London needed a good Biryani house, and so when I heard that a new restaurant had opened called Dum Biryani House I was very intrigued. We decided to try it for dinner and we had such a lovely meal.
The restaurant is located on Wardour street, and to access it you go down some stairs and you don’t know what to expect. What greets you is a colourful trendy, fun venue with a bar area and tables and chairs, with fabulous wall art adoring the walls.
The drinks menu is really impressive, as is the cocktails available. I was on a detox that evening so opted for a salted lassi, which was delicious. Amit went for Thums up, India’s take on Coke. The next time we go I want to try a cocktail as they had such cool names and sounded delicious!
From the snacks section we wanted to order everything but had to contain ourselves and pick three. Our first choice was the Dahi Kebab, which was my favourite. This is soft, melt in your mouth fried yoghurt patties served with an Andhra Tomato Chutney on the side.
Our second choice was the Andhra prawn fry, which was stir Fried King Prawns in a red
chilli and coconut sauce and so dreamy! They had that coastal feel to them and very moreish.
The Kodi Vepudo, which was my second favourite from the snacks, was chicken wings tossed in a hot and sour masala. I recommend ditching the fork and knife and using your hands for the full on tasty experience as that sauce is addictive! Both the prawn and chicken dishes are gluten free, which is handily marked on the menu. The portions are quite small but you appreciate this when the mains arrive!
Now for the Biryanis, there are 3 choices, a lamb shank, chicken and a seasonal veg. We went for the Lamb Shank Biryani, which came served with a dough lid on a thali with papads, Mirch Unda Salan, Kachumber and Raita.
We decided to share one biryani and it was so filling! That excitement of cutting through the dough lid and the aroma that greets you. Nom nom nom. The rice was perfectly cooked, seasoned and flavoured and every mouthful was just heavenly.
They sure do their biryanis exceptionally well! There is also a good choice of dishes from the snack section for vegetarians, and a veg biryani so if you are going in a group and there are some vegetarians, they will be fine too!
There is only one choice of dessert and it is Rabdi, which is an indian milk pudding. This was divine and a lovely end to a fabulous meal.
We really enjoyed the food, ambience and the service and its location makes it a perfect spot for lunch or dinner whilst in Soho.
Dum Biryani House can be found at 187B Wardour St. London W1F 8ZB