Dishoom certainly takes you back in time. Escape from the 21st century and walk through the restaurant's door and experience the hustle and bustle of a place that pays homage to Irani cafes in Bombay during the swinging sixties. Slow rotating fans, low level lighting and walls plastered with vintage records and pictures gives Dishoom that elegant and colonial feel.
Don't be alarmed by the mammoth scale of how busy it is. I managed to get a table within twenty minutes and even if you have to wait, head over to the bar and crack open a nice large bottle of Kingfisher. It'll be worth it.
Ordering food can be tricky because every dish on the menu looks and sounds so god damn tasty. The front of house staff recommend that each person should order around two to three dishes. Trust them, that's ample.
Small plates such as the lamb samosas, bhel (puffed riced surrounded by pomegranates, tamarind, lime, mint, onion and tomatoes) and the okra fries go down a treat especially when you have a variety of dips on the table. Try the garlic and chilli dip, it will literally blow your top, amazing stuff.
When it comes to the mains, The Carnaby special is a must have. Tender pieces of diced lamb slowly cooked in a rich, spiced gravy are accompanied with a couple of soft buttery rotis (which are made in house) to help mop up every bit of that delicious sauce.
If you like your grills, the murgh malai is a winner. Succulent, juicy chicken thighs marinated in garlic, ginger and coriander will certainly give you the wow factor.
You can't have mains without having a number of sides. The house black daal is rich and comforting and is undoubtedly a match made in heaven with any dish on the menu and if the rotis aren't enough, order a load of naans (cheese one for me) and fluffy, seasoned basmati rice.
If things do get too wild, the paneer and mango salad will certainly tone things down. Dressed leaves, thick slices of juicy mango and strips of marinated paneer will appeal to any vegetarian out there.
Let the food keep coming and the drinks keep flowing because Dishoom will not disappoint. At such affordable prices you won't be breaking the bank, so forget ordering a takeaway at your local as Dishoom will provide you with some tantalising curries.
|Dishoom Carnaby special|
|Mango & Paneer Salad|
|Bhel ( Puffed Rice, Bombay Mix, Pomegrante, Tomato, Onion, Lime, Tamarind & Mint)|
|House Black Daal|