Cornershop week 13th-20th March – try the ‘Judy Sucks a Lemon’ cocktail (sour, sweet, chilli, fresh) and enjoy lots of Cornershop music on the Dishoom soundtrack…
We love Cornershop. The great band, that is, rather than shops on corners. (We do also really like shops on corners, as it happens.)
And from Sunday it will be Cornershop week at Dishoom.
We loved bopping up and down to Brimful of Asha and then one day actually hearing the words and thinking they were pretty cool. Isn’t it great that Asha means hope and is also Asha Bhosle the great Indian singer (the one that our parents listen to) we thought. Everybody does need a bosom for a pillow. English friends asked for explanations – making us feel kind of smug that we knew. And wasn’t that video great?
We smiled when we heard the album title ‘When I was born for the 7th time’ and laughed when we heard ‘6am Jallander Sher!’ Jallander is the kind of place that just has humour in its name, even better when said loudly, for some reason. It is indeed Indian Tobacco my friend. It’s gently witty subversion. The knowing smile, which makes it hip to be desi (that means from the homeland, for those of you that aren’t).
So when the band contacted us and asked us whether the great Roger Sargent (yes, him, those photos!) could shoot Cornershop at Dishoom, we were delighted to help.
And then when Ben and Tjinder (first names, are you impressed?) asked if they could do an exclusive listening for the album launch here at Dishoom, we were pretty smiley.
So this Sunday, come along to Dishoom and we’ll be playing the new album, ‘Cornershop and the Double O Groove of’. It’s a mix of Punjabi folk and lo-fi hip-hop according to the Guardian, who also thought it was fab. And Bubbly Kaur’s vocals are brilliant. We’ll be playing the album, you can order from Dishoom’s delicious menu, and Ben and Tjinder will be around to say hello (gasp!)
And the week after that will be a kind of Cornershop week at Dishoom – lots of great Cornershop music will be playing, and you’ll be able to buy our crazy new cocktail called ‘Judy Sucks a Lemon’ named in honour of a Cornershop album. (The drink tastes like it should with a name like that – sour, sweet, chilli and fresh!)
With February comes a gladdening of spirits, lighter morning skies and discernibly louder birdsong. It is also the month to bid farewell to our winter cocoons (at least partially) and tune back into the world beyond our blankets. Allow us to ease the de-hibernation process, by sharing some of the things piquing our interest this month.
“Who wants to see some magic?” Chef Arun calls out. He flings the rolled out dough into the air, sending it soaring above the counter. It spins and twists, a graceful dancer in the air. The children watch its arc, their eyes wide with wonder, until it lands gently back in the chef's hands. The children shriek in delight.
January is a most divisive month. For some it heralds the hopeful turning over of new leaves; for others it is a month to trudge begrudgingly through towards the promise of spring. Whichever camp you find yourself in, we have plentiful diversions to share. See them as the cherry atop your already gleeful January cake, or a welcome distraction while you await winter’s end.
I AM HERE, dear reader, slovenly and slouched, staring into my drink at the end of the bar in our new restaurant in Battersea. My mind is still down and out, sifting around in the dregs of ’23 but of course it knows that I should really straighten my back, raise my chin and look squarely up into the cold new light of ’24. My drink – Choti’s Punch – clear and strong, sweet with a little salt, may help.