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Journal entry

Introducing Dishoom Manchester

In which an elusive Irani dupes Sexton Blake in a Freemasons’ Hall

BOMBAY, 1923.

It is a hazy November morning and it is already warm. The roads are thronged with bullock carts, cycles and pedestrians. There is bustle and noise all along the pavement, which is shared both by those who walk along it and those who make their living there. Barbers deftly wield razors, while the chappal-seller unpacks neat baskets of shoes from the shoemaker. Women in saris sit on flower-shrouded mats preparing garlands of roses and carnations and men in white kurtas dash around on errands. Spice, jasmine and dust mix in the air. Circling crows caw.

Slightly away from the scene outside, a smartly dressed Englishman with pomaded black hair and a lantern jaw, sits on a bentwood chair in Café Excelsior, an Irani café on Ravellin Street. He breathes in the aroma of baking bread, takes a sip of his strong chai and studies his surroundings carefully.

He observes the character of the Irani café – a place of calm in the crowded city – and considers the patrons. The place makes him more relaxed than he perhaps should be. Families enjoy their morning tea and talk. Students (chatting more loudly than they need to) tuck into their plates of omelettes. In a corner, a well-dressed businessman reads The Bombay Chronicle newspaper, while a ‘modern’ woman opposite coolly waits for her breakfast. As new customers enter, they exchange loud greetings with a wizened Irani sporting a prominent moustache and thick steel-rimmed glasses. He is perched behind a desk near the entrance, and appears to be the owner.

The man observing the café and sipping his chai is Sexton Blake, the world-renowned detective known for his penetrating intellect and his taste for fine cigars. He arrived in Bombay that morning, summoned by the note now placed in his jacket pocket from enemy-turned-ally, Beram. Its few but forceful words are etched into his memory: “You must come to Bombay. Meet me in the Irani café behind the Freemasons’ Hall – I will know when you are there. Your debt has been called.”

Since their last meeting – when he and Beram had allied themselves to save the life of his colleague Tinker – Blake had believed that a truce had been declared between them. Indeed, the two men had been thrown against each other as opponents when Beram – a suave and mysterious mastermind with an intellect at least equal to Blake’s – sought reprisal for the desecration of a site sacred to his people. His duty to justice had made him Blake’s direct adversary.

Blake always recognised a good opponent, and there is a twinkle in his deep-set eyes as he thinks about everything that passed between them. Beram was his match, and rivals as they were, there existed a bond of respect between them.

He is now distracted from his musings by the old Irani who approaches his table. The two look at each other a brief moment before the Irani roughly jerks his head towards the back of the café, intimating that Blake should follow. He senses that something dangerous may be afoot but follows anyway.

They walk towards the kitchen at the back of the café and pass behind a wooden screen out of sight from the other patrons. Blake sees a plaque on the wall with the carved-out words: ‘Faith. Hope. Charity’ (which he remembers dimly as being words of Freemasonry). Immediately, he feels the Irani’s wiry hands push him sharply forward. The old man, now moving very fast, places the tips of his three fingers precisely onto the plaque and pushes. It is evidently a spring activating a secret door. Instantly, the wall rotates and swallows the two men up. Blake has been ambushed.

They abruptly re-emerge in a large, opulently decorated and high-ceilinged room. Blake, momentarily dazed, looks around to get his bearings. The hall is filled with marble tables and bentwood chairs. Tinted light pours through enormous stained-glass windows throwing strange colours onto the large portraits of old men hanging on the wall. Well-dressed men of apparent Muslim, Parsi, Christian and Hindu descent sit smoking and chatting, undisturbed by the appearance of the pair. It is plain that these are men of power and authority and that this is a secret masonry hall.

