Chicken Tikka Biryani at Bombay Masala, Whitecross Street

Bombay Masala Chicken tikka biryaniThe husband impressed me the other day by coming back home with a biryani from Whitecross Street. Without being asked, without being reminded at least three times, and without calling me from the stall to confirm that I did indeed want a biryani. So, yes, very impressed – doesn’t take a lot to impress me does it? On the other hand, the last time the husband was visibly impressed with me was when I cracked the complicated combination of a random lock he had picked up from the gym. For all those who know him well – yes, he did ask if he could get home the gym’s entire lost combination lock box so that we could have loads of free locks.

But back to the biryani – he picked it up from a stall called Bombay Masala on Whitecross Street and by gosh it was superb! The only fault I could find – and this is the husband’s actually – was the addition of Tabasco on the top. Once I had scraped the sauce off this layer – we found the biryani to be absolutely delicious. The chicken was cooked just right and the biryani delicately flavoured. Here is how it rates on the biryanometer:

Rice grain separation – 5/5

Meat/veg harmony –4/5 – the chicken pieces were very succulent

Spice blend perfection – 4.5/5 – superb!

Potatoes – Boo!

Fried Onion Finish – NONE

Wet/Dry Index – Just right

Overall – 4.5/5

That’s a pretty good score on the index – and guess which little person has put in an order for their chicken tikka?