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Dishoom Bombay Cafe

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by London Schweppes (subscribe)
Domestic goddess and backyard explorer with a passion for freelance writing!
Published October 14th 2014
A slice of Bombay in London
If you happen to be in love Indian street food but want to introduce a twist by throwing in a bit of fusion, a dollop of creativity, and a dash of innovation; then Dishoom is definitely a great place to start! A pastiche of flavours from the gullies of Bombay, presented in a contemporary, almost fine dining ambience, this relatively new restaurant is a bustling and overall pretty cool place to hang out.

Perhaps consider it for the next romantic dinner for two, or something new for a family night out, or maybe even the next surprise birthday party with your mates as I recently hosted for my husband. The staff were diligent and helpful, even bringing out the surprise birthday cake and helping to pack it all up afterwards; not to mention letting us split the bill and pay separately on different credit cards (which is a pretty new thing for me considering that's a bit of a luxury in Australia most of the time).

Conveniently located within easy walking distance from Covent Garden or Leicester Square stations, it's commuter-friendly and surprisingly easy to get a table for a group when booked a few days in advance (admittedly, we did book a quiet weekday).

Now let's talk about the food shall we? I must admit when I first saw the menu, I was surprised by its brevity. As I've since learned, a smaller menu is a sign of a good restaurant (OK, I'm still not sure I agree with that sentiment personally!). I do like having an abundance of choices, as that usually would indicate the presence of at least a few vegetarian choices! That said, at most Indian restaurants, vegetarian options are not a problem.

As for portion sizes, my advice would be to order several starter dishes and share as we did - bhel puri, fried okra, pav bhaji, and crisps. Okay - not the healthiest menu in the world but once in a while we need to keep our taste buds happy too!

For mains, we ordered garlic and cheese naans (how is this fusion food I hear you ask? - I didn't say all of it was!) with black daal, and paneer tikka, which was a little bland. But some of the drinks were quite interesting - ranging from mocktails and cocktails to hot drinks.

The pricing was reasonable in my mind for the ambience and the service.

All in all, I'd highly recommend Dishoom for its tantalising cuisine and sharp decor!
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Why? A slice of Bombay in London
When: Monday – Wednesday 8am – 11pm Thursday – Friday 8am – 12am Saturday 9am – 12am Sunday 9am – 11pm
Phone: 020 7420 9320
Where: Covent Garden: 12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9FB; Also in Shoreditch
Cost: Small plates <6 pounds
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