Varanasi, the ancient holy city of India, is renowned not just for its ghats and temples but also for its delicious cuisine. One dish that Varanasi does exceptionally well is biryani. And when it comes to biryani in Varanasi, there is no better place than Biryani Queen. Tucked away in a bylane near Assi Ghat, Biryani Queen is a small family-run restaurant that has attained legendary status among locals and tourists for its outstanding biryani.
About Biryani Queen
Biryani Queen is run by Mrs. Verma and her family, who have been preparing biryani for over 20 years. Their recipes have been passed down over generations, with each family member adding their own tweaks over time. The result is biryanis that are bursting with flavor and are a testament to the family’s passion for food. From the quality of spices used to the cooking method followed, care is taken with each step to create biryanis that are truly fit for a queen!
- Address: 18-A/13, Near Assi Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001
- Phone: +91 98380 92223
- Hours: 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM
- Google Rating: 4.6/5 based on 768 Reviews
- Website: www.biryaniqueen.com
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- How to get there: It’s a 5-minute walk from Assi Ghat. Just ask any local for directions.
The star attraction at Biryani Queen is the Awadhi biryani, made using basmati rice, aromatic spices, and succulent pieces of meat or vegetables. The rice is perfectly fluffy, each grain coated in flavorful spices and stock. The meat – typically lamb, chicken or shrimp – is extremely tender and juicy. Traditional garnishes like fried onions, coriander and lemon wedges elevate the biryani to royal standards. Don’t miss out on the raita and gravies that perfectly complement the biryani.
Other Dishes ( Menu)
In addition to biryanis, Biryani Queen serves up other Awadhi delicacies like flavorful curries, kebabs and breads. Do try their famous galouti kebab – smokey, melt-in-the-mouth kebabs made with secret spices. Other must-haves are their tangy shahi tukda and velvety shahi paneer.
- North Indian
The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, though the outdoor tables with a view of Assi Ghat are preferable. Service is friendly and efficient even during busy meal times. Home delivery is available within 5kms. Visitors note that the prices here are slightly higher than average, but worth it for the outstanding quality.
Biryani Queen enjoys near-legendary status on travel websites, with reviewers consistently rating it as the ‘best biryani in Varanasi’. First-timers to the restaurant unanimously agree that it serves up biryanis that can rival the best in India. Repeat customers keep coming back for more of Biryani Queen’s signature flavors and warm hospitality.
“The biryani here is to die for! The flavors, the tenderness of the meat, the lightness of the rice – everything is just perfect.” – A recent review on TripAdvisor
“Authentic Lucknowi biryani in the heart of Varanasi. Great flavors, reasonable prices and lovely view. Highly recommend.” – A blogger’s review on a food blog
“Been going here for years during my annual visits to Varanasi. Never disappoints!” – Facebook user
From the flavorful biryanis to friendly staff to its magical location, Biryani Queen offers an experience that no visitor to Varanasi should miss. The biryani here has achieved almost mythical status in Varanasi and the creators of this gem – Mrs. Verma and family – deserve every bit of praise coming their way. Stop by for an unforgettable biryani in an unforgettable setting.