8 Biryani Joints In Singapore To Fix Those Crazy Cravings

23 October
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Hardly any other dish can mimic the complexity of biryani, from the exotic spices used, the texture of the rice and the superb marination of the meat. This brilliant melting pot of flavours truly epitomises the zenith of Indian cuisine.

As preferences do vary, it is rather difficult to define the exact recipe behind a top-notch plate of biryani. However, everyone can agree that this dish is simply irresistible due to the succulent chunks of meat, fragrant basmati rice and perfectly spiced gravy.

There are several notable food outlets around the island that serve authentic biryani, mostly concentrated in the Little India district. Some leave a fiery mark on the palate while others offer a likeable hint of sweetness.

Here are 8 Biryani Joints To Fix Those Crazy Cravings.

Allauddin's Chicken Biryani

Photo Credit: Nabilah Rahim


With a mention in 2016’s Michelin Guide, the biryani here will certainly knock your socks off. The best part? Your wallet does not have to take a beating as it is affordably priced at just S$5. The chicken dum biryani here is highly raved about and the snaking queues can account for it.

The cashews and pickled cucumbers nicely complement the gravy-drizzled rice and add to the overall texture and depth. A Tekka Centre stalwart, you can certainly place your bets on this biryani spot that places a high emphasis on quick service.

665 Buffalo Road, #01-297
Tekka Centre
Singapore 210665
Tel: +65 6296 6786
Daily: 10.30am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Little India

Alsalam Restaurant Mutton Biryani

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This coffee shop along the road just opposite Kassim Mosque is famous for its lip-smacking lamb biryani, that would require an empty belly to conquer. The saffron-tinged basmati rice is pillow-like and the chunks of tender meat are finger-licking good. The spices are not too overpowering, allowing the natural flavours of the meat to shine through.

457 Changi Road
Singapore 419881
Daily: 24 hours
Nearest Station: Kembangan

Bismillah Biryani Mutton Biryani

Photo Credit: Bismillah Biryani Restaurant


The Pakistani-style dry version of biryani in this hidden gem deserves way more hype. The beautifully-plated dish is paired with a separate serving of mutton gravy just in case you prefer your rice drenched.

The lean meat is rich in flavour and in unison with the rice, offers a spectacular burst that will tantalise your taste buds. This evergreen classic often sells out before dinner, so you ought to get your biryani early here.

The only thing that might make you hesitate is the hefty price tag. At S$15 for its mutton biryani, it does soar way above its other local biryani rivals. However, for something a tad more novel and unique, make Bismillah Biryani Restaurant your go-to eatery and explore their extensive menu.

50 Dunlop Street
Singapore 209379
Tel: +65 9382 7937
(Closed on Tue)
Wed to Sun, Mon: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 9pm
Nearest Station: Little India

Imam Banana Leaf Restaurant Biryani

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Situated just three minutes away from Kallang MRT, this humble eatery is home to a wide array of biryani options. We fell in love with the fish biryani (S$5.50) that includes fish slices slathered in hot and spicy curry. The predominant flavour of the rice is what makes feasting on this particular biryani extra memorable.

Open 24 hours a day as well, head to this place if you wish to sample fine fish biryani that is value for money. You may even add on other side dishes, from the myriad of options on the menu, to spice up your meal and add that extra kick.

10 Lorong 1 Geylang
Singapore 389119
Tel: +65 6744 8644
Daily: 24 hours
Nearest Station: Kallang

Islamic Restaurant Mutton BiryaniPhoto Credit: azilah77


For decades since 1921, Islamic Restaurant has been put on a pedestal with regards to their mutton biryani. Even though the rice may seem a little dry for some, the texture is actually perfect when the grains are interspersed with the spicy gravy. The curry served on the side becomes redundant as the gravy already brims with robust flavour.

We recommend a hot cup of teh tarik to accompany your biryani feast so that you will leave the place feeling full and absolutely contented. Priced at S$12 a plate, the large servings of meat and heaping fragrant rice do justify its price.

745 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198713
Tel: +65 6298 7563
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Bugis

Saffrons Cafeteria Mutton Biryani

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The mutton dum biryani (S$6) here smells absolutely royal. As you revel in the aroma, notice how the generous portion of rice on the banana leaf appears nice and fluffy. The masala from the meat also packs a delicious punch.

As you sink your teeth into the fork-tender mutton, the meat simply melts in the mouth. When paired with the perfectly spiced gravy, this biryani makes for a sensational gastronomical experience indeed.

Everything complements each other so well, making this a sublime choice for your biryani fix. Since it remains open 24 hours every day, you have no reason to give this neighbourhood coffee shop a miss.

201D Tampines Street 21, #01-1163
Singapore 524201
Tel: +65 6787 6010
Daily: 24 hours
Nearest Station: Tampines

Singapore Zam Zam Mutton Biryani

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If you are sauntering around Kampong Glam and Sultan Mosque, you cannot possibly miss Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant. From a slew of biryani choices such as fish, chicken, mutton, beef and even deer, you will definitely be spoilt for choice.

Tip: Pair your redolent biryani with their renowned murtabak to complete this calorie-worthy Indian feast.

697 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198675
Tel: +65 6298 6320
Daily: 7am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Bugis

Victory Restaurant Chicken Biryani

Photo Credit: Liana LG


Looks are deceiving at this biryani hideout, situated right beside rival Singapore Zam Zam. The way the dish is effortlessly balanced without too many overwhelming spices is surreal. The delicate rice, accompanying creamy dhal and luscious gravy come together in a seamless harmonious mix.

We can ascertain you that after every bite, you will just be coming back for more. It comprises nothing fancy, just raw and authentic ingredients that elegantly highlight the craft of this complex dish.

701 North Bridge Rd
Singapore 198677
Tel: +65 6298 6955
Daily: 7am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Bugis

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