Hours 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Dhamaka in our context symbolises an explosion of flavours!
Dhamaka assimilates the culture of India – vibrant colours, lit up festivals, the street food and the amazing curries from all corners of India.
What We Strive For
The curries, some not so commonly heard, will tickle your taste buds. We conceptualised Dhamaka with the ambition to take you down the streets of India exploring Indian street food – the Kebabs of Lucknow, chat food from Bombay, the Hyderabadi biryanis, Delhi’s butter chicken, Keralan cheman mappas, and infinitely many more. To compliment the profile of these flavours, we have exquisitely crafted Cocktails; Wines & Beers, which will make you, come back for more.
Dhamaka is not your “Lets try some curry over the weekend after few pints” sort of a place. It aims to stand proudly next to the other high street restaurants offering authentic Indian cuisine but with a casual dining feel to it.
The Core Team
Dhamaka is a brainchild of Vinay Reddy. Hyderabad born, culinary institute graduate, corporate trained in Taj hotels, worked on luxury cruise liner Queen mary2 (the then world’s biggest in 2003) and later moved on to UK.
After working in 2 rossette establishments, upmarket steak houses in London moved to Bristol to open Zaza Bazaar as an Executive Chef and progressing further up to Operations Manager role. After several years of well-rounded experience, it was the natural progression to set up his own restaurant.
After doing a lot of research he came up with the idea to launch a Casual Indian restaurant concept with emphasis on street food, something which moves away from the crowded fine dining Indian restaurants and drowning curry houses. He could have relied on none other than his beloved friend ex-work colleague Jyotirmoy Patra to get his vision to his diners plates.
Jyotirmoy Patrav – Orissa born, an extremely passionate chef bleeding makhani sauce. He has graduated in hospitality & worked with the most reputable chefs in both India and overseas. Trained under the eagle eyes of the Master Chef from India – Sanjeev Kapoor, one of the world’s most talented & renowned chef in Indian cuisine, and after moving to the UK – worked for the Michelin starred chefs Atul Kochhar from Benares at Mayfair.
He joined the opening team of Zaza Bazaar in 2011 as Sous chef and grew up the ranks to become the executive chef. Jyotirmoy Patra worked in various parts of India – Hyderabad, Chennai, Calcutta and also worked for 5-star hotels in Dubai. His experience of working in various parts of the globe, with the best chefs from those regions gave him unparalleled knowledge of Indian cuisine & the restaurant business world.
He brings his expertise in the Indian cuisine to complement with the casual dining restaurant concept. Jyothi’s way of correcting a dish, if it is not to his standard, is simple – “Do it again until its perfect”
Unfortunately had a family with a young child who they had no control over, which was a real shame. Otherwise, it was lovely especially when the family left.
Great food and service, will definitely be back to try more dishes.
We had our Christmas party here on Friday and the team, food and service were amazing. They were so attentive and everything came out as planned and the food was amazing. I would highly recommend Dhamaka and will definitely return.
My third time back in as many months. Lovely addition to the Bristol food scene.
Fabulous meal super delicious very unique a lovely restaurant can highly recommend
Lovely food, good explanations. Really enjoyed it.
Really enjoyable evening on Monday with my colleagues. Very attentive staff, with a good variety on the menu of traditional Indian mixed in with some oriental influences. Goan curry was delicious and the fish was very tender. Definitely worth a visit for a casual, friendly, dining experience.
Food was very tasty, the sharing plates are a different take on Indian food which was fun. Very busy restaurant, the food is delivered really quickly but can be hard to get staff attention additional drinks & the bill. Not a major problem though, would definitely go again.
Incredible food and delicious, would definitely go here again!
Really lovely food, will definitely return!
Service was excellent and the food was great! Really glad we came here and would definitely come back again. Felt well looked after. Both food and service was quick.
Great food. Lovely place.
We were a party of 22 on a work social event and thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Dhamaka. I found them extremely helpful from the booking process right through to settling the bill! A very warm and friendly team, excellent food which was really good value for money. The atmosphere in the place is great and all my colleagues reported having a fantastic evening. Dhamaka were accommodating of our special dietary requirements with no issue at all. Would recommend and if in Bristol again, would definitely pop in for some delicious street food.
We love it here. Been twice and we don't even live in Bristol. Excellent food and the early bird offer is such good value. Friendly staff. We will be back again for sure.
Delicous food with a streetfood style twist. Amazing relaxed atmosphere and incredibly helpful staff. We were recommended 3 small plates per person but went with 2 and there was still plenty of food on the table. Cant wait to return!
The food is amazing, beyond delicious. I love how kind the staff are. They are so welcoming and lovely. I would recommend any one who is looking for fresh, delicious and good value food to give it a go. Don’t forget to end up your meal with masala chai ☕️
Delicious food, really friendly staff and fab atmosphere. We had a wonderful work meal, thank you
Friendly and welcoming staff, quick service. Delicious food. Couldn't fault it! Will definitely go back.
We went with the recommendations by the waitress and it did not disappoint. Great food. Good vibes.
The food was authentic and very tasty, although could be too spicy for some. Reminded me of the street foot classics my family make! The restaurant had a colourful and warm interior and the staff were extremely welcoming and friendly!
Really lovely meal. Lots of Gluten free options. Staff were very helpful with recommendations and we had a great pre theatre dinner.
Food was absolutely delicious - especially the chaat! Service was a tad slow to take our order but it was a packed Friday night so kind of expected. But once the order was taken the food came very quickly so no issues.
I had a great birthday! the team were so welcoming, everyone in my family commented on how great the service was. Made my night, thank you.
Nice restaurant that gives you a chance to try many things at once - would certainly go back when in Bristol again.