London: Bombay vibes and aromas at Dishoom
Gone are the days of the good ol’ Indian joints around Brick Lane, as they become extinct with all that gentrification around, in comes the jolly Bombay chain of Dishoom... a new way of experiencing Indian food in London!
Getting around King’s Cross these days can be a bit daunting as the place keeps on changing by the minute. Rest assured, Dishoom and it’s beautiful interiors by hand of our very own Afroditi Krassa is so easy to find right next to Saint Martins Lane new outpost. Full of Indian artefacts that resemble the scenery of some old rusty train station or communal entertainment establishment, Dishoom can have such a pleasant welcome effect as soon as you walk in. High walls, bright colors and ever spinning ceiling fans create a daunting effect across the three different levels designed for communal dining. Best spot of the house, the balcony atop next to the kitchen where all of the action takes place - while busy and crammed, it sure is a different experience from your average meal in London.
The menu is a complex array of dishes touching all sorts of regions and places in India but also appealing to some Iranian origins. When we recently tried out we went with the basics, jut to test the waters and make sure Dishoom ticks the boxes. Chicken tikka from the grill, good ol’ plain naan bread and some vegetable samosas to go with it - so good! The latter come with their three traditional dips - mint, chilli and plum!
Dishoom also features some more funky dishes that very well catch a foodie’s attention (case in point below in the pic!). Just make sure you can handle hot stuff, as flavours here have not been 100% crafted with the European stomach in mind. And that’s why we loved every minute of it!
The place is buzzing just before dinner time, enough to make the crowds occupy the lower ground floor that’s more like a bar scene. If you want to experience a more quiet meal, you can pop in for lunch although given their family friendly prices and space, Dishoom gets to attract quite enough strollers and young mums - no harm in dining in the company of some newborns!