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Dishoom

Restaurants, Indian Soho
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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. 

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Address: 22 Kingly Street
London
W1B 5QP
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: £60.
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Opening hours: Mon-Thur 8am-11pm; Fri 8am-midnight; Sat 9am-mirnight; Sun 9am-11pm.
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5 out of 5 stars

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tastemaker

There are so many good options around Carnaby Street but Dishoom really shouldn’t be missed.

There are so many options for meateaters, pescetarians and vegetarians and all dishes are so tasty. We came out stupidly full (as always) as wanted to try a bit of everything. One of my highlights was the chefs special and the bowl of greens (who knew something healthy could be so tasty). The breads are cooked to perfection and the chocolate pud was fabulous - I even loved the chilli ice cream.

The food speaks for itself but combined with the great service and vibrant atmosphere this really isn’t somewhere to miss.

Only thing is that it’s always so busy so book a table if you can!

tastemaker

Breakfast is easily my favourite meal at Dishoom.  It's got a chilled atmosphere at the weekend, there's unlimited refills on the chai and most importantly for Dishoom - you can make reservations!


The last time I visited we ordered a fair bit so we could try out some other things on the menu.  Of course we had to have a sausage and a bacon naan roll, SO tasty with the chilli jam.  We also tried the granola and the banana/date porridge.  To be honest, the porridge alone would have been more than enough to fill you up, especially since that too was unlimited!  Such good value for a brunch spot.

tastemaker

I’ve tried to gather my friends for a dinner at Dishoom on many occasions but the lack of tables and long queues always got in the way. Finally, we managed to land ourselves a table.

It’s hard to book – 6 people or more only – as the majority of tables are reserved for walk-ins but for those that are willing to wait at the bar; this place is certainly worth it. The Carnaby branch is a culinary Indian Tardis – it offers so much more than is obvious from the outside. Carefully laid out, the place is packed with tables but these are spread evenly so your weirdly reserved London privacy will stay intact.

The service is efficient and friendly, our food arrived quickly in waves as it leaves the kitchen when ready. With an extensive menu, this is not the place to come for a quick bite, you need to sample as much of the menu as your stomach will allow so brings friends who share – that person who only eats chicken korma won’t do you any favours.

For starters, the samosas are crisp and crunchy and come in three’s and the okra chips can be eaten by the handful! The lamb biryani is an absolute must and arrives piping hot packed with rice – the lamb is incredibly succulent and melts in the mouth. No spread is complete without a Dahl and the house lentil Dahl is flavourful and creamy, blending beautifully with any mouthful. Finally, the Mattar Paneer would make sticking to a vegetarian diet, easy. It’s packed with veg and paneer and what it lacks in meat, it more than makes up for in flavour!

Top tip – order less rice, it’s always more than you think. You can always order another bowl if you run out!

tastemaker

This place speaks for itself and all the raving reviews are true. I have been a few times now, but most recently last week. Originally having booked a table at another restaurant which fell through, we head to Dishoom in hope of a table. We were told there would be a 45min wait, so decided we would take the table and grab a drink at the bar. In the end I think we only waited long enough for one drink anyway. 


Three of us decided to share a few plates which were all delicious, mixing it up with a lamb biriyani (and a raita on the side as recommended to us), paneer with peppers, the gunpowder potatoes, Dishoom's famous black dhal, a garlic naan and mixed greens. Absolutely every dish was bursting with flavour. 


The service is great and even though the restaurant is always full with queues, not once are you made to feel rushed, the waiters are happy for you to take as long as you want and have a great dining experience. 


Turns out Dishoom never disappoints!


Turning up after the theatre, around 10.15 pm on a Friday night as a group of eight, Dishoom still delivered. Despite only having a few tables big enough for a group of this size, we only waited for about 15 minutes outside, during which we got free spiced tea to keep us warm. Following that, we descended to the bar to wait, and were offered complimentary snacks to compensate us. After having a short drink - their own twist on an Old Fashioned is simply amazing, served in a little bottle and distinctly sticky, with a hint of aniseed - we were kindly brought to our table, which turned out to be a luxurious booth. We were then served quickly and efficiently despite the huge order (there were at least seven individual black dhaal orders) and were allowed to finish our meals comfortably, despite having passed midnight.


Huge shout to staff, cleanliness, amazing atmosphere and of course the incredible food. The paneer tikka was moist and the cheese was cooked to perfection; the cheesy naan deserves a Michelin star of its own. The rice is fluffy and the black dhaal is still to die for.


