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This Shoreditch branch of the Leicester Square brasserie offers Bombay café-style food at ultra-reasonable prices.

Jugaar (pronounced ‘joo-gaar’) is the word used in Hindi to describe a certain type of problem solving. ‘Improvisation’ is one translation; ‘makeshift’or even ‘dodgy’ might be another. The point of jugaar is to get results, not to follow the rules.

The second Shoreditch branch of Dishoom looks at first to have a jugaar approach to the decor – an industrial space has been turned into an aspirational Indian restaurant. But the interior design is inspired by the ‘Irani cafés’ of late twentieth-century Bombay. A sign reading ‘permit room’ greets you at the entrance – Indian English for ‘alcohol-licensed premises’. The giant clock suspended from the ceiling is a small copy of the one at Victoria Terminus in Bombay (now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai). The tiled floors and bentwood chairs are also faithful to true Bombay style.

There’s nothing jugaar about the menu or cooking though. Sit in the basement dining room and you can watch the Indian chefs at work. Our seekh kebabs arrived well spiced, the minced lamb juicy, served piping hot from the grill. Many more distinctively Bombay dishes are on the menu, including bhel (a spicy puffed-rice snack) and pau bhaji (spicy vegetables in a bread roll). More modern creations are there too, including the lamb raan bun, which owes more to the current barbecue and burger craze in London than it does to Mumbai.

Dishoom is great for atmosphere and for its all-day opening hours. The small-plates menu may not be faithful to Irani cafés in their post-independence heyday. But what’s wrong with a little jugaar?

Venue name: Dishoom
Address: 7 Boundary Street
E2 7JE
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-11pm Mon-Thur; 8am-midnight Fri; 9am-midnight Sat; 9am-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Shoreditch High Street rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £55.
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Tim A
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You'd be hard pushed to find a better Indian restaurant in London in this price range. The staff are friendly, the food is delicious and the surroundings are fun and modern. There is a reason there's always a queue outside. It's just yummy.

Ps If you're ever passing in the morning pop in for the breakfast anywhere in London - the bacon naan will blow your mind and the chai tea is better than a coffee any day.

Cat P
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The food was delightful and the service was impeccable.  Our waitress for the evening was so lovely and so accommodating especially on a busy Saturday night.  As we had last minute extras from my party who heard about its reputation and wanted to join us for dinner.  Her recommendations were spot on and she looked after us throughout the evening and didn't even rush us even though there was anther party booked after us.  We didn't get to try dessert even though we were offered the menu but that was because we were all so full.

The service of the food was quick and the atmosphere was buzzing and everyone was singing the praises of how they all had a great evening.
We'll be back!

Leila D
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We ate here and had an absolutely fantastic time. Great food, the slow cooked lamb was the best lamb I have ever eaten, and the cocktails were fab! We all said we can't wait to return as was faultless!

Excellent service too, from booking to the friendly and efficient service on the night, and no feeling of being rushed.

Ngaire T

The atmosphere, the service and that it's all about sharing. Oh and most of all the food! Drool. Best Indian restaurant in London.

Daphne L

Great food, great atmosphere, great cocktails. Only downside is not being able to reserve for less than 6 people, but go early and grab an al fresco table before the cold sets in.

Mei M

Wonderful place to have the best Indian food at great prices. Easy to spot from the queue, best place to go to when you want to have a different breakfast/brunch, it's just wonderful! If you have the chance, make sure you book a table otherwise get ready for a bit of wait. The place does look lovely and staff is impeccable. Naans are my favourite thing here.

Carly M

Read nothing but good things about Dishoom but was left feeling extremely underwhelmed!!

I went there with my boyfriend last week and found all the dishes to be standard level Indian food you would get at your local ruby down the road at double the price .

I don't mind paying for good food but sadly feel this didn't warrant it .


One of my favorite lunchtime spots. It has some of the best Indian food I have ever had and some unusual dishes. The decor and ambiance really make it a lovely place to eat - especially the conservatory area. 

The only issue is you ALWAYS have to book - but that shows you just how great it is. 


