Time Out says
Please note, Dishoom's Covent Garden branch has now closed for refurbishment. It is expected to reopen in summer 2020. Time Out Food editors, FEBRUARY 2020.
A swish Bombay brasserie in the style of the old post-colonial 'Irani cafés' of Bombay, Dishoom is filled with retro design features: whirring ceiling fans, low-level lighting and walls adorned with vintage Indian magazine advertising. The look is certainly distinctive, but the effect can be so slick when compared to the real thing that the venue can feel rather soulless and corporate. This doesn’t stop the design-conscious and Indophile thronging here through the day, from breakfast (for sausage nan rolls with chilli jam) to dinner (for the stir-fries and tandoori grills).
The main attraction though is the menu, loosely styled on Irani café food with birianis, bhel (crunchy puffed rice with tangy tamarind chutney) and even pau bhaji (toasted white bread rolls with a spicy vegetable stew as a filling). Our black dal was exemplary, and the lamb biriani suitably moist. We particuarly like the endlessly refilled house chai (Indian-style tea), but the other drinks are interesting too – excellent lassi concoctions, good wines by the glass, even the soft drinks Limca and Thums Up in glass bottles imported from Mumbai.
Queues are common in the evening (bookings are taken for breakfast and lunch, but only for groups at dinner), though the basement bar helps make the wait more than bearable.
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:96
- 4 star:44
- 3 star:5
- 2 star:8
- 1 star:10
Just awesome. Perfect for very occasion. I took my (Indian) mother there who loved every bite and can’t wait to go back. When someone who has been cooking Indian food for 40 years enjoys your food that much; you know you’re onto a winner. The hosting staff are also exceptional. Enjoy!
Where do I start?
I went on a date, and don't think I'll be seeing her again. :(
This is through no fault of your own. In actual fact it's down to me not enjoying spicy food, which according to your waiter (lovely gentleman) it was actually a 'mild to medium' curry. Maybe if i was in Mumbai, yes. Not north London. The lady I was with thought I was having a seizure with the amount of sweat I was producing. I informed her, it was a hot evening but she wasn't sold as I downed a bowl of youghurt.
This is by far the hottest curry I've ever had and I imagine you receive the same feedback on a regular basis. But hey, I firmed it.
Dining experience, decor and staff 10/10. My date 1/10.
When you decide to be more cultural and add Korma and Tikka Masala to the menu, I will be back. (Alone)
P.s. The Naan was lovely. If only I had a Korma to dip it into.
I was also alarmed to find out that the 12.5 percent service charge is distributed to people all over India. Why is this not distributed to the great staff that work there?
Woah! Where do I start? I absolutely love this place - the food, the drinks and the atmosphere. The only unfavorable thing is the queue but you can make reservations now. I've been there many times for breakfast and dinner, all tasty! You can get their house special chai tea with your breaky to wake you up, highly recommended! For dinner, I especially love(d) their chicken rice biryani, pau baji (I think that's the name), curry dishes, and grilled prawns. Heck, I love everything about it but those are what I remember. As for cocktails, I love(d) their chaijito, it's mojito but they add a little twist to it. Enjoy!
Tips: you can make a reservation online for party with more than 8 people now.
Good atmosphere, good food. If queueing is not your thing then you can book for lunch through to early evening.
Dishoom offers high-quality, authentic Indian street food at very reasonable (for London) prices. Service was also particularly attentive and welcoming, to a degree not often found at this price range.
I can't believe I have only just visited Dishoom! I have heard people raving about it for months and months and I finally paid the restaurant a visit last weekend. Queue really wasn't as bad as people make out, the time went pretty quickly and we were kept warm with little cups of hot chai. The restaurant itself is very stylish, and they have paid particular attention to detail with little touches such as incense sticks dotted around. The waiter was very friendly, accommodating and equipped with the most on-point knowledge of the menu. We warmed things up with a glass of prosecco which was actually given to us free (as it was my birthday) followed by okra fries and veggie samosas! Okra fries were too.die.for. You get a little array of sauces varying in spice too which are perfect for dipping and drizzling accordingly. We then moved onto Masala prawns which were huge and meaty, tikka chicken, rice and garlic naan and then a side of yoghurt and cucumber to cushion the spiciness of the chicken (it was pretty hot!). We also feasted on their black dahl which is one of their signature dishes- not to be missed. Were absolutely stuffed but were given a FREE pud which was a deilish pineapple crumble with cinammony custard. Food was absolute top notch 10/10.
