Being a huge fan of Dishoom Covent Garden, I couldn’t wait to try out their new Shoreditch restaurant, currently in soft opening (and with a 50% discount on food until 18th October). I finally managed to visit it on Saturday night. And I love it!
Tucked away in Boundary street, just in front of the Albion, Dishoom Shoreditch spans over two floors; boasting a huge bar and some really nice tables on the ground floor, and a smaller bar and a reduced number of tables one on the lower ground floor, overlooking the open plan kitchen.
The décor is authentic yet edgy, combining Shoreditch-style industrial design with the typical tiled floors and pictures on the wall of Bombay cafés.
The menu is very similar to the Covent Garden eatery, which is a shame, because I was expecting to try some new dishes. But never mind, I enjoyed every bite!
Bhel, a puffed rice tossed with fresh pomegranate, tomato, onion, lime, tamarind, mint, so fresh, I loved the sweet and sour combinations.
Then, one of my favourite dishes… Dishoom calamari, zesty lime and grainy crumb crunch.
Followed but another tasty classic, Keema Pau: spiced minced lamb with a toasted, buttered pau bun.
Masala Prawns, charred slightly at the edges, but succulent and meaty. The delicious Dishoom version of Bombay potatoes.
And to finish the Pinapple Crumble with black pepper and pod vanilla, beneath a crumble of sunflower seeds, oats, crushed almond, coconut, honey and dark sugar. Served with cinnamon ice cream.
The service was excellent, very informative and knowledgeable. The food, so tasty, with so many layers of flavours, that I am still dreaming about it.
Will I be back? Of course! I can’t wait to plan my next visit!