It took about 5 years, but I finally got into Dishoom. How you ask? We cheated. I corralled some coworkers to come and voila, we had 7 of us, meaning we could make a booking! YES!

The great thing about have a large group is that it become a free for all. Everyone orders food and everyone shares. Some people were not too keen to share after tasting some dishes, but this is a democracy. So too bad!

I started with the Vada Pau, which is their version of chip butty. Nice flavours but could have been crispier. Maybe too much sauce made the 'chip bit' soggy. Still quite colourful to look at. Other starters we had was the chili cheese toast (amazing), calamari (lovely and crisp), samosas (heavenly little parcels of joy), and okra fries (were OK, but not too fussed)

Mains ranged from veggie and lamb biryanis, pulled lamb, black dhaal, and kababs. Everything was fantastic, but the stand out dish for me was the lamb raan. Fall of the bone soft meat. Drool worthy. Perfect with the lime, trust me. 

Worth a two hour queue? I can't imagine anything worth a wait that long, especially with so many fabulous restaurants around there to tempt the taste buds (Gunpowder anyone?) . It was definitely delicious and satisfying, and reasonably priced.  I say go with a group of six or more so you can book and be prepared to share. 

Jane G.

First off Dishoom is one of my favourite breakfast sites in London. Just not THIS one. I loved the look of it, it is kind of tucked away and I loved that. Great atmophere. The waiter we had was really attentive and friendly. That's where it stopped. My fire toast was hard, cold and tough. My egg naan was cold and tough and like it had been sitting out all day. Normally I go to the Covent Garden branch and have never had a bad experience. So I have a high standard. I eat there quite often and have several stamp cards. I placed two cards down for my meal with a total of the stamps I needed. My waiter made a mistake and didn't realise so I was charged for my meal. He felt awful and got the manager who then chastised me for using multiple cards.

I won't be going back. Stick to Kings Cross or Covent Garden...they know how to do it right!

Shona R

I don't understand the hype behind dishoom.  Coming from an indian/sri lankan background, I find it decent food but really overpriced.  Mind you, I've always wanted to combine the best bits of indian breakfast with bacon.

There are definitely much better indian restaurants in central london and much more reasonable prices.  It's great for a night out with friends and trying out the cocktails (as you won't find those anywhere else) but know that it's not authentic.

Pritesh D

This place is like heaven! The staff are friendly, amazing quality food and the atmosphere and surroundings are incredible.

I particularly like the Black Daal and there is a wide range of drinks including fusion cocktails.

Not like your typical curry house where 6 men greet you, this has a good mix of staff from all nationalities!

It normally has a queue unless you arrive super early! That just shows how good it really is

Teodora T

Fantastic food! Booking rules need revisiting, as impossible to book for a group of under 6 people, massive queues, even at lunchtime.

Elizabeth P

I've yet to meet a person who has come away from Dishoom disappointed (or hungry). I love how you're encouraged to share dishes and try a bit of everything as opposed to the standard culture here of ordering your own curry and rice. The food also comes out when it's ready so helps if you're sharing so no one feels left out,

I had feared given how popular it is that it might be a bit pretentious but the atmosphere is laid back and staff super friendly. It already feels like an institution, from the decor to the smooth service.

The menu is actually pretty simple but there is a nice mixture of familiar and more unique dishes to try. The signature dhaal dish is amazing, meat grills lovely and tender and rice dishes nice and fluffy. I especially love the crispy calamari.

The cinnamon ice cream Is also well worth a try - if you have room.

Cocktails are also awesome - which is handy when you're waiting for a table! Get there before 6 if you're not keen on queueing otherwise you can book for parties of 6 +.

All in all great food and a great night out. Prices can look cheap for London but bear in mind they recommend ordering 2-3 dishes each, so with a couple of cocktails it soon adds up.


Indian restaurant in Shoreditch center!

Bombay style interiors and corresponding menu that takes excellent score in everything; friendly staff, tasty food (tried brunch and loved it!), nice prices.

