It was exciting. And exacting. And exhausting. I was on a Navi Mumbai exploratory round. And I ended up in the delicious Value For Money “Biryani Guru”. All thanks to my other set of gurus…my #FoodieBlinddates. In this case it was the vivacious, Zulekha Jabeel whos been running her small business for 27 years in Navi Mumbai
She’s loves cooking and entertaining at home and also eating out. I drove in from South Mumbai and met my #foodieblinddate directly in the restaurant and spent an amazing afternoon.
Cheerful. Well lit. Decorated with photos of Musicians...from Bhimsen Joshi to Mick Jagger. A warm, happy vibe infused the ground floored restaurant.
Ofcourse you must opt for the biryanis (choice of 15 ) but before that ask for the plump, well-marinated, boldly flavoured Fish tikka with hammering notes of garlic, the velvety soft paneer delightful with black pepper. Richly succulent with cheese, chicken kebab and fleshy, tasty
Bhatti kumbh. Sounds strange but the “Istanbul pardah biryani” came up tops. Cut through the sphere, with it’s thick coating into the moist, flavoursome mutton biryani. Also must-try the Bombay matka biryani for it’s long-grained rice vibrant with masala. Plenty of choice for vegetarians. End with the silken, sweet delicious caramel custrd. I met Alok
Sharma whos whod driven in all the way from Vashi and was waiting to pick up biryani as a takeaway since it’s the best here.
Some of the dishes were over spiced and even oversweet…like the butter chicken. Leathery
Details: piquant homemade “capsicum chutney”, tangy, silken “beetroot chutney” and ofcourse robustly spiced, tasty biryanis and kababs make this a must visit if you happen to be in the vicinity. It’s moderately priced and it’s open through the day.It sure is a Biryani lovers mecca, which lives upto its name of “Biryani guru”
Mermaid 1, Opposite Indian Naval Canteen, Sector 11, CBD-Belapur, Navi Mumbai
Open 10 am to 11 pm
Meal for two Rs 1000
RATING FOOD 3.75 SERVICE 3.5 DÉCOR 3.5