Dishoom

Address: 12 Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9FB, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7420 9320

- Mid-range

3.7

Inspired by the old Irani cafés of Mumbai, this is a great place to meet up with friends.

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.

Food and drink
3.7
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Food and drink
3.7
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Ambience
3.9
90%
Location
4.5
90%

Food and drink

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.

Ambience

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.

Service

Smiley, affable, accommodating.

Location

Amid several new restaurants on a regenerated Covent Garden thoroughfare close to the trendiest of the area’s shops.

Price advice

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Chilling out

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