Dishoom

Restaurants, Indian Kensington
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A branch of the Indian small-plates restaurant, this time in Kensington.

Popular Indian restaurant chain Dishoom has landed in Kensington – and this stylish outpost is a tribute to Bombay’s lively 1930s jazz age. It certainly delivers on atmosphere, featuring sumptuous art deco interiors, extravagant brass embellishments, wall-mounted photos of jazz icons and a swinging soundtrack (available to buy). On the Tuesday evening of my visit, most of the colourful booths and smaller wooden tables were packed out, and the service was polite, attentive and swift.

The all-day menu includes the usual favourites – breakfast rolls, Bombay café-style small plates and cocktails. The food was, as ever, flavour-packed. The pau bhaji – a spiced vegetable mix with accompanying butter-soaked buns – offered a tangy but comforting start. Next up came the bedmi puri (deep-fried lentil-stuffed bread with a ferocious potato, chickpea and paneer curry), which was enjoyable, but should really come with a spice warning. The lamb sheekh kabab (£8.20) was juicy and gently seasoned, and easily improved with the table chutneys. I mopped up the signature butter-rich black daal with the roomali roti (literal translation: handkerchief bread). This thin roti is a sight to behold: they throw it and stretch it to an incredible size, yet when it arrives at the table it’s folded into a deceptively small rectangle – unravel and witness its springiness when you tear and share. 

Save space for dessert because the melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding was irresistibly gooey. Paired with the accompanying chilli ice cream – even if the heat from the chilli catches the back of the throat every time – it’s a winning combo that thrashes the Memsahib’s Mess (Dishoom’s take on Eton mess) in the battle of the best.

By: Kavi Shah

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Venue name: Dishoom
Address: 4 Derry St
Kensington
London
W8 5SE
Transport: Tube: High St Kensington
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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tastemaker

Another stunning addition to the Dishoom dynasty. The food is reliable and delicious as always. Decor is stunning with a distinctly art deco influence. The perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner in the area.

Tastemaker

This branch of Dishoom is impressive with beautiful decor! Have to say they stuffed us on the worst table known to man next to the kitchen but thankfully they did move us when we complained. A live band makes supreme entertainment - although can be noisy if you're trying to have a chat. Food is delicious and well priced. I enjoyed a delicate fish dish and we were surprised by how reasonably priced everything was. Recommended if you're in the area.

Tastemaker

I am a huge fan of Dishoom and I feel awful having to give this newest branch such a low score.

The decor is beautiful.

Now on to my reason. Easter Sunday my family and I went. I ordered the same breakfast I always order, Bacon/egg Naan and chai. It was cold, tasteless and the eggs were not cooked. The chai tasted like warm milky dishwater with no kick whatsoever. I didn’t want to upset my family by complaining but then one of them mentioned the same complaint. When the waiter asked how everything was, I told him. It would have been nice to remake the meals or at least look like they cared. Instead I felt accused of making it up. Eventually they gave me a voucher for a bacon naan, but I had to pay for something so awful I couldn’t eat it. One member of my family didn’t complain because he didn’t want to cause a fuss and he had 5 stamp cards for a free meal anyway. When the waiter refused them saying they all neede to be on one card. Since when has a Dishoom ever said that? To me, never. I said but you gave us each a single stamp card, even though you didn’t ask me if I had a card to add the stamp to! I had to make him get the manager. I’m sure they were happy to get me out of there, and I was happy to leave.


As a big Dishoom fan, needed to try the latest offering. Interior is fantastic, feeling bigger and brighter than some of the other branches. Gave the breakfast a try, excellent as always!


Really cool decor and excellent food + service! I had the lunch there a couple of weeks ago and then was lucky enough to get a free breakfast for 2 there. I had the bacon + egg naan roll and my friend got the big bombay breakfast (i.e. their version of the english breakfast). Everything was great, as always with dishoom

tastemaker

Gorgeous decor, fantastic staff, delicious food and close to work - perfect! I hadn't been to Dishoom before but had only heard good things, so I was excited to try the new location for a work lunch. The food was INCREDIBLE, extremely flavoursome and well-presented. I definitely recommend the Chicken Ruby, gunpowder potatoes and the Bombay colada, but the best idea is to get a tonne of food for the table and try a bit of everything.

tastemaker

I was fortunate to go there doing soft launch which meant that I stayed for breakfast and lunch (hard review to do). The art deco stylings gave this venue some 1920s glamour. 


For breakfast, I had the kerjiwal (fried eggs on chilli cheese toast). My favourite items for lunch were the lamb samosas (with non-oily filo pastry) and lamb boti kabab. 


The Dishoom magic was certainly replicated in this new venue. 

tastemaker

I love Dishoom so much that I went to their new location in Kensington twice in their soft launch week lol. This venue is quite different to other Dishooms, more like a jazz club. They are going to run a theatre before they officialy open mid December.

As for the food, same quality, same delicious dishes. Plus a new chef's special, mutton pepper fry which I highly recommend! (It's quite spicy, but I guess if you like Dishoom, then you are fine with spicy food!)

As for the service, the first time they kept us waiting for the food for a long time and the second time it was surprisingly quick (also, we were seated after 15mins even though we were told to wait for an hour and a half!)

tastemaker

Can you truly go wrong with Dishoom?

Not really... so this new branch is much larger than the others I've been to and the decor slightly more modern in my opinion.

Though one or two of their dishes here *cough cough* the murgh Mahli chicken dish is less flavoursome here and their grilled masala prawns less spicy, apart from that I love the food! Delicious cocktails and all at a consistently reasonable price!

Would defo recommend this place !!

Cocktails under £10 which come with Asian twists..where can you go wrong? Not here!