12 Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9FB
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Stag / hen parties, Chilling out, Nightlife, People watching, Shopping
Expert review of Dishoom
It’ll be some time before this shiny new operation takes on the worn patina of the Irani cafés of Mumbai that it seeks to imitate, but Dishoom’s a welcome addition to Covent Garden – not least because it's one of the only Indian places in central London serving breakfast.
Dishoom’s juicy bacon wrap made with fresh coriander, chilli jam and nan bread is one of those so-wrong-but-so-right dishes and proving a popular desk breakfast with local office workers. The fruit roomali, which sees fresh fruits wrapped in papery flatbread and smothered in vanilla yoghurt, may look like the spa option but is surprisingly satisfying. I love the bold house chai, sweet, milky, peppery and as fortifying as any espresso. The pepper-crusted lamb chops are the best of the mains.
Spacious, comfortable, with dark wood paneling, marble tabletops and rather predictable film posters. I’m told it’s heaving in the evenings, but I’ve only been during the day, when the vibe was relaxed, if a little too corporate. A spiteful person might say it’s like an Indian version of Café Rouge, but right now it’s a bit better than that.
Smiley, affable, accommodating.
Amid several new restaurants on a regenerated Covent Garden thoroughfare close to the trendiest of the area’s shops.
Eat lightly and you can eat very cheaply indeed. Breakfast dishes are £2.70-£8.50, and flatbread wraps £6.20-£6.90. Curry (‘ruby murray’) of the day is £7.90, and grills £6.50-£9.70.
More information on Dishoom:
- Price guide:
- Brasserie, Restaurant, Takeaway
- Indian, Modern, Traditional
- 12 Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9FB
- 020 7420 9320
- Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sun 8am-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible