Delightful Indian option and Bombay Café-esque diner that serves quality dishes for reasonable prices
This ever popular venue showed one of its trump cards by being open all day on a Bank Holiday (as are all within the chain) and as usual, no reservations taken after 6pm meaning drop in only. There was quite a queue as the weather was good, but within the wait, it was nice to see that sherry and chai tea was being offered to those waiting in line – a very nice touch. The food on this occasion was thankfully on better form than the previous visit with some pleasing options as usual within an absolutely buzzing atmosphere. If you haven’t tried the pistachio kulfi dessert and you are a fan of milk-flavoured lollies that have an almost condensed milk quality, you need to get in to here and try one quite soon.
Food Grade: 64%
Still very much a lovely drop in option in hip Shoreditch, this branch of Dishoom has the perfect outdoor area underneath a retractable roof and was the perfect option to grab some bites on a spontaneous drive by. The mint chutney still proving to be one of the best in I think there is available in any curry house and I hadn’t had the prawns before which, coated in spiced batter were a very good option. On the flip side, the Bombay Colada was almost like a slush puppy and twice as difficult to drink. Service unfortunately was also utterly lackadaisical on this visit with two forgotten orders (one by a floor manager)and one lamb chop was near-burnt requiring a reshow. We were also charged for the dish that never came (which they had forgotten about). It’s a shame as the Dishoom group is a brilliant concept but this is the second time I have experienced amateur issues. I just hope this is not the norm.
Food Grade: 52%
My second visit to a London Dishoom and this time in Shoreditch which, not being as huge as the Kings Cross branch, still has an expansive main dining area, packed bar and downstairs area as well as an extended outside, open air dining. The atmosphere is therefore guaranteed and the queue outside (which was horrendous by 8pm) testifies Dishoom’s huge popularity at time of writing. All I can say is that I continue to be wow’d by how utterly lovely the flavours and ease of the products are at Dishoom. The food grade is purely on the flavour (as always) but the fact that the cost is such good value for money I believe accounts for Dishoom’s seering popularity.
The coconut milk and spiced rum cocktails were absolutely divine and the main dishes continue to have a wonderful comfort feel to them. Some of these dishes on this occasion that friends had, I had already done at Dishoom King’s Cross, but I hadn’t done the absolutely superb Behl (Puffed rice, Bombay Mix and nylon sev tossed with fresh pomegranate, tomato, onion, lime, tamarind, mint), raita for the spicey chili cheese naan bread in to (to cool it down beautfully) and the creamy milk-based ice cream Kuhli stick in different flavours (pistachio and mango) – these were all simply outstanding.
I now like this chain so much I simply have to do the last one (Covent Garden) and I have to do the bacon naan roll for breakfast, so will time it so that I can squeeze in just before the end of breakfast and spill in to the lunch menu. Looking forward to this already.
Food Grade: 77%
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