Student Biryani

Pakistani chain makes its Dubai debut in Karama 15 Reviews

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Looking at the takeaway menu, you’d be forgiven for dismissing Student Biryani as a cheap KFC knock-off. And in many ways, it is – the menu is littered with chicken buckets and meal deals, though one suspects these items were added to Student Biryani’s repertoire in more recent years to satisfy the tastes of a younger Pakistani generation.

As the restaurant’s place mats will tell you, Student Biryani was founded in Pakistan back in the summer of ’69 (well, some time in ’69), specialising in – no prizes for guessing – biryani. The tasty dishes were a hit with students and the venue soon became a nationally recognised brand.

Such is Student Biryani’s popularity among Dubai’s Pakistani and Indian communities that the restaurant is easy to find – it’s likely that most Pakistani taxi drivers will know exactly where it is. Ours did, and dropped us right at the door – not a wrong turn taken. We could, of course, have ordered takeaway (Student Biryani delivers), but while the idea of biryani in a bucket sounded mighty appealing, we were curious to see what Pakistan’s answer to KFC actually looked like.

In truth, it was nothing special – a quirky combination of fast-food chain and run-of-the-mill Karama curry house. Happily, like the fast-food chains of yore, we were administered with plates, knives and forks and a colourful menu offering everything from the aforementioned chicken drumsticks to karhai and korma. We sidestepped the fried chicken and fries in favour of chicken handi, dal fry and, of course, biryani. As you’d expect from any fast-food restaurant, from any continent, our food was with us in no time – first the naan, then a plate piled high with biryani. Such was the spicy aroma, I could almost taste it before the first spoonful entered my mouth, though the smell couldn’t compare to the full flavours of the red and yellow mountain of rice that sat before me.

I’ve long bemoaned the fact that many of Dubai’s Indian and Pakistani restaurants are far too conservative with their spices, yet there’s no such danger at Student Biryani. The biryani, bristling with spice and full of energy, was by far the liveliest dish of its kind I’ve eaten in Dubai. The dal took me by surprise in that it was the spiciest of all the dishes we’d ordered. Happily, the spice invigorated rather than crippled our taste buds, and the soft chick peas provided a nice contrast to the crunchy chillies. The chicken handi was another triumph – a little greasy, maybe, but as authentic a curry as you’ll find anywhere in Karama.

Make no mistake: this is a takeaway joint, which means there’s less choice than there is at, say, Ravi’s. However, the dishes that do feature on Student Biryani’s menu are every bit as good.

The bill (for two)
1x Chicken biryani Dhs15
1x Dal fry Dhs10
1x Chicken handi Dhs20
2x Naan Dhs4
Total (excluding service) Dhs49

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Karama, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 336 9992
  • Travel: Kuwait Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Ahad Abid on 20 Nov ' 12 at 10:26
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Delious food and great value, Big Yes

Posted by: Phoenix on 15 Jun ' 12 at 10:56
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I ordered for Mutton Biryani and it was not at all like Biryani. It was like Mutton Curry stuffed in Rice?
The best Biryani one would get is in Delhi Darbar Restaurant.

Posted by: Azhar on 14 Jun ' 12 at 14:27
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Nice taste, adequate portion and the low price. Unique combo options for a desi joint.

Posted by: AN on 16 May ' 12 at 11:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Extremely arrogant staff for a biryani joint!!!!!
Delivered our food after three hours, discounted it for the delay and apparently they have a list which we went in for complaining because of which they wont deliver to us in the future!!!!!

seriously not worth anybodys while...i am sure we will find another biryani joint to eat!!!!wont starve :-) ....

Posted by: MUHAMMAD TARIQ KHAN on 03 Jan ' 12 at 16:18
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: a on 28 Dec ' 11 at 07:38
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Rajesh on 19 Nov ' 11 at 23:23
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Wasif Ali on 30 Oct ' 11 at 09:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Babar on 31 Aug ' 11 at 09:29
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Biryani taste is good if you compare with other biryanis in Dubai althoug nowhere near to the original Student Biryani from Karachi (it is so yummy and great). Price is okay and i recommand everybody to atleast try once

Posted by: Abdul on 11 Aug ' 11 at 12:36
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very expensive biryani and other items.
Not recommended at all as very expensive and quantity not good, although biryani is okay.

Posted by: SHAN on 10 Aug ' 11 at 10:05
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

There are so many Pakistani joints around the corner that serves Biryani that tastes so much better than this at half the cost but doesn't boast about the brand and it's legacy.
very reasonable superb in taste.

Posted by: Sree on 02 Aug ' 11 at 07:58
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The Biriyani is just fine and nothing more to boast about. The dishes are spicy and tasting good (well, okay!). I would suggest not to go for the take away items like fried chicken (If you want to try those junk stuff better head to some KFC outlets). Not very expensive food and overall it is passable.

Posted by: Rinu on 01 Aug ' 11 at 19:51
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The so called 'Biryani' is nothing but 2 boiled potatoes(quite sizable than the chicken pieces!) and some chicken pieces with layers of rice marinated in a spice mine that numbs your taste buds with the kinda strength it carries.
The Kids meal with chicken pop corns were like chewing soft cork balls.
I really doubt if this brand lives upto what it claims.
There are so many Pakistani joints around the corner that serves Biryani that tastes so much better than this at half the cost but doesn't boast about the brand and it's legacy.
I would never return to this place or neither recommend anyone here.

Posted by: Sam on 11 Jan ' 11 at 12:53
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

just go there for the biryani and maybe finger fish.

Posted by: shehzad gadit on 06 Jan ' 11 at 12:38
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

excellent biryani

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