iryani is the first love of the Karachiites. Even though Nihari is considered the cultural dish of the country. But true street food lovers and the majority of people consider Biryani as their culture-defying dish. There is no particular day for Biryani, but if you are a resident of Karachi, you don’t need any special day to have a quarter of flavourful biryani.
It will take hundreds of pages to define Karachiites’ love for delicious, mouthwatering and juicy biryani. That’s why we have come up with the top 15 biryani outlets in Karachi, offering different flavours of biryani with unique seasoned juices. Plus, continuing the legacy of Karachi being the hub of heavenly spicy savours.
Hey! Biryani lovers, suit up for the testy, tempting, appetising ride of the most popular Biryanis of Karachi.
Allah Wala Biryani
Our list of saviour and nicely seasoned biryanis starts with “Allah Wala Biryani”. It is true that there isn’t any marked day to have hot bites of biryani in Karachi. However, the Holy day of Jumma (Friday) is tagged as Biryani Day by the locals. Allah Wala Biryani, located near the society office, Khudabad colony, will clear your doubts about why Friday is called the biryani day in the city of the lights.
If we talk about the species, flavour and consistency of the test, then every visitor who has tested Allah Wala Biryani has rated 5 stars to this outlet. As per reviews by top-level food vloggers, the consistency of the flavour and species have made Allah Wala rank among the top three Biryani outlets in Karachi. Locals recommended ordering beef biryani, but the chicken option is also available.
Timing: 11:00 am to 02:00 am
- Noor Masjid Rd, P.E.C.H.S Block 2 Commercial area Block 2 PECHS, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75400
- A27/1 Khudadad colony society office single, Block 1 Khudadad Colony, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 74800
Al Ghousia Nalli Biryani
This Nalli (bone marrow) special biryani centre is the favourite place for local street food vloggers. With the unique addition of Nalli into the tasty and deliciously served beef biryani plate, Al Ghousia has become the trending food spot in Karachi. The shop is located near the main Sarafa Bazaar in Liaquatabad Commercial Area.
After entering the main street, you won’t need direction guidance from others, as the massive rush of people and loud voices of the servers will lead you to Al Ghousia Nalli Biryani. Karachi is quite famous for various fusions and different types of biryani, in which Nalli biryani stands at the top due to its spicy and juicy delicious taste. The shop is open seven days a week, as the sitting area is comfortable. Also, the staff is welcoming and entertaining.
Timing: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: 2/240, Liaquatabad Commercial Area, Main Sarafa bazaar, Block 6 Liaquatabad Town, Karachi,
Al Rehman Biryani
Our list of the top fifteen biryani won’t be complete without mentioning Al Rehman Biryani. There are numerous biryani centres located around every crossroads and street in Karachi. But when it comes to quality, freshness and consistent spices, no one can beat Al Rahman Biryani Centre. Many consider Al Rehman the best biryani in Pakistan. However, the debate between the top shared biryani centres (Allah Wala, Al Ghousia, and Al Rehaman) never ends. Hence, most Karachiites will come with these three names if you ask them to suggest their favourite biryani centres.
Al Rehman biryani can be your treat to taste the flavourful biryani, and if you are around Kharadar, you must have a quarter of this biryani. As you don’t need any reason to have a platter of Karachi’s most recommended biryani.
Timing: 10:00 am to 02:00 am
Location: Hajra Manzil, Gk-7/73 Nakhuda St, Kharadar Ghulam Hussain Kasim Quarters, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh
In our list, Farhan Biryani is the next giant with a crazy fan following among youth. During the first visit to Gulistan e Johar branches, you may go into deep thoughts like: how can people be so made for biryani? But after having the first bite of Farhan’s chicken biryani, everything will start to make sense. So, the wait to get free sitting chairs and the table will be totally worth it after having the fresh and rich bites of this biryani centre.
Biryani is not just a fusion of rice and meat curry or just a normal Indian subcontinent dish; it’s a feeling and mood lifter for the locals. In other European and Western countries, there can be traditions of serving sweets during happy moments. But in Pakistan, especially in Karachi, the native finds those happy moments to serve and have the spicy and flavoursome plates of biryani.
