To dine at Dhoom is to go on a journey across India; a trip which will delight your tastebuds and senses, so it's no wonder this streetfood eatery has been crowned the best in the country.

When chef and owner Prasad set up his eatery in Dunfermline, it was the realisation of a 20-year-old dream, after previously working as a kitchen porter earning £10 a month in Delhi, India.

Having to travel 7 miles a day by foot to get to work, he later achieved the impossible dream by bringing the best Indian food to Scotland.

Over 35 years in the business, he had helped open 52 restaurants, but always for other people. Prasad came to the UK in 2000 and for 18 years, he worked in Dunfermline, but had a unique idea for a restaurant and in December 2018, that became a reality.

“I wanted to make this place different from everybody else,” Prasad explained. Whilst most Indian restaurants serve very similar menus where a basic sauce could be served in a variety of different ways, this is an anglicised version of curry and not the kind of food that would be eaten in India.

Dunfermline Press: More than food – eating here is a culinary journeyMore than food – eating here is a culinary journey (Image: Dhoom)

Dhoom, at New Row, Dunfermline, takes its influences from the streetfood of north, south, east and west India.

You won’t find a chicken korma here or a prawn madras, but you will find exciting dishes that you’ll never have tasted before.

Ninety per cent of the menu is dairy free, gluten free and nut free and there is a vast choice for vegans and vegetarians, as well as meat-eaters. It is healthy and as authentic as he can make it, given that it is made outside India.

“Nobody can ever say it is totally the same as Indian streetfood, as the lamb is different for example and the water here is different, but it is as authentic as we can make it".

Dunfermline Press: If you fancy a real taste of India, this is the place to beIf you fancy a real taste of India, this is the place to be (Image: Dhoom)

“We don’t do many curries,” he explained. “Our lamb curry for example, is marinated for 24 hours – no other places do that.

“We get people coming here from all over, where they will travel from Glasgow and Edinburgh, even Aberdeen and they come back. People come for the experience, not just the food”.

Changing menu

Dunfermline Press: From Best in Fife to best in Scotland – this Indian streetfood restaurant is like no other!From Best in Fife to best in Scotland – this Indian streetfood restaurant is like no other! (Image: Dhoom)

Every three months, the menu will change and Prasad visits different parts of India, the latest being inspired by the city of Kolkata, tasting food and trying new recipes to recreate authentic dishes.

The restaurant, which can seat up to 110 people and is open every day except Tuesday and serves food from noon to 8pm (8.30pm on Fridays) – has the feel of a bazaar in India.

When it first opened, it had benches and was more like a place you would take a snack – a real steetfood experience. But customers wanted more and to linger longer, which is not surprising when you see the extensive menu, so now it is more like a restaurant and serves not only food, but amazing Indian cocktails, incorporating spices for a truly unique taste.

“Every dish is my selection,” Prasad says. “I am trying to bring food out that is not just food, but a journey from north, south, east and west India. “Our first menu was north Indian and 90 per cent of people from the past three to four years have said that they have not had this kind of food before.

“People talk about this place, and that’s because this is not the same gravy on 15 different dishes. It’s about the whole concept, Whatever you do in life, you want to do something different, to make your mark”.


In June this year, Dhoom Indian Street Restaurant was named Best of Southeast and Best Indian Restaurant in Scotland in the Scottish Curry Awards held in Glasgow.

“I don’t call them customers, they are my guests, they are family!” says Prasad, whose own family including his wife and medicine-student son, also help out in the business.

“This is a favourite place among people for the experience, not just the food”.

That’s partly the reason why there is no takeaway or delivery service as it’s about the experience at Dhoom.

A year after opening, the restaurant was named Best Newcomer, then the Best in Fife and now it’s the best in the country. But Prasad feels he has enough awards on the shelf.

“I am not working for awards,” he said. “For the next two years, I am working for the people who come here”.

To find out more about the menu and the dishes on offer, visit the website here.