Dishoom is a modern take on the fading glory of 20th century Bombay cafes (and their fusion cuisine) in the middle of Covent Garden (according to the story on the menu anyway). As I didn’t want to have every minute of my days scheduled, a lot of my meals have been walk-ins and my luck has varied. I tried to get in here on a Saturday night but there was a queue and there was no chance, so returned the next day and managed to get a table for lunch.
There are entree and mains but there is also a series of small serves for tasting and sharing, which I ordered from. From the top down: Keema pau (spiced minced lamb with toasted bun), chilli cheese toast, chutneys – chilli and tamarind, Bhel (puffed rice with pomegranate, onion and tamarind), Bhang lassi (ginger, mint and spice), pineapple and black pepper crumble with cinnamon icecream.
All this for £20! And the eye candy: all well to do locals of Anglo and/or Indian descent. No American tourists are sufficiently curious to eat this kind of food apparently – their accents were conspicuously absent from the room. Mostly Londoners with posh accents, all well dressed and enjoying themselves immensely.