29, Kadawatha Road, Off Anderson Road, Kalubowila
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If you're having people over and don't want to cook or just having a family meal, we highly recommend Pot Biriyani for takeaway or delivery. It's run by a friendly family and they make tasty, well presented and generous biriyani, among other things.
Out of all the biriyanis we've had, these guys are in our Top 5.
All things biriyani.
They've got string hopper biriyani as well. You get to pick between chicken, mutton, beef or seafood. They also have cupcakes and other stuff up for grabs so make sure you go through their menu. Aside from individual orders, they also cater to events so call them up and inquire if you're interested.
Keep in mind that a small pot of biriyani (enough for 4-6) costs Rs. 2,200 while the larger portion (enough for 8-10) cost us Rs. 3,200.
You'll have to call them up on to place an order about two days ahead. The lady will take your details down or- depending on how clear your line is- you might have to send them a text with all your details. Delivery is available as well.
They'll deliver your biriyani right on time, if not a few twenty minutes or so earlier. You'll have to pay for the tuk fare as delivery charge. They operate from deep inside the Dehiwela suburbs, so to get here they charged us about Rs. 300. The food is brought neatly packaged and the accompaniments are organised into separate containers.
The biriyani is a typical Hyderabadi dum biriyani and is served in a large clay pot. We thought the packaging was super cool but here at the HQ, there's a few of us trying to figure out how to put the large pot to good use.
Aside from the excess amount of chicken in the pot, we also got two parcels of fried tandoori-spiced chicken.
There were four large chunks of chicken, well fried with a fiery orange coating and adequate seasoning. The chicken was soft and tender to the bite. Initially, we were a bit taken aback with the rather hefty amount of meat, but it didn't go to waste in the end.
There were three large containers, each containing the standard green peas, onion achcharu and maldive fish sambol. I'm not a huge fan of any of these items, but:
Since our last review, they haven't dropped in terms of quality or quantity. Their biriyani has to be one of the best in the city and they're the perfect choice if you're hosting a large group.