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Oh, you want an Indian food pun?
Too bad, I’ve got naan 🙅🏽😜
Sorry for the dhal pun guys, it’s been a while (ok, we promise we are done)! Being Indian and completely in love with the Indian cuisine we have always been hesitant to try it at a restaurant, thus explaining why we have been holding off from visiting Dishoom ! However, we thought it was finally time. Overall, from the authentic food, to the amazing service and Bombay inspired 60’s decor, we were not disappointed!
Let us dig a little deeper into their story before we share with you what we ate. Dishoom, founded in 2010, has climbed up the ranks to become one of our favourite London restaurants thanks to their authenticity. It was founded to capture the essence of the old Irani Cafés of Bombay which were opened up by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran. At their peak, there were almost four hundred cafés in the 1960s. Sadly, now only fewer than thirty remain. So understandably we were super excited to hear that they were coming to London! In their own words, ‘these Irani cafés broke down barriers by bringing people together over food and drinks’. Something we believe that Dishoom is achieving, as reflected by the quality of their food and their prices.*
We do want to quickly mention that we do recommend for you guys to book a table in advance if your party is 4+ people as it can be tough to quickly get a table for a large group at short notice.
Set Vegan Menu:
They have such an extensive, set vegan food and drinks menu which you can check out by pressing this link.
Let’s start by saying that we are rarely impressed by practically every single dish at a restaurant – yet somehow Dishoom managed it! The papad like starters were nice and crunchy, the bhel was spicy and refreshing at the same time thanks to the pomegranates! Vada pau has always been a favourite Indian snack of ours and Dishoom lived up to our expectations – spicy and crunchy in a delicious bun!
But our favourite dish… the chole puri platter! The puri were crunchy, fluffy and authentic to the T! The dish comes with two puri which is more than enough, however if you’re like us and eat way beyond the comfort level then fear not: you can add an extra (or two) puri for £1! However, we have to say that it is all in the little details for us – the carrot pickle accompanying the puri is so authentic and reminds me exactly of my mother’s homemade pickle! My favourite part of this dish? The sweet halwa dolloped on the side… perfect for my sweet tooth (to the dismay of my dentist)! If you like potatoes and can handle the heat then go for the gunpowder potatoes. They were perfectly cooked and spiced!
All this food was perfectly accompanied with the refreshing mango lassi (vegan and non vegan option available)! It was not overly sweet and can easily be recreated at home!
The dessert is without a doubt the most controversial dish we ordered from Dishoom – refreshing but SUPER SOUR and solely devoured by our mum! It was a miss for us!
With the sides coming in at around £4 and mains at £10, Dishoom is super affordable for what it offers! Considering how popular it is, simply seen through how hard it is to book a table and the long queues regularly seen outside, the standard pricing really impressed us. We will certainly become regular customers!
CANARY: 22 Kingly Street, W1B 5QP
COVENT GARDEN: 12 Upper Street Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9FB
KENSINGTON: 4 Derry Street, W8 5SE
KING’S CROSS: 5 Stable Street, N1C 4AB
SHOREDITCH: 7 Boundary Street, E2 7JE
For the full list press the ‘locations’ tab on their website.