Dishoom

by isabelleldn

I’m not the most well travelled person – there’s so much of the world I haven’t seen yet, that I want to see – my wanderlust list continues to grow exponentially with each passing day. But, of those places I have been, I can say that I haven’t had Indian food that’s a patch on what I’ve had in the UK. I haven’t been to India yet, and I’m sure a trip there would change everything, but, until then, I’m pretty content with what’s on offer here.

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Asian fusion is nothing new, but Indian fusion in particular seems to be having a bit of a moment. And, despite the burgeouning market, one (for the moment) stands above the rest – Dishoom. I’ve been to two of their restaurants – Covent Garden and Shoreditch – for dinner and brunch respectively. The food is delicious and the restaurants themselves are somehow glamorous yet uncomplicated.

You can’t make a reservation after 18.00 unless you’re a big group, so if you’re going to dinner, be prepared to wait. On a Monday night at 19.00, my group waited almost 2 hours for a table (despite being told it would be an hour and 40 minutes… if it’s going to be that long in the first place, at least be conservative with your guesstimating…)  – do not underestimate the popularity of this place. That said, the cocktails are good and, when you are seated and ordered, the food comes thick and fast.

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Mahi tikka, Black House Daal and a bowl of greens

At dinner time, be sure not to miss the Black House Daal – a signature dish and perfect accompaniment to literally everything else on the menu. I also had the Mahi Tikka as I wanted to try something simple as a point of comparison. I have to say, it wasn’t especially remarkable, but that’s not to suggest it wasn’t good. Next time, I’m definitely going to have some paneer – excellent by all accounts.

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Kejriwal – two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast

Brunch is an adventurous affair – the bacon naan rolls are infamous and for good reason. Beware the tomato chilli jam though – this is an inspired twist on ketchup, but somewhat sweet and thus an acquired taste. I wasn’t convinced how well it went with the egg naan.

I had the Bombay Omelette was very filling and wholesome, and a little bit spicy. There’s so much on offer on this brunch menu though – I wanted to try virtually everything on the menu. The approach of taking simple dishes (omelette, eggs on cheese on toast, a bacon sandwich) and doing something special with it makes for an experimental yet familiar brunch experience.

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Bombay Omelette served with fire toast and grilled tomatoes (and a side of sausage…)

Wash it all down with some of Dishoom’s signature chai tea – perfectly sweet without being overpowering, warming and comforting on a chilly morning. Not to be missed.

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