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?
7 Boundary Street
|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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Average User Rating
4.6 / 5
- 5 star:90
- 4 star:22
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:4
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!
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.
The atmosphere, the service and that it's all about sharing. Oh and most of all the food! Drool. Best Indian restaurant in London.
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.
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 .
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 !!
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!
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!
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!!
Brilliant time and time again – something most restaurants can’t emulate. We’ll be back, again and again and…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We visited for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Excellent and interesting food. Charming service. Great start to the day! Thoroughly recommend it.
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!