We've had plenty of one-dish restaurants in town of late, but there's always room for more and we do like the sound of one coming our way - that's all about biryani.
Called Dum Bryani House, it's opening in Soho by Dhruv Mittal who's got a good background behind him, having worked at The Fat Duck, Hibiscus and Sat Bains. The food itself is mainly focused on Telugu Cuisine from the regions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in South India. And the Hyderabadi Biryani is at the centre of it. The name of the restaurant comes from the cooking of that dish - kept on "Dum" which means it is steamed on a low
heat for a few hours until the rice and meat is cooked together to perfection.
There's more than biryani with the starters which include:
- Dahi Kebab (Ginger and Chilli Yoghurt fried Kebab with an Andhra tomato chutney) £4.50
- Kodi Veppudu (Chicken Wings in a spicy and sour masala) £4.95
- Andhra Fried Shrimp with Coconut and Chilli at £4.95
- Gurda Kapura (Dry Masala Lamb Kidneys) at £5.50
As for the main event - there's "Lamb Shank Biryani served with a Mirch Unda Salan (Hyderabadi curry served with a Green Chilli and a Half Boiled Egg) and Smoked Aubergine Raita priced" at £15. And there's also "Seasonal Veg Biryani (currently Wild Mushroom, Chickpea and Baby Potato) with Mirch Salan (hyderbadi curry with a Green Padron Chilli) and Okra Raita." at £12.
For drinks, there's Lassi, Chahch (Salted Lassi), Thums Up, Limca, Cobra Lager on tap, a short selection of wines and homemade spice-infused cocktails.
Dum Biryani House opens at 187 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8ZB on October 31.