Don't just turn up - the queue is quite long all the time. Instead, book your table through their online system in advance.


Good quality Indian food restaurant. Great atmosphere and surroundings. Food mouth wateringly delicious, authentic and good selection to choose from and portions generous and decent price. The grills and the paneer dishes especially are amazing and they do good lassis too.



London’s love for Dishoom runs deep. Apparent from the growing list of accolades that the restaurant has accrued, ranging from customer reviews to the platitudes of food bloggers and critics alike. While the playful yet meticulous décor, the obliging staff and the complimentary ‘Chai-Fi’ all play a part in generating such a loyal following, the food is ultimately the lynchpin of Dishoom’s success. Vibrant, experimental, filling and affordable- it’s a rare fusion of these factors. Few restaurants in the capital have such highly recognisable dishes- they are so photogenic that they reappear on foodie Instagram feeds and are retweeted by your brunching acquaintances on Twitter. 

While it’s not a quiet success, there’s no shame in fighting for a table at Dishoom. The atmosphere is spirited, service is timely and the food is fun and satisfying. Why would you travel further afield for a potentially lacklustre pop-up? 

I made my inaugural visit to the Shoreditch location for a Sunday brunch in February 2016. Immediately, I was impressed by how large and lively the location was. The front of house staff and the servers were warm and congenial- we were seated in an area with plenty of room and our server was patient as we scrutinised the menu. Options range from healthier fare- including a bottomless porridge- to cooked breakfasts and the widely celebrated (and much photographed) naan rolls. There was no real competition: we succumbed to their reputation and ordered one bacon and one egg naan with masala beans on side, a mango lassi, a Virgin Mary and a round of Americanos while we waited.

Plenty has been written about Dishoom’s naan rolls with earnest reason. And everything you’ve heard is probably true. Freshly baked naan is pulled from the tandoor oven by an assembly line operation in the open kitchen downstairs, arriving as a springy soft casement- still warm from the oven- for every filling. Amply substantial and a thing of beauty- especially compared to any stodgy white bread variation- this elevates the bacon roll into luxury. The filling is equally laudable: my two eggs oozed with golden yolks, mingled with the hot sweetness of the chili tomato jam, the mild creaminess of soft cheese and the hint of fresh coriander. It arrived with extra tomato chili jam on the side, which I took as an impetus to cast cutlery aside and dig in with my hands (nimble fingers were required to dip small chunks of bread into the small ramekin).

The masala beans also triumphed, evading a sugary and gloopy tomato sauce for a robust, mildly heated and fragrant base. They were delicious paired with the naan roll, especially for those who are ravenous (and we were). The breakfast lassi was a thick blend of oats, yogurt, banana and mango, resulting in a rich smoothie. It coats the throat and is a deliciously fruity liquidised meal that completely lacked the syrupiness of a cheap mango puree-based drink.

Even the coffee hits the right notes at Dishoom, where Malabar coffee is served, made from Arabica beans ‘from a single estate in Sunticoppa, Karnataka, are bared on wood to the monsoon winds’ (in their own words). It was full-bodied devoid of any bitterness, making it a strong and easy palatable cup.

At under £5.50 for the bacon naan roll (and £4.90 for my two egg roll), Dishoom offers superlative value for a deliciously filling brunch. We left with full bellies, licking our fingers and wondering just why we had waited so long to visit. 

Maybe we subconsciously knew it would be a floodgate for future Sunday trips- better to start now because we have to start making up for lost time somehow.

Ioanna La

Definitely a great place for indian in London because both of the good food and the fun and pleasant atmosphere. Lovely interior, well decorated to the detail, never been to a bombay cafe but it feels that it is similar (as it says). I really like the concept but to my opinion it is a bit pricey for the amount of food you are getting. The breakfast is amazing though, and good value for money!!! Try the bacon naan roll and you'll love it. Unexpectedly amazing. Make sure you pop before 12 though during the weekends as they serve breakfast only up to 12 (11:30 on weekdays).

