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Soho’s Outstanding Biryani Will Soon Arrive in Old Spitalfields Market

Dhruv Mittal’s Dum Biryani will open a market stall in Old Spitalfields on 8 August

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Best restaurants in Soho: Dum Biryani
Dum Biryani is beginning to expand
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The owner of Soho’s finest Hyderabadi restaurant — Dum Biryani House — has told Eater that the brand will open a market stall in Old Spitalfields in the second week of August this year. Dhruv Mittal confirmed that the pitch will replace the salad stall Market Green, opposite Berber & Q’s Kitchens premises.

A three-dish edit of the restaurant’s menu will be available five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday, from Wednesday 8 August: It will include the dry mutton fry, paneer pav, and the traditional, pastry-capped chicken biryani.

The market stall is being used as a trial run for a permanent pitch on the Kitchens platform, the street food-cum-restaurant counters initiative which launched late last autumn under the stewardship of Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes in partnership with Stephen Macintosh of ‘hospitality operations consultancy’ Ten Ten.

The Kitchens pitch is expected to open in November this year — itself a seven-day-a-week operation that will supersede the “more casual” market stall. Although the format has worked for popular brands such as Dumpling Shack and Breddos Tacos, others have struggled; since last autumn, notable departures have included Happy Endings ice cream sandwiches; Rok — the modern Nordic operator; and Sood’s fresh pasta. The location has, however, replaced those brands with reputable operators, such as Lahpet, Monty’s Deli, and Nuno Mendes’ own Taberna do Mercado, which moved from a restaurant space in the market to one of the Kitchens’ units.

Dum, an essential London restaurant, launched in late 2016; Mittal — a chef, who as well as running front-of-house at Dum, leads the menu’s creative development — worked previously at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, Sat Bains, Hibiscus (now-closed), and for the Oberoi hotel group in India; while general manager Gopi Ketineni moved from that position at JKS Restaurants’ Michelin-starred Marylebone restaurant, Trishna.

Taberna do Mercado

107b Commercial St, London, Greater London E1 6BG 020 7375 0649 Visit Website


58 Bethnal Green Road, , England E1 6JW 020 3883 5629 Visit Website


Brixton Station Rd., Brixton, Greater London, London, 44 0207 998 3309 Visit Website

Spitalfields Market

56 Brushfield Street, , England E1 6AA 020 7377 1496 Visit Website


15-17 Blandford Street, , England W1U 3DG 020 7935 5624 Visit Website

Happy Endings

Brushfield Street, , England E1 6EW Visit Website

DUM Biryani House

187B Wardour Street, , England W1F 8ZB 020 3638 0974 Visit Website

Berber & Q

338 Acton Mews, London, E8 4EA Visit Website