Student Biryani.

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The News had a report on Student Biryani in today’s newspaper, an excerpt of which is below:

Student Biryani is considered to be the standard for biryani in a city where the number of people eating rice is almost equal to those whose staple diet is bread. For them, this is a restaurant that has delivered mouth-watering biryani for as long as they can remember. People in their sixties today remember the time when they were students and had to pool money to eat at the Cafe Student on special occasions.

Somehow, I feel that Student Biryani’s standard of quality has gone down ever since they expanded their business, although I may be wrong, seeing that I havent had it in over a year. But the general consensus amongst my friends and colleagues is that they’d prefer Biryani Centre’s biryani anyday, which is more spicier and has a better taste. What do you think?

38 Comments so far

  1. zain (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    Now Biryani Centre’s stuff is just ok not better than Student’s.

    For me, Student’s is anytime better than anyone. And I love to go to their Saddar outlet.

    Biryani there at 8 PM then a Benson standing outside..

  2. Anathema (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    Biryani Centre tastes like turmeric tossed in rice and oil.

    im all for students biryani, even though teh flavour has disappeared, and its terribly greasy now. but i wouldnt compare students biryani to biryani centre at all. biryani centre is bland, and lots of “garam masala”, while students biryani still feels like biryani masala cooked with rice and steamed all teh way through. and their raita is divine.

    if there is one biryani id prefer to students (apart from home cooked), is Jeddah Food Centre’s (beside motta’s)

  3. Tariq (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 4:04 pm

    Student’s is still god and they have even come up with healthy option of biryani made with corn oil. Other than student’s the only biryani i’ve had thats worth having is from indus food in khadda market.

  4. Amir (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 4:07 pm

    Well you are right standard of Student Biryani is not upto the mark now.

  5. Mohsin (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

    I agree Students’ standard has gone down, Food Center’s biryani is awesome and so is of Premier’s.

  6. Erum (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

    Ahhh the biryani picture is too tempting.. esp for someone like me far away from home, is working late hours with almost an empty stomach right now. it kills!!!

    well .. i prefer students over any other biryani. it just tastes perfect, has the right kind and right amount of spices.

    For those who dont know, they also have a website ( although most of the links dont work (sadly), but sometime back I was on their website and everything was working. They also have canned biryani and chicken ginger masala etc. very reasonably priced. I got some cans on my last visit to homeland. And did you know Students biryani also has an outlet in NYC .. yes that’s new york city!

  7. Smiley Ali (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

    try master biryani at burns road, closing time is 4 pm

  8. Syed (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

    Don’t just tease you biryani lovers, send the samples here :-)..
    damn you karachites…feel very lucky to have the best tasting food right at your doorsteps…
    I don’t have the karachi ki student biryani since 7 years. The outlet of student biryani at New York better start callling it “Pullaao” ya “mayiyat kay chawwal” because it tastes just like that.
    A friend from New York…

  9. Sarwar (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

    Anyone heard of Bohri ki Biryani on Burns Road?

  10. Erum (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 8:00 pm

    lol @ Syed

    That’s exactly what i was affraid of .. the quality of biryani going down in new york .. but still i never expected it to taste like ‘pulao’

  11. Kaash (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

    Well as a proud Chicagoan I’d say we have the best food available here on Devon Ave…Awesome Biryana from Bismillah, Kick ass Magahz Fry / Nihari from Usmania and Sabri, great tasting Mithai/Falooda from Tahoora, yummy Pans are all over the place. I’m afraid to say but sometimes I really dont miss Karachi food.

  12. Razi (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

    Chicago Sabri’s Nihari awesome ….. atleast for this part of the world. As far as Biryani is concerned, Student’s was very good in its time prior to them hitting the jackpot. However I am still sort of biased towards Burns Road, where besides Biryani, you could always indulge in Dhaaga Kabab and Nihari. And….who would forget the Rabriwala at the corner of that lane.

