This ain’t no spicy fried chicken or even your regular street food, cause like most other things lavish and decadent that Dubai is known for, the city is now home to the world’s most expensive biryani.
Bombay Borough, an all-day modern Indian bar and eatery, located in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) neighbourhood, is serving this generously portioned feast, clocking in at AED1,000 or a cool Rs20,000. Expensive? Sure, but it also promises a royal feast with all the fixings.
The royal gold biryani, as it is called, was added to the menu on February 1st , in celebration of the restaurant completing one year. So, what exactly makes this special eh?
Served on a gold thaal, the massive biryani platter comes loaded with Kashmiri lamb seekh kebabs, old-Delhi lamb chops, Rajput chicken kebabs, succulent Mughlai koftas and malai chicken roast, served on a bed of saffron-infused biryani.
The kebabs are topped with edible 23-karat gold leaf. If that’s not enough, the platter is served alongside five different gravies and accompaniments. Three different varieties of rice are used to lend this dish its unique flavour and texture. It can comfortably feed five-six people, so we suggest you skip breakfast and indulge in this meal at a leisurely pace.
According to Pradeep Jethani, partner, Bombay Borough, it made sense to choose biryani as their celebratory dish, as it is one of the most popular and well-loved meals among the Indian diaspora in the city. “Plus, Dubai is home to a vast population of South Asians who relish their biryani and this just made the most sense for us,” he says.
He adds that Dubai and gold are so synonymous, that’s where the idea for adding edible gold came about. It also had to lend a sense of grandeur and nothing better than gold, to do that.
“We wanted to ensure that the biryani would cater to different palates–for instance, some prefer lamb over other meats, or some only prefer chicken. We’ve tried to make sure that there is something for everyone, as it’s a sharing platter,” he says.
The dish is a celebration of all things lavish and indulgent, just what Dubai is known for. In fact, the restaurant is now selling at least one platter of the royal gold biryani each day.
You need to ideally pre-order the biryani a day in advance. It typically takes the chefs around 45 minutes to an hour to prepare. Till then, here are some images of what the world’s most expensive biryani looks like: