DUM Biryani House

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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.

Every Sunday we are serving a special brunch menu from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm.
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London
2 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The byriani is excellent. So tasty.

HK
London
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.

MH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
1 review
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!

N
London
7 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.

BC
London
1 review
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!

M
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Came here about 1.5 years ago with my parents for dinner, the service and food were just 10/10. BUT, I took my friend last 2 nights ago, and everything has decreased unfortunately. I had to wave several times to get attention for ordering, the food were not served together with my friend, rather my rice came after my curry. The noise level was high, I had to repeat several times to be heard which is not their fault of course. Asking for the bill was a dread, no attention received at all, we had to get up to go get someone, which took super long so we ended up paying it at the till. The food was alright, was better the last time I visited as I kept on reassuring my friend on how good it would be. I would not visit next time for the alright food and service given, at least not to impress a friend with a great place, no.

US
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Very authentic and at a really good price point for soho

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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 on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great, place was cozy.

MG
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an outstanding dining experience a wonderful combination of traditional and modern cuisine!
The pumpkin papdi chat was divine!

AS
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

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

HS
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

D
London
125 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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 August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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 August 18, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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 August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

MG
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 July 11, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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 June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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
40 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience again and again

UJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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 June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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 June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

T
London
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great food & service

D
London
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 May 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One of the tasteless biryani ever had in my life

DS
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service was lovely.

L
London
72 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food, and very good for special dietary requirements.