure to try the biryani here, as it is sure to blow your mind, without denting your wallet.
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