All Day Dining . ‘ Bombay Cafes’
Dishoom as a restaurant group is on to a winning formula: all their spaces are beautiful (I particularly love the Art Deco building that houses their High Street Kensington Restaurant); the food is generally quite good; and it’s affordable by London standards.
There are now five in London and one up in Manchester and Edinburgh. You can make a lunchtime reservation but dinner is a solely first come first serve affair unless you’re a group of six in which case you can book.
I haven’t had their breakfast in years but I remember the egg naan being rather good and a nice alternative to your bog standard breakfast fare.
In terms of their All Day menu, I tend to be a creature of habit and go for the same things time and time again: gunpowder potatoes, grilled masala prawns, black daal, chicken ruby, mattar paneer and some naan.
Dishoom for me isn’t consistently good – I’ve found that when the kitchen is particularly busy, dishes can come out cold or just not taste as good as on previous occasions even when visiting the same branch. However, on the whole, it’s a crowd pleaser and will often be a go to option for group dinners.
Updated Apr 2019
BASIC OR BOUGIE? In Betweener
SERVICE Is competent
TRY Lots of bits (see above)
BEST FOR Catch Ups, Group Dining
VIBE Is Buzzy (pretty much all the time!)
GROUPS c. 10 ppl (email for larger groups)
GOOD TO KNOW Open Sun | c.£35-40