Hope you doing good.
Today we are heading towards the eastern side of namma Bengaluru to taste the famous Mallika Biryani. Heard a lot but due to lockdown, this visit got delayed.
Giving the current situation, I was reluctant to visit any places. But then read a lot about this place so just phoned them up to ensure safety measures and started with my friend.
Considering the popularity, I choose to visit during weekdays while managing my work.
It took around 45-50 mins drive to reach this place. I just hoped that the biryani is worth this trip.
It opens at 12 PM. So the plan is to reach sharp at 12 to avoid the rush and have a quick hassle-free experience. In fact, I was thinking not many people will come at 12 and asked my friend to let me have a coffee around as I was hungry and skip breakfast for Mallika Biryani.
We reached dot 12, to my surprise it was already crowded and you can see a lot of vehicles parked around the restaurant. Little scared but we thought let’s follow the rules and get in line.
How it started:
The owner’s name is Venkatesh. He started this restaurant around 6 years back. They have become quite popular in Bengaluru in a short time. From 1 Kilo meat, in the beginning, they sell around 500 kilos of meat on Sunday. Actually, he is a Diploma holder in computer science. He started a business and suffered losses. He desired to do something of his own and independent. So he began this restaurant with only Rs. 1000/-. This is his own recipe which they called now-famous Mallika Biryani.
On entering the restaurant, I like the fact that the restaurant is open, so you are not sitting in an enclosed place.
I told my friend to hold the place as I was not sure of that once it gets crowded.
You see the menu board with mention of just 5 dishes. When you step in a restaurant you come to know there are only 5-6 dishes. I believe that is always a good sign.
They use a combination of Jeera and bullet rice. Usually, jeera rice is very sticky and bullet rise, grains are separate. So its combination of 2 different types of rising. To be honest you can easily smell the aroma, that smokiness even with your mask on. It’s 100% wood fire biryani.
The queue moves very fast. It’s simple, you give an order, you pay and collect your token, give it to the counter and collect the food. Since the menu is very limited, we decided to taste everything.
Their signature dish is nati Mutton Biryani. Along with that, we ordered Chicken Biryani, mutton fry, and chicken fry. Tough my favorite mutton Biryani, my experience of that is not very great. Specially mutton being undercooked and quantity ration with Biryani rice.
By the time I got my plate of food, this place became crowded. But with an open setup, high ceiling, plenty of fresh air coming in you will good and safer with the current situation.
They use disposable plates for all food items which is a good thing. What makes this restaurant famous is their mutton biryani. And believe me guys, the quantity that you get will literally test the durability of that disposable plate.
Biryani is served with Raita and Sherva (mutton gravy). There is plenty of meat in mutton Biryani. It has easily 5-6 pieces of tender mutton. Mutton is cooked in nice juicy pink and just slides off the bone. Tough the rise and masala are the same, I feel the flavors are deeper in mutton biryani.
The same spices go in both mutton and chicken biryani. But interestingly biryani tastes so different because of the meat.
This is sort of biryani where you need to enjoy the rice and meat together. The Biryani retains the age-old smoky flavor that you get when cooked on firewood.
Definitely with Mallika Biryani you see very unique in its approach.
Well, this was my first time with Mallika Biryani and I was not sure what to expect. Heard a lot, expected a lot, and to be honest got a lot.
Really happy to know that Mallika Biryani is the brainchild of an individual who has no background in the food business and succeeded in the venture. As I look around a lot of happy faces enjoying food makes you feel really happy.
On hygiene, I will rate it low but take precautions and ensure you visit Mallik Biryani.
Mallika Biryani: Bileshivale Main Rd, Near SSR College, Essel gardens, Bileshivale, Karnataka 560077
Cost for two: INR 300-400 ($ 4 -6)
Value for Money: 5
No Prices for guessing……One of the best local variants of the biriyani with a generous serving of meat. The dry items were so well done that it melts in the mouth especially the liver dry. The mutton pieces are well cooked in the Biriyani and are married to the taste of the biriyani. A must-try for all biriyani lovers.