  13. momy (unregistered) on January 19th, 2006 @ 11:59 pm

    ohh have u tried buddy ki biryani??? i know u didn’t.. cos its the yummiest biryani made by my sis…::::::::)

  14. Zami (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 1:34 am

    “who would forget the Rabriwala at the corner of that lane”

    and Lussi wala.. and Fresco and Bashani. Perhaps the list goes on….

  15. Imran (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 2:33 am

    thanks for reliving all these memories .. I went to DJ college, and knew all these Burns Road places and their people by name …. the pairay wali lassi, Frescos… Sabris ….

    “Kaash” a.k.a Proud Chicagoan – Sabri’s nihari at Devon is definitely good – and I still drive ~5hrs every other month just to sample this, but it really doesnt match the original one!


  16. Neelam (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 3:53 am

    Now that biryani is some biryani! Anyone knows how long its been there? cuz i know my parents used to go there when we were toddlers and I went there when i visited KHI.. I loved their Biryani!

  17. Neelam (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 3:59 am

    P.S. Houston, unlike Chicago, I dont think is much for desi food! I mean as many desi reside here, the food here just does not live up to the original taste u got back home. And its like for some reason when a new restaurant opens here (i.e. Sabri Nihari), it was so awesome, but with time and popularity, there food got horrible!

  18. Neoxeekhrobe (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 5:59 am

    After reading all these comments I am hungry.

    111 111 778

    Wana join?

  19. Erum (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 6:33 am

    damn im hungry too .. today is definitely going to be a biryani day for me .. but sadly no Pakistani restaurants here .. will have to settle for the indian version of biryani.

    Karachi’s the best when it comes to food!

  20. Illusionfs (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 10:39 am

    Biryani tasting like Pullao: that is the punjabi version of biryani that you normally get in Lahore or Pindi. So I am assuming that the Students biryani is managed by some Pindi/Lahori ppl.

    The best biryani that I have had so far is at Food Center, Burns Road. I dont know but whenever I goto Students Biryani Cafe, it doesnt taste as good as when we order the daig and eat it at home.

    Karachi has the best food available in Pakistan. I dont know if many of you agree, but isnt Roll Kabab becoming the symbolic food item of Karachi.
    *hot and spicy & red apple etc*

  21. Illusionfs (unregistered) on January 20th, 2006 @ 10:41 am

    I mean the Students biryani in NYC is managed by some Pindi/Lahori ppl.

  22. abid ali siddiqui (unregistered) on January 21st, 2006 @ 1:33 am

    chooro yaar students biriyani
    chack out food center

  23. zami (unregistered) on January 21st, 2006 @ 2:48 am

    How about Premier Buryani at Johar Moorh (near Lasania-Millenium Mall)? Its getting quite reputable in that area.

  24. karachi4eva (unregistered) on January 21st, 2006 @ 6:13 am

    okk okkk okkkkk i know dey have tyte ass biryani in karachi, chicago and even in houston and dallas ….. buh c’mmon sum1 tell me where best biryani at in london!?

  25. Illusionfs (unregistered) on January 21st, 2006 @ 11:26 am

    In London, I think the one I had at Himalaya *restaurant* on Green Street *Upton Park* was the most reasonable biryani I had in a restaurant in London or you can get Shan kay masalay and try it for yourself :)

  26. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on January 21st, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    Student has definitely lost their touch and flavour. I have gone to Biryani Centre at chundrigar a lot and most of times it tastes good. Also, food center burns road serves good biryani – their karimabad branch is not up to the mark.

  27. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on January 21st, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

    I’m still one of the people who appreciates Student’s biryani, even though it has become greasier by the day.

    Other good biryani in Karachi can be foiund at Indus Foods in Khadda Market, and in Jaan’s Biryani in Saddar.

  28. Karachiite (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

    Yeah, Jeddah Centre’s biryani is way too good…yum..

    But yeah, Student’s Biryani is gettin greasier..too oily!!