Timing: 11:30 am to 12:30 am
Location: Plot No D 56 block#12 Gulistan e Johar, Pehlwan Goth Rd، BRACH 1, Karachi, 75290
Karachi biryani’s rich and tendering teste has gone globally through Student Biryani outlets in nearby overseas countries. Starting just a local street food cart in 1969, the tasty and tempting flavourful became famous among the students. This appreciation by local students successfully led the roadside cart to various branches in Karachi and other overseas countries.
As per our elders and senior citizens, when there weren’t talks of current biryani centres, there was Student biryani, the only local brand for the students. The location addresses of all the branches are available on Google.
Timing: 12:00 am to 01:00 am
Location: W34H+2CG, Main University Rd, Gulshan 13-B Block 13 B Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh
The White Biryani
Hold on a second; we know what you are thinking. Yes, white biryani, known as pulao in Lahore, comes under the top biryanis of Karachi. So, without being opinionative and keeping our keyboard warrior instincts aside, we should always appreciate the food, culture and traditions of every province, state and city.
The White Biryani Centre in DHA is located in one of the beautiful areas of Karachi. White Biryani or pulao also comes under the unique styles of Pakistani biryanis. In every friend’s circle, there will be one person that loves to eat white biryani due to heated and seasoned Masalas in deeply cooked biryani. The fast service of the DHA branch will come up with fresh biryani with lite spices of Garam Masalas. You can ask for extra spices while ordering your biryani.
Timing: 12:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: 22c Rahat Commercial Lane 2, D.H.A Phase 6 Rahat Commercial Area Phase 6 Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Sindh 75500
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Whenever you feel the need to have spicy biryani in the town, then never forget to visit Madni Biryani. Hot and seasoned biryani bites force people to come again and experience the same taste. Madni Biryani has the idea of grabbing people every day with good quantity and freshly cooked meat. The taste of Madni is winning the hearts of hundreds of people every day.
As street food lovers, we always expect to get a good quantity of the served food. You can come with your close friends and cousins to have a blast on Madni Biryani, as the service is fast, with reasonable prices and good rice quantity per plate.
Timing: 12:00 pm to 11 pm
Location: R-31, Sector 15-A/5 Sector 15 A 5 Buffer Zone, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan
The Darbar of biryani lovers opens around 11 am every day. Basically, Darbar is popular for both haleem and biryani, and people mix them with each other and come up with new fusions. Moreover, the outlet also serves as a fast food restaurant that offers local as well as Western fast food dishes. The restaurant is situated in the commercial area of Disco Bakery Block 6 Gulshan-e-Iqbal. You can come up with your family and have a good dinner meal along with bites of divine and delicious Darbar special chicken biryani.
Timing: 11:00 am to 01:30 am
Location: Latif Plaza, A-1 near Disco Bakery Block 6 Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
Our trip to the best biryani in Karachi led us to Shah Faisal Colony block one. The nearby area is famous for Bismillah Biryani which will melt your heart with an appetising and inviting taste. With congested prices, the spot is a good place for family outings. Bismillah has multiple outlets, one in Johar and another in North Nazimabad Town.
Even though numerous online social media influencers have covered the tantalising food outlet, the place is quite underrated compared to Farhan and Al Rahman. With a good sitting area, you get a great view of the nearby area at the Shah Faisal Branch.
Timing: 10:30 am to 12:30 am
Location: V4PW+377 AL-FALAH SOCIETY, Block 1 Shah Faisal Colony 1 Shah Faisal Colony, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh 75230
In the sea of seasoned biryanis, Abba biryani has high standards. You will get the point after visiting the spot. The massive rush of people will influence and force you to try one plate of Abba biryani. It takes time to get your order as people wait hours for their favourite biryani from Karachi. The shop opens around 11 am and closes at 2 am.
If you live around Allama Shah Ahmed Noorani Rd, then you must have visited this spot. Those who would like to have a round of Abba Biryani are advised to visit it during the daytime, as it is easy to get fast service during the daytime.
