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Introducing Dishoom Kensington

In which a charismatic but wayward Irani seeks redemption.

Bombay, 1949.

It is a close and heavy monsoon night on Marine Lines. Despite the weather, there is a jostling of people outside the Bombay Roxy. Well-turned-out gentlemen and flirty-eyed women clad in Banarasi silk saris all crane to catch a glimpse of Bombay’s finest musicians. The heavy doors to the club swing open and closed. Hot jazz spills out into the street.

The club didn’t always have this pull or indeed its current reputation. It is housed within a former cinema. The previous owner’s savings had been frittered away on the floors of marble, panelling of Burmese teak and four large chandeliers. It had been a beautiful but bankrupting experiment in Art Deco extravagance.

Under new management, it is café by day and club by night. The fortunes of the Bombay Roxy have been turned around, and now it shines brightly where darkness once stood. Bombay society comes here, to see and be seen. Local hustlers try to get the better of American card-sharks. Wealthy men of industry eye up coquettish women in cholis that expose more of their midriffs than strictly considered decent. A moustachioed Maharaja with an accent polished at Harrow or Eton exchanges pleasantries with several glamorous ladies who have perfected the art of looking beautifully bored.

The building has become a hot-tempered, noisy beast in the city’s belly, roaring through the night until the sun rises.

The man behind this reinvention is the charismatic Cyrus Irani. His name was once synonymous with Bombay’s racketeers, with murky allegiances, and with police escorts to Arthur Road Jail. Now no longer a jailbird, Cyrus fully intends to put the Bombay underworld behind him. And his new venture, the Bombay Roxy, might just be his redemption.

[Enter CYRUS IRANI.]

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As part of the launch for Dishoom Kensington, we’re exceedingly delighted to introduce Night at the Bombay Roxy – a brand new, site-specific, immersive theatre production created by the hugely talented young artists at Swamp Studios and coming soon to our new home! A talented ensemble of actors and musicians will transport you to the opening night of Bombay Roxy – a café and jazz club housed within a former Art Deco cinema in ’40s Bombay, owned by none other than the charismatic but wayward Cyrus Irani.

So, if you liked the little tale above, do see Night at the Bombay Roxy to learn how it unfolds and if you live or work in the Kensington area – hello, new neighbour!, kindly drop us an email on hello@dishoom.com and thenceforth we’ll keep you well informed on Kensington happenings and other intriguing news.

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DISHOOM KENSINGTON SOFT LAUNCH

Dishoom Kensington will officially open at midday on 15th December 2017 and we’d love to invite you all to help us prepare for the opening by attending our soft launch.

The soft launch will run from Thursday 16th November until Wednesday 22nd November (8am-11pm weekdays, 9am-11pm weekends).  You can all enjoy 50% off your food as thanks for helping out with this final stage of our training.

There are no bookings for soft launch – you may drop in whenever you like. (In the evenings there might be a wait for a table.)

After soft launch, there is a rather complicated opening-closing business, due to our theatre production Night at the Bombay Roxy.

Soft launch, half launch, closures and official opening for Dishoom Kensington

Soft launch: 16th November-22nd November
Thursday 16th November – Wednesday 22nd November (8am-11pm weekdays, 9am-11pm weekends)
50% off food. (There are no bookings during soft launch.)

Closure: 23rd November-26th November
The restaurant will then be completely closed Thursday 23rd November – Sunday 26th November to prepare for the immersive theatre production, Night at the Bombay Roxy.

Half launch (during theatre): 27th November-14th December
Due to the theatre production (27th November – 14th December) Dishoom will only be open for restaurant service on weekdays between 8am and 4pm (last seating at 2pm). The restaurant will closed for shows from 4pm weekdays and all day on weekends. We are accepting bookings for Dishoom Kensington from 27th November.

Official opening: 15th December
After the theatre run, Dishoom Kensington officially opens at midday on Friday 15th December. The Dishoom team are very much looking forward to warmly welcoming you all there!

Dishoom Kensington
The Barkers Building
Derry Street
W8 5SE

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Stanley John

You don't mention the address

Bobby

I absolutely love DISHOOM and can't wait for your amazing restaurant to open its doors in hip Kensington. Please do notify me regarding the opening week since I want to be one of the first people to experience the ' DISHOOM Kensington' phenomenon

Tanya

When do you open?

