I’m obviously turning into a predictable and sad old git. About this time every year I do the exact same thing. I sit in the Permit Room, a Viceroy’s Old Fashioned at my elbow, and think about the year gone by.
Drink chai, smash cup, make great design.
This week at Dishoom Shoreditch, we’re hosting a ‘cabinet of curiosity’ curated by This is Provenance as part of the London Design Festival.
Eid al-Fitr is welcomed with great joy after a month of austerity. Every family has its own traditions and specialities, treasured recipes handed down through the generations.
It is a summer afternoon, unusually sunny; hot, humid and expectant, like Bombay just before the monsoon. Outside Dishoom Shoreditch, on the Verandah, the serious business of lounging is in progress.
Bombay’s beautiful Irani Cafés have been fading into memory for years. All who know them nurture treasured stories of them. But once the cafés are gone, the memories will fade. So, we asked people to give us their stories – and then we literally baked them onto our plates.
We held a proper Holi party at Village Underground in Shoreditch on Sunday 24th March 2013, and it was a glorious, exuberant mess.
Raan is the stuff of legend. They say that it can be traced to a battlefield feast given by Alexander the Great for King Paurava. We wanted to democratise this very special dish, and make it a proper feast for every day.
Martyrs’ Day is a sombre day for Indians. It marks the anniversary of the day the father of the nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was assassinated on 30th January 1948.