Time Out says
An E2 outpost of the natty Irani-homage Indian chain.
First off, this Shoreditch branch of the Parsi-café-themed Indian looks as lovely as you’d expect: a multi-level warren of wooden panelling, clackety tiles and old-world Malabar Coast ephemera. There’s also a semi-alfresco villa space which will doubtless be a breezy treat come summer.
But foodwise, it’s a mixed bag. Sticking with the small plates reaped rewards, particularly the fried prawn koliwada – delicate, fragrant shrimps, served with a zesty green chutney for dipping – and a chilli-cheese toast of sliced white laden with melty cheddar, green chillies and leeks. Pair with a bowl of umami-heavy black dal and you’ve got one of London’s best sub-£10 lunches.
Things faltered elsewhere. Grilled lamb chops had a good char and a zingy sprinkling of pomegranate, but were a tad too fatty and thickly marinated; while a roomali paneer roll was outright poor, the cheese insipid, a wedge of green leaves mere ballast and the tomato sauce cloying and one-note.
It’s millennial gospel that Dishoom’s breakfasts are some of the best in town. There’s nothing to truly lift the all-day menu to those heights – but it’s still an atmospheric spot to while away an hour or so.
7 Boundary Street
|Transport:||Shoreditch High Street Overground.|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.|
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Users say (144)
Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
- 5 star:101
- 4 star:30
- 3 star:6
- 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.
I had been wanting to try Dishoom for quite some time before my first visit – I was a bit put off at first by the inability to book dinner seatings in advance. However I decided to make a breakfast booking on the weekend at the Shoreditch branch and absolutely loved it. We were one of the first few customers through the door so we had a lovely little sofa in the verandah. Between the music playlist and the incense they burn – the ambiance in here is brilliant and really feels like you’ve gone back in time. The food did not disappoint either, I would definitely recommend the bacon naan roll for breakfast – my boyfriend ended up having two as they were so good! We visited the Soho branch not too long ago for breakfast – wasn’t quite the same experience as the Shoreditch branch but that was mainly due to the set up rather than the food. If anything, the service at the Soho branch was a lot more friendly so definitely worth a visit in the morning before a shopping spree on nearby Oxford Street.
This review is for the venue but mainly for their BRUNCH.
It was probably the best Brunch I had in London and with amazing prices. You’ll find all the typical English breakfast brunch items, with a delicate Indian spin, and other more original & delicious options.
Dishoom is a real treat of a restaurant (and it might as well be given you’re bound to queue for ages before getting a dinner table). Putting a modern spin on Indian cuisine, this cafe offers a tasty and stylish dining experience.
The decor gives you the feeling you are travelling back to 20th century Bombay. Family photos decorate the walls and fan lamps dangle from the ceiling. The service is excellent and the food delicious. But beware, this is not a restaurant for those who like their dishes plain and mild. While the degrees of spiciness vary by dish, everything on the menu has a strong and tempting flavour, making this a great pick for those up for a culinary adventure.
The naan sausage roll is warmly spiced with cracked black pepper, providing some serious competition to classic sausage rolls out there. The murgh malai is another tasty experience for later in the day. Chicken thigh meat is steeped overnight in garlic, ginger and coriander stems. Cream is added to cool it off and make it ready for your tastebuds to enjoy. The list of delicious dishes with a twist goes on. You’ll just have to make your pick and probably decide to come back to try out also something different next time.
If you’re not that hungry and are looking for a quirky cocktail bar, Dishoom also offers that. The atmosphere at the bar is great and the drinks selection as mesmerising as the food options. For gin fans out there, one good pick is the East India Gilmlet. Blending Portobello Road gin with lime and a hint of celery bitters, this is a drink you won’t regret going for.
Tasty, quirky and fun, Dishoom is definitely worth the wait.
Dishoom is one of those places you go to because you feel like mouthwatering Indian plates at a reasonable price in a buzzy, well thought out setting, with swanky Far East-inspired cocktails. You have to want it enough to wait in a queue, possibly in the cold, until you enter the bar area before you're asked to be seated. You might be lucky enough to be served up some house chai or other beverages as you wait. I have been a few times to most branches (including Edinburgh's) and I find the food tasty and warming. The cocktails and lassis are equally good. The quality of the service wavers but more often than not it has been timely and professional. Definitely worth a visit, even just to enjoy the interior design inspired by Irani cafes of past.
Fear not - this is not your typical Indian restaurant. It's actually an incredibly flavourful fusion with other cuisines, served in tapas style. Everyone I've taken there falls in love with it. The place is incredible as well - the only sad thing about it is that they only take reservations for more than 6 and the queues can take up to two hours. Meh!
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'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.
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!
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