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”
Really delicious food, interesting menu and very friendly staff. Highly recommended.
Excellent tasty meal with a great concept in Indian street food dining. Definitely will go back to try more dishes.
Such authentic Indian street food - my dad felt like he was back on the streets of Delhi!
We really enjoyed our experience.
We had such a wonderful experience dining here for my mum's 70th. 17 of us w/o Not was quite a workload for the staff! They were amazing. Even took the cake for me and walked it in with sparklers. Nothing was too much trouble for Vinay and his team. Every one of my family had a wonderful time and my mum was beaming! Will definately be back.
Staff were extremely friendly and knowledgable about the food. They gave great advice about how to get the best from the experience and how many dishes to order. Very impressed and recommended to all my friends and family.
Love this place!
Party of 12 dined on a Sunday evening. Waiter gave some suggestions regarding how many starters to order for our party. bearing in mind I was going to order 3 platters at £16.95 each, the waiter advised he would do individual platters for all of us at a discounted rate, when the bill came, the starters alone were £80. There was also a mix up with the thalis, and received an extra one, which we had to pay for. We all found the food to be bland. Also the thali had 1 curry, 1 daal, the rest of it consisted of 2 pieces of chicken, rice, raita, boiled veg, 1 puri!! This is very poor value for money. Overall really disappointed with the whole experience, was really excited for this restaurant, will definitely NOT be returning, and NOT recommending.
The starters, pani puri had little filling and it was just the puri itself. Bit dissapointed as no filling hardly. The katocas had little chicken. However the chetinadd lamb curry was lovely.
The food was delicious and the staff were really friendly - we had a great time
Really good food for a great price!
Great food and service
Superb different new Indian fushion food. We shared several vege dishes and had fabulous (but small) lassi cocktails. Great flavours (but none very hot/spicy). Will certainly come again.
Very pleasant experience, friendly and informative welcome. The food was delicate and very well presented. Great taste, although some of the tandoor dishes were a bit too salty for my palate. Definitely would recommend the taster platters.
Cool little restaurant and very good food at a good price!
Excellent food and great service. Would definitely recommend.
A very nice evening, very good tasty food and friendly staff. Only small negative is food could have been hotter, particular the curry. To clarify I mean temperature of food not spice level. Will definitely visit again.
Brilliant experience Great food and clear to see it’s a labour of love. We will be back!
Very welcoming & spot on hospitality. Food was prompt & very tasty
Service was very good, prompt service and we did not wait too long for our food to arrive. Plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. My only criticism would be the veggie dish I ordered was not spicy enough or rather, lacked flavours. It was very sweet and creamy to my taste. The kulfi icecream dessert was exceptional, and I totally enjoyed the complimentary cutting chai in the end. All in all, a very positive experience, and will definitely visit again.