The best biryani being served in Bangkok right now is from the Dum Handi Biryani Company. You can order their products online for delivery if you are in the Bangkom area, or visit one of their two restaurants on the Sukhumvit Road. One is on Sukhumvit Soi 11 near the start of the street, and other on Sukhumvit Soi 22 opposite the Holiday Inn.
We visited the branch on Sukhumvit Soi 11 to check out whether the good reviews we have been hearing about Dum Handi Biryani were true or not.
About Dum Handi Biryani
When you order biryani at Dum Handi Biryani the first thing the waiter will tell you is that you are going to need to wait 30 minutes for the dish to come. That’s because all the biryanis at Dum Handi Biryani are cooked fresh on order in a clay pot (which is called a ‘handi).
Starters and Other Food
Whilst we waited for our biryani to be cooked we were given complimentary papadam and two spicy sauces. There are, however, other dishes you can order at Dum Handi Biryani to eat as starters whilst you wait for main course.
The starters available at both Dum Handi Biryani restaurants include:
- Onion bhaji
- Tikka meats and paneer
When we went to Dum Handi Biryani we ordered their chicken Hyderabadi biryani. The dish cost 419 THB. The paneer version also costs 419 THB. The vegetable version costs a little less at 379 THB.
This isn’t cheap, but the portions were enough for two or even more people as part of a larger range of dishes. The quality of the food is also very high so overall it respresents good value for money in relation to other restaurants in Central Bangkok. In Bangkok there’s normally a big difference in prices you pay at street side foodstalls and prices at smart sit down restaurants.
Dum Handi Biryani is a specialist biryani restaurant and they sell lots of different types of biryani including:
- Paneer Tikka Biryani: 419 THB
- Butter Chicken Biryani: 419 THB
- Kolkata Mutton Biryani: 489 THB
- Veg Lucknowi Biryani: 379 THB
The chicken Hyderabadi biryani we ordered at Dum Handi Biryani was perfectly cooked. The rice was just soft enough and the chicken was moist and flavoursome. It’s difficult to cook biryani perfectly and they manage it well at Dum Handi Biryani.
I order my chicken Hyderabadi biryani spicy. The dish overall was, however, more fragrant than tasting predominantly of hot spices like chilli and that is of course the more authentic way to cook a Hyderabadi biryani. If you are looking for more spice heat then I suggest ordering one of the other dishes to accompany your biryani. The Dum Handi chicken curry, also cooked in a clay pot, is notably good.