Ginny

Hi Tanya, we will open later in the year... do sign up to our newsletter and you'll be the first to hear our opening dates and particulars :-)

Ginny

Quite right - We'll be in the beautiful Barkers Building, on Derry Street in Kensington.

Siddharth

Good

Danielle Dudley

Hi there, do you have an opening date yet? Thanks, Dani

Joshua Hinh

When are you open? Can I book now? Really looking forward to it?

Gaayathri

Home away from home!♥️

Kam Sachdev

Please keep me informed of when Dishoom in Kensington will open as I would like to book my work team for a dinner there. Please add me to your email list for updates. Many thanks

Nicola

My sister and I love Dishoom soo much. Would this branch be friendly for disabled people? Can't wait to welcome Dishoom to our neighbourhood. Kind regards, Nicola

john

Hope to experience Dishoom Kensington next weekend. Edinburgh friends say you’re not to be missed

John Woodgate

How can I book a table for the night st the Bombay Roxy?

Ginny

Hi John, afraid tickets are sold out at the moment but if you sign up to our newsletter, we'll keep you informed on any extra releases.

Ginny

It is indeed - very excited to welcome you :-)

Ginny

Will do!

Ginny

Hi Joshua, all our opening details are now posted above - do come see us :-)

Ginny

Hi Danielle, all our opening details are now posted above :-)

Lynda

Hi, I work at Sony Music (Syco Entertainment) opposite the restaurant. Can we book a table for 15 on 13th December lunchtime?

Ginny

Hi Lynda, if you could kindly email reservations@dishoom.com, the team will be able to look into this for you :-)

Verity G

TO whoever it may concern, I am trying to make a booking for dishoom kensington for breakfast on 16th/17th/18th/19th or 22nd of November for two people, but it says no available spaces on all days i have looked. Are you booked or is this just because it is a new store? Thanks

Jawahar

Very frustrating dealing with your site. Add to that no tickets to the jazz nights - its enough to drive a die-hard, dyed in the wool, Dishoom desperado to contemplate the worst!

Ginny

Hi Verity, we are not taking bookings during our soft launch period, walk-in only at that time. Bookings are available in Dishoom Kensington from 27th November. Hope to see you soon :-)

Ginny

Hi Julia, we have a dedicated website for our immersive production - www.nightatthebombayroxy.com. Unfortunately all tickets have sold out, but we are extending the run and more will be available from 11am on Wednesday 15th November on the above website :-)

Ginny

Oh no, what trouble are you having? I'm afraid all tickets are sold out at the moment, but we're extending the run and more tickets will be available from 11am on Wednesday 15th November on www.nightatthebombayroxy.com

Jan

Please open in Manchester... We need Dishoom in the north.

Adam Ali

I will be there - mouth watering already ... Never been disappointed! Dishoom dishoom

Sonya

Welcome to Kensington Dishoom. So excited and look forward to being a regular as you are now walking distance.

Stephanie

Super excited for the new dishoom in the area! Can't wait to go :) Now I'll have no excuse for missing brunch

Elle

Have reserved a table in December and had a call from you, but can’t seem to find a telephone number to call back...(Kensington isn’t listed on website yet!)

Ginny

Hi Elle, if you email reservations@dishoom.com, the team will come back to you very promptly :-)

Sue Young

Looking forward to enjoying your new Kensington branch, we’re already devotees so very happy to have one on our doorstep. How do we book for the ‘Night at the Bombat Roxy’

Ruth Carpenter

Hi Sue, And we can't wait to have you! We have a handful of tickets available from 11 am on Wednesday 15th November.

Irani

How do we attend the show ?

Anna Malone

Hi all, I'd like to book a table for the opening on the 15th December. Am I able to book for 12:30 midday for 25 people? thanks in advance, Anna

Fiona

What a truly inspired and enchanting concept - balmy Bombay and the swinging jazz days. Conjures up exotic and zesty tastes and emotions. I'm sooo there! I would love to hear about your up and coming events and your newsletters.

Carla Stanke

Hello, will the Kensington branch have etch-a-sketch toys for little ones like there is at the Kings Cross location? Thanks & looking forward!

