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Best chicken biryani in Montreal?

BLM Aug 1, 2006 05:08 PM

I know just about all the Indian & Pakistani restaurants makes chichen biryani, but I want to know who makes the best. I've had a recent craving for them. The best one I've tried so far is 786 Halal Restaurant(& it was very good). Maybe there're others just as good or better.

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    BLM Aug 9, 2010 12:31 PM

    I tried the chicken biryani recently at 786 Halal restaurant, but I was unimpressed this time. Has something changed with their chicken biryani(or maybe a different chef)?

    1. Peaches to Poutine Jul 12, 2010 01:49 PM

      In re: the query about upscale innovation Indian cuisine, I've got nothing but praise for Atma, tucked away on St. Laurent. It's intimate, the young Indian staff keep things just hip enough where I don't feel odd that I don't own vintage kicks, sometimes there are DJs and the food has been quite exceptional (if I am remembering correctly, their menu is fairly extensive). Just my two cents.

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      1. re: Peaches to Poutine
        OliverB Jul 12, 2010 06:34 PM

        Wow, Atma looks like a really nice place... if the food is equally as great this will be a new favorite of mine!

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          Peaches to Poutine Jul 13, 2010 04:45 AM

          I hope you like it! I am thinking of going there this weekend because I haven't been in a while. And heck, I always love yummy Indian food.

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        OliverB Jul 12, 2010 11:21 AM

        I don't mean to hijack this thread, but is there any REALLY phenomenal and innovative, upscale Indian restos in the city that could be compared to places like Devi in New York?

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        1. re: OliverB
          hungryann Jul 12, 2010 01:17 PM

          There is a branch of Devi in Montreal and you may want to check out Karma in the West Island.

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            BLM Jul 12, 2010 01:30 PM

            Devi in Montreal was originally connected with Devi NYC, but not anymore.

        2. SnackHappy Jul 6, 2010 05:23 PM

          As long as we're bumping threads and discussing biryani. Does anyone have tips on finding good Sri Lankan biryani? I've been meaning to try the one at Momoï, but when I drove by recently the place was closed and there was a For Sale sign in the window.

          Anybody with first hand knowledge who could give a recco?

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            BLM Jul 12, 2010 10:48 AM

            Also been thinking of Sri Lankan biryani lately. Saw something on television regarding it, just over a week ago.

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              Tiny Iota Jul 12, 2010 06:07 PM

              Try V.I.P on Beaumont near Parc, it's across the street from where Momoi was. I know they have it, just haven't tried it yet. I did have their Kothu Parotta which was excellent.

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              yeggy Jul 6, 2010 05:39 AM

              I had one recently at Punjab Palace, 920 Jean Talon west. A bit hot for my taste but excellent none the less.

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                Rizzo1 Aug 9, 2010 12:26 PM

                While on the topic of Punjab Palace, their downtown location (a.k.a. Thali, on St-Marc) also has a killer chicken biryani. Note: unless you like a lot of heat, even medium is very spicy!

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                Evilbanana11 Jul 4, 2010 03:56 PM

                What else would you guys recommend at 786 Halal? I'd like to try the biryani but would also like to taste a few other dishes at the same time.


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                  maj54us Jul 4, 2010 10:33 PM

                  I think I tried everything on their menu, my favorites were the charga chicken, chana masala, channaa aloo, butter chicken, ginger chicken.

                  Halal 786 Restaurant at 768 Jean Talon, Montreal, QC H2R1V1, CA (no typo on the address and on the second floor in an ancient decor of a greek restaurant.

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                  pouletsecret Dec 24, 2006 06:41 PM

                  I'll third that. Plus, FYI a second 786 has opened in Toronto, on Gerrard, if you're ever in town. The usual Montreal chef has been there training the TO chefs, so hopefully they'll carry on his inspired tradition.

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                  1. re: pouletsecret
                    BLM Dec 24, 2006 07:51 PM

                    Went to 786 Halal last week, & tried their chicken biryani again(excellent as usual). Heard about the 786 location in Toronto. It's the same menu(I'm curious if the prices are about the same).

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                    maj54us Dec 6, 2006 09:22 PM

                    I second that restaurant Halal 786 has an amazing biryanni. Make sure you tell the waiter if you like spicy or extra spicy.

                    This place is a great find. Only once I was with the biryanni and it wasn't the usual chef doing it. I told them about it and they fixed it right away.

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                      maj54us Jul 3, 2010 04:49 AM

                      I discovered last summer another place that does pakistani chicken biryanni on jarry street. I noticed that I prefer the pakistani version of biryanni compared to those made in indian restaurant. My favorites there are also their charga chicken and the butter chicken. Totally another twist from halal 786 I love both places but their cooking is different in taste.

                      Also I notice that you will have more success at 786 with the day cook if you got used to a certain taste with biryanni because sometimes there's not enough spices and the rice is white instead of all the yellow orange colors.

                      Anyone has another spot that has a great pakistani version biryanni rice?

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                        hungryann Jul 4, 2010 06:25 PM

                        Are you referring to Sana on Jarry?

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                          maj54us Jul 4, 2010 10:29 PM

                          Yes I am but the new feature that adds the name of the place vanished. I'll try again with this post and copy paste.

                          Sana Restaurant Halal Food - 655 Rue Jarry W Montreal, QC

                          Sana Restaurant Halal Food
                          655 Rue Jarry W, Montreal, QC H3N1G3, CA

                          1. re: maj54us
                            BLM Jul 12, 2010 10:46 AM

                            Thanks I want to their chicken biryani next.

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                        Mr F Jul 6, 2010 07:53 AM

                        Another point for 786: the 10km delivery radius. Have yet to try the biryani, but will order again soon. (We found the veggie dishes more compelling than the meats.)

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                          maj54us Aug 7, 2010 11:44 AM

                          I didn't like their beef kabab at rest halal 786. As if there is to much spice in it not enough meat. I love the one a Sana restaurant . As for Sana I don't know, I hope it's not true that they might have a change in the administration. I hope their chef will not leave ort if he does, need to keep track of where he's going.

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                            hungryann Aug 7, 2010 09:26 PM

                            I was at Sana on Friday and everything was as delicious as ever. Do you know when the chef is supposed to leave?

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