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FoodieS Pick: Spice, Biryani Rice, and Everything Nice

FoodieS Pick: Spice, Biryani Rice, and Everything Nice

Monika Febriana
12 April 2023


Middle Eastern dishes like Biryani are gaining popularity, especially during the month of Ramadan to Eid. For those of you who want to enjoy this spice-rich dish, check out our recommendations!


Biryani Rice in Jakarta

For most people, especially Asians, it’s not a complete meal if you haven’t eaten rice. This is a staple dish you can easily find, especially in Asia, but not all rice is the same. They came in different shapes, small or long, depending on where you come from. There are various types of delicious rice-based dishes to eat. Such as Fried Rice, Pilaf, Pad Kra Pao, Paella, and many more.

One menu that is popular dish is Biryani rice, which is a famous dish from Pakistan and India. As the name implies, “Biryani” means fried or grilled; it refers to the process of cooking the rice. This dish is made of long-shaped Bismati rice, cooked using a mix of spices and chicken broth. 

Their abundant use of spices, such as cardamom, cloves, ginger, cumin, nutmeg, turmeric, onions, garlic, and others, creates a unique taste. The distinctive feature of biryani rice is that it is served with various side dishes, such as lamb, chicken, and assorted vegetables. So where can you buy this aromatic dish?

Al Jazeerah Signature

Al Jazeerah Signature is a famous Arabic restaurant in Jakarta. In this restaurant, you can enjoy various preparations of Basmati rice, such as Mandhi Rice, Biryani Rice, and Kabsa Rice, as well as various other delicious menus.

Fez Kinara

Fez Kinara is a restaurant and lounge located in Kemang, South Jakarta, and serves a variety of Indian, Middle Eastern, and Moroccan menus. Apart from the main meal, you can also enjoy a cup of tea and a variety of menus for appetizers, desserts, and various Middle Eastern snacks.

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

In celebrating Ramadan 2023, Signature Restaurant at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta presents a culinary buffet that offers a variety of food menus from Indonesia to the Middle East. You can also enjoy biryani rice as an iftar menu throughout Ramadan.

InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah

InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah also serves an iftar buffet inspired by Indonesian and Middle East cuisine, one of which is biryani rice. They also present a special dish from one of the famous chefs in Indonesia, Chef Norman, to add to the enjoyment of breaking the fast and having dinner.

Little India

Little India, as the name implies, this restaurant provides a variety of Indian specialties. Your tongue will be spoiled with a variety of dishes rich in spices that tempt your taste buds. Starting from mandhi rice and biryani rice to flatbread, also known as naan.

Pappa Jack

As the first authentic Asian cuisine restaurant, you can find a variety of Asian specialties, including biryani rice, at Pappa Jack. There are also various menu choices for processed rice, including chicken curry, seafood, and rendang. This restaurant already has branches in Jakarta, Tangerang, Depok, Surabaya, and Bali.

Queen's Tandoor

When talking about legendary restaurants, Queen’s Tandoor is included among them. This restaurant was established in 1986, serving Indian and Fusion cuisine. With its unique decor, delectably spiced dishes, thirst-quenching drinks, and sweet-tooth desserts—all from India, Queen’s Tandoor, located in Permata Plaza (Thamrin, Central Jakarta), has stood as a testament to culture. You can try various selections of Biryani rice, such as Dum Biryani, Bamboo Biryani, or Muslim Biryani.

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