Dishoom

Restaurants, Indian King's Cross
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Dishoom

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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Tastemaker

Brilliant and very reasonably priced Bombay-Style chain of restaurants. The King's Cross branch is particularly beautiful. It feels like you're actually in Bombay! It's really big too. I am told it can seat 380 people at one time over its 3 level floors.


The food is phenomenal. I highly recommend a combination of grills to go with the curry. The Murgh Malai is a particular favourite among staff - tender and steeped in a creamy garlic, ginger, and coriander stems.


Speaking of staff, they were incredibly welcoming and friendly. They asked me how my day is going and went the extra mile to tell me their favourite dishes on the menu.


Unsurprisingly, it's really popular even on Sunday lunchtime and you can expect to queue up to 30 minutes. Only walk-ins allowed, unfortunately. But the wait is worth it. You can order a drink at the bar with a cocktail before they tell you your table is ready. I highly recommend Dishoom for any occasion, be it dates, mates meetups, or an anniversary. 

Tastemaker

This was such a good experience. Booked it the morning of my boyfriends birthday where we had a wonderful breakfast Believe the hype about the bacon naan sandwich. Apart from the stunning surroundings and gorgeous food, what really made this experience great was the service. It was impeccable and I can't wait to go back already!

tastemaker

I've finally been to Dishoom, after talking about it for the past two years, and I just can't believe I've waited for so long!
First of all, do not get fooled by the queue: the person at the door announced a 1hour queue but within 15mn we were at the bar drinking cocktails and less than 15mn later we were at a table ordering food! 
I was particularly impressed by how spacious the place is. I was half expecting to eat at tables really close from each other but the King's cross restaurant is really lovely and there decent space between tables.

When it comes to food, we've been advised to order 3 courses each and share (we were three) and that was way too much. But to be fair the food is so good, I am glad I got to try lots of different dishes. 
I would say the outstanding ones are the chicken tikka (it has a bit of a kick but absolutely delicious), the grilled prawns (I think they might be called tikka prawns actually) and I personally loved the lamb samosas.

I cannot wait to go again and try some more! 

tastemaker

As if you could ever go wrong at any branch of Dishoom?! This is one of my favourite branches, great location close to Kings cross station, and over the three floors there are more than enough tables (even on a friday/saturday evening!). There is always a queue but luckily the wait is only ever about max 30mins and they give you cute little cups of their mouthwatering chai whilst you wait! My favourite dishes there have to be the pau bhaji, the chill cheese toast and the house black daal! These will leave you wanting to come back for more! The portions are great sizes, slightly pricey but the food is absolutely delicious and worth it! This branch is great for breakfast or after work dinner catch ups! Enjoy!

Tastemaker

Sometimes a place and a meal are so hyped up that you think it surely can’t be possible for the reality to match the expectations. In the case of one of London’s best breakfasts, Dishoom absolutely smashes it out of the park. This branch at King’s Cross is one of a dozen awesome places to eat around arguably London’s – and the Monopoly board’s – best loved stations. A barn of a building, it’s decked out in the same lovely, old school-meets-modern style as the other restaurants and by 8.30am in the morning, it was already full of hungry Londoners clamouring for bacon naans and the anticipatory buzz of people looking forward to the tastiest start to the day.

Service here is great with our table of 12 deftly managed with smiles & good humour even when pre-ordered dishes were changed last minute and the food…swoon…every bit as good as it always is in Dishoom. Generously but never ridiculously portioned – so many places could do with a refresher course in how to provide good value without wasting food – and incredibly flavoured, I’d happily eat my first meal of the day here with enough regularity that they’d eventually put up one of those blue plaques in my honour.

The Bacon & Egg Naan is made with 5-day, dry cured, cold smoked Ginger Pig streaky bacon and crispy fried egg in folds of freshly baked, light & chewy flatbread, smeared with cream cheese, tomato chilli jam & herbs and it is spectacular. There’s a reason this embarrassingly well priced bad boy (£6.90 FYI) is always on ‘Best Breakfast in the Capital’ lists…long may it continue its crispy, salty, oozy, tangy reign. Overt ogling of other people’s dishes mean that the Kejriwal (two fried eggs atop chilli cheese toast) and the Akuri (spicy scrambled eggs piled high alongside home-made buns & grilled tomatoes) are already on my radar for the next visit…cannot recommend highly enough for all you brunchaholics and breakfast fiends.

Tastemaker

I've always wondered what everyone was queueing for outside this establishment and I finally figured it out! Dishoom is a hot ticket in town and the Kings Cross restaurant is a tiny bit off the beaten track at the back of the station, but worth the search! Inside it is dark and moody with at least two floors. I went at lunchtime and didn't have to queue and was there with someone who had been before so thankfully they took the lead ordering and we ordered four dishes to share. The food is great, tasty, spicy and the cold beer went down quite well also. 