Blake was smarting from having been hoodwinked so easily. He spins around to lunge at the Irani. But Beram (for it was him, in heavy disguise) deftly eludes Blake, who loses his balance and falls to the floor, smarting again. Before Blake can recover and get to his feet, Beram pulls off his disguise. He stands over the Englishman, a smile hovering on his lips. “It was good of you to come so willingly, old friend,” he says.

~~~

Footnote:

We imagine this to be a continuation of The Tower of Silence, a novel written by Phiroshaw Jamsetjee Chevalier in 1927 and later recovered from a lost manuscript by historian Gyan Prakash. The British Museum had a copy of most of the manuscript except the nail-biting concluding pages which were found (after much scouring of libraries) in the Secretariat Library in the Asiatic Society’s building.

It is a detective story featuring the fictional but famous British private eye Sexton Blake and the elusive Parsi vigilante known only as “Beram”. It is based on a real-life incident from 1923 in which the British illustrated newspaper The Graphic printed an aerial photograph taken of the inside of a Tower of Silence, the holy place where Parsis leave their deceased. The photo was judged to have desecrated the site and accordingly caused enormous outrage.

The story begins at 2pm on a cloudless afternoon in April with the click of the camera shutter. Beram, a sophisticated and devout Parsi, who proves himself equally at home in London, Bombay, and indeed in Manchester, seeks reprisal against the perpetrators of the sacrilegious act. He is in turn hotly pursued by Sexton Blake and his assistant Tinker. The plot progresses via cobras, mongooses, deadly spiders, murders and hypnotism and ends with a final dénouement in a Tower of Silence.

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DISHOOM MANCHESTER SOFT LAUNCH

We’re delighted to share that Dishoom Manchester will officially open at 9am on Thursday 6th December 2018 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 9am on Sunday 25th November until 4pm on Wednesday 5th December (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.)

We are so very much looking forward to welcoming you all there!

Dishoom Manchester
32 Bridge Street
Manchester
M3 3BT

(P.S. Do sign up to our newsletter (in the footer of the website) to stay up to date on Dishoom Manchester happenings.)

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Brian

Hi, we are very excited to see Dishoom in Manchester after visiting your Covent Garden restaurant. The building you've chosen has great charterer. Will you be doing a soft launch?

Martine Greenhalgh

Been to Shoreditch and kings cross many times. This is an amazing place with delicious food, cannot wait until it opens in Manchester my Home town

Sahrish Mir

The place looks great! When do you open? Please sign me up to the newsletter. Will you be serving halal meats? Will the menu be similar to the London branches?

Sam

Pls keep ne informed. Many thanks

Rajan Chavda

I would like to attend the Dishoom Manchester Opening.

Ginny

Hey Brian, we will indeed! If you sign-up to our newsletter (at the bottom of the website) we'll keep you up to date on all our openings news :-)

Ginny

Hey Sahrish, so glad you're as excited as we are! All meat will be halal and the menu will have its own unique Manchester Chef Special, as well as other Dishoom classics. If you'd be so kind to sign-up to our newsletter (at the bottom of the website) we'll keep you up to date on all our openings news :-)

Ginny

Hey Sam, our newsletter sign up link is at the bottom of the website. Very excited to see you in Manchester!

Ginny

Great! Do kindly sign-up to our newsletter (at the bottom of the website) and we'll keep you up to date on all our openings news :-)

Kate

Very excited about this new opening. I’ve signed up to the newsletter and would love to know if you are doing a soft opening. Great news!

Janice Andersen

love Dishroom so excited opening in Manchester love your food.

Io

Finally! Really pleased you are coming to us,we are long time visitors to your London venues! Welcome to Manchester!

Alix

Woukd like to come

Darren

An avid fan of all dishoom have done, can’t wait to visit Manchester

Jane Delfino

Have introduced so many friends to the joys of Dishoom in Covent Garden and Shoreditch, can’t believe it’s opening in my home town....Manchester.

Suzanne

Can't wait to try Manchester

Mia

So excited to have my favourite restaurant in the city I live in now!

Heena Lad

Please keep me posted of when the Manchester branch of your chain is opening. I’ve been to the London in May & celebrated my 40th at the Edinburgh one. But Manchester is my home town.

Mr MY LOH

Would like to attend the opening day.

Karen Walker

I have heard so much about Dishoom from colleagues visiting London King's Cross and Convent Garden. Can't wait for Manchester to open so I can visit myself - and what a spectacular venue!

RUMIT PATEL

