Briyani (or biryani) is a popular and flavorful rice dish that has its origins in South Asia, particularly in India and the surrounding region. It’s made with aromatic basmati rice and various spices and often includes a form of protein, vegetables, or eggs. In Singapore, briyani is also a beloved dish that has been influenced by the diverse cultures and cuisines present in the country. If you explore around you can find a taste of all these different styles — from traditional ones to modern creations. We’ll point you in the right direction for your briyani adventure!
You’ll find several stalls selling briyani at Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre, but Geylang Briyani Stall stands out with its host of great reviews. With a history dating back to 1964, the humble family business has been around for three generations. The menu is simple with three options: Mutton, Curry Chicken or Fried Chicken. Your choice of meat is then paired with a generous helping of basmati rice that is incredibly fragrant with notes of cinnamon and clove!
Address: 1 Geylang Serai, #02-146, Singapore 402001
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–3 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Another great briyani stall in Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre, Azizah Briyani has over 20 years of history serving briyani that are made with healthier ingredients, giving it a lighter taste. It is also served with a bowl of dalcha and fruit achar. There are three items on the menu: Mutton, Masala Chicken or Fried Chicken Briyani. Prices are higher than other briyani stalls here, but it comes in quite a large serving.
Address: 1 Geylang Serai, #02-127, Singapore 402001
Opening Hours: 11 am–5 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
This Michelin-approved restaurant has evolved from a humble hawker stall into a small franchise, with four outlets islandwide. Serving Pakistani-style biryani, you’ll find a variety of options ranging from the usual chicken, young mutton and lamb shank to grilled fish, vegetables and prawn biryani.
Address: Multiple outlets
Hefty servings of briyani are what you’ll find at Bismi Briyani. If you have friends and family with you, consider getting the mighty Combo Platter Dulang which is composed of a mountain of different types of aromatic basmati rice topped with various meats – mutton, lamb shank and chicken marinated in an array of fragrant spices. Solo diners fret not, for they also offer biryani in individual servings!
Address: 51 Yishun Ave 11, #01-05, Singapore 768867
Opening Hours: 11 AM–8 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Another stall that has earned itself a loyal following is Firdaus Prata & Briyani House. You will find lots of people queueing for their Briyani during lunchtime, and the sheer size of this dish explains it all. A heaping of yellow long-grain rice is doused in curry gravy, alongside a sizeable chicken thigh to accompany you to the very last grain of rice. The dish also comes with a hard-boiled egg, achar, and a small bowl of gravy – a balanced plate of deliciousness that will satisfy even the biggest appetite!
Address: 503 W Coast Dr, #01-50, Singapore 120503
Opening Hours: 9 am–9 pm Mon to Fri, 8 am–10:30 pm Sat, 9 am–11 pm Sun
For some halal Southern Indian-style briyani, head over to Allauddin’s Briyani. Their signature Nasi Briyani is made with fluffy, long-grained high-quality basmati rice. Take your pick from Mutton, Chicken or Fish Biryani with egg and papadum or without, and you can also choose top up with Chicken Sambal, Fried Chicken, Fried Fish and more!
Address: 503 W Coast Dr, #01-29, Singapore 120503
Opening Hours: 10 am–8 pm daily
While Golden Nur sells a range of delicious Indian-Muslim food such as Mee Goreng, Murtabak and Roti Prata, what they are best known for is their Fried Chicken Nasi Briyani. Fried to golden perfection, the dish will definitely hit the spot for all fried chicken lovers. If you’d like a taste be sure to try to head down early – the biryani sells out fast!
Address: 86 Market St, #03-11/12, Singapore 048947
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–8 pm Mon to Fri. Closed Sat & Sun
Helmed by Mr Mohammad Nazir Kassim and his mother, Mami Midah Briyani is famous for their healthier version of the briyani dish. Having been featured on many social media platforms, they substitute ingredients that are high in sodium and saturated fats with healthier alternatives. There are only two items on the menu: Chicken Briyani and Mutton Briyani. The mutton and chicken are well marinated and cooked perfectly, the basmati rice is soft and fluffy, and the plate also comes with dalcha and achar. If you want a briyani that’s less oily but still big on flavour, make sure to try Mami Midah Briyani.
Address: 4A Eunos Cres, #01-17, Singapore 402004
Opening Hours: 11 am–4 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Islamic Restaurant has been serving up some pretty great Nasi Briyani since 1921. Now run by the third generation, the restaurant is still known for its traditional, time-tested and authentic recipes. Pick from biryani options such as fish, fried chicken and the Yemeni Lamb Shank Mandi!
Address: 735 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198703
Opening Hours: 10 AM–10 PM daily
This humble, hole-in-the-wall joint is also owned by Chef Hassan Abdul Majeed, whose grandfather founded the Islamic Restaurant. Nearly everything is made from scratch here, and although the labour-intensive process limits the menu to only five items, it also means that everything is top-notch here, from the Chicken Briyani to Lamb Mandi. The stall is only opens for four hours for lunch each day, and often sells out before closing. This, along with the limited seating means advanced planning is needed!
