Dishoom

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This is the third branch of Dishoom, the Bombay-style brasserie group.

In Bollywood, ‘dishoom dishoom’ is the sound effect of blows landing in a classic fight scene, and is usually followed by a hip-thrusting song-and-dance routine. And while the naans are the only things that get slapped about by the Dishoom restaurant group – there’s still plenty of spice, both on and off the plate.

This King’s Cross Dishoom, the third, is the best-looking yet. A magnificent three-storey Victorian warehouse has been furnished with sepia prints, whirring fans and an oversized railway-station clock to recreate the elegant feel of 1930s Bombay, while the seating arrangement by the ground-floor cocktail bar looks as if it’s been lifted from Aunty Ji’s verandah. It’s a witty interpretation of urban India, tastefully updated for trendy, spice-loving Londoners.

If romancing is on the agenda, we suggest the booths on the dimly lit mezzanine level. But for skewer-wielding action, head to the top floor for a front-row view of smoky kebabs cooking over charcoal.

Dishes are affordable and consistently deliver great flavour. Besides the first-class breakfasts, fragrant biryanis and fabulous curries, we love the gingery slow-cooked black lentils simmered with cream, butter and tomatoes. It’s a classic party dahl and a marvellous match for garlicky chargrilled lamb chops and handkerchief-like roomali rotis. Even an everyday mattar paneer, studded with pillowy cubes of fresh cheese and tender peas, is notable for its cumin-scented onion and tomato masala. And, for between-meal tiffin, nothing beats a grilled green chilli cheddar cheese toast, though it’s not for the delicate of palate.

For more than a hundred years, this former railway transit shed passed goods between Britain and India. It seems only fitting that the same site is now host to a subcontinental import of a different order.

By: Roopa Gulati

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Venue name: Dishoom
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Address: 5 Stable Street
London
N1C 4AB
Opening hours: Food served Mon-Thur 8am-11pm; Fri 8am-midnight; Sat, Sun 9am-midnight. Breakfast served Mon-Fri 8-11.30am; Sat, Sun 9am-noon.
Transport: Tube: King's Cross.
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50.
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MillieMollyMoo
Tastemaker

Dishoom should be a way of life, not just a restaurant. It’s bloody marvelous. Since my visit last week I have been still thinking of my meal there and also just the outright coolness of the place. I am already looking to find any excuse to revisit. We stumbled across this place whilst visiting a gallery on the Square and I am so glad we did. I like Indian food, I have had a lot of authentic Indian food due to my work, I get to sample homemade curry’s and food that is eaten by Indian folk and not just a dirty curry at the end of boozy night type of thing….I have had a lot of that too : P I digress, this is bar none the best Indian food I have ever eaten at a restaurant. I read one of the other user reviews and she described it as ‘spellbinding’, she’s right, I couldn’t put it better, so I won’t! We had the Calamari, lamb skewer, paneer vegetable curry, rice, plain naan, with riata. Everything was flavoursome and complimented each other. It was a delicious sensation to the tongue. You can also order their album off the menu too of Indian fusion tunes…which have been played on the likes of 6 Music (which is a massive fave in my household anyway, so we were just chuffed to bits to see that). On top of the brilliant food, the service was excellent. The staff are very friendly and informative and really add to the experience of the visit. The restaurant itself has a very cool decor and has a really buzzing vibe to it. It’s the sort of place to hang out and have a cocktail as much as it is to sit down had a fabulous Indian meal. I love this place, you must go.

Caroline N

Dishoom has been on my list of places to try in London for 2 and a half years, and it did not disappoint. The staff were friendly and extremely informative, the restaurant was beautifully decorated but most of all, the food was spellbindingly good. I am now finding opportunities return all the time. 

You absolutely must try the black dahl and the pineapple crumble was incredibly good.

