DUM Biryani House
What Insiders Are Saying
Dum Biryani is a Indian restaurant in a Soho basement. It’s actually a lot more fun than it sounds, and besides the biryani don’t miss the starters.
Great find- amazing flavours. Small place with friendly service and good value.
Very nice food. Also love that we were put in a private cosy room so it was basically private dinning. Only warning is that the restaurant does not have air conditioning/ it wasn't on. I was cool enough but my friends were a tad hot. Everyone was very pleased with food though and would return.
Very tasty food, would recommend to go. Starters were small whilst biryani's were good portion. Nice enough atmosphere
Our go to place for authentic Indian biryani. The menu is limited but all items are excellent. Perfect for a catch-up with friends. The restaurant is small but cosy with 2 private group seating areas that are great for conversations.
Amazing place! Good food, good atmosphere, ideal to have dinner with a big group
The Biryanis was suppose to be the star dish and it was a massive disappointment, dry, lacking flavour and very skimpy on the filling. Shame all round really, very friendly and happy service but food just not up to scratch.
2nd visit to this wonderful gem in the heart of the West End! Very attentive service, amazing food and very reasonably priced. Requested the vault dining and they were more than happy to oblige. Will definitely return!
The food is absolutely outstanding. As a group of 8, we got a separate cubby hole to ourselves where we could talk as loudly as we wanted.
The cocktails were fantastic. The biryanis some of the best I have had at a restaurant in London. The snacks were also great.
Service staff didn't seem very aware of the menu and lots of time lags between food and drinks coming in to our table. Ordered together, but delivered with large intervals. When I ordered a particular brand of single malt at the bar, I was told that was the last they had of that brand, but when he came to the table to take the order, the server insisted they had another bottle. Took him 20 minutes to return and admit that they didn't.
The staff just needs a bit more training to get comfortable with the menu. Fortunately we were a group of Indians, who didn't need the menu to be explained or clarified, nor did we get confused when they announced the wrong names of the dishes when they arrived.
Booked DUM Biriyani on basis of location and reviews. Was not disappointed. Went with some Indian friends who verified authenticity and were amused by the various in-jokes on the drinks menu. Menu is short but all items sampled were good - we were recommended 2 biriyani between 3 people, and that was probably about right. Nice laid back vibe and the staff weren't fussed when I turned up with 7 people instead of 12 due to last minute drop outs. Tasty food, which everyone enjoyed. Would go again.
Really authentic Indian food.
Great food in quirky restaurant
Will be back for some more yum biriyani
Very good restaurant would love to come again.
Authentic biryani and the people were very friendly ...love the place love the Biryani
FANTASTIC! I booked DUM for a birthday dinner with friends and it was perfect! We were seated in a private cave / booth which worked well for us as we had our own private room. The food was delicious from start to finish - spiced perfectly, as were the drinks and the waiters were very attentive. The atmosphere was very relaxed and we were not made to feel rushed at all. A really great place for special occasions as well as a quick midweek dinner!
I was very excited about getting some authentic biriyani before our night out but I have to say dum biriyani left me disappointed and regretting not going to the good places I know. Whilst the little cave like seating areas may sound nice, it was very small and cramped for 9 of us, it also smelt stale. The food was OK at best, the spices used were not the best unless you enjoy floral spices. Also the food was far too spicy. Another thing they don't tell you, there is pastry on top of the biriyani so be careful if you have allergies like ceoliac.
7 of us went down tonight and we were given our own area which was great. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. This is definitely a place I will be returning.
Nothing special about the biryani. Way too spicy 🌶...The chilli overpowered all the other flavours. The rice was overcooked and quite mushy and there was still liquid in the handi. Being from UP, I'm used to chilli but this was way over the top. Starter was good though
We were a group of 6 friends and had a lovely dinner here. The starters were amazing so were the specials. Friendly service and was packed to the hilt.
Nice place but the food is very very spicy! Otherwise grea location and good cocktails
Amazing Biryani !