Address: 116 Changi Rd, #01-02, Singapore 419718
Opening Hours: 11 AM–3 PM Tues to Fri, 11 AM–2 PM Sat & Sun. Closed on Mon
Mr Biryani specialises in Hyderabad-style dhum biryani, which involves marinating meat in yoghurt and spices overnight, and then cooking it together with rice over a slow fire. Spices and chillis are imported from India to ensure that the biryani is as authentic as it can get. They are served in huge portions and are meant to be shared between a group of five, so make sure to bring some loved ones along!
Address: 11 Chander Rd, Singapore 219529
Opening Hours: 11 AM–10 PM daily
Saffrons is a restaurant that offers some of the best Indian cuisines in Singapore and are touted to be the “home of gold class briyani”. Their Mutton Briyani comes highly raved about by netizens. Served on a banana leaf, the rice is well-infused with an appetising masala aroma. The dish is on the drier and fluffier side, but it is full of flavour, especially when paired with their dalcha and achar!
Address: Multiple outlets
Run by a friendly cik trio, the menu at Haji K.Abdul Muslim Food is filled with the usual pickings of Prata, Nasi Biryani, Mutton Chop, and Mee Goreng. The Chicken Curry Biryani includes a heaping pile of basmati rice comes and a curry chicken leg, and the flavour of the curry is well-soaked into the chicken. The tender chicken flesh comes off easily, and it even comes with a big chunk of potato!
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-76, Singapore 151120
Opening Hours: 6 am–8 pm daily
Biryani 47 serves Bangladeshi-style biryani that is so popular, it is said that they sell out within four hours of opening. Helmed by Chef Bepar Sharief, a Bangladeshi national who was a construction worker before undergoing training and switching to the F&B industry, the dish features heaps of basmati rice infused with spices, smothering meat that’s been coated in fragrant curry sauce. For those looking for a meat substitute, the stall also has a vegetarian-friendly Tofu Briyani!
Address: Multiple outlets
Make sure not to miss Sikkander’s Briyani when you’re at Taman Jurong Food Centre. The Chicken Briyani comes with fragrant spiced basmati rice, fried chicken, archar (pickled vegetables), and a small bowl of curry. The aromatic rice and flavourful curry somehow work together to create a perfect harmony, and you only have to try it to know what the hype is all about.
Address: Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre, 3 Yung Sheng Rd, #02-100, Singapore 618499
Opening Hours: 9 AM–7 PM Tues & Wed, Fri to Sun, 9:30 AM–8 PM Mon & Thurs
Otherwise known as the famous Beach Road briyani, Koothurar Nasi Briyani is an unassuming eatery and it doesn’t even have a signboard. However, their nasi briyani attracts long queues, and they sell out within hours of opening. The bestseller is the Mutton Nasi Briyani, which includes of tender mutton with curry sitting atop fragrant long-grain basmati rice. You can also have your briyani with chicken or fish, and they all come with a serving of pickled vegetables on the side.
Address: 17 Beach Rd, #01-4705, Singapore 190017
Opening Hours: 6:30 AM–5:30 PM Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Formerly from the Michelin-starred Song of India, Chef Manjunath Mural opened his own Indian restaurant, ADDA, back in 2020. The restaurant specialises in Neo-Indian cuisine, with dishes like butter chicken served in a pot pie. Of course, biryani is on the menu too. Take your pick from the Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani, Jackfruit Biryani or Prawn Briyani, all served with a bed of aromatic basmati rice.
Address: 7500E Beach Rd, #01-201 Diners Building, Singapore 199595
Opening Hours: 12–3 PM, 6–10:30 PM daily
A part of Raffles Hotel’s history since 1892, Tiffin Room is famed for their delectable North Indian cuisine and specialties served in tiffin boxes. For biryani, find the Gosht Dum Biryani which features delicately flavoured Indian basmati rice with whole spice, lamb chops, Makhana Salan graby and raita, or the vegetarian Zarda Subz Biryani which comes with the same aromatic rice with a medley of veggies, gravy and raita.
Address: 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673
Opening Hours: 12–1:30 PM, 6:30–9 PM daily
Established in 1908, Zam Zam Restaurant has been serving up yummy Indian Muslim dishes for over 100 years! As the oldest hawker in Singapore, its location and recipes have remained unchanged, and the store has been passed down through generations. Their Beef Briyani has throngs of fans, thanks to the fall-apart tender meat and fragrant rice that’s spiced with cardamom and cloves. Zam Zam also has other interesting briyani varieties, such as Deer Briyani and Egg Briyani.
Address: 697-699 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198675
Opening Hours: 7 AM–11 PM daily
Saamsudeen serves up Pratas, Murtabak, Roti John, Putu Mayam, and Briyani. The stall is very popular in the morning for their roti prata which is both chewy and crisp. Besides the popular prata, their signature Mutton Biryani is also a favourite pick for lunch and dinner. Filled with a generous amount of basmati rice, pickled vegetables and succulent curry mutton, the entire dish is incredibly hearty and flavourful.
Address: 676 Woodlands Drive 71, #02-36, Singapore 732676
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM–10 PM daily