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Paradise Biryani Pointe Features Authentic Indian Dining

The new Rocky Hill restaurant opened earlier this month and serves traditionally-prepared Indian dishes.

Venkatram Nalla and his partners Manohar Gaddam and Srikanth and Sridhar Nelakudity share a common passion for authentic Indian food.

The four entrepreneurs opened their new restaurant, Paradise Biryani Pointe, on July 20 in Hillview Plaza. The signature item on their menu is dum biryani, a traditional dish that the Persians introduced to India in the 14th century. The Indians adapted the dish with their own traditional culinary offerings, and many historians believe that the dum biryani that was served in India through the centuries owes just as much to oon soru, a native delicacy that dates back to the 2nd century.

Dum biryani consists of a basmati rice base, flavored with assorted spices and a meat or vegetable curry sauce and combined with meat, vegetables, or eggs. Paradise Biryani Pointe offers five varieties of dum biryani, including chicken, shrimp, goat, vegetable, and egg.

Nalla claims that what separates Paradise Biryani Pointe from other eateries that serve Indian cuisine is the way its dum biryani is cooked.

"We prepare it in a traditional way," he emphasizes. "Our chefs have a background in how to prepare it the right way. The taste is completely different."

Comments from older, Indian customers confirm that the restaurant is realizing its owners' vision.

"They tell us that our biryani reminds them of what they ate growing up as children in India," Nalla said.

Paradise Biryani Pointe does not cater to just those of Indian descent. Nalla says that they selected Rocky Hill for the site of the restaurant because "there are lots of different people here." He points to their assortment of tandoori and kabobs, the restaurant's other specialty items, as selections with which many American-born diners may be more familiar.

Nalla is sensitive to the prevailing economic climate, but reassures, "our meals are priced very reasonably."

The restaurateur and his fellow owners also harbor dreams of expansion into other towns. "Sure," he said when asked if he can see opening other branches within the next five years. "There is a lot of opportunity around here."

Paradise Biryani Pointe is located in Hillview Plaza at 397 Cromwell Avenue. It is open Tuesday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; on weekends the restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.    

Aakash Balaji July 27, 2012 at 03:08 AM
My family and I just went to Paradise Biriyani Point for dinner today for the first time and we were terribly disappointed. The service was terrible. The person at the front desk was not very friend. We received our drinks 30 minutes after we ordered them. We had to wait at least an hour if not more for all our food to arrive. Our appetizer came after all the other dishes. We received no apology for the delay. Maybe they should just serve Biriyani and nothing other than that since the rest of the food was below average. We do not intend go back nor will we recommend this to our friends.
Aakash Balaji July 27, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Our experience was the opposite of yours.
Suman July 30, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I'm from hyderabad, India. Though i never expect the biryani from this new restaurant will match the home town taste.Honestly after tasting it i felt they matched 80% of the authentic biryani taste we get in Hyderabad. They are adding green peas and carrots to veg biryani , which they should not. No authentic biryani has this.And biryani here is missing potatos.
Satya January 19, 2013 at 05:01 AM
It's a waste of time & money
Shrini February 04, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Most pathetic Biryani I have ever ate is my life. Sheer WASTE of Time & Money .

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