Dishoom Impact Report

Figuring out what impact you have on the world - the lives you touch, the footprints you might leave - is not straightforward.

We’ve been thinking about this a lot and this document tries to bring together our understanding of the impact we have on our people, our community and the planet. It’s not a perfect document and as we’ve written it, we’ve felt pride at the things we have managed to do, but we’re conscious of ideas we didn’t think through enough, plans we didn’t execute which would have helped us do more.

You’ll read more in what follows, but we’d like to think that we’ve become one of the very best employers in hospitality; we’ve won many awards for this work and this year we ranked in the Sunday Times Top 10 best workplaces list. We’re also proud that we have reached the milestone of having donated 20 million meals to children at school who would otherwise have gone hungry. Meanwhile, over the years our many events have created community over culture and food and broken down barriers; with hundreds of non-Muslims partaking in Eid festivities, and hundreds of non- Hindus partaking in Diwali festivities, difference a source of joy rather than judgement. Finally, I’m glad we now understand our carbon footprint, and that we’ve begun to reduce it, and that we are working with some good projects on carbon reduction outside Dishoom as well.

There’s still much more to do of course, but for now, we hope you’ll enjoy reading. To be part of it all – to see within our restaurants, hosts at their warmest best, chefs making their heartiest food, bartenders shaking lip-smacking drinks, guests smiling contentedly – is a pleasure and a privilege for us.

Thank you, sincerely. 

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Permit Room Cambridge: A tribute to 1970s Bombay

Arched into the cobbled lane of Trinity Street, behind a mustard yellow door, an all-day bar-café cuts loose. Not to be confused with the buzzy bars in Dishoom cafés, this Permit Room is entirely other – a tribute to the way Bombay kicks back and cuts loose – a salute to the city’s permit rooms, beer bars and drinking holes.

Dishoom Loves. Issue XVII.

June brings the promise of sun-drenched days – or monsoons – balmy nights and a smattering of first-class cultural happenings.

Dishoom Loves Issue Sixteen

Dishoom Loves. Issue XVI.

May has us buzzing. The scent of the fresh, juicy Alphonso mangoes, two long weekends, cultural exhibitions, new documentaries – there’s a lot to soak in.

The Art of Mango

As an ode to the beloved fruit, we have invited two friends and one Dishoom-walli to interpret their love for mangoes in their own unique way. One expresses through spoken word, another through an essay. The third is through an illustration.