Dum Pukht

Curry corridor restaurant in Karama with passable biryani

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009
Pick up the menu at Dum Pukht and you quickly get a sense of what the place does best: Biriyani. Don’t expect too much from this cafe-style diner set back from the Sheikh Kalifa Road.

For what this unpretentious place does is very simple (just in case you don’t get the point, the word ‘biriyani’ is even emblazoned on the front of the menu. You’ll find the usual list of North Indian/Pakistani treats on the menu, with the meat and rice dishes served with large chunks of chicken, mutton or vegetable steeped in colourful basmati.
Dum Pukht
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 19 March 2009

Location: Karama
Tel: 04 337 1782
Travel: Trade Centre Road
Cuisine: Indian
Experiences: Takeaway available
Times: Open daily noon-4pm, 7.30pm-12.30am
Price range: Dhs50-199
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Vinod Nair May 15, 2015 11:59 am
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    The chicken and mutton biriyani are good. However, the service (promptness/speed/courtesy/greeting) is awful! Went there for lunch today and had to wait for 25 minutes (in spite of having just 3-4 customers) before receiving what we ordered!
  • Mufaddal Jamali Apr 19, 2012 09:37 pm
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    Ate here first time few weeks back after a long drive from Jebel Hafeet...
    Tasty Food that will satisfy you to the core...
    Their Lahori Karahi chicken & Chicken handi coupled with piping hot parathas were the perfect ending to a Long Day out.
    Next time will try the biryani definitely...
  • Sree May 19, 2011 08:18 am
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    Non veg starters and Mutton Biriyani were delicious and filling!
  • Ahmed Zubair Dec 27, 2010 10:01 am
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    The restaurant was a big disappointment. I went there with my family on a friend's suggestion but didn't like the food at all. We ordered Chicken Biryani and Mutton Karahi. The biryani was not bad but can't be graded good either. For 26 dirhams a plate the quantity was nothing. Same was the case with the Mutton karahi, which shouldn't be called a karahi.
  • Keith Lewis Dec 14, 2010 09:22 am
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    Running an Event Management Company and possessing a strong love for good food is not quite a good combination as you end up sampling a lot trying to find the best vendors for your company to use. Needless to say i manage the catering operations of a small exclusive event company here in Dubai, while my zealous wife manages the event operations and entertainment. Come afternoon and post 1 pm you could be sometimes ready to "eat a horse" like i was when i stumbled into Dum Pukht. I had herd a lot about this place and it was requested by a client of mine that he would like the Biryani from here for his event. I will be very direct in my review and i do this as a form of feedback and in no way to be taken as negative commentation. When i walked in i was 'dying of hunger' . Once seated the waiter took my order which was just a Chicken Biryani. Now waiting long for foor seems a whole lot longer when you are hungry therefore i decided to ammuse my self and snoop around a little. The flooring , decor and walls etc im sure at some point have looked better as they seemed to be suffering from a lack of maintenance, The toilet did not have a seperate one for ladies and gents, just 1 and not kept too well, egress as well to this area on a crowded day would be hell in the cell...
    Finally as i was about to eat my plate the food arrived, i did think 20 mins was a tad long but my food was here, why complain. Digginh into what was in front of me, i found the serving quite large and appreciated the fact that it was served by a friendly waiter in a nice ethnic pot. The taste however was a bit letting down as i have herd so many good comments in the past about Dum Pukht, maybe it was the chef's night to howl the previous night. Quantity matched the price as it would deffinately cover 2 people. They might need to look at service delivering times however or people are going to be doing a lot of walking out,

    In closing, i would go back there deffinately as the food was clean and tasty, may not have been to my exact taste but it was worth another visit.

    Dum Pukht, try to make the small changes, and in future if you see a huge hungry man rushing through the door, please serve him his biryani as soon as possible,

    Thanks Guys

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