If you have any reservations against the Soho branch of Dishoom, I'd urge you to think again!

tastemaker

As soon as I hear of but one person who has not experienced Dishoom, I make sure I am with them on their visit. Not that an excuse is necessary to visit, but any reason to go and I am there. I always feel a little guilty when eating at the same place twice in London given there are so many places to try but oh my word do I LOVE Dishoom. I have lost count of how many times I have visited, but if I had to hazard a guess I would say it's been more than 6 times, and I have two more visits booked in for the near future (yes, it is that good). Kingly Street is one my favourite Dishooms (the only one I haven't been too is Shoreditch, but don't you worry I will get there soon enough).and I am eagerly trying to drag some new Dishoomers back to Kingly Street in order to have the Chef's special which I only tried for the first time on my most recent visit. Made to share, it is a lamb based curry and came out surrounded in roti bread so you could tear a bit off and just grab a chunk of the meaty dish in the roti with your hands. It even had these tiny potato crisps in there which just complimented all the flavours so well (I know I haven't described it all that well but trust me, it is incredible). My other go to dishes include Chicken Ruby, Gunpowder Potatoes and of course the Black Dahl. I am not one for spice normally but these dishes just balance the flavours and spice so well I am more than happy to make an exception on the spice front because it is all just so good. There can be a bit of a wait depending on what day and time you decide to go, but if you can gather 6 people together then you can make a booking and skip the queue. Kingly Street has a bigger bar so it isn't so bad waiting at this one as there is plenty of room to have a drink (or two) before you are seated.

tastemaker

Dearest Dishoom, my beloved, I'd give you all the stars on the universe if I could! It has become a regular hotspot for a couple of friends and I when meeting up, since first discovering it in Shoreditch and falling in love with its relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, and incredible menu. Breakfast, lunch or dinner it never disappoints. We now frequent the Carnaby restaurant, favouring it purely based on its more central location. Yes there is a queue but it's to be expected when word gets out about this little gem! The menu isn't the type of Indian I've ever seen before (not a Korma in sight) it is condensed but still manages to me diverse enough to please, go with an open mind and don't be afraid to ask your waiter questions as they're very helpful and knowledgeable. If you want my two cents, for dinner I recommend the beautiful combination of Chicken Ruby with basmati rice and cheese naan - yes you read right, CHEESE NAAN! But save room for pudding to indulge In their melt in the middle chocolate pudding which is utterly divine, my mouth is watering just thinking about it; if you don't fancy the chilli ice cream that comes with it they'll happily change it to cinnamon on request. If heading here earlier be sure to check out their breakfast menu for a sausage, bacon or egg naan, better breakie than any greasy spoons can deliver, trust me you won't be disappointed. Drink India's answer to Coca Cola, Thumbs up, in all its sugary sweet glory - and if you like random tit bits of information, a bartender informed us that it was created after Coca Cola withdrew business out of India but they later came back to buy the brand and re-launched it in order to compete against Pepsi. My favourite London based establishment

Tastemaker

Book yourself a table before 5:45pm and you can guarentee a delicious Indian experience.  After this time, it's walk-ins only, so expect to be waiting for a table.  Fear not though as you can relax in the large bar with a drink or two while you are awaiting.  Once you get let to a table in comfortable and relaxed surroundings, you can expect delicious spiced sensations on the taste buds.  Whilst the spicelevel-o-meter on the menu is confusing (and at times misleading), don't fear the onslaught of the chilli powder.  All the dishes are relatively tame, so if you are looking to get your sweats on with a blow-your-head-off vindaloo, look else where.  The food is devine, with carefully balanced flavours and fresh, excellent ingredients.  For Soho, the price is very reasonable indeed (expect around £25-£30 per head), and the location is great for that "get me the hell of Oxford Street" panic that sets into even the most willing tourists.  Definitely worth the wait, however advisable to try and eat early and book a table.

tastemaker

On evenings when we are willing to put up with the wait - Dishoom always hits the spot. One of our favourite dishes at this location is the sali boti - legendary dish from Brittania & Co, anyone from Mumbai can tell you about it. It may not look terribly interesting but this dish is packed with amazing flavour. We also like the chicken ruby - solid take on the chicken tikka masala. We order plenty of roomali rotis (handkerchief thin!) to scoop up all that gravy. To deal with the long wait - I recommend finding a corner in the bar as quickly as possible, get a drink and some apps to hold you over (samosas and the calamari are quite good).


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.


Really delicious food. The service has been consistently wonderful every time I've been. Love it! 


