The newest branch of this immensely popular Indian chain.
If Time Out had a ratings system where we gave marks for every aspect of the ‘dining experience’, we could then rate this new branch of Dishoom as follows: decor and ambience: five; service: five, food: three. Sadly we don’t have a system like that, so we’re giving it a four, but it’s a four with caveats.
First off, the best bits. As at its other sites, this ‘Bombay Café’ (inspired by the ones first founded by Iranians in India) has taken a huge space and carved out a collection of individually styled areas, including a bar, ‘lounge’, and conservatory. And once again, the overall theme is drawn from the ’hood. Here, just off Carnaby Street – once the epicentre of the swinging ’60s – we’re talking retro Indian (that is, surprisingly Western). From the floors (monochrome tiles for drinking, parquet squares for dining) to the wood-veneer walls, swirly light fittings and contoured geometric ceilings, it’s all very groovy. But service is thoroughly 2015 – in a good way – with a disappointing dish (more on this later) struck from the bill and a perfectly decent side of rice also removed, purely because we hadn’t had time to try it: a nice touch. Staff, in fact, couldn’t have been more lovely.
The cooking, however – much like ’60s rock ’n’ roll – had both hits and misses. High points included the crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside ‘koliwada’ prawns, served with a tangy date and tamarind chutney; or the moreish deep-fried okra with a nicely salty edge and plenty of chilli kick. A dish of sali boti (a classic Persian lamb stew), was perfectly decent, if nothing to set the world alight. But the too-timid spicing in our keema (minced lamb and pea curry, here served with a ‘pau’, or soft bun) was a let-down, as was a chilli cheese toast that was more uncooked-cheese-on-bread (it was this we shooed back to the kitchen). Still, it’s very early days and if you’re looking to go out on the town and swing, then Dishoom is still a super fun place to do it. Yeah, baby.
22 Kingly Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thur 8am-11pm; Fri 8am-midnight; Sat 9am-mirnight; Sun 9am-11pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: £60.|
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Average User Rating
4.7 / 5
- 5 star:33
- 4 star:13
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Great venue. The Buzz and trendy flavour appeals. Nostalgic decor. My favourites from the menu are the Dishoomslaw salad and the cheese Naan. Very child friendly. Great staff. Love it love it love it!
Some friends and I, who met up at Goldsmiths College London in the sixties (So we know from first hand experiences all there is to know about Carnaby Street and its environs), having spent our working lives in various parts of the world, enjoy meeting up regularly for lunch and inconsequential discussions on 'historic' and other themes, mental stimulation, and fun, had a terrific time at Dishoom, Carnaby.
The food there, which is why we came, was quite truly delicious. The menu, itself a puzzlers joy, offers the widest range of Indian flavours, but in a modern guise, and the service was excellent!! Portions were ample, allowing us all to share and mix as desired, and the range of beers and wine, puds and chais, wide enough to satisfy all our various tastes!
From arrival at reception until we left hours later, we were made to feel very welcome by the friendly employees, all of whom seemed happy to spend a bit of time to either explain the varied menu to us or to chat about anything our bunch our lunch takers fancied at the time!!
We were all impressed with the items of decor, including the iconic photos and period jukebox, and with the overall style and ambience of the traditional Indian city bar and restaurant which they have managed to create so brilliantly at Carnaby. All of which made for a truly memorable occasion for the group! Clearly, this will not be the last time we will make a visit to a Dishoom!!
Our visit was especially to celebrate our son's engagement. We are Dishoom fans and you were the unanimous choice for this celebration lunch. As always you did not let us down. We are a fan of your Kings Cross restaurant, but as they could not accommodate us at the time we wanted, they very kindly suggested the booking at Carnaby Street. Our family absolutely enjoyed the experience. The food was great, I'm a born Bombayite and Zoroastrian, so your range of food transports me straight to the tastes and smells of my childhood. I would also like to thank the lovely lady, Marion, who looked after us so well throughout the afternoon. It will not be long before we return. Just one suggestion, the boti kababs could be much smaller. But every morsel was absolutely delicious. Thank you.
We visited for lunch as a last gasp treat at the end of the Christmas holidays and what a treat it was!
There were three of us dining, two adults and a child. We usually avoid ordering from the kids menu for our son and we were delighted to see that while there was a menu for little ones we were encouraged to all order from the core menu. This gave us lots of choice and the waiter was extremely helpful in advising us which dishes weren't too spicy for our son.
The food itself was spectacular. The flavours were perfect and there was a great choice of dishes for us as non meat eaters, something that isn't always the case. The stand out dishes were the house black daal and the mattar paneer, although there was nothing on the table that I wouldn't order again.
