DUM Biryani House

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£25 and under
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Casual Indian restaurant in Soho serving Hyderabadi Biryani and starters from Andhra Pradesh. Drinks include spice infused cocktails, classic Indian soft drinks and a short selection of wines and beers.
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S
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service were excellent. Drinks were a bit of a letdown. It is a great place to go for comfort food with friends.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great, place was cozy.

AS
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Prongs have become smaller, briyani just wasn't tasty.

HS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Myself and my friend enjoyed the food and servers were very humble and attentive

M
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my friend out for her birthday and we had bottomless brunch and shared a lamb shank Biryani which was delicious! We were literally the first customers in, so the service was quick and everyone was really nice. Would definitely recommend.

AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and great vibes but would we great if they had more options

D
London
124 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Dum is an Indian restaurant in the basement on Wardour street, and it was rather hot even when we dined on the day when the temperatures were in the 20’s. The decor definitely needs updating. The starters are good but the main menu was slightly limited, especially when my guest is allergic to shellfish and does not like lamb. The biryani portions are large and a dish can be shared between 2. The staff are friendly and helpful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was alright but a lost opportunity with the Dum biryani. Could have been prepared in the traditional big pots which makes the biryani a different taste. The popularity of this place could have easily allow for a large quantity to be prepared as it is done traditionally in making biryani.

L
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

It used to be pretty good when it first opened. Now, it has gone pretty downhill.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A hidden away gem. If you walked past may not even notice it was there. They dont have a lot of options on the menu and specialise in Dum biryani. Probably the best dum biryani had in London. Had the lamb shank biryani and was excellent.

U
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Small portions for starters but all super tasty.
Biryani was exceptionally good.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't tell anyone about this place, I want it all for myself, great food, great service, and great value

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It was not a relishable experience, the food was just ok and i have eaten better biryani at lesser equipped restaurants. Half of your serve staff is not aware of how to make simple cocktails. And the pumpkin chaat was below sub par limits. Daal qabila is distastefully made and feels like someone has added orange food color to half cooked Rajma.

All in all waste of 134GBP.

h
London
17 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This basement restaurant in Wardour Street was a lovely surprise. I had enjoyed eating at their sister restaurant Lucknow 42 in Maddox Street so I thought I would try the original venue. The food in Dum is South Indian, the biryanis are gorgeous, cooked slowly in clay pots under a crisp pastry topping.
The service was excellent, the decor basic with witty pictures on the walls. All in all I can’t wait to go back which is recommendation in itself!

LP
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I was really disappointed with my experience here.
The food was ok, but not worth the money.
My vegetarian friend had a horrible time! The potatoes were not cooked in his food.
So he felt a bit cheated out of £25! For a curry, some popadoms & a mint tea.
The staff are fine. But we waited 10 mins before we got a menu. And we had to keep finding them for more drinks or the bill etc.
I won’t be returning.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed the food but unfortunately my partner had a very bad tummy upset later on. As DUM was the only place we ate at that day, chances were high it was due to the food there. I felt fine so we figured it was just bad luck.

AS
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience again and again

UJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great starters, especially the Dahi Kebab and Shikhampuri kebabs. Lamb shank Biryani was very flavourfull, the Chicke Biryani less so.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here multiple times while traveling to London. The food is amazing especially for the value of a restaurant in SOHO. Who can beat hip- hip playlist and biryani?

k
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This place is an absolute gem ! It was my first time trying Indian food in a restaurant, nice diim lit dinners.

Delicious, flavourful and good sized portions, absolutely loved our meal here. Highly recommend the Fried Mutton and the Andhra Prawn Fry, both was so delicious we still think about these starters. Large Lamb shank biryani is a must have too, perfect for 2 people or a small group.

Was not a fan of the Mango Lassi, tastes a bit sickly but everything else made up for it.
Suggest you sit in the middle tables rather than inside the caves as they play loud music with very heavy bass, it tends to travel and echo inside the caves. Could barely hear my boyfriend who sat across in front of me.

Lovely and great experience, with exceptional food and great service.

AT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The mango lassi and chicken biryani were really tasty. My advice however would be to share a biryani and add a curry as the biryani could have benefitted from more sauce alongside it.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Being an Indian and a foodie I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Definitely visit and enjoy the authentic flavours... Very reasonably priced too... Fantastic all 6 of my guests loved the food.

f
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - great food, nice place and all down to earth

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is exceptional. The restaurant is tiny but it has a real buzz to it.

T
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Great food & service

D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty biryani and the starters were great too. A little on the expensive side but completely reasonable for a good quality food in the centre of Soho.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One of the tasteless biryani ever had in my life

DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve been wanting to visit Dum Biryani House for a while, so picked it for a casual dinner with family and friends.
We had a semi-private table which was lovely!
The food was delicious, definitely did not disappoint, and the staff were lovely as well.

HT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, and the service was lovely.

L
London
71 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, and very good for special dietary requirements.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My 3rd time coming here and everyone I bring always says this is the best biryani they have had. They all surprised by the way it is presented in the puff pastry too.

L
London
76 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drink and we had a great time.

LO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

what a gem of a find if you like your biryani. food was delicious and the service was excellent. smaller than I thought and down some narrow stairs. cocktails were great. overall friends and I really enjoyed it and would defiantly go back. worth a visit

j
London
34 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Booked a birthday meal at Dum for 7. Had a little private alcove which was nice. Food was tasty enough but the sharing biryanis weren’t as substantial as expected. Tasty enough though and it’s a curry with a pasty top so you can’t go wrong really!

RK
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a wink of doubt, I will recommend this joint to anyone who loves authentic Indian cuisine, specially the Biriyani.
Serving Old Monk Rum with ThumbsUp adds couple of feathers in their cap.

SO
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dum is yum!

A
London
61 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Good food but people with allergies beware as they struggle to cater for this. I would go back again!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was very bad we got our food after 1 hour wait.. the food was too spicy & no warnings.. we ordered drinks but didn’t get all our order we mentioned that there is missing drinks but no one is listening. We were veryy verryy verrrryyy disappointment with the service: never again. Oh yeah & there is no AC & its in the basement area, not fun at all.

NR
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The restaurant is under staffed, service is poor and we were overcharged by the restaurant! only noticed the next day. would not go there again!

FA
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing starters and the biryani stole the show (we had lamb), service was excellent - really friendly. Will 100% be coming back soon!

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