Ok so we have to admit, we were a bit late to the game on this one. People we know have been raving about Dishoom for an absolute age so it’s basically a crime that we left it until last month to pay a visit. We went for the unit placed in the newly refurbished area surrounding Kings Cross, Dishoom takes up some pretty significant real estate spanning across 3 floors. Readers will know by now that we love interesting interiors so we were definitely in for a visual treat when we entered the restaurant.
The huge floor to ceiling windows at the front of the restaurant flooded the bar area with light providing a bright and airy atmosphere. This is a contrast to the musky incense scents that hit you when you walk in and the dimly lit seating areas as you walk around from the bar which fit perfectly with the theme of the ‘old irani cafes of Bombay’ that Dishoom are doing so well to recreate. We loved so many elements of the decor, especially the quirky painted wall murals, old sepia tinted photos and beautiful mosaic floor tiles. We really loved the lived in feel and the faded grandeur of the set up; it helped to walk the fine line between bustling and chilled out which was right up our street.
All this talk about interiors, I know what you’re thinking, get onto the food already! We rocked up at around 11am just in time for our breakfast reservation. We heard that the crowds really do gather for dinner (which we’ve heard is fantastic) so if you’re looking to ease yourself into the Dishoom experience then we’d definitely recommend trying out the breakfast or brunch first. We ordered two bacon naan rolls, which are described as being made from The Ginger Pig’s smoked streaky bacon which is dry cured for five days with rock salt and Demerara sugar and then cold smoked over oak chips (if you think that’s bad then wait for the description of the Malabar coffee). So it’s a bit elaborate but it’s definitely not style over substance – the bacon rolls (accompanied by a sweet chilli jam) are pretty damn awesome. They were very moreish and we were thinking they would double as a great hangover cure!
We both also went for a flat white made from the Monsoon Malabar Coffee. This is described as using Arabica beans from a single estate in Sunticoppa, Karnataka, which are bared on wood to the monsoon winds. While we can’t vouch for the taste of a monsoon, we can safely say that it was a pretty good cup of coffee (and we’ve tried a fair few hundred in our time) so it’s well worth giving it a try. The mornings are significantly less busy so if you’re looking for a place to grab a snack and chill out in the Kings Cross area then it’s a no brainer, but with lots of different branches all across London we’re pretty sure you can grab a reservation close to you!
Patches & Flash x