Dishoom Loves – Issue I

Each month hereon we look forward to sharing with you, our dear friends, a collection of first-class recommendations and much-loved cultural fixtures that we’re currently enjoying. And with much to look forward to in February, here’s what Dishoom Loves.

We’re watching

A screening of Kekee Manzil – The House of Art at BFI Southbank on Friday 24th February. At the centre of this documentary are Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy and their heritage home Kekee Manzil. The Gandhys helped ignite the contemporary art movement in India. Later, they went on to open Gallery Chemould, Bombay’s first contemporary art gallery. For those interested, a little visual gallery graces the walls at Dishoom Canary Wharf. 

We’re reading

India’s first art and design newspaper, The Irregular Times. It’s an independently-owned quarterly publication featuring POC creatives from across the world. Between its excellently-designed pages lies a heady exploration of art, photography, activism, contemporary culture and some analog entertainment. Best experienced alongside a side of hot samosas. 

We’re dressing up for

Burnt Roti’s party celebrating the South-Asian trans and non-binary community. Expect DJs, guest speakers, mehndi artists and a photo exhibition, with a background of toe-tapping desi tunes. If you’re around, do stop by our Chai stand to say hello. Tuesday 28th February at Glass House, London.

We’re eating

Out of the nifty Dishoom Lunch Pots – a delicious, time-saving alternative to workday lunches, delivered to your front door. Four fine Dishoom favourites – Mushroom Pepper Fry, Chicken Ruby, Chefs’ Lamb Curry and Mattar Paneer – served with Basmati Rice, in one pot for convenience. Available to order via Deliveroo every weekday from 12–4pm, for a limited period only.

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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.

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