Dishoom

Restaurants, Indian King's Cross
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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
Contact:
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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