The service was outstanding and the restaurant itself has a lovely relaxed yet stylish ambience, perfect for a casual lunch or a special dinner. Everything was very reasonably priced, especially for central London.
We were entirely delighted with our Dishoom experience and can't wait to come back. I'm already dreaming of the house daal...
Had a very disappointing brunch experience at Dishoom today. I expected more from an Indian cuisine restaurant but there was limited selection for a true vegetarian (no eggs, meat, fish) and virtually nothing beyond toast for a vegan.
Finally managed to order something I could eat but then food arrived cold or at the most just luke warm. Although management did not charge for my dish due several issues that occured, in the spirit of honest review I cannot recommend Dishoom's breakfast nor will I visit again. May be different experience if you are a meat eater.
I had a lovely meal when I went to visit Dishoom Carnaby during September for my birthday. The atmosphere was extremely pleasant and so were the staff. It was a great setting for my birthday, very chic and trendy interior. The food was innovative but kept to the traditional Indian spices. Personally I would've wanted a little bit more spice but thats only preference. I really enjoyed the chicken biryaani, the aroma was exquisite. Would definitely recommend to a friend and visit again!
Delicious food, and a really good price. Incredible service from the team when me and my friends went.
Last time I came, it was because I organised a lunch for the new team I had joined. I didn’t know my team at the time and Dishoom was a great shout, great food for all diets and allergies. Staff were very friendly and kept my chai topped up.
I'm very glad to see Dishooms sprouting around London like mushrooms after the rain. The addition in Carnaby Street is no exception - perhaps the days of queuing will soon be over (I wish!). I've visited Dishoom in Carnaby Street recently, and it totally delivers just like other branches: the staff was very attentive and welcoming, the food excellent, and cocktails to die for. Dishoom is a perfect choice for breakfast/brunch crowd, too, as those options are very well catered for. In my opinion, it's a perfect ten! :)
Dishoom has become a regular place to host breakfast meetings and lunch and dinners and I have enjoyed coming to the one at Carnaby as it is close to work and very convenient.
The hen lunch was fantastic. Everyone absolutely enjoyed themselves. The regulars and the first timers, the food is always fantastic sadly we forgot to order the gunpowder potatoes which I absolutely adore but the food as always was just full of flavour. We had a very attentive and enthusiastic waiter which made the experience even more enjoyable. Definitely recommend friends and family to you
We had a great breakfast here.Sausage and egg Naan was great and the sauce was amazing. Lovely coffee too
I had heard that the food here was really good from many friends, so decided to try it. I was overwhelmed by the choice on the menu so asked the waiter for his recommendations, he was super helpful and advised us on both the number of dishes and a few options based on our tastes. It was all incredible, I am dying to try their breakfasts soon too!
I had clients from abroad visiting, and they said they would like to try something different - so I immediately thought of Dishoom. And they loved it! The staff were excellent, explaining all of the dishes to one of the clients (who is a very keen cook). A great experience (as always) and one I highly recommend!
I'd heard great things, but this is a fantastic restaurant with great quality food. The spicy lamb chops and Murgh Malai were amazing. Can't wait to go again
Dishoom is one of my favourite places to enjoy authentic Indian food in central London. I went there with a few work colleagues and the food was as delicious as always and the staff made us feel very welcome. We were celebrating one of my colleague’s leaving meal and the staff went all out and brought her a complimentary chocolate dessert and wished her well.
I have since visited with
my mother (who is Indian) and she too was impressed with the quality and
authenticity of the dishes!
An absolute favourite in London no matter the occasion. Dishoom is elegant yet affordable, with an incredibly imaginative and well researched menu. Must try dishes include the Okra Fries, Chicken Tikka, Masala Prawns, Chicken & Pomegranate Salad and Chicken Tikka Roll. Indulge in a unique dessert with the Kala Khatta Gola Ice or creamy and dreamy Pistachio Kulfi on a stick!
Be prepared to queue, but rest assured that it's worth the wait. Try the black dahl and gunpowder potatos...actually try everything at arms length (this is a place to share dishes).
I work in the area and Dishoom Carnaby is a fantastic addition to the Mayfair / Soho dining scene. The vibe is super cool, the service prompt and friendly (very important at lunchtimes), the menu creative, extensive (plenty for everyone incl those with dietary requirements and who are not fans of too much spice) and altogether delic and all for such great value. I really can't knock any part of the concept - I LOVE Dishoom :)
I've visited Dishoom more times than I care to remember and each and every time I've had nothing but praise for the food, the staff and the ambience. This food is my heritage, it's food I grew up eating at home. The sail boti and black dhal are sublime and are firm favourites. One of our group had a ginger allergy (possibly not the best cuisine for him to eat!) and the waiter went out of his way to find which dishes didn't contain ginger.
