To the uninitiated, the location of our latest café in Battersea may feel like a maverick choice. But Battersea, like Bombay, has hosted the dreams of an imagined future – its boldly designed power station speaking to visions of a brave electric metropolis.
Across the globe, in newly independent Bombay, architects, town planners and writers had grand dreams of their own. And it is into this shared world of plucky future-seekers, that we bid you a most hearty welcome.
We will formally throw open our doors on 6th December to one and all. But before that, we are thrilled to invite you to our soft launch. Guests in possession of friendly canines are also very welcome to bring them along to enjoy the cafés retro-futurist inspired design.
Our soft launch will run from 27th November to 5th December. And to express our gratitude for being among our first guests, all food can be enjoyed at 50% off across breakfast, lunch and dinner – yes, really.
Dates:– 8am on Monday 27th November until 2.30pm on Tuesday 5th December.
Offering:– 50% off food only.
Reservations:– Bookings are now full but walk-ins are welcomed warmly. Simply drop by at any time, we're so looking forward to seeing you.
Imaginative specials you can look forward to sampling include Bhatti Chicken, a full-flavoured version of Tandoori Chicken (bhatti refers to the fire it is roasted over). Succulent chicken, still on the bone, is marinated with fragrant fennel and whole lindi peppers and tempered with earthy stone flower for a smoky-tipped aroma and distinctive black hue.
Determined merry-makers can also try Choti’s Punch, a future-inspired take on a retro favourite: the Rose & Cardamom Lassi. Dry spiced rum and rose vermouth are added to the lassi to filter and clarify it into a subtle-sweet crystal blush tipple with a feisty hit of rum. Created in honour of our equally punchy comic heroine, Choti Dishoom, a young girl from Bombay in 1953 – who finds herself in an imagined 2023.
So do join us at your earliest to experience our Battersea café – our servers are eager and ready to welcome you. Meanwhile, you can follow Choti Dishoom’s daring journey in full by exploring our founding myth, beautifully told in comic form.
Kindly note:– Our soft launch discount is reflective of the fact that these are some of the very first shifts for our team, so whilst we’ll aim to deliver an experience that is every bit as good as you should expect from us, please do excuse any little hiccups that may occur. Festive feasting menus and specials will not be served during our soft launch, but will be available once we officially open our doors on Wednesday 6th December. To find out more and make a Christmas booking, click here.
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.