Delightful Indian option and Bombay Café-esque diner that serves quality dishes for reasonable prices
Well what can I say apart from that was sehr gut! A huge, warehouse design done stylishly with very warm service all round and simply gorgeous tapas size Bombay street food which is also extremely well priced, answers my question as to why this is seemingly the hot ticket in town as at the time of writing for Indian food. There wasn’t a single dish that I didn’t like and the absolute gems were the calamari made with brown sugared batter and the stunning chutneys given on the side as gratis. These are the three niceset chutneys I think I have had in London and are therefore worth a mention on their own: mint and coriander (being the concorde of the three), date and tamarind and mixed chili were all lovely and were basically impressive in their own right.
I was like a kid in a sweet shop getting to the bottom of the calamari bowl where the juices of the Dishoom drizzle gathered – I will happily put a marker here in that this drizzle is worth a visit to Dishoom on its own. The chicken thigh meat simply fell apart when getting in to it as it was so tender and the signature black house dahl that takes 24 hours of constant cooking at a low heat (producing a gorgeous, creamy flavour) was very good I have to say and was the perfect accompaniment to dip the naan bread (with a melted cheese centre) in to. The latter had a fair kick, so be slightly prepared if you are sensitive to spice but it is absolutely worth the beads of sweat.
All in all, this is hard not to like – delicious and ‘easy on the palate’ Indian dishes in a comfortable and swanky environment, all served with genuinely warm hospitality. I would book in advance to avoid the customary long queues for when they are not accepting bookings (check their website for details) or, if you are on your own, you should be able to get a seat at the counter quite easily. Shoreditch and Upper St Martin’s Lane, you are next(!) to compare and do breakfast at. A great first impression and experience.
Food Grade: 77%
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