Dishoom has grown rapidly in the last few years since they first opened their doors in 2010. With a unique twist of Indian and Iranian food, Dishoom definitely stands out. A very important thing to note is that the food is Halal so it caters to a wider community too.
I went for a lunch at the Carnaby Street branch a while back during their soft launch and we hadn’t booked a table. Although the queue looked very long we were inside in 35 minutes. Whilst a bunch of us were waiting in the cold they brought out some of their lovely signature spicy chai to keep us warm.
The interior is quite similar to the other branches with dimmed lighting, wooden decor and generally very welcoming. There’s definitely a touch of India and Iran. The food is served on a preparation basis and just comes as it’s ready. This wasn’t a problem at all as we shared everything anyway.
For starters we ordered Calamari (£5.90) and this was hands down one of my favorite dishes. Perfectly crispy and generous on the actual fish. They went great with the 3 dips provided. For the mains we ordered the Black Daal (£5.90), Chicken Tikka (£7.90), Lamb Sheekh Kabab (£8.20) and the Chicken Ruby Curry (£8.50). The curry was quite nice and contained chicken in a rich makhani sauce (tomatoes, ginger, garlic
The service was friendly and the food was served quickly. The food is very clean and well executed, i.e. not in the style of your overly greasy Indian takeway. It’s minimal yet tasty. I’d definitely recommend Dishoom as a great place in central to grab good Halal Indian food. The full menu can be viewed here.
As we attended the 50% off soft launch the bill came to around £18 each.