Dishoom Loves. Issue X.

Winter days are truly here — sometimes crisp and sparkling with sunshine, sometimes bleak with lashing rain and biting cold. But, while mornings and evenings may be darker now, there is still an abundance of light in the world (not to mention goodness, beauty and talent) that should be celebrated. Allow us to share what we are doing (with grateful hearts) this month.

We’re sitting transfixed at:-

First Trimester, a groundbreaking show by performance artist Krishna Istha, which redefines what it means to create a family as a transgender person . Over two weeks, Krishna will interview 100s of potential sperm donors, trying to find the perfect match for them and their partner. Audience members can watch live, and even sign up to be interviewed. An intimate, funny, and philosophical experience. 

We’re planning our schedule for:-

Going South, a brand new London music festival celebrating the creative talents of the UK’s British Asian community. It is the first festival to showcase South Asian Underground and Electronic/Alternative music, as well as the growing British Asian Rap/Grime and Drill scene. With two days of music, events and talks, across multiple stages and spaces, a plan may be wise. 

We’re taking our seats for:-

Passing, an Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit now arriving at London’s Park Theatre. With her Indian Grandfather’s health declining and her father rejecting his roots, Rachel is desperate to hold onto her culture before it’s lost forever. So she decides to organise the family's first ever Diwali. A moving family comedy-drama about heritage, legacy and love.  

We’re feeling glowy thanks to:-

Ranavat, an Ayurvedic skin and hair care brand making wise use of ingredients like saffron, moonseed, transparent henna and shatavari. Founder Michelle Ranavat grew up in Wisconsin as a first-generation Indian American but, after visiting Jaipur as an adult, wanted to celebrate her culture and pass on her self-care traditions. Ranavat is the dreamy result. 

Read the café stories

Suggested Reading

See the journal

The Dishoom Battersea Story

With each new café that we open, we write a story deeply rooted in Bombay history or culture. This story, known to us as the founding myth, informs all aspects of the restaurant’s design. We spend months researching the Bombay of the period and combing the city for the right furniture, both vintage and new. In a way, you walk across our thresholds into our stories.

Christmas in our cafés has arrived

Bedecked in their annual finery of baubles, tinsel and lights, our cafés are ready to receive you for your Christmas celebration. So too are our chefs, who have assembled a most excellent array of festive fare for your table.

We humbly invite you to the soft launch of our newest café

Our soft launch will run from 27th November to 2.30pm on 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.

Our cherished chai

Stop by any Bombay tapri (street stall), café, or home, and you will likely find yourself with a gently steaming glass of chai in hand. Before the invention of chai, Bombayites drank kadha, an ayurvedic remedy for coughs and colds made of boiled water and spices like cardamom, cloves and nutmeg. Eventually locals started adding tea leaves, milk, honey and sugar to their ‘kadha’. Chai was born.