There is no shortage of good places to eat for a good Indian meal in London. In fact, takeaways sometimes do the best, authentic food. But sometimes, you just want to go out and dine in more ambient surroundings without having to sacrifice on the authenticity of flavours. This, my friend, is where Dishoom come in.
If you look for reviews about Dishoom online and on TripAdvisor, you will see hundreds of rave reviews. That is why I thought it is high time that I tried it out for myself. So when my date suggested Dishoom, I was pretty much jumping for joy! Finally, my time to try out what is apparently some of the best Indian food London has to offer. Read on to find out my thoughts on the experience I had…
Before you even step foot in the restaurant, you will see a strong brand story seeping through their website. Something about a young Irani who spotted a business opportunity and who did not look back since. Once you are in the restaurant, this story continues with the interior and layout of the place. Chalky writing on the wall, ceiling fans and black and white pictures on the wall are only a few features of this restaurant that contribute to a vintage and homely feel. For anyone who has stepped foot in India and it’s many restaurants, this will rekindle those memories. Customer service was good – we had an attentive waiter who explained the menu to us and went on to ensure we were fully looked after throughout the evening.
Food-wise, Dishoom offer a lot of small plates to encourage you to share dishes and discover new ones. We went for a small plate of lamb samosas (you get 3 small pieces), vegetable biryani, chicken tikka and their house special of Black Daal. Moderate portions full of flavour and great presentation – we were more than satisfied. A yummy selection of chutneys were offered with the small plate of samosa’s and so we got to try many flavours throughout this one meal. For dessert, we went for chocolate pudding with a scoop of Kashmiri chilli ice cream. Dessert was actually pretty standard – not much to say there but the ice cream was pretty interesting with the after kick of chilli!
Value for money: 8/10
Variety is the spice of life and Dishoom definitely appreciates that. With their array of small plates and dishes to satisfy everyone from veg eaters to non-veg eaters, it is somewhere you can kick back and relax whilst enjoying the atmosphere of an Indian street food restaurant, right here in London. Good food, good surroundings and good service – good value!
Overall, a fantastic experience! Click here to check out their website and menu.