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Bombay, 1949. A sultry June evening. Lights glow golden. Candles flicker in the warm breeze that arrives gently through the large open windows of the café.

I watch, entranced, as Ruby brings the last bars of her song to a wistful close. Cheers erupt from the audience. She stands at the microphone, grins bashfully. Her sari, draped and perfumed, is bottle-green and gold. The glamorous of Bombay, members of the band, old friends, wayward sailors all clap and shout their praise. She bows slightly. Ruby seems to float off the stage. A gramophone clicks and crackles to life and music starts again.

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    Welcome to Dishoom Covent Garden

    Bombay, 1949. A sultry June evening. Lights glow golden. I watch, entranced, as Ruby brings the last bars of her song to a wistful close. Cheers erupt from the audience. She stands at the microphone, grins bashfully. Her sari, draped and perfumed, is bottle-green and gold. The glamorous of Bombay, members of the band, old friends, wayward sailors all clap and shout their praise. She bows slightly and floats off the stage.

    She glides between tables, past where I am sitting, making her way to the bar. “Come beti, sit with me,” suggests her mother, Yasmin, at the bar, drink in hand, strikingly beautiful in deep blue chiffon. Yasmin loves these evenings in her café-cum-club like nothing else. Each performance a hit, attended by all manner of Bombayites and revellers passing through this slightly wild port city. The obviously wealthy hobnob with the beautiful, the rakish and the occasional ne’er-do-wells. Jazzmen, languid on rattan chairs, unwind to swing and jazz sounds. Cine stars, at home on the page 3 society photos, chatter self-importantly about the latest talkie showing in the new cinema next door. I remember when this was just a large, sleepy Irani café owned by Yasmin’s father. I used to idle here over Bun Maska and Chai and read my newspaper while fans stirred the warm air gently.

    For the young Yasmin, life in the café had been dull and stuffy. She had dreamed of a different life. Wilful and rebellious, she drank and smoked and you might say that she found herself where she should not be, at the bar at Green’s Hotel. There, she encountered a certain straight-backed Lt. Calum Hourston-Gordon, Highland Light Infantry. I’ve been told that there was little that could have kept them apart that warm night in Colaba.

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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"All talking, singing, dancing"

"All talking, singing, dancing"

Early silver screen Talkies brought an intoxicating world of adventure and liberty to Bombay. Thrilling “all talking, singing, dancing” Indian-made dramas featuring bold, outspoken and feisty heroines cast a glamorous spell over picture house audiences.

Through the story, design details and artwork of ‘New’ Dishoom Covent Garden we pay homage to Bombay’s theatrical journey from Parsi theatre, to silent film, to the thrill and amazement of the Talkies era. Warmest appreciation to the Madan family and New Empire archives for their kind support.

PICTURED: The welcoming interiors of Dishoom Covent Garden

Contact Details

Dishoom Covent Garden
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 - 12am
Saturday
9am to 12am
Sunday
9am to 11pm
Bank Holidays
Open as usual