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Dhoom Indian Streatery.
19-21 New Row,
01383 223340
Food Lunch: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm (Last Order) Taster Menu £9.95 per person. Dinner: 2:30 pm – 9 (9.30pm Fri & Sat) Sunday (All Day) taster dinner menu £13.95 Bar 12 noon – late every day.

Let's 'machao dhoom' aka 'let's party’ in Indian. And let’s; because Dhoom, a 'streatery' and cocktail bar in Dunfermline, is celebrating its first anniversary.

Tuk Tuks and bold Bollywood-inspired wall paintings mix with upbeat bhangra music to create a colourful, hip Indian ambience.

A quarterly changing menu runs alongside the main one and focuses on 'regional’ street food. So there is something new to taste even for regulars.
Mr Bite and I try dishes from the West Indian menu, specifically, Goa, Gujarat and Mumbai, on a rainy, frankly miserable, cold Sunday evening. We agree we are in the right place as the appetising, spicy dishes arrive freshly cooked from the kitchen.

The deals is five tapas, and a main curry course served with rice, naan and masala chips each; a real steal at £16.95 Sunday to Thursday from 2.30pm.

Poha Pokara is flattened rice pakora served with a fruity tamarind sauce; think spicy arancini, while a potato dumpling dish from the streets of Mumbai is like Indian patatas bravas. Dohara Seekh Kebab are haggis-shaped balls of juicy meat with ginger, garlic paste, green chilli and cheese and Mr Bite’s fave. Bombay Fish Fry is delicate and resembles a super-sized fish finger. Chicken Harayali Tikka again has very juicy meat due to the addition of 'hung yoghurt' (curd) alongside ginger garlic paste, curry leaves, green chilli and mint. The curd lends an 'umami' flavour dimension. Suffice to say mains of Goan Fish Curry and Goat Curry hit the spot.

I encourage Mr Bite to order white chocolate samosas for pudding and they have that same fried and sweet taste combination you find with churros. Cocktails at Dhoom have as many herbs, fruits, spices and imagination as the food. Last time I visited I had a Russian in Goa (feni cashew vodka liqueur, fresh lime, green chilli, vanilla sugar). It sailed to my table like a potion on a bed of billowing dry ice. This time I choose a chocolate chilli martini; infused heat, sweet chocolate milk and chilled over ice. The ideal liquid alternative to pudding.

Dhoom has it all; friendly service, value for money, delicious street food, and theatrical cocktails. Happy Birthday! (S Wilson)

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