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Time Out Says

If you buy the fairytale blurb on Student Biryani’s own myth-making memorabilia, then there was no such dish as biryani – in Pakistan, at least – until a ‘sunny afternoon in October 1969’ when one 40-year-old Haji Muhammad Ali served up ‘a bucket full of aromatic, flavoursome rice that he named biryani’. It’s clear Student Biryani takes its namesake seriously – although perhaps not as seriously as it once did. This Pakistani fast food joint is now popular for its fried chicken, and the result is pretty much Karama’s answer to KFC. Specialising in budget set meals, food arrives fast, served in mounds and liberally spiced. While this might be a brand of some note at home, to a non-Pakistani the fact it’s a chain – and distinctly feels like a chain – makes it feel less exotic and authentic than its similarly priced competitors.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 21 Apr 2014

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