Friend S lived in India for six months. I travelled there for nearly two. Like most people who visit India, we both came away with a taste for their food and have been looking for somewhere that does it well but not as full on as London’s Brick Lane.
Then along came Dishoom, a place inspired by the Iranian cafes you find in Mumbai. It doesn’t come with high London price tags either. Win.
We went for brunch one rainy Sunday earlier this month and it was fabulous.
There’s usually a long wait to get a table but we were really lucky and must have got there early enough. The atmosphere is really light, modern and vibrant. The service was great too. But we’re all about the food and this is where Dishoom completely and utterly excels.
I love a good brunch.
I also love a good dose of street food and got to marry both.
S had the Bombay Breakfast which is two eggs baked over a lentil mash, served with soft fresh naan. Not being an egg fan I can’t really judge but the dhal underneath was scrumptious.
I went for granola with yoghurt infused with Madagascan vanilla and Vada Pau, a potato cake with chutney served on a bun which is something I lived on when travelling by train throughout India. It tasted exactly like how I remember them, a very good thing.
S also had a couple of chais which she loved and I thoroughly enjoyed the Darjeeling green tea. We could have stayed for hours sipping away and eating throughout the day.
To return? Of course! I tried to take Mr Man for dinner not long after but it was going to be a 55 minute wait. We will be back though, you can’t go to a find like this just once.
Dishoom can be found at 12 Upper St Martin’s Lane, really close to Seven Dials and Covent Garden.