Great news please can you notify me when you’ll be opening I would like to attend the opening if possible Many tanks and best of the with the new venture

Garry

Can't wait! Welcome to Manchester

Hayley Winterbottom

My Colleagues and I at Auto Trader are very excited to have you opening in Manchester - as you are our neighbours to our Kings Cross office and us northerners have been very jealous for a while now! Cant wait to come and visit :)

Anil Kaul

If you aren't open yet, why not?

Karen Metcalfe

Please keep me updated with opening of Dishoom Manchester, I am really keen to come and visit.

Sherry Whittaker

Please send me your newsletters. I live in Stockport a few miles from Manchester. Please let me know when you open in Manchester.

Roy Jones

So excited you are coming to Manchester

Anil

We had a stunning breakfast at Dishoom in Shoreditch. Cannot wait for Manchester Dishoom to open!

Yatrik Bhatt

Eagerly awaiting you opening up in Manchester since you first announced, having eaten my way though most of what Manchester has to offer in terms of Indian food i'm out looking for a new regular that will serve up true flavors.

Catherine Wood

Hi we are thinking off having are Christmas party at Dishoom Manchester but if you are open by then do you book for large numbers? As I know normally you can't book.

Sara

I take all my friends and family to your restaurants! You're my favourite food experience in London and do not stop going on about it. Please please please open before December - I travel to India for most of it and don't want to miss the opening - my boyfriend hasn't been (he lives in Manchester) and I would love to take him to the opening :)

Ginny

Hi Sara, Thanks so much for the kind words - really glad to hear you're looking forward to the opening! Do sign up to our newsletter (via the footer on www.dishoom.com) or follow us (@Dishoom) on Instagram or Twitter) and you'll be amongst the first to hear about our opening news and dates :-) Very best wishes.

Ginny

Hi Catherine, lovely to hear from you - do get in touch with our reservations team regarding Christmas bookings in Manchester: reservations@dishoom.com. And as we'd love to have you come along during soft launch, do sign up to our newsletter (via the footer below) or follow us (@Dishoom) on Instagram or Twitter) and you'll be amongst the first to hear about our opening news and dates.

Ginny

Hi Yatrik, Hi Sara, Thanks so much for the kind words - really glad to hear you're looking forward to the opening! Do sign up to our newsletter (via the footer below) or follow us (@Dishoom) on Instagram or Twitter) and you'll be amongst the first to hear about our opening news and dates :-) Very best wishes.

Vicki

Hello! Will you be open in time for December/Christmas in Manchester? I have a booking for 15 or so to make and you have been recommended to us...

Ginny

Hi Anil, Glad you're as excited as we are! Do sign up to our newsletter (via the footer below) or follow us (@Dishoom) on Instagram or Twitter) and you’ll be amongst the first to hear about our opening news and dates.

Ginny

Thanks Roy! We're delighted too! If you'd like to sign up to our newsletter (via the footer below) or follow us (@Dishoom) on Instagram or Twitter) then we'll keep you up to date with our opening news and dates.

Ginny

Hi Sherry, you can sign up to our newsletter via the footer below :-)

Ginny

Hey Karen, do please sign up for our newsletter via the footer below and we'll make sure you hear our opening news!

Ginny

Quite right. We'll make it quick.

Ginny

Thanks Hayley - excited to meet you! If you kindly sign up for our newsletter (via the footer below) we'll keep you up to date on all openings news.

Ginny

Many thanks!

Ginny

Thanks Rumit! If you'd kindly sign up to our newsletter via the footer below we'll let you know all our openings news :-)

Ginny

Thanks Karen - can't wait to meet you.

Ginny

Thanks Derek - have you tried applying through careers.dishoom.com - that is where we post all available roles. Sorry if you've had trouble getting through... we can look into how that might have happened.

Ginny

Great! If you sign up to the newsletter via the footer below, then we'll keep you up to date on all openings news :-)

Ginny

Hi Kate - we will indeed be doing a soft launch and you're very wise to have signed up to the newsletter. We'll keep you up to date on all opening news.

Ginny

Love you, Janice!

Ginny

Many thanks - delighted to be coming along.

Ginny

Do please come. If you sign up to our newsletter in the footer below, we'll be sure to get you along.

Ginny

Ah how lovely - can't wait to see you in Manchester. If you sign up to our newsletter in the footer below then we'll be sure to get you along.

Ginny

So excited to be joining you in Manchester and to be your favourite restaurant!

Ginny

We're coming for you!

Ginny

Thank you kindly, sir.

Ginny

