Whilst I was down in London (read what I got up to here), specifically Carnaby, we decided to take a trip to Dishoom for lunch. Dishoom is an Indian restaurant with a tapas style menu, which is a concept I am very fond of – usually Indian portions are so large that you cannot taste many different items so this was a lovely change.
It’s a popular restaurant so I’d advise booking a table unless you are able to wait like we had to.
The decor in the restaurant is quite rustic and dark with black and white checked floors and orange interior accents here and there. It’s a style I am pretty fond of and I feel like it suits the restaurant very well.
Between us we shared food from the All Day menu which starts at 12pm. We went for 2 small plates, 2 main dishes and a side.
The 2 small dishes we chose were Chilli Chicken, which is a plate of crispy chicken coated in a garlic, ginger and soy sauce – it is a bit spicy but beautiful and I think I almost ate the full plate, as well as Prawn Koliwada, which is a bowl of crispy prawns served with a chutney to dip in. This was Will’s choice and I was sceptical at first because I’m not usually a big fan of prawns but these were lovely! I was surprised I enjoyed them so much. I’d definitely have them again which says a lot.
Alongside these dishes, we also chose Dishoom’s signature dish of Black Daal. This is a plate made with lentils that is cooked for over 24 hours to give a rich sauce that went perfectly with our second dish of Chicken Berry Britannia Biryani. This plate is a slow cooked rice dish with chicken and cranberries.The combination of the two was deliciously flavoursome and bursting with spices. I’d highly recommend at least trying out their Black Daal, it is lovely and it’s certainly spurred me on to try and cook my own daal.
London isn’t the cheapest place, that’s for sure, but Dishoom is decently priced compared to some places I had visited with small dishes costing roughly £5 and the mains roughly £10. It’s maybe a little pricey for a lunch compared to restaurants in Aberdeen, but I feel for the quality of food we received and the location, this is justified.
I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon at Dishoom, experiencing a delicious meal with great company. I’m definitely keen to go back again sometime to try some other dishes on the menu. I recently found out there is one in Edinburgh so I’m excited to give that one a go too!
Have you been to Dishoom? What are your thoughts?