Complete value of money, time...
Exceptional food, been many times, service was not good which was a surprise.
Will always go back!
Great food but service and the heat (temperature) of the food were a little off putting.
Good food but the tiny plates were annoying after a while.
As usual good food in a friendly atmosphere, Not for a quiet date but great for informal get togethers, Interesting cocktails!
Lovely cosy restaurant. Good hosts and the service was very god. Authentic Spicy food
A fun get together with friends we sat in a little arched corner which was cosy but a little difficult to get the staff attention.
We went for the Biryani of course and really enjoyed the chicken biryani
Prawn starter was mouth watering
Sadly no diet drinks but interesting Indian fizzy pop
Good Biryani and good ambience, attention to detail for service. Good concept restaurant. Only the khubani dessert we didn't like - but I guess that's personal taste.
Excellent food and friendly service
Fantastic service and delicious food experience. Will definitely return
Prawns and chicken wings are excellent. The chicken biryani is not hot enough by Indian standards but i guess that is intentional. The egg curry accompanying the biryanis is amazing. Overall it's great!
Starters were excellent - chicken wings, mutton & prawn. I thought the biryani was pretty average. I've certainly had better. Overall a good meal & good value.
Good food and large main portions. Ordered 5 Biriyani for 6 people and that was one too many.
Lots of little rooms which make the ambience a bit quiet but good if you want something quieter.
Great all round! Loved the vibe, food, service, ambience and staff!
Small, cosy and busy - reasonable value for a casual meal.
Be warned, the food is fiery across the board. Whilst this is not the best biriyani in town (a shame, given its the only main course), it is a decent effort, and the "dum" pastry topping provides a moreish novelty you won't see elsewhere in London.
Enjoyed a birthday celebration at Dum Biryani! I was pleasantly surprised to be led into a private dining room, it was perfect for the 8 of us! The staff were really pleasant, the food was delicious! The biryani is tasty and filling but worth squeezing in some starter snacks! Great cocktail list the chilli oil was a surprisingly good gin match! Would highly recommend! Thank you for making my birthday meal so special!
Great variety of starters/side dishes and the biryanis were delicious: all were made with good quality ingredients. We were a large party (10 people, mixed older adults (aged 55+) and adult children (aged 20+)) and comfortably shared a selection of the starters and biryanis between two. Because we were a large party, we did in fact order each of the starters to try, and each of the biryanis - and between us we were hard pressed to choose a singular favourite - i.e. there was a dish for everyone's palate. We also sampled the traditional soft drinks, lassi and chai - all good. The service was very attentive when we arrived (around 7:30pm on Saturday evening) and my only small point of constructive criticism was that the service was slightly less attentive as the evening progressed - when we wanted to order a few more drinks for example. That said, the staff were all extremely pleasant and helpful, and genuinely appeared to care that we enjoyed the experience and the food, including seeking our feedback at the end of the meal. It was a fun atmosphere; the food was tasty; the music and décor is quirky and fun. I would suggest adding a few mocktails to the menu. Would certainly like to go again!
Food was very good, would definitely recommend. Service however, was very very slow, and it took over 2 hours for us to get our mains.
We did get some money taken off the bill after a lot of arguing but it was frustrating to keep having to chase the waiters over and over and they kept telling us it they were busy and the kitchen was small....well guys, that is a problem with the number of covers you take. You shouldn't take customers if you cant deliver food in a timely manner
Excellent food, very authentic and delicious. Will definitely be back.
Great restaurant, the food was amazing! be prepared to wait a little as they freshly prepare it but it is definitely worth the wait. One note the curry is quite spicy so be warned, great tasting never the less.
We were looking forward to trying this new opening and booked through open table for Monday 7th November. Turned up at the confirmed time of 8pm with family who had travelled for 2 hours to visit the restaurant. On arrival, the restaurant was closed. This was not indicated on their website or through opentable. I left a voicemail on their answerphone asking them to call me back but have had no response. Very disappointing.