We went to Dishoom,in Kings Cross on a Sunday night( we had reservations , or else we would have had to join the short queue outside), it was 6 pm.
We had been told that this was an attempt to recreate the Irani cafes of Bombay/ Mumbai, of yesteryear, and boy, did it succeed. Obviously someone had put a lot of effort into the decor, in the conversion of what looks like an old warehouse type space into a multilevel, spacious and vibrant atmosphere.The device was excellent, and the food very good. The bar has unusual indian Irani style cocktails to offer, and the East India gimlet, the Kalamansi smash( a the Bose sour, their own excellent pale ale, the the Viceroy old fashioned, along with good old indian kingfisher beer and Chai started off the evening in a very British Raj sort of way.
For the starters we had pau bhaji ( The Portuguese style bread , buttered,with a spicy concoction of mashed potato, onion, tomato and chillies), chilli cheese toast,Sheekh kebab, Prawn koliwada and okra fries.All were quintessential examples of colonial Indian and Mumbai Irani food, rendered authentically and tasty.For the mains we had chicken biryani , faith a, black dhal, garlic naan and rumbling rotisserie, and one of us wanted the Bedmi puri, which turned out to be a fairly lags portion.The deserts we ordered were Bun mask a pudding and chocolate pudding with chilli ice cream, all tantalizing and very good. We finished with filter coffee, which was passable. ( We misunderstood that this might be South Indian filer coffee, which most of us love. But it was not).
The ambience was amazingly true and nostalgic, with pictures of stars of the old Bombay, including old metal pedestal fans.The view of the bar from the sitting area next to the kitchen amazing.The basement was noisy, colorful and full of people;even the route to the toilets had signage which was uniquely Irani cafe and most interesting, to say the least.
The evening was memorable, the food good and the ambience great.
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