DUM Biryani House
187B Wardour Street, W1F
Hot on the heels of London’s latest food trend – restaurants that do one thing really well – is this basement biryani den run by Fat Duck alumni Dhruv Mittal. Move over tikka massala fans, this one’s for the spice fiends.
An aromatic waft hits you as soon as you break through the hefty puff pastry lid of your chicken drumstick, lamb shank or veg biryani. The menu’s also recently been extended to include small plates and specials that showcase the flavours of southern India. The guinea fowl-filled Lakhmi samosas, served with a knockout fenugreek chutney, are an inspired highlight, and you’ll regret not tucking into fat, juicy prawns stir fried with chilli and coconut Andhra-style.
PLEASURE DOING BUSINESS?
Depends how much spice you can handle. If you’re made of sterner stuff, it could be a masterful power play; if you’re a sweater, there’s no refuge for you here. Walk in or email email@example.com for groups of five or more. It’s an informal, yet private space with lots of alcoves to tuck into, too.
Hyderabadi cuisine at its heartiest. Expect fistfuls of flavour, heat and genuinely intriguing dishes that warrant repeat visits. If there’s any left, get a doggie bag; it’s great al-desko, too.
ONE MORE THING...
Try one of the house cocktails, tinged with cardamom, saffron or rose, and chuckle at the Bollywood-meets-pop art cartoons on the walls. Swoon.