We had seen photos on social media, we had read the reviews and we had been recommended to try. So when sitting having brunch in London on a lazy Sunday morning and one of our fellow bloggers saw our pics and pointed out that Dishoom was right around the corner, we just knew we had to return for dinner that evening, especially as we were in the area to catch our train home.
Dishoom has 4 restaurants in different areas across London, we visited the one located in King’s Cross. Housed in a grade II listed Victorian grain store, the building itself is interesting, which matches the food perfectly. The food is Bombay Cafe style, with lots of small plates, meant for sharing. Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my love of Indian food, I was in my element, lots of tastes to try and lots to share. The menu is interesting and varied, we struggled to narrow down what we wanted to eat, to be fair we’d both have eaten anything put down in front of us! The waiting staff were very friendly and helpful, making recommendations on what and how much to order.
Michelle and I started with some crispy okra with dips – we have to try making this at home – I know it won’t taste the same … but! We then moved on to a variety of sharing plates, both meat and vegetarian, our favourite being their signature house black daal dish – the best daal either of us has ever eat, simmered for 24 hours! We finished off with Kulfi on a Stick (grown up ice lollies) and a cup of their warming house chai! Our meal with a bottle of beer each cost just under £30 per head which given what we had to eat we thought great value for money.
It is worth noting that this restaurant is very popular and only takes reservations for around 30% of their tables. We arrived at 17:30 and were told it would be an hour’s wait for a table, we were happy to do this and sat in the very comfortable bar downstairs enjoying a couple of cocktails. Worth a mention at this point that the cocktails were excellent. However if your time is limited we’d recommend booking well in advance for a table.
One piece of news we were happy about is that Dishoom are opening a restaurant in Edinburgh, a little closer for us. That said we will both be making return visits next time we are in London, we also think it would be a great place to eat out with our kids.
Please note, the views expressed within this review are entirely our own and based on a meal which we paid for ourselves.4