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


Great food, great lunchtime vibe. I feel like I discover a new room each time I go...


Beautiful decor, attentive service and wonderful food. A must for any foodie.


We had a great breakfast here.Sausage and egg Naan was great and the sauce was amazing. Lovely coffee too


The food was good (plenty of it) and service prompt which was helpful since it was a lunch break.


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! 

tastemaker

Incredible food, gorgeous décor and brilliant atmosphere. Dishoom is casual dining at its best. Make sure you try the Chicken Ruby – a semi mild curry with incredible depth of flavour. Their speciality is the Black House Daal. I cannot explain how delicious this is, I still dream about it. Mop up these tasty lentils with a Roomali Roti – paper thin naan. The service is friendly and efficient. You will probably have to queue, but trust me, the daal alone is more than worth the wait!


Tasty breakfasts! I ordered a bacon naan. Suffice to say when I'd finished there was naan left.


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).

tastemaker

This place is bigger than it looks from the outside. Love the decor and the staff were so helpful and friendly. Our waiter seemed to go above and beyond to offer us a great service and they are so modest and humble. Food is always good here and it has a nice atmosphere. It's completely accessible with facilities too. Great place with great food. 


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 :)
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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:
Food: 10/10
Drinks: 10/10 (the bottomless chai tea is such a wonderful touch)
Service: 10/10
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.

Tastemaker

Some restaurants just have it all. Branding, atmosphere, value and quality of the food- all unite to create an unparalleled dining experience. Sometimes it's because of authenticity, sometimes it's expertise in one style of dish, but then there are some restaurants are constantly pleasurable, no matter what the dish or what time of day. Dishoom exemplifies this perfectly- their take on Indian cuisine is contemporary, hybrid and fun. Purists might sneer, but what comes out of the kitchen is fresh, vibrant and flavoursome. And although their brunch naan rolls are genuinely worth trekking across town for, their standard menu is just as satisfying. The food speaks for itself, but the environs and service at Dishoom truly never disappoint- and this is true across all of their London branches. 


The newest addition to the Dishoom franchise recently opened in Carnaby, offering a fuel stop that straddles Oxford Street and Soho. I visited with a group and we squeezed in just before the 11:45 brunch cut-off time on a Saturday morning. Staff greeted me immediately with friendly banter and I was taken through the bar to our cozy booth. The restaurant is spread across two levels- the main floor is open, spacious and there's ample seating that spills out into a veranda area. Here, diners sit an airy space, underneath a skylight and encircled by retro fittings. Electric fireplace, mahogany touches and that brown/orange colour combination that was hallmark of the 60s, this level of attention to detail is perhaps Dishoom's most endearing element.


The entire restaurant is designed to emulate a Bombay café circa 1968 and this is achieved right down to the minutia- it's so seamlessly accomplished that it doesn't feel kitschy. Everything is casual and the continuous din of other tables makes Dishoom a buzzy hotspot- and then you get to the menu. My staple is the egg naan roll and masala beans, which I immediately settled upon given our time constraint. 


As always, it was perfectly rendered: a warm, pillowy naan bread made to order in the open kitchen downstairs- it came filled with two oozing fried eggs, freshly chopped coriander and an indulgent lashing of soft, creamy cheese. It's paired with a tomato chili jam- which is a worthy of its own praise- balancing savoury with sweetness and singing with a fistful of chewy naan. The masala beans are always stewed to perfection, a tangy and complex side to mop up with gummy fingers after naan has been dunked into the sticky jam. This is the apex of brunch and has never disappointed.


Every dish ordered in our group seemed to provoke envy- from the house granola, an aesthetic feat with wholesome oats, chopped nuts and bursting with ripe fruit, a hearty dollop of yogurt and a fat drizzle of golden honey- to the Big Bombay, a smorgasbord of breakfast fare with an Indian twist. One diner was compelled to order a second dish after eyeing up my naan roll, which was cheerfully organised despite the fact that the kitchen had moved on to the standard menu. 


The food at Dishoom Carnaby won't disappoint those who frequent other Dishoom branches. The service was in line with what I've come to expect and the décor, ambiance and experience also lived up to my lofty expectations. Servers are occasionally bouncing between tables and need to be flagged down, but their good humour never wanes.


Provided that Dishoom can continue to replicate this winning formula, I'm happy to see more of the franchise around London. After all, they are both killer and naan roll filler- so the faster I can locate a Dishoom in a bleary weekend haze, the better.


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!

