Sundays for most people is a day of rest, time to clean the flat, slob out on the sofa watching old Friends episodes… maybe going out for a Sunday roast if you have the energy but for Rich and I, we like to explore London. After a very brief dinner at Dishoom about a month ago I was intrigued to go back and do it properly and Rich had never been so one Sunday we went along to the King’s Cross branch to check it out.
It’s not that new but I was put off from visiting for a while due to it’s long queue reputation. London restaurants have a bad habit of making people queue just to make them look busier. There are four branches around London now but the one in King’s Cross is huge so I can’t imagine waiting time could ever really be that long, unless they close one of the floors, just because they can. The good thing is if you do have to wait in line they often hand out hot chai or fresh mint tea so it’s not too bad.
I feel like us Brits sort of ruined Indian food with our takeaway habits and it’s hard to find a great indian restaurant that doesn’t leave you feeling bloated and a bit greasy. I think Dishoom is the first restaurant I’ve tried in London that has reinvented Indian food in a whole new way and I love it. It’s a really interesting way of doing Indian food that I’ve never experienced and it’s based on “The Old Irani Cafes of Bombay” that attracted all different kinds of diners, from business men to labourers, couples and students.
They very much encourage sharing which is a great way to do it so that you get to try all different dishes. I’d recommend asking your waiter for advice and letting them know what kinds of things you like and dislike. They recommenced 2/3 dishes each and let me warn you, a lot of the dishes are really spicy! You can check out the menu here.
The decor is industrial and modern but also incorporates old family portraits and traditional signage which makes it feel authentic and personal. I haven’t been for breakfast yet but I’ve heard it’s amazing so I’ll be doing that asap.
Have you been to Dishoom yet? Let me know what you think and if there are any dishes you recommend. Can’t wait to go back!