Emily Lambert

Could I please book a table for 7 people on Friday 17th Nov under the name of Ed Hughes? We would like a table at 1pm if possible.

Rami Kohli

I require two tickets for Bombay Roxy on any date. Please let me know the date available and I will make the payment.

Kayleigh

Hi There, For your soft launch from 26th November, as you do not take bookings will you be taking walkins?

Charl

Will you be doing takeaway for your soft launch? If so, what time are you open to grab yummy to-go bacon naans from?

Kaye

Are you offering take away during the opening week?

June Pickering

I was one of the first customers at Dishoom's first location. I am thrilled to see how successful you have become and with so many restaurants. I will join you in Kensington for sure! Continue the wonderful work.

Ginny

Hi Kaye, no takeaway during soft launch I'm afraid.

Ginny

Hi Charl, there'll be no takeaway during soft launch, but hopefully you'll be able to pop in and enjoy a bacon naan with us :-)

Ginny

Yes indeed, walk-ins only :-)

Ginny

Hi Rami, if you kindly check here and change the number of guests you'd like to book for, it should all availability. I believe there are a couple of tables of 6 left. http://nightatthebombayroxy.com/

Ginny

Hi Emily, terribly sorry but there are no bookings during soft launch. Do just come along as a walk-in :-)

Ginny

There absolutely will be!

Ginny

Hi Fiona, if you sign up to our newsletter (at the bottom of the website) you'll be kept up to date on all news.

Ginny

Hi Anna, if you check here you should be able to make the booking, depending on availability :-) http://www.dishoom.com/reservations/book/

Ginny

Hi Irani, kindly check here for availability: http://nightatthebombayroxy.com/ if it says nothing is available, try changing the number of guests.

AHMAD JUGON

Brilliant service by all staff. And a big thank you to " ED" who went out of his way to help me and my family.

Nicholas Ratcliffe

Enquiry:- Hi guys, i received your email regarding the 50% of food soft launch and wanted to enquire as to whether or not you had avaibility on Wednesday for a large group booking of 10-12 pax. It's my birthday and would love to come and check out the new place! Let me know, thanks! Nick x

Shane

Can I takeaway tomorrow from Kensington and take advantage of 50%

BINA PANDIT

I have been a great fan of Dishoom for some years. Growing up in Bombay in the 1950's I used to go to many Irani restaurants now virtually extinct. They had a unique ambience with fluorescent lights and wooden chairs and of course I remember my favourite the KEEMA PAU a classic of Irani Cafés: spiced minced lamb and peas with a toasted, buttered, home-made bun.DELICIOUS! How nice is it then to have all this nostalgia of my youth recreated as I am now 75 years old.I am so lucky to have a lingering taste of this disappearing heritage here in London where I now live.

Susanne Lawrence

Can I book for 4 people for dinner on Friday 15th December? I know it'll be your first proper night after the show/soft launch, but it's my birthday so that's the evening I'd like to come. Please get back to me ASAP. Do hope you can accommodate us. Thanks. Susanne Lawrence (susannelawrence@gmail.com) 02074354140

Bea S

Look forward to Dishoom Kensington - am there 22nd Nov with 2 friends so hope we can get in and have a look. Loved the Kings Cross branch so far.

Ginny

Hi Susanne, if you check online here, you'll be able to make the booking :-) http://www.dishoom.com/reservations/

Ginny

Hi Shane, there's no takeaways during soft launch I'm afraid.

Ginny

Hi Nicholas, we aren't taking bookings during soft launch, and as of tomorrow (Thursday) we've got a rather complicated opening-closing schedule due to our theatre production "Night at the Bombay Roxy" - please check here before visiting :-) http://www.dishoom.com/introducing-dishoom-kensington/

Tamara

I hope you are well. We are based in High Street Kensington and are anticipating the opening of Dishoom. Our Christmas quiz is nigh and was wondering if it was possible to perhaps auction off two tickets to the Bombay Roxy show or perhaps a set menu dinner for two at opening ? Either would be most greatly appreciated! We are very good customers , you only have to ask The Ivy! Best of luck and welcome to the area! x

Karuna Andrews

Would love to come and have lunch with my team before Xmas

Ginny

Hi Tamara, lovely to hear from you. If you email hello@dishoom.com we'll see if we can sort a voucher for you :-)