Chlo Fo
Tastemaker

This place is pretty hyped and I was itching to give it a go after having missed out several times before due to the excessive queues. After a 20 minute wait in the cold (thankfully we were brought hot chai tea) and a further 1 1/2 hour wait once inside, I had high expectations. It was worth the wait. The decor immediately sets the tone, despite the Baltic weather, I could have easily been tricked into thinking I'd stepped into a Bombay cafe in the colonial era. We were first ushered into seats in the entrance area before being taken downstairs for pre-dinner cocktails. We were constantly reminded of our wait at each stage, which although helpful, is slightly irritating when your stomach is eating itself. The place is buzzing with chatter and good food. The menu is a different take on classic Indian, with the bulk of the dishes being items off the grill. For starters we tried the prawns and calamari, both were delicious. For mains, we had a mix of things, all of which were incredible, the naan is some of the best I've tasted. We had mixed service, some staff were ace, while our waitress was a bit of a trout pout and not very helpful in providing recommendations. The whole 'no reservations' thing is very frustrating, but you can see why they do it, with somewhat of a cult following, they're onto a goldmine. However, they do a bloody good job of creating a great atmosphere coupled with amazing food, a combination that's pretty much unrivalled by other Indian restaurants. I would definitely recommend, just be prepared to wait a while.

Hayley P

A vibrant and exciting restaurant. I love the little touches like the brass ceiling fans and collectables scattered around the two floored delight. Dishoom is a treat for all the senses; from the incense sticks that burn throughout the restaurant to the masala chai tea and fragrant dishes. 


Although staff are friendly, they're keen to get tables turned! Also do not expect Indian prices for booze and food. Prices are well and truly London! 


Robert H

We went to Dishoom after reading the Time out review (how's that for a double back-pat?), as we were in town for a day and wanted to go to a modern Indian restaurant. First of all I'd say that the interior design is just fab, whoever did it deserves an award for creativity. Obviously it's a pastiche, but so well done. Despite it being full of chatty groups, the noise levels were bearable, so that helped to create the atmosphere of a train station too. It was a little dark for fifty-somethings without their reading glasses, but hey, that's my problem not theirs! We had lots of little bites which were excellent, a couple of beers, loved the service, thought the pricing was not unreasonable for being London. You should definitely check it out! 

Rachel M

We sat on the Balcony at Kings X Dishoom & were served by Sandra.


The Balcony is great - bright, spacious, relaxed - just two tables on that floor. We could watch all the kitchen activity too. 


When we arrived, we were asked if it was a special occasion. When we mentioned it was a Birthday, Sandra, our server, arranged that a cake would come out when we had finished our main meals. Sandra added a really personal touch to the service, and was always friendly and helpful.
The food and drink came quickly and was absolutely delicious & we had no issues in communicating with the staff when we needed.
A few of us had been to Dishoom, but a few of us hadn't and they had a wonderful first experience.

Ed. T
Tastemaker

The brunch from Dishoom has to be one of the most instagrammed things I see on my feed, and for months it's baffled me how one dish can dominate my social media so much. And then I ate it.


Wow.


No joke, their bacon naan roll, as well as their sausage and egg naan roll are 2 of the best things I have ever eaten. Hands down. I left the restaurant feeling like a king because it was so damn good, and would happily go back again, and again. 


Their lunch/dinner menus are similarly amazing. I've taken people here who dislike Indian food and curries, and they've left as converts after eating even just one of their dishes. You genuinely cannot go wrong with Dishoom! If you know you're going, reserve when possible! Even get a group of friends together so you can get a booking, because queuing for 2 hours in the cold to get in is no fun and a waste of time! 


Service staff have always been helpful and knowledgeable about the menu, follow their suggestions and you won't go wrong! 


Not the cheapest of restaurants, but easily one of the best!

