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THERE WAS ONCE a sparky young Parsi boy living in Bombay.

His family had settled there after emigrating from Iran. They established a beautiful café in an elegant building in Ballard Estate in 1923, the year of the boy’s birth. He grew up playing amongst the tables, making friends with customers. And in time, began to help out. He loved chatting to customers, serving them Chai and wholesome, home-cooked food. When he was older he took his place in the natural order of things, running the café for his parents so their dream could live on.

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    THERE WAS ONCE a sparky young Parsi boy living in Bombay.

    His family had settled there after emigrating from Iran. They established a beautiful café in an elegant building in Ballard Estate in 1923, the year of the boy’s birth. He grew up playing amongst the tables, making friends with customers. And in time, began to help out. He loved chatting to customers, serving them Chai and wholesome, home-cooked food. When he was older he took his place in the natural order of things, running the café for his parents so their dream could live on.

    Bombayites were very fond of the café, and the many others opened by the family’s fellow Iranis. They loved the simple food, the Bun Maska dipped in Chai, the Bombay Omelettes and Akuri, the Chicken Pulao sprinkled with barberries. They loved the relaxed atmosphere and faded elegance of the cafes. All were welcome at the café – Indians, British, rich, poor, young, old, Muslim, Christian, Hindu.

    But as the years passed, and the young man was not so young any more, he watched sadly as these Irani cafés, once so numerous, began to disappear. The new generation wanted to be doctors and lawyers, not café owners. Some who once kept his café busy now even went to modern coffee shops.

    But he still had many loyal customers who had grown to love him. They could hardly imagine Bombay without him. He continued to serve his guests faithfully and tell them his stories, proudly sharing his keepsakes and memories. He knew in his heart, that sooner or later, his café would close too, and a little piece of Bombay would be lost forever. But in the meantime, he fully intended to serve his guests until the day he breathed his last.

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Food & Drink at Dishoom Covent Garden

BEGIN YOUR DAY AT DISHOOM with breakfast, which might be a Bacon Naan Roll, a Kejriwal or a Big Bombay. Then lunch lightly on Roomali Rolls and Salad Plates, or linger with a feast. Refresh your afternoon with a drop of Chai and a small plate or two. Dine early or dine late. Or just join us for a tipple - perhaps an East India Gimlet, a Viceroy’s Old Fashioned, or our very good Dishoom IPA?

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Menu

Bombay breakfast, lunch, afternoon chai, dinner and late tipples.

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Dishoom Covent Garden

Dishoom Covent Garden

‘MIRRORS ON THE PILLARS and on much of the wall space… Some thirty tables topped with pearl-smoked Indian marble. A swarm of fans buzzed in the high ceiling stirring the white-glass pendulum lights to a slow majestic sway. Mahogany trim lined the painted walls with their old sepia family portraits. A faded but sumptuous elegance struck and held the eyes of all who walked through those wide arches...’

– Quote on Leopold's from Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts

PICTURED: The welcoming interiors of Dishoom Covent Garden

Contact Details

12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane
London
WC2H 9FB

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Tel: 020 7420 9320

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Opening Times

Monday – Thursday
8am to 11pm
Friday
8am to midnight
Saturday
9am to midnight
Sunday
9am to 11pm
Christmas and New Year's opening-closing
We will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and then from 1st January until summer 2020