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
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- 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.
Great food, great staff and living connected to building was a great plus especially when you're hungover... try the bloody marys!!
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 .
Fantastic food! Booking rules need revisiting, as impossible to book for a group of under 6 people, massive queues, even at lunchtime.
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!