K S

I've gone out of my way to register so that I can leave a review because I love this restaurant.  The decor is soothing, I love the ceiling fans, lighting, aroma, bookshelf's, Iranian lounge section, staff are very friendly.  Tables are fairly spaced apart. The menu has a bit of flair to it without being tacky. First went there with a large group, all of whom loved the food and drinks, though one dish did arrive later than the rest, the restaurant refunded it and to be fair our table of people were not easy to deal with.  I noticed no salt on the table because the food is well flavored and tasty.  Went back there for a breakfast, paid the same I would pay at pret for a drink and sandwich, the prices are surprisingly low especially considering the quality and location.  Both the Breakfast and Dinner menu are very interesting and I don't think they have a dish that isn't good, so it's worth experimenting




Harry B

I had read about the queues so for my first visit I decided that lunch would be my best option. That lunch visit was quickly followed by two more and then a 9.30 dinner booking for six. Each visit was marked by a combination of great front of house staff, wonderfully knowledgeable waiters and food to die for. The atmosphere was lively but not too loud. It's hard to know where to start regarding the quality of the dishes served. We had two vegetarians in our party and they found plenty to eat! I am an unabashed carnivore but found the black dhal and fried okra impossible to resist.The prawn koliwada and spicy lamb chops were also a big hit. Negatives? None! I can't recommend Dishoom too highly. A perfect experience from start to finish.

Louise H
Tastemaker

Oh my goodness the queue! We waited almost two hours for a table. Thankfully these guys have it down to an art form and we were given free drinks to sip at outside, and tables at the bar inside to wait it out. Seriously slick cocktails ins stunning interior meant time passed quickly. Finally it was time for the main event! We went for the lamb biriani, tikka masala, daal, paneer curry, and naan along with lassis- highly recommended if you're a wuss with heat like me! Everything tasted amazing, though the daal didn't live up to the hype to me. However with incredible decor, stunning food and impeccable service I will definitely be returning- worth the hype!

Sarah G
Tastemaker

This was my 2nd visit and confirmed that I absolutely love it. The restaurant itself is stunning and people were queuing out the door!

The first time the menu seemed a bit overwhelming and complicated - actually it's not! Some 'small plates' ie starters - mains in the form of grills and biryanis, then sides - (amazingly rich) Dahl, (lovely refreshing) salads, (uncomplicated) rice and (delicious and unusual) breads - we had the tissue thin yet robust Roomali roti.

I went with my parents who are hard to please and we scoffed every last bit of the things mentioned above along with our okra fries (so moreish) , masala prawns (perfectly blackened) and spicy lamb chops (my favourite) then the delicious Falooda that brought back my childhood & pistachio kulfi alongside for my dad an enormous Kingfisher, for me a chai mojito & my mother a Bollywood Bellini!

Both times I've been the service has been friendly & attentive but slightly erratic with small mistakes. But they quickly make up for it with apologies & grace. I was amazed when it came in all told at £80 - bargain in my view.

I can't recommend Dishoom highly enough & I can't wait to go back.

Stephanie L

Favourite London restaurant. Love the modern spin on traditional Indian cuisine. The 'share plate' concept works well and I love being able to try as much of the menu as possible each visit. Get in early for dinner (I'm talking 5.30pm) because the queue will be ridiculous come 7pm

Vishaal V
Tastemaker

Place is great with several authentic nods to Indian culture and language. The service is also great - we had a friend that was allergic to many spices (how unfortunate in an Indian restaurant I know!) and the waiter liaised with the chef to tick and cross off dishes on the menu for her. Never once had to ask for tap water top-ups, which is a rarity! The vegetarian food was mainly hits, especially the black daal. Though the naan and some of the starters lacked star quality.

TaraD
Tastemaker

Being indian myself I have pretty high standards when it comes to Indian restaurants but I'm happy to say that this is one of the few indian places in London that has got it right. The food was fresh, innovative and wasn't covered in oil like the food on brick lane. If it wasn't for the ridiculously long wait for a table I would probably come here a lot more often. If you want to go I would recommend coming in a group of 6 or more so then you can book and the food is perfect for sharing.

Luisa G
Tastemaker

I experienced Dishoom for the first time last week. There is a long wait, so don't expect to get in within the hour. My friend queued from 6pm, and we finally got a table around 7.10 (this included a wait by reception before a table in the bar became available for us to wait at).