Sarah J Peach

I can only reiterate that the bacon (and egg) breakfast wrap is simply heavenly and there's no bacon and egg combo in the whole of London that can beat Dishoom's gorgeous chutney, thick slices of bacon and herbs.  Trying to recreate the recipe at home is miserable, they must have a secret ingredient!


Sometimes you just crave a curry. And this place now sets the standard of the craving - it is delicious in every way - the food and the decor. Writing this makes me just want to run to Dishoom and gorge on it all. Their House Black Daal is creamy and on point. Actually everything is. The queuing system is annoying but adds to the anticipation. After an hour wait, you'll be ordering everything on the menu and waddling home. 

Rellie Loves

Yes, 5 STARS! This place is well worth the visit (and possible wait for a table). Beautifully decorated with a vintage style, the Irini style Bombay cafe serves delicous food so full of flavour, and ideal for sharing. I often go here with my partner and we order a selection of small bowls and sides: far far, kacchi lamb biryani, black house daal, garlic naan and the incredible chicken ruby curry. I've heard the breakfast/brunch here is one of the best around, so that is on my weekend 'to do' list. I highly recommend Dishoom - you won't be dissapointed and you won't spend a fortune either. 

Louise H

Lamb Raan - Best dish on the menu! When you arrive there is likely to be a wait, stick with it because it is most certainly well worth it!


We've all said it. The queues are irritating, but the food and ambience at such a reasonable price are what keeps the masses coming back in droves. 

Try to get here as early as possible, and while away your wait sampling their unusual cocktail selection (many thankfully gin-based). When seated, make sure you try as much as possible - you really can't go wrong. But you really can't go wrong with their lamb raan or the slow cooked deeply flavoursome black beans. There will always be room for dessert, even if it's just the ludicrously reasonable pistaccio kulfi on a stick. Repeat.

Sarah R

So much love for this restaurant.
Everything is so perfect, the ambience, the smell, food is of course delicious.
Whenever I am here, it feels like a treat!

Laura G

If you’re into indian food, Dishoom is a safe choice. With four locations around London, this restaurant brings not so overwhelming Bombay taste for good value. The black house dhal is an excelente choice of side, as well as the naam – indian traditional flat bread that can come plain or flavored. Only downside to a satisfying meal was the nimbu pani, a drink made of lemon, sugar and salt that was just too salty to quench our curry thirst. If possible, try to snatch a table upstairs, since it can be a bit dark to eat on the underground.

Christie A

Yes to the breakfast wrap! Maybe the best breakfast I've had in London. If you like bacon and eggs served in roti bread with kasundi then this place is for you. Have also been for dinner and while the menu is still impressive I'd only return for brunch. Really beautiful restaurants also. The interiors are charming and friendly staff complete the experience. 

Bonnie W

This is one of my favourite restaurants in London. The food never disappoints and the service is always very friendly. I usually go the the Dishoom near Covent Garden but finally tried out the Shoreditch restaurant last week. I like how the Shoredtich restaurant has outside seating which is still somewhat covered in case the weather decides to act up. The cocktails are delicious, especially the Bollybellini and I always have to order some of their cheese naan and mattar paneer. A good thing to note is if you're not keen on having to wait in line and are wanting to have an early dinner, bookings can be made before 6:00.


So far, I've only been for breakfast/brunch, but based on that alone, it can only be a 5 star review. I was admittedly rather turned off by the description of 'this amazing indian breakfast place' my friend tried to sell to me - I mean, indian food for breakfast?

As always though, I bit the bullet, and I'm so glad I did. My go-to brekkie here is without doubt the Bacon & Egg Naan...mmmmm.

Their bacon is from the Pig & Butcher (my favourite!) and their home made chutney/relish is to die for. Plus, the naan is the best I've ever tasted.

Don't be put off by what sounds like a strange breakfast item - you won't go back to 'regular' breakfasts!

