DUM Biryani House

4.3
71 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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.

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 71 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
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3.7
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4.0
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LP
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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A
London
2 reviews
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.

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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

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OT
London
3 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.

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T
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Great food & service

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D
London
6 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.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

One of the tasteless biryani ever had in my life

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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.

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HT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious, and the service was lovely.

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L
London
68 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, and very good for special dietary requirements.

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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.

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L
London
76 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
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

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j
London
33 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
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Dum is yum!

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A
London
59 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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OT
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Tasty food at a tasteful restaurant

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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
16 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
17 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
39 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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R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love always my fav lamb Biryani and the cocktails

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CS
London
35 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
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really authentic Indian food.

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F
London
3 reviews
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
15 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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