We ordered small plates of okra and prawns, both were delicious. I don't know what they put on the okra, but it was very good! For mains, I had the Chicken Ruby, with a rich sauce, and rice. My friend had a chicken and pomegranate salad, and we shared a naan. It was all delicious. One thing I would say though, for the staff - if a customer tells you they hate coriander, don't smother a curry in it - let the chef know to not use any!


I also had a chilli martini, which was delicious> i had a vodka based one rather than gin based (not a gin fan) and it was even nicer than expected - a slight warmth, and sweeter than I imagined. I would definitely have it again.


All in all, a great experience, friendly waitress and other stuff, and delicious food!

Jane G.
Tastemaker

The breakfast is a must do. Unique! It calls me back and feels comfy when I listen. Amazing service. I ordered something to try it, when I told the waiter I didn't care for it, he whisked it away with apologies and it was removed from my bill all whilst I protested. After all I ordered it and it did say on the menu it was an acquired taste. Amazing service, that just doesn't happen in London. Make a reservation or you're in for a long wait, but it's worth it.

#TOTastemaker

Katie Wignall

This has got to be a contender for the best restaurant in London, far easier to get a table that the Soho or Shoreditch branches and, in my opinion, a much nicer architectural design. The service is always impeccable without being overly fussy and the food is tasty, impressive and never too complicated. Their signature calamari and lamb chops are beyond words and the cocktails are divine. All this without breaking the bank, delightful.

Jo K

I've been twice in 2 weeks for lunch and dinner and I'll most definitely be back.

Great service, amazing food and very reasonably priced.

Staff are always really friendly and there when you need them.

This branch is just stunning and worth a visit just to check out the decor!

OllyT

Best Breakfast in London, hard to find a good morning cocktail they smash it, decors superb! whats not to love!

Fern A

Great food, totally different from anywhere else! And lots of little dishes to share, which is just what I love!

Luxshiny R

Dishoom has always been a restaurant that me and my best friend wanted to experience. So I thought why not organise a surprise for her 18th birthday with all our friends at such an authentic yet modern restaurant. The food was spectacular and the service was remarkable. I recommended the restaurant to all my friends and family the minute I got home. Thank you so much Dishoom for making this day memorable and of course delicious as ever! 



Love from a very satisfied customer. 

Sara A

Fantastic food, service & atmosphere. Dishoom is one of the best Indian Rests in London, it's not our 1st visit and definitely not the last one!

We had a perfect experience.

Russell B

Our 3rd visit to Dishoom KX (our 2nd breakfast visit) and it was as fabulous as always. There were 11 of us and everyone said how great it was: food, drinks, service - all excellent. The Keema Per Eedu, with an extra side of bacon and a bloody Mary is, as far as I'm concerned, the best breakfast around to deal with a hangover. One of the best breakfasts ever. So good I wish I'd been more hungover to appreciate it more.

I normally don't like large venues, but the way KX is laid out, and the flow of people, feels like a terminus grand cafe,

but intimate enough not to feel swallowed up by the place. A number of our group had never been before and fell in love with it and the food. I think they'll be back. I definitely will!

Kristen D

Fantastic breakfast at Dishoom Kings Cross last weekend! Delicious food, great chai, and wonderful service. 

Laura L

We had a wonderful dinner group dinner at Dishoom and the lady who was looking after us was great and very attentive!

The food and drinks were delicious and we had a great time!
It was my leaving dinner so unfortunately I wont be back for a while but as its been my favourite restaurant, I will miss it very much!

Stephen P

Great business lunch here - this really is some of the best Indian food I've ever had. Atmosphere is great and flavours are truly unique. Thoroughly recommended!

Suki C

We had a really memorable evening here. It's really rather an incredible experience: the building, the incense, the drinks, the food of course!

But it wouldn't have been particularly special were it not for the wonderful staff. They managed to be so warm and friendly and so professional despite clearly being run off their feet. The food and the drinks were also out of this world- I know the chefs must do the same food over and over, but it was perfect and tasted absolutely wonderful!