It's impossible to have a bad meal at Dishoom. All my indian friends also 100% agree that the food in Dishoom is on a class of its own. The black daal is simply the best daal dish ever. 

Tastemaker

Having visited other Dishoom branches several times, I knew the deal when I arrived and exactly what I was going to order. The staff were super friendly, as all Dishoom staff tend to be, and as we arrived at 5pm on a Wednesday (just moments before the rush), we luckily grabbed a table. The food as always was cooked to perfection and my guilty pleasure, the chilli cheese toast, did not disappoint yet again. I do however suggest making the chai refillable or at least served in a larger glass. For such a cheap item to make, I feel I get a couple of sips before it’s gone. However, the chai here was defiantly better than my last chai at the Shoreditch branch, just saying! I feel like its sacrilege to say anything negative about Dishoom, so I must clarify I am a fan, but after a fair few years I think it might be time to change up the menu? It would be amazing to try some new dishes, I’m sure anything they introduce would be amazing. I mean I’m free for trials!!


As we left bursting at the seams but jolly, the queue to get into the restaurant was crazy and the kind Dishoom staff were even handing out free chai to the poor guys. As I saw the queue wrap around granary square I could tell the popularity of this place won’t be letting up any time soon and rightly so.


I've visited Dishoom at Kings Cross a couple of times, once for my birthday which was so good we went again for my sports club social. It's a great place to dine, the food is always delicious (I'm a huge fan of the black daal), the service is friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere welcoming. I'm always recommending Dishoom to friends and can't wait for the next occasion to visit again.  


I took my husband to Dishoom in Kings X for brunch on fathers day recently and we had such a lovely time. The menu was very interesting and a great fusion of Indian and western dishes, without them being too unusual. I wanted to try most things!

The staff were friendly, the atmosphere was buzzy and the decor is fantastic.

We will definitely be returning very soon!


Recently went to Dishoom Kings X for breakfast for my birthday with four friends, had a lovely time Great food and brilliant service, our waitress even brought over some ice cream with a candle in for me, also a beautiful building inside, definitely going back.


We had an absolutely wonderful time at our Summer Social! Everyone raved about how good the food, service, and overall experience was. My colleagues all had a great time and appreciated how great our work event was thanks to Dishoom. Will continue to recommend to friends!


Judy Wilkinson


We were invited to breakfast at Dishoom, Kings Cross.   It was windy and wet outside and the warm and friendly greeting seemed all the more welcoming.   The extensive and exotic breakfast menu lifted the spirits further, and the food - promptly served - was all delicious.   The Bombay omelette is highly recommended as is the porridge and the naan bacon roll.   We were quite reluctant to leave our table and venture outside for our next activity.




I had an absolutely amazing breakfast. And it was all down to the staff and the food.

It was my boyfriends birthday and he didn't know he was going there so when we came in the girls at reception all said happy birthday to him and gave us a nice booth (even though it was us two).

Service was really quick and the food was amazing. We were so full afterwards but it was well worth it.

Towards the end a guy who was serving us on the table (also really nice and said happy birthday to my boyfriend on the way out) came over with the bill and said seeing as it was breakfast and you don't have any cake they gave us our coffees for free! It was so nice of your staff to offer.

Because of the service that I received and the food being so amazing for the first time in my life I tipped. The reason why was that on my booking all I said was if we could have a nice seat (which we got) because it was my boyfriends birthday. I didn't expect any special treatment or people being extra nice. The politeness and niceness of your staff seemed genuine and not because it was my boyfriends birthday it just came across like they are like that all the time.

I am defiantly returning and I will continue to sing this places praises!

Well done and a massive thank you for your hospitality!


We absolutely love everything about Dishoom restaurant - food and drinks are delicious, staff is the most friendly in London. We have had engaged in Dishoom and spent our first anniversary at this restaurant.

They have chosen a perfect table for us, food was as always delicious and a whole team super friendly. And on top of that they spoiled us with a bottle of Processo.
We definitely celebrated our first anniversary in style.

Thank you for a whole Dishoom experience and you will definitely see us soon!


You must try the breakfast. Bottomless Chai and delicious and different offerings like the Bacon and Egg Nann roll! The only issue is the brunch ends at 1145 so you need to get up early on the weekend. A tip is you can book for breakfast, but the Kings Cross branch if large so easy for walk ins. Dinner wise, try the vege curry (but dinner is a bit over hyped)

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!

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


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.


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!


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


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


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. 


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.


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!


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


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!

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!


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!


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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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.

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.


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!

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!


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.


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


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.


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. 



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.


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..


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.


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.


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.


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! :)


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.


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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