Dada Boudir Biryani – Pride Of Barrackpore – Part I

Mutton Biryani

Mutton Biryani

Every time there is a discussion on the best places for Biryani in and around Calcutta, there would be quite a few vouching strongly for either Dada Boudi of Barrackpore or Asma of Baruipore. Situated on the northern and southern fringes of Greater Calcutta respectively, these are places few from the main city have actually visited. So, most accept their inclusion to the top list without much argument.

Dada Boudi Restaurant

Dada Boudi Restaurant, the new outlet

Our plan to visit these two, though was made quite a few years back, kept on delaying for some reason or the other. Finally, one fine Saturday afternoon, we boarded an auto rickshaw from Dunlop and began our journey to Barrackpore and the famous Dada Boudir Hotel. A 30 minutes ride took us to the S.N. Banerjee Road / B.T. Road crossing (Barrackpore Chiriyamore), the last stop for the auto. The road to our right, going towards the station, is the one we took.

From the top floor of the restaurant. The railway station is that close.

From the top floor of the restaurant. The railway station is that close.

Dada Boudir Hotel is a small makeshift, roadside hotel opposite the Barrackpore Railway Station. It is like any other shack found near railway stations. But the Biryani it serves, helped it grow popular. From what we heard, the Biryani is famous mainly for three reasons. One, the amount served is huge. Not only rice, the potato and meat pieces are huge too. Two, it is spicy and rich in taste. Have also heard that it is jhaal (hot). Three, the price is very pocket friendly. No doubt something like this will be a huge hit, specially if situated near a railway station.

Stairs leading to the third floor dinning hall

Stairs leading to the third floor dinning hall

The popularity of Dada Boudir Hotel have reached such height, that, we heard, one has to stand in queue for hours to get his turn. Their old outlet have still been kept like it used to be with basic seating arrangements. And an year ago they have opened a new outlet nearby, with AC facilities and multi-floor seating arrangements. Our plan was to dine in at the new outlet and pack food from the old.

The new outlet looked big from outside. The sitting is on the first, second and third floors. The third floor however is an extension and not full sized. When we entered, however, we found the sitting area inside is not very big and the space is cramped. They operate on shared table concept and the first floor, which was already full when we entered, was looking like a marriage dining hall, trying to accommodate a sudden rush of invitees, who are in a hurry and terribly hungry too. Not a great scene if you plan to dine here with your family. We understood their plan is to serve as many people as they can, rather create a better dining experience in the new outlet. When we were leaving, the first and second floors were nearly empty and looked much better. So ambiance will vary from good to horrible according to your luck.

The third floor dining hall

The third floor dining hall

We climbed up to the third floor, which can be termed as an extension of an attic. The ambiance here was marginally better, though be aware of the uneven floor and the slippery tiles used in the ramp (who uses slippery tiles in a ramp!). Occupying the table on the corner (a three seater), so that we don’t have to share it, we ordered a Mutton Biryani and one Chicken Reshmi Kebab (most of the kebabs listed on the menu was not available). The person taking our order was a friendly guy and he was trying his best. We were told the kebab will take some time, and hence asked to serve the biryani first. After 10 minutes they both came together, though that was not an issue with us.

The mutton biryani. This was half the rice, half the potato and the full meat.

The mutton biryani. This was half the rice, half the potato and the full meat.

The Biryani! Finally!! The famous Dada Boudir Biryani!!! Our mouths were salivating and we could hardly wait to dig into it. The portion was huge with large pieces of potato and meat. Reason one is true then.

Quality of meat

Quality of meat

The Biryani looked very oily though. We took the first mouthful and realised, the excess oil have killed the taste. Either they serve oily biryani, or they have served from the bottom of the deg. Whatever the reason might be, they have completely ruined our experience. The biryani was spicy and jhaal (hot) too, to some extent. Sans that excess oil it would have been a decent one. So reason two is true, but only partially.

The oily plate after we were done

The oily plate after we were done

The Chicken Reshmi Kebab pieces were large and flavourful. However the meat was not soft and quite chewy. So the overall experience was not good. There are lots of lesser known places who will make a better kebab any day.

Chicken Reshmi Kebab

Chicken Reshmi Kebab

The prices in the menu were inclusive of all taxes, and a plate of mutton biryani cost us 200 bucks. Even considering the huge amount of rice served (which actually doesn’t make sense, as you won’t be able to share with only one piece of meat), we are unable to call this place pocket-friendly. If we consider other popular Biryani places, almost everywhere you will get mutton biryani below 200 including taxes (and for most of the places an egg, which you won’t find here). And the ambiance and service of most of them are far better than Dada Boudi Restaurant. Add to that nowhere will you have to share tables. And the places, were you will have to, cost much less.

The empty 2nd floor looked much decent

The empty 2nd floor looked much decent

In all this is a pretty ordinary place. We don’t know yet, if this is the best option in Barrackpore (will try more places in the neighbourhood soon), but it’s definitely not worth travelling for. Heart broken we started moving towards our second destination of the day – the original outlet or the Dada Boudi Hotel. What we found there? Click here to read about that.

Dada Boudi Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

3 Comments

Sourav Roy

First of all – you entered the wrong outlet ! the one you should have gone is the old one ! I am not sure who prepares the biriyani in the new outlet but the old one certainly does not serve oily biriyani !

More importantly if a lot of folks refers to a certain joint then respect their taste buds and dont try to run it down based on half-baked research work .

when you are doing a food blog put emphasis on the images in your post . They look yuck !

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Petuk

Thanks first of all for your comment Mr. Sourav. I think you have missed that the review is divided in two parts and the original outlet is kept in the second, whose link is there at the end of this post (Please refer to the last line of the post).

Also, here we share our personal experiences which unfortunately do not depend on what others think (by the way, writing something based on what others think and not tasting it yourself and giving your own opinion would have been a “half-baked research”). If you like it, we do not have a problem. If we don’t like it, we think you should not have an issue too. Fair?

Did the image of the oily plate after we completed our Biryani look yuck? We completely agree with you there. We felt the same too 😀

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Anirban Halder

Being from Barrackpore since birth, I am familiar with Dada Boudi. I never had high regards for their famous biryani though the size of the mutton piece (which is much raved about) gives them an edge. So far, I had biryani only from the old outlet. I had it from the restaurant only last week and I much agree with your review. It’s overpriced and does not live upto its public image.

The other decent restaurants serving biryani in the neighbourhood are Hayat and Aminia. Hayat is almost the next outlet. I’ve had biryani at both places and Hayat is better than the other two mentioned above by a good deal.

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