Highly recommended, it really is my favourite place to eat.
I have to start this off by mentioning that I am Sri Lankan and my wife is North Indian. Together we've probably dined on more Indian cuisine that we would have liked, and sampled a whole bell-curve of quality — from the basement bog-standard basics of Brick Lane to some of the finest restaurants in London. Dishoom is different. It is the pinnacle of Indian dining. The experience alone makes up for the queues — but the queues themselves are testament to the restaurant as a whole.
We've dined here many a time, but on Sunday we experienced their breakfast. Hands down the best breakfast we've ever had. I'm betting that even if Heston spoon-fed me quails eggs in bed, whilst holidaying in the Maldives, Dishoom has done a better job. It is quite simply the best breakfast spot in London. The service, attention to detail matches the exquisite flavours and choices.
Recommendations: Kejriwal, any of the Naan rolls, the granola. Actually. Starve yourself and eat the whole menu. You won't be disappointed.
I love Dishoom. For a breakie the lighting is calm, the service is really friendly and efficient and the naan bacon rolls are delicious. I often have meetings so it’s a nice option for somewhere a bit different and more exciting menu. I do recommend it highly.
The best breakfast in London, bar none. Yes there's the famous bacon naan, but don't miss the masala omelette, it's divine. For lunch, the pav bhaji is a proper Indian treat and the Chicken tikka is the best I have tried. The setting is comfortable and the service is always really great. Never had anything but a great meal and a great time there. Good drinks list - try the fresh lime soda (nimbu pani). Very reasonably priced and for breakfast and lunch you can book!
I had wanted to visit Dishoom months before I was finally able to go for a meal there. The hype surrounding this unique chain of restaurants has been unflagging since the opening of the very first branch, and I constantly heard from friends and colleagues tales of how incredible the breakfast naans were and that the black daal was the finest they’d ever tasted.Having now been to Dishoom Carnaby twice, I can safely confirm that this restaurant fully deserves such high praise.
I would rate food, drinks and service as follows:
Drinks: 10/10 (the bottomless chai tea is such a wonderful touch)
The food is not only excellent in quality, but the portion size is just right and the prices very reasonable. The black daal is, truly, incomparable, but the meat (particularly the lamb cutlets) is rich without being oily, and is beautifully spiced. Plus, the roti is perfectly light and moreish and the chutneys are a perfect accompaniment.
The staff are impeccably polite and accommodating, and have a staggering ability to remember a lot of items on an order, without writing them down (I honestly don’t know how they do it – we ordered practically everything on the menu). Service is also quick and efficient, with dishes arriving as soon as they’re ready, ensuring no one gets too impatient.
Really, top quality.
I'm already a loyal customer.
I've been to every Dishoom branch and this one is my favourite (closely followed by the Shoreditch branch). Not only because the decor has an amazing Carnaby-Street-Swinging-60's vibe but the specials (which are unique to each Dishoom branch) are the best! The Lamb Sali Boti is delicious, rich and VERY filling, the Masala Prawns (available at every branch) are cooked to perfection, you shouldn't leave without trying the Black House Daal. But the pièce de résistance is the Memsahib's Mess, Dishoom's take on the Eton mess, another great dish is the Black Pepper and Pineapple Crumble, but is pretty filling, meaning you'll probably just want to take a nap straight after dinner! I also managed to convert my very fussy parents into super fans, they even took a menu home for inspiration.
If you're a fan of cocktails, like me, they have a large variety, they should really look at opening up their bar more for drinks only guests. My personal favourite cocktail at Dishoom is Edwina's Affair, but you can't go wrong with anything on either the food or drinks menu, the staff are warm and friendly, and very happy to offer recommendations.
And if you haven't been for breakfast yet then you're missing out. The breakfast is AMAZING, the bacon naan is a must, not to mention the luxurious coffee, juices and chai's. As with all the Dishoom restaurants the food is consistent and reasonably priced, I would advise booking ahead or going outside of peak meal times to avoid large queues/waiting times.
Delicious, indulgent food made queuing for half an hour or so well worth the wait. I would recommend the interesting house cocktails as well - although I indulged enough not to remember the names of the drinks. Yum!
I went during the soft launch and ended up queuing for 75 minutes - but it's always worth the wait with Dishoom. The food and drinks were great, and I experienced the best customer service: staff gave me a hot chai and brolly while I queued in rain. I'll definitely be back.