Biryani House

343 King St
West Melbourne VIC 3003
+61 3 9329 4323

After my morning classes and after submitting my response to a legal problem (a few days prior to the due date!), I went into the city to have some lunch with Adam. While I usually have a class at 2pm, I decided not to go because this stupid subject is the biggest waste of bullshite subject I’ve ever had to encounter in all my years attending university. It’s a methods-based subject which teaches us to read and write like lawyers and apparently it’s only been around for 1-2 years. Frankly, if Popovic, Burnside, Toohey et al never studied such a subject, then I don’t see why us budding lawyers must take it too. A waste of $1000 if you ask me but anyways, I digress.

We went to Biryani House, which is situated on the corner of King and William Streets and practically a stone’s throw from my work. If I didn’t bring my lunch from home every day, I’d probably go here for lunch but then my workmates would get pissy if I brought in smelly curry into the office, heh. From the name of the place you could probably tell that this place specialises in biryani, a Muslim-influenced Indian dish made out of basmati rice and served with goat, lamb, chicken, beef or vegies which originated in the city of Hyderabad. It is, in fact, Hyderabad’s most famous export apart from V.V.S. Laxman… and for a good reason too.

We both shared a serving of lamb biryani ($8.90), chicken tikka masala ($8.50) and two servings of butter naan ($1.75 per serving of three pieces of naan, so six in total).

The biryani (which cannot be eaten in the pretty bowl it comes in, but instead spooned out on a plate) was full of flavour from the word go. The basmati rice was cooked in a wonderful mixture of yoghurt, ghee, onions, clove, lemon and cardamon. The lamb, too, was just as nice and not too spicy for my taste. It may look and sound like a rich and heavy dish, but I was surprised to find that it was light compared to other Indian places and just enough to keep us full for the rest of the day up until dinner time. Our biryani went well with the creamy, tomato-based sauce that formed the chicken tikka masala which was then mopped up with our naans once the rice was finished. Everything was then washed down with a refreshing glass of mango lassi ($2.50). Ahhhh.

In other news…

-Okay, did I say that the biryani was light? I wonder why, then, my stomach was still feeling like I had just spent two hours eating at Foodstar about two hours later and why I decided to go to Body Balance class at the gym? I did a half-arsed class because every time we did the downward dog, I felt like my insides were going to spill out of my mouth and onto the floor… (didn’t happen though, thank goodness).

– I buy one major purchase every year to treat myself (Okay fine, so I bought two this year [the Macbook and the Chanel]), not including the billions of dinners I go through every so often. My mum and Adam both reckon I shouldn’t buy anything next year but rather, invest in shares. Pffft, when I get my tax return next year (expecting another big one because my work taxes me way too much for some reason), I’m going to buy a DSLR and THEN, I might consider letting Adam invest my money in whatever share takes his fancy – I don’t care what, at least as it makes me some money, hahaha. Big Question: Which DSLR? (Note: MUST be a Canon).

I eat too much.


  1. funky_ass
    August 13, 2009

    do u really need a dslr???/ its big, its gunky and cant fit into ur handbag… arghzthen u’ll end up being tagged GWC!!!because these days everyones a GWC…unless ur taking it up seriously, standard point and shoot is fine.big camera is overkill

  2. peach_water
    August 13, 2009

    MY friend who’s good with cameras.. recommended me canon EOS400d for beginners, so perhaps you can look into that. :)I got to play with a canon DSLR (not sure what model) but loved it!I love the manual zoom, so much fun than pressing buttons. I want one!

  3. KeLlY_Siew
    August 16, 2009

    I want to get that new Olympus EP-1. either that or a canon G10. Small enough to still fit in a bag but take amazing photos. But that will have to wait til next year. This year eventhough my tax return is decent I’m spending a lot on my production. Guess it will all be worth it in the end! :)But geez, yours must have been MASSIVE to have allowed you to such treats!

    August 16, 2009

    @funky_ass – A DSLR would fit into my current work-slash-day-to-day bag, but definitely not any of my smaller evening bags. Hence, this is where Adam comes in. Not only does he look quite decent in a suit, he is good at opening doors and carrying stuff… so in such cases, he will be the GWC ๐Ÿ™‚@peach_water – Oh yes, I was also eying the 400D! The problem, however, is that they don’t seem to sell them at camera shops in Melbourne so I might have to look on eBay (which I’m reluctant to do) or perhaps see if I can find them in Indonesia when I go later this year. @KeLlY_Siew – Yeah, I got a pretty nice tax return this year, but only because my work taxes me too much for some reason. Oh well, in a way it’s good because it means that I can be thrifty during the year and then REALLY treat myself once I get all that money back in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. peach_water
    August 16, 2009

    @SNSAZN – They dont sell it in Melbourne anymore? Ahh.. yes it’s a pretty old model I must say. He recommended it to me like.. 2 years ago? haha. Try getting today’s equivalent.I recommend you going to a camera store along Elizabeth st. I think there’s a man in Ted’s camera store who’s been in the industry for 25 years. He seems to know what he’s talking about!

  6. Vik
    June 9, 2013

    Bad experience worst biryani , chicken was uncooked , no flavour in rice ๐Ÿ™


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