Ever thought of going to a Bombay café (now Mumbai), but can’t afford to travel to the other side of the world? You don’t have to.
Dishoom in Shoreditch offers you a chance to experience the charm of the old Irani Cafés in London. In the late 19th and early 20th century, many of the cafés were opened by immigrants from Persia, and were reflecting a multicultural feel of the trading hub Bombay was at that time.
The cafés were considered a meeting, eating and drinking space for all people regardless their origin and social status. Dishoom is trying to replicate this egalitarian and open culture, which is reflected in its eclectic décor (designed by Russell Sage Studio), beautiful but not too expensive food, and the welcoming staff.
The interior of the restaurant is eye-catching from the moment you enter the site. On your right-hand side you’ll see the Verandah area, which looks very relaxing thanks to the wooden furniture and lighting as well as an array of colourful rugs and house plants, mainly fern.
The place was buzzing on Friday night. The main restaurant’s floor is striking, and cheerful. The rules next to the bar area made me laugh.
I was drawn to the old family photographs and the old graphics and ads. Even the bathrooms look cool.
The old furniture and industrial feel make this restaurant a visual feast. Not to mention the food.
Oh Gosh, it was delicious. In the past, I found Indian food too spicy for me, but, thank you to the lovely and helpful staff, we all left satisfied. Look at us all smiling. I would specifically recommend Chicken Ruby and Kacchi Lamb, and, if you like cocktails, any chai is a must.
We were sitting in a booth next to a window, but next time I really would like to get a place in the Verandah. I’m definitely coming back.
I’m told that /dishu:m/ means the old Bollywood sound effect made throwing a punch, but I prefer the other meaning, which is ‘mojo’. Dishoom has got mojo!
What do you think of Dishoom? Have you ever been? Do you fancy going there?
Images source: 1, 2 and 3 were kindly provided by Sarah Tye from Gemma Bell PR. The rest were taken by me.