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DUM Biryani House - Permanently Closed

4.1
4.1
130 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Halal

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:45 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    020 3638 0974

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jasbir Singh Ujjainwal

  • Neighborhood

    Soho

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus tube stations

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Wine

What 130 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. SM

    SimonaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food as always, we ordered the whole menu. Perfect, AUTHENTIC food with actual spice which is hard to come by in London (I'm Indian). it is NOT Dishoom so if you're expecting westernised food with no spice then this place isn't for you. Great ambience, really makes you feel like you're in a kitchy biryani house in New Delhi. Can't recommend enough GO STOP READING GO NOW
  2. AJ

    AyushiJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    If there was an option to give 0 stars, I would have selected that. The food and service was horrible. Would never recommend this place.
  3. DM

    DavidM

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great biryani. We tried the lamb and vegatable. Nicely presented. The restaurant atmosphere was pretty funky, even for a sunday afternoon.
  4. CH

    CarolineH

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service to match. Honestly just feels like you’re going to a super talented friend’s house, very relaxed, a little (lively) oasis in soho, with the most delicious food. Go!!
  5. R

    Rishb21

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Food was okay, ambience was lacking, very small and dingy restaurant.
  6. SC

    SarahC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to book online and was greeted with a warm welcome. Service was great and the food was delicious and was more than enough.
  7. JK

    JKnown

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Food is amazing. Service was bad. Took a long time to get us seated and the table was not clean. Took forever to order as well. Disorganised.
  8. DA

    DavidA

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service.
  9. c

    camille77

    London

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Starters are on the small size but the byranis are very tasty and filling. Top marks for the cocktails
  10. SR

    ShRR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lamb biryani and aubergine were delicious, just the right amount of spice for our table of 4 and quite filling (one biryani between two people for lunch). Only wish they had more drinks choices - like freshly squeezed juices. We will definitely return and try the other restaurant.
  11. t

    thomasc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good food but not the right place for those who don't like spicy food :) Everything is pretty hot and there's no choice for those who like their food mild. Service was good and the food came pretty quickly.
  12. GS

    GraceS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited for a friend's birthday and found that the staff were so incredibly attentive and really did their best to make our friend feel extra special. The food was also all amazing, and slightly different to your usual selection. We really enjoyed all of it, and our spiced cocktails!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for dinner with friends for the first time to DUM and the food and service were great. The biryanis there are delicious. We loved the little private rooms. Thanks x
  14. DV

    DrVChadha

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had to reschedule my reservation due to some unforeseen circumstances. I’m very pleased with my choice of coming here . I’m a sucker for authentic Indian food and I’m glad some of the new Indian restaurants are maintaining the authenticity of the food and not bastardising the food to suit the English palate. I ordered the mutton fry, which was excellent, though slightly disappointed by the chicken 65, which was not what I had growing up in India. I had ordered Nizami Baingan, but wasn’t sure if the flavour had gone off . I loved the Chicken Dum Biryani and even ordered a takeaway for home. I loved the cocktails especially Haraamzade and the Old Monk Indian Rum. I’ll be coming again to taste the Pomfret Fry and other dishes.
  15. KA

    KareemA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was really nice. Overall experience was good but in the little archway thing we sat under there was two really loud-speaking gents and because it was a cocooned space me and my friend were having to raise our voices/listen really carefully just to hear each other at times. Had asked to move but they had no other tables. Ultimately not the restaurant's fault but was just a bit annoying for our experience. I would come again and perhaps specifically request not to be sat in there.
  16. LA

    LeeA

    Berlin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I loved this place the first time I came (not long after it had first opened), and was really looking forward to coming back. Unfortunately, the food is nowhere near as good as I remembered - the biryanis are massive, but not actually that flavourful and by the end we all just felt like we were eating a big bowl of basmati rice. The price point is definitely off for what you get - I think you're paying more for the novelty of having the 'dum' style rather than actual quality of the food. Such a shame!
  17. NS

    NickS

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent - really enjoyed the meal. Great relaxed ambience and very good value lunch time menu.
  18. SC

    SallyC

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A great place for authentic Biryani but other dishes are done extremely well too. I went back two nights in a row I love it so much. Deducted one point for service on one of the nights where 3 times I had to go find someone and order. Our ordered peppermint tea never turned up either.
  19. p

    paramjeetd

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place and atmosphere Food was brilliant loved it Goppee the main manager that evening is a legend 👊🏽👊🏽 Look forward to coming back
  20. X

    foodXplor

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Hyderabadi biriyani in London. Impressed with the food and friendly service. I like the casual atmosphere. Highly recommended for the biriyani lovers. You wont be disappointed. 👍
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and amazing food.
  22. TJ

    TheJudge

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelllent Food. Tradional flavours with no gimmicks. Quality Indian food without breaking the bank!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Singapore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious!! We ordered chicken briyani and lamb shank briyani... for an underground kitchen, this is truly a gem!!
  24. DB

    DaveshB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5 star, I would recommend this place.
  25. SA

    SyedA

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Great starters (Paneer and Chicken 65), but Biryani really overpriced and lacked flavour. Not what I was expecting. Great service however, although small tables, the team were friendly and welcoming. 6/10 at best due to Biryani being average.
  26. c

    cheekymonkey

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Delicious authentic food. our only complaint was that despite having a reservation we were rushed out before we were ready to leave.
  27. B

    Bhavi

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Great presentation of the Biryani, decent flavours. I ordered the chicken biryani and haleem. Both were nice but both average. It was a nice place to try once but not wow to go ahead.
  28. MG

    MostlyGrumpy

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ok will visit again at some point. Light given underground.
  29. F

    Foodbaby

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Would go back.
  30. VM

    VinayakM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Definitely one of the best Biryanis you can have in London. Lamb biryani is exceptional, you should also try Lamb Sukka (dry). They also serve Old Monk :)
  31. C

    Chris

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We stopped in at 10pm for some quick late-ish night food and were not disappointed! The lamb biryani and mango fish curry were both excellent!
  32. M

    Merlin

    London

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved our lunch, food and ambiance was great
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience2
    Main course portion was adequate but starter was absolutely tiny. The chicken briyani had too much paste in.
  34. Z

    Zanzee

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place and friendly service. The portions are very generous, we shared a biryani and veg and were absolutely stuffed. Would definitely recommend.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The byriani is excellent. So tasty.
  36. HK

    HibbaK

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    It was good but the menu is very limited. It would have been nicer with more things to choose from on menu.
  37. MH

    MH111

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took work colleagues more than once...love this place, great food..
  38. LE

    LEdi

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Not very keen on the decor and loud noise so hard to hear but good food which was really quite hot!
  39. N

    Nicole

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    overall5food4service3ambience2
    Food was good. Very noisy. We were seated close to the bar. The place lacks atmosphere and is quite cramped.
  40. BK

    BeckieKT

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice little place with friendly staff and interesting food. If you like it spicy have the chicken wings - they nearly blew my mouth off!

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DUM Biryani House - Permanently Closed is rated 4.1 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Soho

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:45 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Sun 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Indian, Halal

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus tube stations

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jasbir Singh Ujjainwal

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Wine

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