Lizzie W

Last Sunday a friend and I went to Columbia road flower market. We were up and out early doors to make the most of the sunshine and were planning to get breakfast there as I've seen some reviews saying there are some great cafes. I didn't spot anything I fancied (did have a great freshly squeezed juice!) and knew dishoom was nearby so we wandered back that way hoping there would be a table.
I've been to dishoom before - twice in Leicester Square and once in Shoreditch and allll for dinner - boy can I recommend the paneer curry, their rotis and naans and to finish of a kulfi! But I really love the Shoreditch branch and have been dying to come for breakfast
It was actually quite empty on a Sunday at 11 but I guess as they don't take bookings that could be why? Also the place is massive with lots of seating upstairs and down. My fav part though is they have a conservatory type area with sofas where they open the roof when it's sunny. This area was pretty busy but i was desperate to sit out there so we waited ten minutes for another couple to leave!
Right now for the food - wow! I can't wait to go back already. I was lucky my friend agreed to get a few things and share everything. So I started off insisting we got the famous naan roll (I've seen it in so many mags and websites featured as one of the best brunch/ breakfast items), my friend chose the granola and then we decided to get the maksa bun to go with the chai we had ordered. What we didn't realise is that the maksa came with a chai. This came first so we were happily dipping the toasted buttery bread in chai while waiting for the rest. Would recommend but won't  be getting again - just a one time thing for me!
Wow was the naan good! Cream cheese, crispy bacon and chilli jam in one of their delish naans served warm obvs. I'll def be getting this again and I also saw someone else with a sausage and egg naan which looked really good! 
We finished on the home made granola which was full of tasty nuts with their vanilla yoghurt and fresh fruit. Lovely way to finish and utterly stuffed!
This is a definite recommend for both dinner and breakfast and I can't wait to come again! I want my bf to have the big bombay so I can try it all and also fancy the look of the Akuri (scrambled eggs) with a side of masala beans!

Samantha H

Brunch at Dishoom is one of the best in London. Something a bit different from the eggs benedict served everywhere else!  It is all about the fire bread and the incredible flavours they add to each dish.  Definitely recommend starting your day with a chai tea or two! 

Eleanor F
Staff Writer

Beautiful Indian food and outstanding service, and I hear the bacon rolls are to die for..

Alex Plim
moderatorStaff Writer

It's amazing that there aren't more London restaurants putting a modern spin on Indian cuisine without charing a fortune – but perhaps that's because Dishoom does it so well already. The menu here is stunning, and the ambiance always special whether you go for brunch, lunch or dinner.

The best dishes are the bacon naan roll, the lamb biryani and the black daal, but whatever you order you won't be disappointed.

Darren Carter


Ad hoc Tuesday evening "let's try here" venue that turned into one of the best Indian meals ive ever had.... Restaurant was heaving, but staff found us a table quickly, with no fuss. Service was impeccable even with the place so busy, food arrived like lightening and was delicious and priced about right ! Chicken Ruby was to die for and the Garlic Naan was just food porn !! Totally going back next im in Shoreditch. Superb !!

Julia R

So good we went back twice on our visit to London! I would highly recommend the Black Dal and Lamb Raan!! They are pure happiness in food form! And the Chai delicious! 

Staff was helpful and nice, and made great recommendations. I will definitely be back next time I'm in London!

Sabina G

Excellent food in a unique space. The service was very good and the place had a really nice atmosphere to it.

Highlights were the bhel, keema frankie, chicken ruby and the best garlic naan I have had to date. 

I will definitely be going back to try the bacon naan for breakfast!

Hollie M

Dishoom is one of the best restaurants I've managed to discover in London.

Top food, welcoming staff, beautiful decor and a bill that won't make your eyes bleed at the end!

Would recommend - not like any 'indian' I've ever been to before!

Try the black daal and lamb raan!!

viv w

Brilliant time and time again – something most restaurants can’t emulate. We’ll be back, again and again and…

Kenneth O

My local Dishoom is the Covent Garden one, but went over to Shoreditch for a business lunch. Excellent service, excellent food as always and the decor at the Shoreditch restaurant is very nice (nicer than Covent Garden - sorry guys!).

