This place is a blessing in disguise with the name giving hint that it would be only floating biryani all across but fortunately it is a full course family diner with a great spread of Hyderabadi feast. The place is a recent eruption in sector-18, Noida very close to Barista. Opened under a month and is earning great response with the help of their masterchef Bilal a great import from land of nawabs who was trained in Paradise (if you are familiar with the most famous Biryani destination in Hyderabad)
The place occupies spacious 1st and 2nd floor with enough people to occupy with simple decor but all concentration towards their core food. I tried a good lot of meat here starting with Chicken 65, Pepper Prawn and Apollo fish; The chicken is usual Chindian but comes with a heat of Hyderabad and little more spices nothing much to rave about though, fish was a delight as it was delicately cooked with all finesse wrapped in spices and delivers a great taste, the prawns were slightly undercooked and had unusually thick batter soaking up excessive oil.
A rose-lassi makes for a perfect “partner in crime” to the nawabi delight with nostalgic taste of Hamdard Roohafza with every small sip you slide closer to childhood memories. By this time the main course was ready to be plated with Andhra fish curry, Dum ka mutton & shahi Jhinga; the Andhra fish curry is a delight with super soft pieces boiled and then stir fried with thick spicy paste of chillies and masala all over it. Dum ka mutton was tender meat dum-cooked with thick gravy it tasted a little bland and was not up-to my specification of Hyderabadi delight, The Shahi Jhinga was a close contender to Dum ka mutton with excessive oil glazing the prawn which tasted very average.
The best part was definitely yet to be tried with their Biryani’s. They have a variety of it with chicken, Mutton, Fish & prawn all available selections but its better to stick to non-sea food fare while going for biryani as somehow the fish tends to get soggy with rice in a closed serving dish. I tried the keema Biryani which has options of chicken or mutton I took the Chicken one, Mutton biryani with bone is something that cant be missed in any biryani house.
Both of them are plated in small mud pots with a little coal that burns on top of rice (which is the winning trick for them and probably earned them this name too) giving it very rare smoky incense. The chicken one comes with small chunks of chicken which is not exactly keema but tastes great. The mutton variant is a must have from them with a perfect taste, lightly spiced and long colourful basmati. The fixed sides for both biryani are Mirchi ka salan and Raita where the Mirchi ka salan is super hot on the after taste and should be handled with utmost care.
The finishing note of any mughlai fare can be a comforting Shahi-Tukda which is beautifully plated with good servings of Almond, Cashews and raisins coupled with off market cherries. An off the menu fruit punch is a good drink as well which is soon to be added on menu.
Verdict- The place is a good choice if you are looking to have biryani or fish which comes with great serving portions, taste and is not so pricey either. The heat is not exactly Andhra level but is probably good enough to make a north Indian to rush “pillar to post”. The total PLF(Pocket Loosing Factor) for all the above was 2800 INR.