Bottomless Brunch At DUM Biryani
The drink ‘punch’ first came to England from India hundreds of years ago, named after the Sanskrit word pañca (meaning five), in reference to its five ingredients of alcohol, lemon, sugar, water, and spice.
And the drink ‘punch’ probably first came to your attention at university, named after the way it made you feel the next morning.
Luckily, somewhere they’re doing it very right is DUM Biryani, the subterranean, Hyderabadi biryani house hidden discreetly beneath Soho’s Wardour Street. Head down the stairs, following the mellifluous strains of the Wu-Tang Clan, and you’ll find a secret vault filled with colourful pop art, cosy banquettes, glossy brass details and a pumping hip hop soundtrack.
The food here comes courtesy of founder Dhruv Mittal, a former Fat Duck chef who’s struck out to focus purely on the Hyderabadi biryani. Only for DUM’s first brunch offering, he’s racking up something a little different. There’s small, breakfasty plates, like shredded lamb fry with masala quail’s eggs, and Andrha Eggs Kejriwal, with fried egg, cheese and coconut chutney on top of sourdough toast. Then there’s the pavs, dinky brioche buns stuffed with masala paneer, slow-cooked mutton curry, Hyderabadi-spiced chorizo or lamb and lentil patty; plus chota (‘small’) plates of buttered soft shell crab, stuffed banana chilli, and more. There’s larger plates, too, like roasted, peanut-stuffed aubergine; slow-roasted chilli hake; and, of course, a flavoursome seafood biryani crammed with prawns, squid and fish. And it is all, unequivocally, delicious.
But back to that punch – naturally, it’s bottomless, meaning that you can get your fill over two hours for £15pp. And you won’t have to worry about catching someone’s eye for top ups – because this bad boy (filled with Old Monk’s Rum, pineapple juice, mango juice and grenadine) comes in your own personal copper cauldron, allowing you to top up whenever you like.
So nobody will beat you to the punch.
NOTE: Bottomless brunch at DUM Biryani takes place every Sunday, 12-4pm. Bottomless punch is £15pp, and is unlimited over 2 hours. You can find out more and book in HERE.
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