I've eaten in all of the Dishoom cafes, but we're regulars at the Kings Cross branch. Anita is the most incredible waitress and we had a brilliant time last time we dined. In general, the food is wonderful and so is the atmosphere. If you're a first timer, order the 24 hour slow cook black dahl, the chicken ruby and the roomali roti. If you're heading for breakfast, the bacon naan really lives up to all the hype - genius creation. Thanks Dishoom for bringing so much joy to our lives.
Great decor, good quality. Coffee served in a glass. Colonial times in center London. The place is always full, so get a reservation. Indian take on some traditional dishes. Location is superb.
Amazing food and very cool atmosphere. Great if you fancy something a bit different. The lassis are delicious and look beautiful! Frustrating you can't book as there is always a very long wait but appreciate the hot chai served in the queue. Reasonably priced but it isn't cheap.
The most authentic chai tea outside of India and the most incredible Indian spiced calamari. This is a must-try London restaurant, but make sure you get there early otherwise they'll be a long wait for a table. They do however keep you entertained and appeased with chai tea samplers or if you're lucky sherry.
Love Indian food,, then you must visit Dishoom, excellent food,, must try their Chicken Berry Britannia its the Biryani,, Chicken Ruby with Rumali Roti, and Okra Fry ... excellent.. Remember to book a table in advance or you might end-up waiting in a Queue for long time...its so popular..
I was intrigued about the hype and didn't know how I felt about spicing up my breakfast until I actually ate here. Gone are the days when a standard bacon sandwich made the cut, the bacon and egg naan is nothing short of an absolute delight. I would continue to write more but I think I am going to go and queue at Dishoom to buy one of these so just do yourself a favour and go and try it!
After walking past on numerous occasions and there is always a queue, I thought it best to see what all the fuss was about myself. Well it was good but not very wow for me. Perhaps that was more due to what I ordered - chicken briyani - it was a bit too dry for my liking. Given all the comments about the bacon roll for breakfast, I might just have to try again and see if it really is all it's cracked out to be!
This chain is an affront to food. I won't even deign to call it bad Indian food. Truly terrible, stay away unless you like poor, imbalanced spicing and a mixture of grease and sogginess. The only reason I haven't given this place zero stars is that the minimum on the system is one.
Ate here for a friends birthday dinner, we had booked a table which got delayed slightly, it wasn’t too much of a concern as we were able to get a drink at the bar. There was a queue out the door on a Tuesday night! So we already had high expectations.
When our table was ready we were seating by the friendly staff in a quieter area which was nice considering we were quite a large group. The waiter explained the menu to us, as we had not eaten at Dishoom before. We all chose a variety of dishes and shared, as recommended by the waiter. The food was absolutely amazing, from the chili prawns, to lamb biryani and the gunpowder potatoes, keema pau, and paneer roll sides, not one complaint. For desert we had Espresso Martini’s which I would also highly recommend!
The food is quiet nice and it is not too price but not cheap either. This is an Indian restaurant the food is close to what you can get in Indian. During theatre time in the evening it can get quiet crowded and may have to wait before getting a table. The interior decor is like the 90s Bombay style (now called Mumbai)
Apart from the excellent food, the pictures on all the walls and the displays in the loo take me right back to my childhood in Bombay in the 50s and 60s. Fantastic atmosphere but don't go wanting an intimate whisper; it is upbeat from the noise of happy diners chatting loudly.
If they only served their bacon and egg naan rolls an not even one other dish, they would still be one of the best restaurants in the city, probably the world. There is nothing better than that egg and bacon roll, but the quick and friendly service for my take-out at 945 needing a 10am start at my place of work, the easy on the purse price of £6.50 and the fact it was busy as you like with bookings for breakfast tables, just adds to the perfection.
I have been to this please 2 times 1st time for lunch and 2nd time for breakfast.
Very interesting is my breakfast where i have tried Sausage Naan Roll.. Loved it and its unique combination in India cuisine.
I will visit again for Breakfast to try Bacon Nann as Alex suggested below. I recommend this place.
Supperb street style food. Ordering is part of the fun as the very knowledgeable staff are always keen to talk about the food. Almost always full so good to book ahead.
Considering my lifestyle, I eat out every day and what I have realised is that this is possibly one of the most overrated restaurants of all time... I was actually quite excited to visit and did so on two occasions. Once with my family and once again for a friends party. The first time I realised it was style over substance and the curry and rice were not authentic and the portions were super stingy. I suppose as an Asian we can tell withing a few seconds of putting somehting in our mouth if it is going to be worth it. Stingy portions for the price makes me wonder why it is considered a "Cheap Eat" by timeout. I think they have the branding and locations in Covent Garden and Shoreditch on point, but sadly nothing can make up for the over styled dishes which lack the two basic things one is looking for... Taste above all and Portion for Price...