Dishoom Indian Restaurant Review: Best London Breakfasts

Feb 11

Dishoom Shoreditch chai and opiumDishoom is a traditional Bombay cafe that started off in Covent Garden and has now opened up in Shoreditch. After missing the half price opening offer when Dishoom Shoreditch was born in summer 2012, it’s taken me longer than planned to get myself down there. After the recent Time Out article naming Dishoom Shoreditch as one of the best places for breakfast in east London, I had to go.

The place is huge. It’s bright and airy with high ceilings and large windows. A lot of attention has gone into the decor to transport you back to colonial India. Stunning glass art deco clocks, tiled floors and deep mahogany furniture surround you as you eat.

Greeted by friendly staff at the door, we were quickly seated and handed menus to start drooling over. It’s extensive – ranging from familiar house black daal, to the more unusual sounding bhel – a crunchy salad of puffed rice, Bombay mix and nylon sev tossed with fresh pomegranate, tomato, onion, lime, tamarind and mint. Then there’s the drinks list with the delicious sounding bhang lassi (with mint instead of the more traditional hemp), laced with ginger, candied fennel and coconut milk.

We were there for breakfast and went for bacon naan, spicy akuri eggs and of course, a cup of chai. The naan bread was perfect; doughy, bubbly and slightly crisp on one side. The naan was wrapped around a layer of cream cheese, thick cut bacon and a few sprigs of fresh coriander, served alongside sweet and spicy chilli jam. The akuri eggs came scrambled with diced peppers and chillies, lightly spiced with turmeric and cumin and served on fire toast. Then there was the chai. Served in metal beakers, it tasted just like the real deal the wallahs serve you in India. Milky and sweet, the chai was full of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg and was even topped up free of charge.

I can’t recommend Dishoom enough, and I’m critical at the best of times! The service was great and the variety of mouth watering flavour combinations you’ll find on the menu is a real treat and unlike anything else I’ve had the pleasure of in London. Then between mouthfulls you can gaze around the stunning rooms, taking in all the vintage Indian trinkets that have been collected and restored.

A greedy breakfast for 2 with chai and service cost us £27. I’ll be going back very soon to sample more of Dishoom’s Indian delights.

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