Being a Chennaiite you can almost consider it a shame that I had never had a proper biryani in Periamet which is the mecca for biryani lovers in the city. Plans were made and shelved due to lack of time and opportunity. Finally my friends from Hyd were visiting and while taking them around the city sampling it’s delicacies we managed to squeeze in Karim’s one day for lunch.
Located a stone’s throw away from Nehru Stadium, Karim’s is located in one of the narrow bylanes where you absolutely can’t park a four wheeler. So either go on a bike or risk spending a good amount of time trying to find parking space in this very busy area.
They have a lodge and the takeaway are on the first floor and we were directed to the second floor. On our way, we called to confirm the availability of biryani since it was nearing 3:30 and thankfully by the time we got there they still hadn’t run out. We paid for three mutton and two chicken biryanis & collected our tokens. No frills as far as the place is concerned.
Biryani was served on a banana leaf covered plates. Good amount of meat with subtle variation in the way rice tasted from both of them. Mutton was exceptional in both taste and softness of the meat. The Chicken was pretty decent. Sorry excuse for raita with almost no curd and brinjal was just average.
We paid a bit over 700 including a few soft drinks. Decent outing but definitely not worth driving all the way from the other side of the city. You always tend to find biryani of this quality in every other area and the trick is in finding them.