Take a walk around Singapore’s Little India, and you would realise how multi-culturally rich and colourful our little city is.
Other than Mustafa Centre, perhaps you can make your way to Bismillah Biryani.
This restaurant located at 50A Dunlop Street serves up Dum Biryani and other authentically cooked Pakistani and North Indian cuisine.
Printed on the signboards were “Singapore’s Best Dum Biryani”, and “Probably the best Biryani anywhere”.
Bold statements, but it is listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore 2017, likely to be the only biryani restaurant in the world to be given the Michelin nod so far.
The humble eatery has also been praised by the Lonely Planet for having “the best biryani and kebabs this side of the Bay of Bengal”.
However, do not come expecting a fancy, air-conditioned restaurant.
The interior looked slightly caught in time, looking fuss-free and low-maintenance, and might be considered hot for some diners.
Some of Bismillah Biryani’s signatures include the regular Chicken Dum Biryani ($8.50), Fish Biryani ($12.00), Double Chicken Biryani ($13.00), Pure Vegetable Biryani ($8.00), Kid Goat Biryani ($15) and Lamb Shank Biryani ($20.00).
On the slightly expensive side if you were to compare to other restaurants in the vicinity.
They are also known for their kebabs including Boneless Chicken Tandoori ($8.00), Mutton Shami Kebab ($8.00 for 2 pieces), Mutton Seekh Kebab ($12.00 for 2 pieces), and Chicken Chapli Kebab ($5).
I was curious about the “dum” in the name of the dish.
“Dum” means sealing after all ingredients are placed in a cooker, then cooked on a low flame. The process is supposed to intensify the flavour.
Their version is different from what most other places serve. You do not get a plate of oily-orange coloured rice drenched with gravy, topped with meats.
Instead you get a dry, flavourful version as the chef-owner Arif Salahuddin cares about the health of diners and strive to cook the least unhealthy meals possible.
The basmati rice was flavourful, as the meat was cooked together with it rather than separately, additionally coated with strong spices.
I have read online reviews, some saying it tasted “close to home”, while others thought that it was dry and expensive. I thought it was tasty enough, and won’t mind coming back for a second try. However, I should probably call to reserve the dishes I want, or arrive earlier as most items had been sold out.
Bismillah Biryani has also opened a biryani stall in NTUC foodfare at Simei MRT under the name “Biryani Headquarters” as well as a restaurant in Nexus@one-north, 1 Fusionopolis Link.
50A Dunlop Street Singapore 209379
Tel: +65 9382 7937
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues