Bismillah Biryani Restaurant in Little India is an eatery that is included in the Singapore Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list. Occupying 2 old shophouses along Dunlop Street, the restaurant has become an experiential travel destination of sorts. Tourists eat there so that they can say they have an authentic experience of local cuisine and culture. Bismillah Biryani Restaurant is certainly quite an interesting restaurant in a colourful location and it does serve pretty good Biryani Rice and Kebabs.
Bismillah Biryani Restaurant in Little India
Located at the junction of Perak Road and Dunlop Street, Bismillah Biryani Restaurant looks dated or even a little run down. There are louvre windows that have fallen into disrepair. Those windows, and the restaurant itself, would make interesting subject matters for the arty photographers.
Bismillah Biryani Restaurant in Little India actually has two sections. The section occupying the corner shophouse is cooled by ceiling fans and whatever breeze that may come in through those louvre windows. In the other shophouse, the dining space is air-conditioned and the furniture is just a tad more contemporary.
Bismillah Biryani Restaurant Menu
The menu is straightforward and simple. There are a variety of biryani and kebabs for mains and a few side dishes and desserts. Below are pictures of the menu of Bismillah Biryani Restaurant.
Lunch at Bismillah Biryani Restaurant
We had lunch at Bismillah Biryani Restaurant in Little India recently. It has a self-service system. We ordered Chicken Biryani ($9) and Chicken Chapli Kebab ($6). A glass of lime juice was $3 and a can of soft drink was $1.50.
The Biryani rice at Bismillah Biryani Restaurant is not like most of the nasi biryani commonly found in food centres and coffeeshops. It serves the Pakistan style dam biryani. The marinated meat would be cooked with the rice together with herbs and spices. The rice served was not drenched in curry or any gravy. The fluffy grains of basmati rice were not sticky. The dish was dry but the rice by itself was full of flavours and the chicken was tasty.
Chicken Chapli Kebab
The Chapli Kebab was another Pakistani dish made from ground chicken, herbs and various spices. It looked like a hamburger patty. It had a nice texture and was packed with flavours. The taste was quite special – definitely more interesting than hamburger patties.
Good but not Cheap
The biryani and kebab we tried at Bismillah Biryani Restaurant were good. Eating there is quite an interesting experience. It is thus not surprising that the restaurant is frequently recommended to the tourists. It follows that the prices are also more for the tourists than the ordinary patrons.
Overall Rating: 3TOPs
Bismillah Biryani Restaurant
50 Dunlop Street
Tel: +65 9382 7937
Opening Hours: 11.30 am -3 pm; 5.30 pm – 9 pm
Nearby MRT Station: Rochor, Jalan Besar
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