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Chef Shen Tan of private dining experience Ownself Make Chef & Thank Goodness It’s is back for another delicious round of makan and this time, she’s taking us to a Little India restaurant that serves up a wonderful Hyderabad-style Dhum Biryani. Marinated meat is layered with rice and meticulously cooked in a unique dough-sealed pot to lock in the juices and flavours, for maximum meat tenderness and rice fluffiness.
Chef Shen went for the easy-to-eat Boneless Lamb Biryani ($14.90), which did not disappoint. The rice was fluffy and aromatic; the lamb was beautifully seasoned, moist and tender with lovely, spicy, complex notes. Cherry tomato, a hard boiled egg and fried shallots garnished the dish, which was generous enough for 2-3 people to share. Every mouthful brought bags of punchy flavour! And when Denise decided to order some for home delivery, the dish was just as Chef Shen described and the extra tub of curry was very much appreciated, perfect for slopping all over the meat and rice.
Another dish Chef Shen recommends is the Palak Paneer (Spinach & Indian Cottage Cheese for $10.90), which was slightly unusual in that it was spicier (hello dried red chillies!) and more peppery than usual. But no complaints from Chef Shen, who loved its great kick, which was nicely tempered by the creamy cubes of firm, flavourful cheese.
One final dish was ordered by Denise out of sheer greed, but also for a little crunch and texture. The Crispy Gobi 65 (deep-fried, battered cauliflower in sweet & spicy ginger garlic sauce, also for $10.90) kept its crispness even after its delivery journey and coating of sticky, savoury-sweet sauce. Julienned green chillies and crisp curry leaves added a welcome spicy and aromatic touch. Under the batter, the cauliflower was tender and creamy, but not mushy, with a lovely warm nutty flavour.
A relatively new player to the Biryani scene, Mr Biryani is definitely worth a try, with dishes that hit the spot, a slick website and an efficient online ordering system. So whether it’s dine-in (they have 2 branches), takeaway or home delivery, they’ve got you covered. Deliciously so!
32 Norris Road S(208274)
Open Daily: 11am–3:30pm, 6–10:30pm
Tel: +65 86614271
AXA Tower Outlet
8 Shenton Way, #B1-24, S(068811)
Open: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 2 – 7pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Tel: +65 86614273