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May 27, 2009 06:36 PM

In desperate need of chicken biryani!

A few days ago, I came across a friend's facebook status describing the delicious, spicy, hot, flavourful chicken tikka masala biryani she had for lunch that day (in Dubai, or I'd already be on the trail of some). Since then, I haven't been able to get biryani out of my mind. On top of that, I'm the type of person who gets hungry when I'm stressed out and as I'm in the middle of exam prep these days, I'm ravenous for some really good biryani. Now being in Mississauga, you'd think that finding some would be an easy task, but I'd rather start of with some good biryani because otherwise its rather hit and miss, and so if anyone can point me in the direction of some that they think is good, at least it'll narrow down the realm of possibilities.

Area: In Mississauga ideally, I'm studying at the University of Toronto Mississauga library these days, but am willing to travel for good biryani

Here are a few things I'd like:
a) white, boneless chicken (I really don't like dark meat)
b) not dry, i hate dried out biryani
c) flavourful - definitely don't want bland, but I don't want ridiculously spicy either
d) not overly oily
e) somewhere I can grab takeout for lunch - I'm alone on my quest and don't really have the time for a sit down meal right now

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as you can see I'm desperate and I'm not exaggerating when I say I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

Places I've thought of but haven't tried the biryani at - if you've had it here, reviews would be great:
a) Bombay Bhel
b) Avani Bistro
c) Tandoori Time - tried this one and not a fan of their biryani
d) The Host (do they even do takeout?)

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    1. In Mississauga there are a plethora of take-out places in the Hurontario/Dundas area. When fresh the biryani at some of these places is very good, though it will not meet all of the criteria set out above.

      I would recommend a place called Eastern Foods which is a grocery store with a takeout counter at the back. It's in a plaza on the northeast corner of Hurontario just past Dundas.

      Some of my friends also like a takeout place called Karachi Kitchen on Dixie north of Burnhamthorpe in the Cora's plaza, can't comment as I haven't tried it.

      Cooking biryani properly takes much time and effort and is only done when demand calls for supply. Much of the biryani made in restaurants is quickly assembled and haphazardly mixed before being served.

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      1. re: pakmode

        I have never had a decent Biryani in Toronto.
        Even Tabla when it was at its best,.. and almost everything was very good, made a wet sloppy mess.
        If you find a decent one, with layers of flavor from freshly ground spices, I would love to hear about it.

        1. re: erly

          Prince of India, on Sherbourme near Wellesley, made great biryanis in the early nineties. Unfortunately, likely due to the awful location, they were never busy and went under.

          I have heard that a small place in a tacky strip plaza near Danforth Rd & Eglinton makes biryanis "to die for" but, for the life of me, I can never remember the name. Not too useful for Mississauga anyway.

        2. re: pakmode

          Thanks for the suggestions. I've tried Eastern Foods before and think that they have decent biryani, and I tried a place called Desi Corner around Hwy 10 and Dundas - again, it was average. Maybe what I'm craving is more the homecooked style :(

            1. re: gimel

              i'll copy and paste what i wrote in that thread ... and it still holds true as i ate there on Sunday afternoon and nothing had changed

              by far the best Biryani i've found in the gta is in this super small whole in the wall place in scarborough at Danforth and Brimley called 'Ghareeb Nawaz'. They have a location in Chicago which is very famous apparently too. Anyways -- the lamb is only available on the weekends....but the chicken is available everyday and is super cheap and good.

              this is no means whatsoever a place to take a's takeout only and and a total hole (albiet with great eats)

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