By Vicki Metcalfe on Dec 20 2013
It's been a couple of weeks since I made my debut at Dishoom, a traditional Bombay cafe in Shoreditch. The place was recommended by friends who were first wowed by their Indian take on a breakfast menu and soon fell in love with the bacon naan roll and Bombay omelette.
We headed down on a Friday night, and similar to a lot of London restaurants now, no bookings can be made after 6pm. The place was buzzing by 7pm (which is always a good sign!) and we had around a 20 minute wait in the queue outdoors, until we could put our name down for a table and wait with cocktails at the bar.
The interior has a rustic eclectic charm and the raw industrial feel of many of it's Shoreditch neighbours, lit with mismatched chandeliers from a corrugated metal ceiling. It's a cool place sit and hang out even if you're just stopping for a drink.
We eventually got seated in the verandah area which has a bright and cosy outdoor tropical feel, filled with greenery and wicker chairs, and when the food came it was definitely worth the wait!
All four of us were in a traditional chicken curry mood, which were delicious and flavoursome, but for me the highlight was definitely the side dishes (as my friends know, I can never have just one plate!) including the fresh garlic naan bread, al dente minted greens and the Dishoom slaw. There was maybe only a slight ounce of regret when we looked over to the next table who had ordered the 'lamb raan' - a whole leg of shredded tender meat served on a board to dive into! I'll definitely be going back again to try that.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my Dishoom experience and would recommend you visit if you're heading East. The only minor downside was the 90 minute wait in total, but the pro's of a lively atmosphere, tasty food, a great cocktail menu and extremely reasonable prices definitely made up for it.