Dishoom has been a contemporary London success story since the original launched in 2010 near Covent Garden. It draws on the idea of the Irani café, like those in Bombay opened by Iranian immigrants back in the day. There used to be hundreds in that city but they have faded away since the 1960s so Dishoom itself is an exercise in Indo-nostalgia, presented as a concept eatery for the 21st century.
It’s popular though; the clientele likes it for the friendly service and the fine flavours. There are now four London branches and the company ventured to Edinburgh in late 2016, to the none-more-central St Andrew Square, where the size of the establishment (it holds up to 140 diners) and chunky, dark wood décor makes it feel like the first step in a UK-wide franchise waiting to happen. Tables for fewer than six can’t be reserved in the evening but given the sheer capacity here that shouldn’t be a problem.
On the menu there is everything from fried eggs on chilli cheese toast or a bacon naan roll at breakfast to familiar – and unfamiliar – curries and sides later in the day. Its signature black house daal is pretty fabulous while the masala prawns dish also has its fans.
3a St Andrew Square
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I visited Dishoom for my birthday as a group of 12 of us for the first time. I had heard many great things and it definitely did not disappoint! The food and service was incredible. I would especially like to thank our server Justin who was really really lovely and friendly, he handled such a large group amazingly. One of my friends was late and she still got served her food at the same time as the rest of us - a truly great service. Also thank you for the birthday gift and pudding! Honestly the best service I have ever received - all the other staff as well as Justin were all really friendly and the lady who phoned to confirm my booking on Sunday made me excited to visit. Everyone's food was delicious! 10/10 will definitely be back. Thank you very much for such a lovely evening.
Dear Dishoom team
Thank you for looking after us on Saturday 4th March. We enjoyed our visit, a different style of breakfast, but with traditional Scottish breakfast produce used. The setting was very colonial in style and thank you for placing us at a window seat. The chai chocolate was very nice indeed, maybe larger glasses next time. Thanks for looking after myself any guests, Dishoom was recomended to us by my daughter who had been to your London restaurant and said we must visit on our trip to Edinburgh.
Staff were very attentive and polite,
Thank you again
Andrew & Clare