Tastemaker

I have found the food here to be fabulous on both occasions that I have visited. Fried calamari, black house daal, sail boti, and chicken ruby were all fabulous. The only disappointment were the lamb chops, which tasted overcooked and dry. I love all the Dishoom branches, but this one has a nice ambience and is in a great part of London, so is certainly high up on my list!

Tastemaker

The newest restaurant recently opened on Carnaby Street has a great vibe, cool decor and friendly staff.

The place is pretty big, with different areas including a conservatory with retro sofas which allows lots of light in.
The service was a bit iffy but we did visit during their soft opening. They were all very friendly and helpful but slow and not very attentive. The food also took a while to arrive but it was very busy at 5pm on a Sunday so they had a lot of people to serve!
The wait was worth it - YUM! The menu for both brunch, lunch and dinner is the same as their other restaurants and equally as delicious.
Highly recommend the Black House Daal, Mattar Paneer (delicious creamy curry) & Chicken & Pomegranate (seriously - the best salad I have ever had!). Their breads aren't bad but nothing amazing and I am also not keen on the far far (I prefer a good old poppadom).
The Kulfi Stick for dessert is delicious and creamy - the perfect way to finish off dinner.
I can't review this place without mentioning their breakfast (which I tried at their Shoreditch branch) - the bacon naan really is something to rave about and their granola is yummmmmy!
Basically any way you can make sure you visit Dishoom!


Another fantastic breakfast from Dishoom! 
The newest Dishoom on Carnaby Street has the same authentic (I actually have no idea but it feels it!) feel as the other branches. Some darker areas with moody yellow lighting along with a beautiful glass ceilinged area which is kitted out with sofas and a fire place making it feel like you've walked in to a retro flat. 
We went as a group of six and booked (did you know they take bookings for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!) a table just before breakfast service finishes at 11.45. 
Tbh I thought the service was a little slow and they weren't overly attentive but the food came out in a reasonable time so that's the main thing!
This time I opted for their house granola, fruit and yoghurt with fire toast, breakfast lassi and chocolate chai (just a small breakfast!). I've had the granola before and absolutely love it! It's full of nuts and sugary oats and the vanilla yoghurt and tasty fresh fruit that accompanies it is always the best quality. The fire toast was an impulse as I really wanted to try the pineapple and peppercorn jam and unfortunately the jam was a little disappointing. The toast itself is nice but would be even better with some bacon or egg (not that I could have fitted that in). Both drinks were very filling so be warned.... But also so worth it. The chocolate chai is such a treat and the lassi is so refreshing with a lovely oaty texture. 
Again getting the bill took a little while but overall a lovely breakfast out which is a little different to the usual pancakes or eggs benedict. 
P.s. On the way to the toilets you are able to see the chefs at work :)!
Tastemaker

After tiring of my usual weekend brunch haunts, I decided to try something a little different last weekend- and what is more different than a bacon buttie in a naan bread; Dishoom's signature brunch dish?! I was sceptical at first after never eating anything but a curry in an Indian restaurant, but I am officially sold and am worried how I will return to my boring poached eggs and avocado again! 


We visited the newest branch of Dishoom off of Canarby Street. The decor is cool, stylish with a Bombay Cafe feel. With incense filling the room and a huge open plan kitchen downstairs, Dishoom creates a buzzing atmosphere. I ordered the egg and bacon naan; it was excellent. The bacon was salty and caramelised and the egg went perfectly with the curry like tomato chutney (basically tomato ketchup but so much better!) that was spread over the soft naan. I just cannot tell you how delicious this was, you'll have to go for yourself to try!


With unlimited chai and reasonable prices, Dishoom is a must if you want to shake up your brunch game. I will definitely be returning to see what the other menus have to offer. 

tastemaker

Absolutely loved the food and service I received during the soft launch. Customer service was at it's best, and I just walked straight in without even having to queue :) I ordered the Carnaby special - Sali Boti which comes with the most authentic romali roti that I've tasted in a London restaurant. The ambience was top notch, with authentic cabinets, photo frames and books to add to the Bombay cafe feel.. I'll definitely be going back, as even without the 50% off offer I think the food is very decently priced and great value for money as the portions are huge!


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. 

Tastemaker

Thanks time out for the heads up regards the soft launch. 50 percent off food was amazing. The queue was long and it took us about an hour to get in. The decor is fab and the ambience was good. The food was amazing. I especially recommend the okra fries and the ruby chicken. The kitchen is all open plan and very nice to see the food being prepared. A def must go!

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