DUM Biryani House

4.2
53 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian, Halal
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Sat 12:00–14:45
Mon–Sat 18:00–22:45
Sun 12:00–16:00
Dinner
Sun 18:00–22:00
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Phone number
020 3638 0974
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Jasbir Singh Ujjainwal
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Public Transit
Between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus tube stations
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

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.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 53 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.8
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L
London
75 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drink and we had a great time.

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LO
London
3 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

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j
London
31 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!

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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.

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

Dum is yum!

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A
London
57 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!

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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.

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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!

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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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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find- amazing flavours. Small place with friendly service and good value.

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FE
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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KS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very tasty food, would recommend to go. Starters were small whilst biryani's were good portion. Nice enough atmosphere

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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d
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Good food, good atmosphere, ideal to have dinner with a big group

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TS
London
15 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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KP
London
38 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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CS
London
34 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really authentic Indian food.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in quirky restaurant
Will be back for some more yum biriyani

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GS
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant would love to come again.

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V
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic biryani and the people were very friendly ...love the place love the Biryani

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BI
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

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I
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

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.

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D
London
71 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2017
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

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

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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Jersey
10 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place but the food is very very spicy! Otherwise grea location and good cocktails

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing Biryani !
Complete value of money, time...

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Y
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Exceptional food, been many times, service was not good which was a surprise.
Will always go back!

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food but service and the heat (temperature) of the food were a little off putting.

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t
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but the tiny plates were annoying after a while.

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r
London
87 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As usual good food in a friendly atmosphere, Not for a quiet date but great for informal get togethers, Interesting cocktails!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely cosy restaurant. Good hosts and the service was very god. Authentic Spicy food

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R
London
21 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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

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RB
London
19 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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v
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly service

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l
London
79 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and delicious food experience. Will definitely return

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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S
London
137 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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