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DUM Biryani is a funky Indian restaurant on Soho's Wardour Street, celebrating the regional cooking of Hyderabad, in particular the signature Hyderabadi biryanis. They've recently launched an outstanding lunch offer that is an instant London Cheap Eats classic.
From 12pm - 3pm every day, DUM serve up an enormous and flavoursome biryani thali (more than enough for one), with moreish aloo ka raita, and homemade papads, for just five pounds. The style will change monthly - we had Kachche Murgh: "a variation often found on the streets near Charminar, a monument considered the landmark of Hyderabad".
It's a fragrant biryani, featuring chicken that's marinated over night in a heady blend of over 30 spices, before being cooked over coals in a large pan with rice, saffron, ghee, rose water, mint, and a special biryani masala.
The £5 biryani thali on its own is plenty, but you could always chuck in some parathas or a beer, and still come in under our magic £8 mark. Note: fully halal.
Words and photography | Matt Hickman