Dishoom is one of those places that every Londoner raves about but is also incredibly difficult to get in to because of this and the fact that they don’t take reservations. Milly and I met up on my last free Sunday of the year for a catchup and decided to give their Shoreditch branch a try (this one is slightly less busy location than the one in Covent Garden but to be honest on a weekend it doesn’t really matter just expect it to be busy) reasoning that if we couldn’t get a table there were plenty of other places nearby that we could check out instead.
Luck was however in our favour and we were told it would be just a 15 minute wait and that we could order some drinks at the bar while we waited. Our drinks hadn’t even been made by the time we were whisked away to the front section of the restaurant which was more like a cosy living room (complete with Christmas tree) than the rest of the restaurant which was more formal. I was very surprised that we were given two sofas with a coffee style table to sit at for just the two of us as they could easily have fit four people on it.
I was feeling a little bit fragile from the amount of wine I’d drunk at a blogger event at the Royal Horseguards Hotel the night before so I ordered myself a watermelon sharbat; fresh watermelon muddled with spearmint and lime. It was so refreshing and delicious I even treated myself to a second drink with dessert.
We’d originally planned to get brunch but were too late so instead had to choose from the all day menu instead. The choices are pretty varied but since I couldn’t have my original choice of their famous breakfast naan rolls I decided to recreate something similar with chicken tikka and a cheese naan which sadly wasn’t anything to write home about.
Milly went for the lamb burger which I think was a special as I can’t find it on their menu. The burger came with chips and padron peppers too so it was really good value for money and she really enjoyed it.
Milly’s meal arrived fairly quickly but it took far too long for mine to come out after it to the point that her food was starting to get cold from waiting. In fact the service was really poor overall, I had already almost finished my drink by the time my main course came out and the second one I ordered didn’t arrive until after I had finished eating.
I wasn’t going to have pudding but I was very intrigued by the Memsahib’s Mess which was basically Dishoom’s own version of Eton Mess made even more amazing by the addition of rose syrup.
I’m so glad I did as it was divine and made me want to return and give them a second chance given all the many positive things I’d heard about them before going. Maybe I’ll check out their new branch in King’s Cross instead.
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