Hi Vicki, we will be open in time for Christmas. Drop us an email to reservations@dishoom.com and we'll get back to you about possible availability over the next few weeks.

Mark Naylor

I am very excited that Dishoom is coming to Manchester! Please keep in touch.

Susan Dewhurst

Newsletter please.

Tok

So glad you’re opening in Manchester. Your Kings Cross and Shoreditch restaurants are among my favourites. Ive signed up for the newsletter. Looking forward to the soft launch and opening.

Jiwan Dhanik

HI, Please keep me posted regarding the Manchester branch opening and would like to attend the opening event.

Andy Dibb

Can't wait

Ginny

Hi Jiwan, we'd love to! If you sign up to the newsletter (at the footer of the website) then we'll keep you up to date on all opening events.

Ginny

Fantastic!

Ginny

Susan - if you'd kindly sign up for our newsletter (just in the footer of the website) we'll gladly keep in touch :-)

Ginny

We'd love to keep in touch - would you mind signing up the newsletter (just below in the footer) and we'll let you know all opening news

Denise Hynes

When will you be open? I love Dishoom and want to introduce it to my Mancunian friends!

Brendan breen

Great to see our favourite restaurant coming to Manchester can’t wait to bring our friends for the ruby Murry and green beans.

Sharon

Very excited about your opening, do you have dates yet?

alix

want to try soon

Nikki Pope

V v v pleased I no longer need to trek to London to eat at my favourite Indian restaurant...please let me know when you are opening...and if you have any pre-opening events & want a critical friend familiar with the London menu & fabulous customer service just let me & Cate know!

Farina

Fantastic! Though from Birmingham and would love to hear if there are plans to o0en here...

S BEDFORD

Been to your Kings Cross bfanch and it was amazing. Glad you've decided to open up, up norh. You'll give Mowgli are run for their mone.

Clair Vaughan

Please keep me updated with the opening date for Dishoom Manchester

Simon

Having been to your London restaurants I am extremely excited to see Dishoom in Manchester. When will you be open

Metz

Awesome please sign me up.for info.

Dean Alston

Can’t wait for you to open, really looking forward to the launch.

Naveed Ajaz

I have heard so many good things about Dishoom... My friends have always raves about the food when they’ve been to the Shorditch venue... I can’t wait to try it in my home city of Manchester

Emma

I am very much looking forward to tour Manchester opening, was at the Ken High St branch last weekend. Promised to bring my burgeoning Indian foodie son and daughter once you open. Mine will be the bacon breakfast naan!

sveta kohli

cant wait for dishoom to open , we usually to go KIngs cross one would love to know when is it opening.

Michelle Watts

I have enjoyed many great meals in several of your London restaurants but live not far from Manchester. I would love to come to your Manchester launch or at the very least have a meal in Manchester in your first week of opening.My son is an even bigger fan of yours!

Cheryl

When are you opening ? Can’t wait ....big fan

Dishoom Fan

Looking forward to visiting & reviewing.

Rebekah Fletcher

Hello, please keep me updated. Thanks, Becky.

Sally

V excited that you are coming to Manchester. Would love to book for friends once you open.

Ginny

Hey Sally - we're delighted to be coming! Do sign up to our newsletter (in the footer of the website) and we'll announce when our reservations are open shortly.

Ginny

Sure Becky - if you'd kindly sign up to the newsletter we will keep you updated on all news :-)

Ginny

Soon! Sign up to our newsletter (in the footer below) and we'll keep you updated on opening dates.

Ginny

How lovely - hope to see you dining with us soon! Please do sign up to our newsletter (in the footer below) to keep updated on our news :-)

Ginny

Hi Sveta, it's very soon. Would love you to join us, so please sign up to the newsletter and we'll keep you updated.

Ginny

Hey Mets, if you wouldn't mind signing up to our newsletter in the footer of the website then we'll keep you in the loop :-)

Ginny

Opening very soon! If you wouldn't mind signing up to our newsletter in the footer of the website then we'll keep you in the loop :-)

Ginny

Hi Clair, do sign up to our newsletter in the footer of the website then we'll keep you in the loop :-)

Steve.

Living between Cheshire and Mumbai, I have had the 'real thing' If you are ever there, try Jimmie Boys at Fort in South Bombay! Dishoom at St. Martin's Lane is amazing, breakfast, lunch or dinner, super menu! Can't wait to experience Manchester.

Fats

Heard this place opening a while back and really can’t wait to try as have been to London Covent Garden but the queues were crazy so it’s now Manchester hometown to look forward to

Sanjay

Amazing news about Dishoom Manchester! And I hear Jet Airways begin direct Manchester Mumbai flight too...great news for lovers of India 😊

Tim Cotgreave

