Harden's survey result
“Magnificent biryanis” are served in a ‘dum’ – a heavy pot – at this two-year-old Indian café just south of Oxford Street, the first venture from Dhruv Mittal, who quit his job in the City and retrained as a chef in Mumbai. “All the individual spices, often quite unusual ones, could be identified and appreciated”, and there’s a “good choice for vegetarians”. But the basement setting isn’t its strongest point.
“It’s easy to miss this Soho basement” just south of Oxford Street, housing a “really authentic” yearling Indian biryani specialist. Cooked in a heavy pot – the ‘dum’ – “they are available in two sizes, single or sharing, and are topped with a crisp edible topping”. “The simple fit-out of the interior could be improved”, though.
Limited but positive feedback on this walk-in, late 2016 newcomer in a small Soho basement: fans say it “deserves to be successful, delivering the best biryani in a long time” (cooked in a heavy pot, the ‘dum’ and with a pastry top).
|Wine per bottle||£25.50|
187 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZB
lunch noon - 3 pm. dinner 6 pm - 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Sun 10 pm