I love a restaurant with a simple, focused menu and DUM London by Dhruv Mittal provides just that with a menu centered around an old Indian favourite – biryani. The newly opened biryani house on Wardour Street has a small narrow entrance but the stairs lead down to a surprisingly large, authentically decorated basement space. There are also a few small private areas which would be fantastic for group dining. The old school hip hop beats, low lighting and quirky artwork creates a chilled vibe perfect for a relaxing meal and is likely to draw in the young city crowd.
Dhruv Mittal, a city consultant turned chef turned restaurant founder, has a wealth of experience in the restaurant world having top restaurants, such as The Fat Duck, on his list of impressive culinary experience. He travelled to India to carefully select and perfect the unique menu which is inspired by dishes typically found in the pricier restaurants around India, but now made affordable for Londoners to try! Yay!
What we ate:
- Dahi Kebabs (Fried Yoghurt Patties Served with an Andhra Tomato Chutney)
- Kala Chana Masala (Black Chickpea Salad)
- Seasonal Vegetable biryani
- Dessert – Rabdi (Indian Milk Pudding)
The menu consists of one meat and one vegetarian biryani, which comes on a thali style platter with a few sides including daal and raitha. The biryani, a specialty of Hyderabadi cooking in India, is served in a big bowl with a pie-like pastry top you can break to reveal the fragrant rice. The biryani itself was flavourful, but I felt the rice to vegetable ratio was slightly off. There was a lot of rice to get through and less of the spiced seasonal veggies that I would have liked more of.
Being a huge yoghurt fan, I really enjoyed the dahi kebabs. I didn’t know you could fry yoghurt, but it worked really really well! This was the top dish of the meal for me. The kala chana masala snack was also delicious to nibble on, a bit on the spicy side for my taste buds, but I enjoyed the chilli kick.
It’s refreshing to come across an Indian restaurant that has a small specialised menu, especially in Soho, and I’d recommend trying this new spot. It’s a winner if you’re looking for a hearty meal, chilled vibe and excellent service. Don’t forget to try the masala chai – it’s cold out there and it will warm you right up!
Location: 187 Wardour Street, Soho
Perfect for: A catch up meal, group dinner
Price: Around £20-30