Standout dishes for me are the Chicken Berry Brittania Biryani - a hug for your stomach in a bowl and the House Black Dal.

Unfortunately on the day we attended their Roomail Roti stretching machine was broken so we had to settle for (delicious) naans.

Sunil G

There were 6 of us for dinner on Saturday, and although we were late (about 15 minutes) our table was kept for us and no fuss was made. Our waitress was really friendly and professional. Helped us understand the menu and made some recommendations that we all enjoyed. The food itself was lovely, in particular the keema, roti, dhal, chicken curry and paneer. I’m of Indian heritage myself, so can be quite fussy about Indian food in restaurants, but the food at Dishoom was lovely home-style cooking. Oh, and the Chai was also really good.

Cocktails were great esp the Pimms & Bombay Bellini.

All in all we had a great time. I’ve recently eaten at Trishna which is a Michelin starred Indian restaurant in Marylebone, and both my wife and I thought the food and overall experience at Dishoom was much better. In terms of value for money, there really is no comparison.

One of our group was celebrating a birthday, so the waiting staff bought out the dessert course with a candle and made a real fuss of him.

All in all it was one of the nicest meals out I’ve had in a long time.


After having had to cancel previous attempts, finally managed to make it over after a day of grazing in Shoreditch. The bar area is funky, if a little small, and the restaurant has vibe, energy, buzz, galore (a little reminiscent of Imli Street in Soho), however the authenticity as a Persian/ Bombay cafe is a little far fetched. The starters were superb and we loved the 'pick & mix' approach. No slavish need to follow the old starters, main course, desert route. The sheekh kebab was a wonderful combination juicy and spicy and the bhel was straightforward and true. The chicken biryani was a little disappointing, a touch bland lacking any real flavour. A small bowl of chilli powder was on hand, however this did not add to the experience. It was at this point I closely surveyed neighbouring tables and became aware there were mostly Americans and tourists with us as the sole Indians in the place. The balance between authenticity and modernity to capture the spirit but not the soul is always difficult and I feel the former has been sacrificed a little too much for the latter. Great effort and the formula is clearly working for some but I do worry for how long. Most enjoyable evening all the same with great service.

Dennis W

We went for breakfast with very high expectations and were definitely not disappointed.  The bacon naans were delicious and very good value, and the orange juice and chai were also very good. We will definitely be going back for dinner soon.

sonia m

So nice to finally get great food and service.

I went to Dishoom on a Friday night and at first was pretty sceptical as I'm not a fan of queueing for restaurants, but we only queued outside for about 5 minutes and then the rest of the wait was in the buzzy bar area.

The thing that struck me about Dishoom was not only the fun, tasty, and very tempting food, but also the atmosphere which was boosted by lovely service all evening. All the staff were super helpful and actually seemed like they enjoyed their jobs. 

We had a great time and were very looked after, would definitely go back.

Jaina M

Dishoom in Shoreditch is a great funky Indian retro venue. I loved the decor and the food was excellent too. 

We had a large party of people yet the service was still exceptional even though they were extremely busy. 

If you like all things Indian then this is certainly a place to visit! 

Claire D

I have been to Dishoom many times, but this was my first time organising a work lunch there. The food was really excellent: we had several orders of lamb raan (always a favourite!) and lots of other bits and pieces, all served nice and warm and fresh-tasting. We arrived just at the end of normal lunch time so soon had the place almost to ourselves and received very attentive (but not clingy) service. I frequently recommend Dishoom to friends and colleagues and will continue to do so after this last experience.

Lee L

We visited for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Excellent and interesting food. Charming service. Great start to the day! Thoroughly recommend it.

Lauren T

We came for a late lunch on my birthday so I had high hopes, and they were massively exceeded.

The food was outstanding and we were so well catered for in the respect that we had one veggie and 1 allergic to onions (challenging with Indian food!). ! Everyone around the table agreed - even my Mum who isn't the hugest fan of Indian food!

The waiter we had was fantastic and was so happy to help us with anything we needed. He was so friendly and always on hand without being in your face constantly.

I can't wait to return!

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