For those of you who have missed it, and you have missed it if you are reading it after 9 o’clock tonight and you aren’t at City Center I, Kolkata, this was quite epic in its own rights. 

The cash counter overflowed with the number of people waiting their turn to experience the unique experience of having ten top contenders for the best Biryani of the town under one roof. Of course there were other perks too.

The price list was pretty specific and most stuff hovered between 100-150 a plate.

Let us have a look at the contenders for the top spot, shall we?

Zeeshan from Beck Bagan and Mezban from Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road
New Aliah from Bentinck Street

Haji Saheb from Behala

Haji Saheb was the one I was quite excited about. However, in the end I did not get anything from there as they had run out of the Mutton Biryani I was so looking forward to.

Rahmania from Mallick Bajar More, Aminia from New Market (Municipal Corporation)

We sort of steered clear of the usual suspects like Shiraz, Arsalan, Rahmania.

Chhote Nawab from Circus Avenue

I personally am not a fan of Chhote Nawab. I do not find their Biryani quite up to my personal standards.

Arsalan from Park Circus Crossing (Allegedly the best Biryani in the town)

Krazy Kabab, surprisingly, had quite a fan following. 

Shiraz from Mullickbazar Crossing and Krazy Kabab from Fazlul Haque Sarani

The ten contenders were thus introduced.

Arsalan holds the rank for being the place which was mobbed. Indeed, their stall had the longest queue and I steered clear of it, as I have eaten all I can handle from the joint and wanted something else.

Our team, about 6 people strong, had the brilliant idea of buying food from a number of stalls, and so, we ended up with Biryani from Mezban, Aminia (Southern one, apparently, that’s near Golpark), New Aliah (as those were the places we looked forward to) and other stuff as well. Like the amazing, melt-in-your-mouth mutton pasinda from Aminia (AMAZING!!!) and the fantastic Chaap from Mezban and New Aliah.

In the end, I have to say, I was stumped by the Biryanis from Aliah, Aminia and Mezban. Although I have nothing against the names like Shiraz and Arsalan, I would have to say that Mezban, Aminia and Aliah left me speechless.

I am so glad Telegraph thought of it. 

Written by Poorna Banerjee

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  1. poorna banerjee 2013-03-05 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Shikha, I would recommend the Dahi Ke Kabab for you from Ta'am on Rashbihari. Its vegetarian, and super amazing.

  2. Shikha and Dimpy 2013-03-05 at 10:43 pm Reply

    I love briyani!! Unfortunately ended up missing this event….Being a vegetarian could you recommend some of these joints for that. I would love to try em out. Thanks.

  3. poorna banerjee 2013-03-02 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Oh yes, thats probably Nafeel. Its quite famous for beef kabab.

  4. Anirban Halder 2013-03-02 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Thank you for the post, Poorna. It was a mood enhancer in my stressed Saturday. My team was involved in the back end and front end of the festival, which followed the footsteps of the super successful 'Nolen Gur-er Mishti Festival' (organised by The Telegraph, our client) we put up last December.

    Well, Aliah is a personal favourite. I have switched loyalty from Zeeshan to Aliah, timed with shift of my workplace to Chandni Chowk. And I have heard good things about Mezban, the low profile joint in a low profile area (Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Rd) so many times that I can't wait to try its biriyani. The foodie ex-colleague who first told me about Mezban, also told me about this nondescript joint in a lane in Park Circus (near Mithai) that makes awesome kebabs. I must visit there also as soon as I can.

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