Hi Dishoom, any news yet on an opening date and soft launch? I’ll be there Day 1 for a Big Bombay and Breakfast Lassi :)

Dee

Hi just wondering if you have a planned opening date for Manchester?

Dr Priyanka Gupta

Hello, Very excited to hear about the nouvelle Dishoom getting opened shortly.Please keep us updated with the opening day. Pri and Bap P.S-Cant wait to get our hands on the cheese naan and the daal!

Vivienne Pheysey

Fantastic news, hope you are open by the time I visit in mid November. Another reason to leave London and move to Manchester :)

Julia

So excited for the opening our friends from Belfast will be booking a visit for the opening, hoping we are invited! We've been to all your other restaurants and loved them. Looking forward to being regulars in our home town.

Cathy Apps

Please sign me up for the newsletter

Tim C

Hi Dishoom, so looking forward to you opening. Any news yet on opening date and a soft launch? Thanks Tim

salim patel

please keep me informed regarding manchester. Food fan of your in London whenever I'm.there, can't wait for MCR Dishoom.

Sam

Nice to have a dishoom in Manchester . Would like to be in on the opening night

Bruce

Been to Carnaby st, can’t wait for this to open in Manchester now we’ve moved here. Let us know when you’re opening please!?

MALCOLM alderton

Just been to your fabulous Edinburgh restaurant, and was told about Manchester. Really can't wait for it to open . Would love to come to an opening night .

gill ashworth

please let me know when you are opening

Debbie Price

Hi, when will you be opening?

James Pyrah

Looking forward to the opening!

Reubs and Laura

I love your restaurants and having a Dishoom in Manchester is fantastic in that I no longer have to travel huge distances to eat your fabulous dishes! If you could find a way to put me on the list for your opening events for me and my partner I would be most grateful. Kind regards

Maya

Obsessed with the bacon naan roll for breakfast at Dishoom, I was a regular at the Shoreditch restaurant so really looking forward to having one up north!

Debbie Price

Hi, my daughters graduation is on 12 December, will you be open by then. If yes, I would like a table for 4 at 5pm. Thank you

Sandra Pritchard

I've tried Dishoom in Shoreditch and going to Covent Garden on Monday. I live in Cheshire and am interested in the Manchester opening.

Bruce Pritchard

Please keep me informed about the opening of Manchester Dishoom. Shoreditch was amazing (been twice) and trying Covent Garden on Monday night.

Maggie Debono

Hi looking forward to dishoom coming to Manchester please keep me posted.

Ginny

Hi Maggie - can't wait to be up there. Please sign up to our newsletter (in the footer of the website) for news of when we're opening :-)

Ginny

Hey Bruce - you're a star. Please sign up to our newsletter (in the footer of the website) and we'll keep you updated on launch plans :-)

Ginny

Hey Debbie - drop our reservations team a line (reservations@dishoom.com) and they'll get back to you regarding bookings :-)

Ginny

Hey there, delighted to help - though I'm afraid I have to ask you to sign up to our newsletter (in the footer of the website) and we'll keep you updated.

Jill Harkness

When is the Manchester restaurant opening

Louise Angus

Looking forward to trying your food!

MRS RITA PRITCHARD

What's your address and postcode? Looking forward to visiting x

Nicola

After visiting your Edinburgh restaurant, I’m so excited that you’ll be here in Manchester. We plan to be regular visitors! Any idea to what the house special will be? The one in Edinburgh was stunning. Can you let me know how to make a reservation please. Cheers!

Lee

We visit Dishoom Kensington it is our favourite establishment. Being from Manchester we were over the moon to find out about the Manchester venue. Please add us. Invite us and sign us up to any information you have. A very happy Mancunian 🐝

Marie

Hello!! I visited your King’s Cross restaurant last month and loved it. The food and service was amazing! Please send me details of your opening events. Thanks and see you soon

Theresa Dow

We have been to the Dishoom in London and looking forward to coming to Manchester where I live

Nadia Lees

Is it possible to pre book tables?

Zaki

Yayyyyy finally in my home city!

Yasmin

Is Dishoom Manchester available to book? I know the London restaurants are not but the Manchester opening is my birthday weekend and I am desperate to get in!

Ginny

Hi Yasmin - we're now takings bookings for Manchester so do please see www.dishoom.com/reservations to book :-)

Ginny

Hi Nadia, not for soft launch, but we're taking reservations for after 6th December - see www.dishoom.com/reservations to book :-)

Ginny

Hi Maria - we're opening on 6th December, but our soft launch is from 9am on Sunday 25th November until 4pm on Wednesday 5th December - it's walk-ins only so do come see us!

Ginny

Hi Lee - do sign up to our newsletter (in the footer of the website) for Manchester news! But I can share that our soft launch is from 9am on Sunday 25th November until 4pm on Wednesday 5th December - do come see us!

