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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.