My mother and I pride ourselves in being “Biryani Divas”. While we can be super judgmental of all biryanis because my mother does make the best biryani in the world, we will still eat and enjoy any that is served to us. It truly is my most favourite dish there is and if I were ever offered a last meal, I would pick a hot plate of (preferably homemade) mutton biryani. So when I got the chance to head over to Biryani Pot for their menu tasting, my mom was an obvious choice for a lunch date. I asked a couple of her friends to come too. There’s nothing like taking Indian moms out to eat Indian food… if they like it, you’ve won everything, my friend.
Biryani Pot is a teeny tiny space on Jumeirah Beach Road. Like many of the restaurants opened there, they have a super “we are here for take-out” feel. The seating capacity is possibly 10 with a couple of tables outside for the winter time (which I’m am afraid is NEVER coming. Its nearly November and its still too hot for me!). We were treated with immense hospitality and over our time there, too much food was brought out to the table – yes, there is such a thing!
To begin with, we were treated to some of their salads and starters.
Chickpea Salad – Sweet and sour chickpeas with onions, tomato, cucumber & bell peppers tossed in a tamarind dressing. This is a smart way to incorporate chaat flavors without it actually being chaat.
Masala Quinoa Salad – Organic quinoa mixed with tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta cheese, raisins & pomegranate tossed with olive oil & lemon juice. Please also note the mango lassi in the background which was refreshingly unnecessary but SO necessary.
And the winner of this round would have to be the order of Tamarind and Mint potatoes. It was a perfect mix of diced fried potatoes tossed with masala and topped with mint, tamarind, bell peppers & yoghurt. Delish.
We also tried the mixed grill. All the meat was grilled perfectly and honestly, the naan (which was some pretty, darn amazing) was the star of the meal. This order consists of a mix tandoori platter of chicken (anari, malai, seekh) & lamb seekh kebab.
For the curries, the following were my favourites:
Lamb Rogan Josh. That curry with the naan = happy place!
I couldn’t believe we had made it through this much by this point. I was so full but we hadn’t even gotten to the biryani yet. This place has biryani in it’s name and so there it was…
4 kinds of Biryani – lamb, chicken, prawn and then, what I was most curious about, the quinoa biryani. As a self-proclaimed biryani diva, I believe it should be rice. Preferably long grain basmati rice. However, this quinoa option surprised me and it would be a great option for one of those “I’m feeling healthy today” kinda days.
They also have dessert on the menu – delicious ras malai and gulab jamun to end your meal on a sweet note. I didn’t take any photos of the dessert. I just ate. The ras malai was fresh and a lovely end to the meal.
The place was hopping with pick-up orders while we were there eating for a small army. Again, the combination of the small space, people running in and out to pick up their food and the disposable plates and silverware you are served in gives Biryani Pot that “take-out place” feel. If you live in the area, it would be a good spot to either pick-up your food or have it delivered!
LOCATION – Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1, near Al Manara Street.
DISCLOSURE: We were guests of Biryani Pot but as always, all opinions are our own.