Mr Biryani


Mr Biryani is a food catering service and restaurant located in the heart of Little India, which serves authentic biryani catered towards local Singaporean tastes. Chef Govinda Rajan has specially adapted the style of biryani to local Singaporean culinary history, ingredients and taste buds, and offers his signature Hyderabad Dhum Biryani for catering meals to homes, offices and events.

Biryani is a popular mixed rice dish, that has its origins among the Muslims in the Indian subcontinent, and is made with spices, rice and meat or vegetables. For Mr Biryani catering, the biryani is served in a large sharing dish for a group of 5 persons, to encourage friends, families and colleagues to spend some time together sharing their food. For Chef Govind, cooking biryani is about bringing people together to enjoy food and eat together, like he had experienced when he was younger. This communal experience of bonding over sharing food together is essential to the Mr Biryani brand concept.

Mr Biryani restaurant serves up Hyderabad style Dhum Biryani which has been adjusted for Singaporean tastes. Hyderabad Dhum Biryani is a dish that originated in Hyderabad, India and requires meticulous attention to avoid over or undercooking the meat, as it is marinated, layered with rice and cooked in a dough-sealed vessel. Chef Govind has created the biryani dishes from his own recipes using ingredients that he sources from the local market.

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For Chef Govind, cooking was part of his life as a younger child, where he started helping his grandfather out in the kitchen during temple festival events for large crowds. He also regularly cooked together with his family during family functions and events. This practice of cooking and sharing food together for large groups has been ingrained in him from young.

When he left the corporate world in 2008, after 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, he started to work part time in restaurants, before setting up his own F&B catering business in 2010, which supplied cooked food to hotels and restaurants. He has since worked with many chefs from India from the Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh region. With Mr Biryani, he has nurtured his love and passion to know more about the cooking methods and techniques for making biryani.

Furthermore, with his appearance on many high-profile events and also participating in Mediacorp’s Vasanthan Central Cooking Competition, he began to get recognised within the Indian community, leading to him opening his first outlet called Mr Biryani at 32 Norris Road. Mr Biryani has consistently gotten 5-star ratings from the restaurant’s customers.