Timing: 11:00 am 02:00 am
Location: R5H5+H4X, Allama Shah Ahmed Noorani Rd, Sector 35 D Landhi Town, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh
Al Naas Biryani
Biryani is the first choice of foodies during their instant craving times. There will be many local and Western dishes come and go, but now one can replace biryani from the hearts of Pakistanis. Al Naas Biryani Centre is an indoor and outdoor restaurant mostly packed with biryani lovers. The best thing about Al Nass biryani is the presentation; your heart will fall in love with the presentation of golden-shaped biryani. Customers can ask for their intended quantity, as the double plate option serves two people easily.
Timing: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: V328+P6M, Allama Iqbal Colony Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh
Biryani of the Seas
Karachi will never get over from different variations, and if we talk about the different versions of biryani, then the most popular city in Pakistan never disappoints. You will get the idea by reading out the name of this biryani restaurant. Biryani of the Seas is a food restaurant that serves various varieties of biryani that include prawns, fish, eggs, and chicken biryani.
The restaurant is located near the seaside area of Clifton. You can try different varieties of biryanis at Biryani of the Seas, as a premium platter containing all meat elements is the most recommended dish by the restaurant and locals.
Timing: 10:30 am 01:30 am
Location: Prince Complex Clifton, (Between Clifton Bridge & PSO House St, Karachi, 75600
Biryani defines the tradition of Pakistan, and Naseeb Biryani represents that tradition with simple style and juicy rice. According to locals, Naseeb Biryani is the oldest that has become the favourite daytime meal of Mehmoodabad residents. Every biryani has a unique and different taste compared to others, as it has become the symbol of love and sharing happiness in Pakistan. So, to continue the same love and friendly gestures, you can bring your friends to Naseeb Biryani near Mehmoodabad Rd.
Timing: 10:00 am 01:00 am
Location: E. 75460 Mehmoodabad Rd, Karachi Administration Employees Housing Society Block 8 KAECHS, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh
A One Biryani
Overseas Pakistanis miss their culture, people and heavenly tourist locations. But it’s street and cultural food that brings them back to their homeland. Our traditional dishes, such as Nihari, Karahi and Haleem, are favourites of local and overseas Pakistanis. However, biryani will be the top pick without a doubt.
A One Biryani situated at Ayesha Manzil Pedestrian Crossing can offer the intended teste of cultural biryani to overseas Pakistanis. Those who are craving traditional biryani must turn their heads towards A One Biryani along with their folks for a heavy and loaded lunch.
Timing: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am
Location: Ayesha Manzil Pedestrian Crossing, Federal B Area Block 6 Gulberg, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh
Red Oven Special Matka Biryani
The new branch of the Red Oven fast food chain at Shah Faisal Colony number three has a special Matka treat for you. It has been around eight to nine years; Red Oven offers premium Matka biryani for their guests. Recently, several YouTube food vlogs of this special style of biryani went viral, and till then, a great number of people are visiting this new branch of Red Oven.
Matka biryani has set a new trend and style in Karachi after Nalli, white rice, fish and prawns biryanis. As per the manager of Red Oven restaurants at Shah Faisal Branch, Matka biryani is cooked on special order. Customers will have to wait 30 to 45 minutes for their full or half matka biryani special order.
Timing: 12:00 pm 01:00 am
Location: Block 3 Shah Faisal Colony 3, Karachi City, Sindh 75230
To Sum It up
Karachi and Biryani, these two words, can’t live without each other. Hence, that’s the reason that every video reel and meme about biryani gets viral. Everything is good about the shared outlets. However, restaurant and shop owners must consider arranging the family sitting area and portions at their biryani outlets. There are several that have family sitting area halls, but most of them lack this facility. Every Karachiite wants their family to have a good time and enjoy delicious food, and what can be more appetising than having bites of Karachi’s famous biryanis?
At this thought-provoking note, this is the sum up of today’s blog, as these were Karachi’s top-rated and highly recommended biryanis. Kindly share your favourite biryani from the list in the comment section below.