Ginny

Hi Nicola - visit www.dishoom.com/reservations to make bookings :-)

Ginny

Hello there, address is 32 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BT. Look forward to meeting you!

Ginny

Hi Jill - we'll officially be open from 6th December, but our soft launch is running from from 9am on Sunday 25th November until 4pm on Wednesday 5th December. Do come see us!

Kathryn Duffy

awaiting your opening in Manchester

Leanne

I seriously have been waiting for this to happen for a long time. Can not wait to have you on my doorstep. Best christmas present ever :) See you on the 25th! Welcome to Manchester

Alan marshall

So looking forward to The Dishoom experience

Lynda Kjellberg

Looks amazing, would love to attend the soft launch.Have signed up for news letter, look forward to hearing from you.

Nisha

Been to all the dishoom restaurants and loved each and everyone. So excited to welcome Dishoom in Manchester what a an restaurant to be coining to our amazing City! So excited Please keep me posted on updates thank you Dishoom!

Farah

Will all the food served at Dishoom Manchester be Halal like the London ones?

Lisa

Love Edinburgh restaraunt. Looking forward to seeing you in manchester.

Ann Beach

Visited dishoom restaurants in various cities and we have enjoyed each visit. Great food, atmosphere and service. I’m sure Manchester will not disappoint

Nitin & Jay

My wife is super excited. Look forward to attending 50% off bonus!!!

Audrey S

Spotted Dishoom on Bridge St Manchester today - to my delight. Before I had to travel far to enjoy Dishoom's delights. Now they will be available on my doorstep. Great news

Hina Desai

Great news that you’re coming to Manchester, having been to Kings Cross one. Looking forward to planning team lunches there. Good Luck with the venture.

Shefali Talukdar

Great can’t wait. Love the food in London

MR MY LOH

Looking forward to it

Paul

Looking forward to a Dishoom in Manchester. Why should London have all the fun? Pre-Christmas breakfast on my list...

Jitendra Ruia

Looking forward

Mrs Nalini Cioffi

Hi I can’t wait for the opening of Dishoom in Manchester as we’ve been to the one in King’s cross London and the food was amazing. Just wanted to know how do I go about booking a table for the soft launch. Thanks Nalini

Ian B

Just what Manchester has been waiting for! Looking forward to ‘helping’ with the soft launch and then the real thing from December, can’t wait...

AOC

Hi, Can I book a table for 18 people(including 3 kids) on 6th of Dec? Understand it wont be part of the soft launch. I have been waiting for a long time for the Manchester opening, so exciting!!

Andy Gosling

Best of luck with your Manchester branch ... We were blown away when we ate at the Edinburgh premises over last Christnas. Please sign me up fir your newsletters

Arun Jotangia

Waiting is nearly over

Jill clarke

Looking forward to your opening having enjoyed your Kensington restaurant.

Mandy Sherliket

Hello Please can you advise if you will be open on Christmas Day?

Ginny

Hi Mandy - we will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and then the 1st and 2nd January.

Ginny

Hi AOC - if you email reservations@dishoom.com they will be able to help (though I am not sure if we can accommodate a party of 18).

Ginny

Hi Nalini - we won't actually be taking bookings during soft launch - just come along and walk in :-)

Ginny

Hi there - yes indeed :-)

Carole Richards

So excited you're coming to Manchester after visiting your restaurant in Kings Cross.

Victoria

Wahoo.

Natalie Hunter

Hi Is it possible to book tables now?

Ab

Hi

Gwen

We visited your Covent Garden restaurant in September and we were so impressed with everything - the food, the staff and the whole atmosphere. We are so excited about the opening of your new restaurant in Manchester and can’t wait to visit.

Lana Dang

Super Excited!!

Paula Seddon

Great news look forward to joining yiu

Theodora

So excited!!!! Can't wait! Our favourite restaurant comes at last to our favourite city!!

Lesley

Can’t wait!

Vishal Burgul

Hello, Will you be taking reservations once the restaurant is open? We are big fans of Dishoom and hoping to bring my Mum for her Birthday on Sat 22nd December, she is from Bombay and loved going to the London restaurant as she said it felt like home! We will need a table for 12 people (9 x adults and 3 x kids)and was hoping to book ahead as my parents are in their 70s and not sure they are down for queuing! Please let us know if this will be possible, we can be flexible on time. Thanks Vish

Ginny

Hi Vishal - we are indeed taking reservations now in fact. If you drop our team (reservations@dishoom.com) an email they would be delighted to help :-)

Ginny

Hello there :-)

Ginny

Hi Natalie - it is, yes. Drop us an email to reservations@dishoom.com or visit www.dishoom.com/reservations