A Bombay café in Shoreditch and Covent Garden
“The original Bombay Cafés have almost disappeared. Dishoom draws upon the heritage and tradition of these cafés, with our all-day menu paying homage to the food of Bombay.”
I recently saw some photos of beautiful cups of tea on my friend’s Instagram feed, which were tagged at Dishoom Shoreditch. After checking out their full menu and breakast menu my girlfriend and I went to check it out for brunch.
We assumed that there would probably be a queue so it was a nice surprise when we walked straight in and were seated immediately. The place had really nice, light, friendly feel to it and some nice design touches in the decor but as this is Shoreditch the ceiling was stripped back, exposing big silver air pipes and old concrete.
The breakfast menu is full of intriguing dishes, based on familiar classics but with a hint of India. We ordered a few dishes to share, Akuri – Spicy scrambled (akuri or bhurji) eggs—an Irani café staple. Piled up richly on Fire Toast and served with tomatoes grilled on the vine. Sauage Naan Roll – a Britisher Cumberland sausage, placed in the midst of fresh hot naan with chill tomato jam, cream cheese and herbs and a Bombay Omelette – a crazy-paving omelette of chopped tomato, onion, coriander and green chilli. Served with tomatoes grilled on the vine and Fire Toast. which were all served with a lovely tomato and chilli based dip and also tried the Green Darjeeling Tea and the House Chai which was perfect for a cold Winter’s day, full of balanced spices and a nice hit of ginger.
All the dishes we had were very good, just the right amount of chilli heat in the Akuri and Bombay Omelette and complimented by the Fire Toast, which is ‘toasted’ on the grill to give it a nice smoky flavour. The Naan for the Sausage Naan Roll was fresh, crisp and light and would probably be a great hangover cure.
Dishoom is very reasonable, has good service and some interesting dishes that give a welcome twist to some British staples. An authentic Indian café? No, but this could be a new favourite brunch spot and I’m sure we’ll be back to try the dinner menu soon. The Shoreditch outlet is much quieter than the Covent Garden branch. If you’re coming for dinner then get there before 7, otherwise you can expect a wait, or if you’re a group of 6 or more then you can book.