Stanley J

First time at Disdhoon, Kings X. Great experience and impressed me greatly. Would not hesitate to go again. Staff, excellent, food, excellent, environment, excellent. Go, Go, Go.

G H

Hello! I wanted to write a review on my trip to. Dishoom! I ABSOLUTLY loved everything about it. From the atmosphere to the staff to the food. The girls at the front desk were extremely friendly, regardless of the place being very busy we got our table straight away. The waiter! I wish I took his name. He was fantastic, it was our first time at this restaurant so we didn't really know much about what to get, and he went through everything thoroughly with us. Also the food came out so quick. Within 10 minutes which is crazy as the place was so busy

Sana B

It was a fantastic experience! Thank you so much to the entire team for making my brother's birthday so great. We all loved our food and left so full we pretty much rolled out the restaurant!

The food was just like my mother's home cooked food which is something I have struggled to find with other restaurants.

We'll definitely be back!

Nick M

Breakfast at Dishoom was the start - and the high spot - of a day of celebrations for my wife's birthday.  Food was imaginative and uniformly excellent (so nice to have a proper mango lassi, not overburdened with sugar): both the eggs on chilli cheese toast and the minced chicken with chicken liver and eggs were unusual and wholly successful.  Service was outstanding: charming and attentive without being pushy - and when they learned (because I was apologetic for taking photos) it was a birthday, two glasses of really good prosecco appeared on the house.  Definitely somewhere to return to.

Leila C

On previous visits the service at Dishoom has been really good and as I was with my daughter I wanted to be sure that I was going somewhere accommodating. Again the service was excellent, all staff were polite, helpful and friendly which with a 6 month old makes things much easier and therefor enjoyable.

The food was good too!

Thank you we had a really nice time, and will come again.

Sandra F

I have been to Dishoom quite a few times and am impressed every time by the quality of the food and the hospitality.

To sum it up, if I could eat at Dishoom everyday I would!  A most enjoyable meal.

Julie H

I went to Dishoom kings cross this weekend for my sisters hen do. I cannot rate them highly enough. Everyone I emailed was so helpful on advance and I was so impressed to arrive to everything ready to go. They had organised big Sharing platters and seperate a la carte menu for a gluten free guest. Vanessa who served us was so lovely, she explained all the dishes and was super accommodating to make sure everyone had a good time. My sister (the hen) loved it, as did all the guests. Food was amazing and the space was perfect for mingling and not feeling it of place making some noise. Thanks a million to Dishoom for a great night.

P.s just down the road is drink dance and do, where for free entry before 10pm you can dance the night away to one of the best cheesy music nights in london! All makes for a perfect hen or girls night out.

Julie R

I have now been to Dishoom 4 times, with a few more visits planned. As

every time I came, the food was delicious and the service outstanding.
Waiters are always extremely polite, quick, never made a mistake in the
order (and always up-sold us the black dahl- which I love anyway).
The food feels like proper Indian food, with complex flavours and a level
of spices that is warm and fragrant but not overpowering. Drinks were
excellent (I have tried various cocktails and soft drinks and I liked them
all!). My only minus was the last time I had a chai- it was less sweet and
hotter than usual, and I didn't find it as good as before. But truly that
won't stop me coming back!

Phil W

Dishoom King's Cross really hits the spot. The combination of a a great building, food of endless variety and really unique plus service that is impeccable made for a first rate lunch experience. I will be back soon. Thanks!

Rainy D

Ever since I first came here I have been raving about it to anyone who'll listen! The decor: so atmospheric and interesting, right down to the incense. The food - outrageously delicious and such good value too. And the chai...I actually nearly cried it was that good. IMPECCABLE.

Crista C

The only thing better than the service is the food. This is my go-to restaurant. Consistently wonderful.