  29. umar (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2006 @ 6:59 am

    oh..this is too much…it seems to me you guys love ‘Biryani’, I visited Student’s in 2004, it was not as it used to be in 80s. anyway I enjoyed. This summer I am planning to visit Chicago Insha Allah. Some of you folks mention Sabri Nehari. Is this place also have Biryani? Anyother good resturant in Chicago area? Here in DC area there are few good resturants, if anyone intresed I will happy to post..


  30. wasiq (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 1:31 am

    Has anyone noticed that the biryani offered at all these joints mentioned above is VERY different from the biryani we get at weddings and parties served by the famous catering ….?
    I like there Aroma and taste more …..

  31. Sarwar (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 2:39 am


    Please post the good desi restaurants in DC. I know of Ravi Kabab House and Food Factory. What else is there?

  32. Razi (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 11:36 pm


    RAVI is the best place for Karahi Gosht. Not sure of a great Biryani Place. Did you try Aabshaar? Whenever I am visiting Alexandria I always go to the older Afghan Place by Crystal City. Not sure what the name is. They have opened a newer place right next to it but by experience there was horrendous.

  33. sarwar (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 12:08 am


    If I am not mistaken, the old afghan place is called Food Factory and It is near the Ballston Metro Station. They have a branch in College Park MD, which was a total waste of time. I have had food catered by Abshaar and it was really good.

    so far, Raavi is highest rated in my books.
    Don’t know of any other good Desi (non Indian) Restaurants in DC Metro.

  34. Kaash (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 10:18 pm

    I’d recommend these.
    1- Usmania for Maghaz fry and Reg. Nihari and PAYA. (actually pretty much everything off the menu is good but above is the best)

    2- Sabri–> Nehari, Frontier Gosth, Passanda Kabob is the best. Lamb Biryani is acceptable as well kafi masalay daar hoti hai.

    3- JK Kabob House—> Chilli Chicken, Behari Kabob, boti kabob, tikka is the best. Plus they serve you a complimentary Chicken Corn soup and that is the yummiest.

    4- Yummiest and cheapest Chicken biryani of town is from Bismillah Restaurant on Ridge Ave by Devon. Also try Chicken Boti paratha.

    5- For sweets Tahoora is the place to go and take care of your sweet tooth. Make sure to have taste of their FALOUDA.
    well thats top five of my list…take care n good luck.

    PS: Since you are here in Summer, dont forget to have some Gunnay (sugarcane) ka juice on devon.

  35. Noman (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 10:09 am

    Being in Chicago for a long time (as a poor student) I miss “Gareeb Nawaz”. Sabri was way too expenisve as compared to others. There were some Desi Italian Restuarant at Devon(forget name) that was quite good as it offered HALAL. JK was just “lot of meat”. Never tried Usmania. I miss Giordano’s pizza. It was the best. Couple of months ago ,I visited Chicago again and tried Greek Town at Halsted and Jackson intersection,it was cool(by that time I had stopped distinguishing Halal/Jhatka). Now being Professional making handsome amount of money ,I still miss Gareeb Nawaz some times, how pretty those days were when I had no money but peace.

  36. Noman (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    Faluda of tahoora was the worst faluda of my life.I could remember that. Quite a small glass for 4 bucks, was really shocked to see the glass size. Neither quality nor quantity

  37. Kaash (unregistered) on January 30th, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

    Noman Bhai,
    Gareeb Nawaz food quality has gone down drastically including its Biryani…Bismillah is definately a perfect replacement with good ole $3/plate. You must be thinking of Italian Express but I’m sorry if I wanna go eat Italian, I’d go ta real Italian rest. which Chicago is very famous for. Yaar Sabri ituna bhi mehnga nahi hai..I mean the most expesnive dish there is $13 & the rest of the menu is well under 10 bucks and that is totally accepatble for decent food. Falouda..humm I think thats the best I’ve had for sugeestions though.

    BTW Giordano’s is indeed da best pizza anyone could ever taste. Karachiites needs to tastte this n they’ll never ever go back to Pizza Hut.

  38. Kaash (unregistered) on January 30th, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    Which school did u go to? Columbia?? just curious

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