RAJAN S

A fantastic experience for the whole family. I took my kids and also parents and this is a restaurant for everyone. The atmosphere is great, the service is excellent and the food fantastic. the food is reasonably priced and there is a good selection of vegetarian food. The staff are very knowledgeable about the dishes and the service is quick and efficient.

Stéphane S

Very very nice ! I knew what to expect as I had been  to the Covent Garden Dishoom restaurant before and was not at all disappointed by the new one at King's X. The food is really tasty, the staff is very kind, helpful and efficient. Meals and drinks are very reasonnably priced given the quality. 

I wouldn't even try recommending one particular dish as everything I tasted was plain perfect. If you don't know what to order, just ask a member of staff, they will be very happy to help you. 


Chollie H

The best breakfast in town. Incredible building, friendly waiter and all round good experience. Good value for money for such tasty food. Breakfast is my favourite at dishoom.

Raj R

It's an awkward experience as I am waiting for a table and they sent someone else. They register the name on IPad but the management is really bad.. The food is not that great as well..

Millions

The food was fantastic. Really fresh, tasty and unusual. I eat a lot of Indian food and this felt really different and special. Not at all greasy, as is often the case. I had a dish with lamb chops that was amazing. Calamari was great too, and the gunpowder potatoes.


I was there for a quick lunch before a meeting and the staff were all very accommodating in making sure we got served quickly. They made some really good recommendations for what to order and even gave me directions to my meeting.


It was a bit pricier than the average Indian restaurant but totally worth it for the quality of the food and lovely ambiance. We paid £50 for about five dishes, bread and soft drinks. I would definitely go back.

Andrea K

Such good food and awesome atmosphere and the staff is super friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this place in the conveniently located Kings Cross area.

Friya E

King's Cross is now a buzzing hub of foodie havens, but Dishoom is something of a jewel in the area's crown. I've been there nearly ten times since it opened (after going to the Covent Garden one for years) and I'm utterly hooked.


The building and decor is absolutely stunning and the service is excellent. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable about the food and is attentive to everything you need. It's the team that tops off the atmosphere and helps to create the buzz that's always there.


As for the food, it's consistently brilliant. Fresh, well prepared, perfectly balanced flavours across the menu, whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner.


Oh, and speaking of breakfast, it couldn't be more authentic. I'm a Parsi and even my mother couldn't fault the food. That's a thumbs-up that beats Giles Coren and AA Gill any day.

Joanne R

Such an amazing place. Can't quite believe it exists in London! Amazing food and a great service. It really brought our team together at our weekly work lunch gathering. Thank you for a great time! :)

Nick C

This place is just brilliant. I organised a Property Network brunch on a weekday for 12 people at the Kings Cross Dishoom. I had opted for the chefs table on the top mezz level, all my guests where ushered with coats taken and all had big smiles by the time they had been seated from the intoxicatingly friendly staff and the really cool decor of a 1930's Bombay Iraani Cafe.

We had the breakfast menu, bacon nan rolls from the Ginger pig, amazing fruit and yoghurt, masala beans, spiced omlettes and endless chai.

As an extra I ordered the deep fried chilli battered Ocra chips for everyone to try and although Dishoom hadnt prepped the lunchtime menu sure enough they appeared with a smile.

I had emails of thanks from all my guests all of which went to length to mention what a brilliant venue Dishoom was. Two days later we were having a follow up meeting in Shoreditch Dishoom on the Indian Veranda with Chargrilled Masala king prawns wrapped in handkercheif rotis washed down with a Dishoom pale ale..totally hooked,

Nick. The Camel Club.

Katie V

Went to Dishoom with my mum and my sister early Saturday evening. Welcome and service were great - our waitress was friendly, attentive and happy to answer questions about the menu and make suggestions. The food was absolutely delicious - the gunpowder potatoes and chicken and pomegranate salad were two of my favourite dishes. Very reasonably priced. The restaurant was lively but not too noisy and even though there was a big queue outside near to the end of our meal staff did not pressure us to leave. One of the best meals I have had in London for a while and I will definitely be coming back.

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