Not long ago, a team of enterprising and energetic Dishoom chef-wallas sauntered into the kitchen and put their heads together. They were musing over how to make breakfast bigger, better, more exciting, more delicious for all.
They’d heard the sweet-breakfast-lovers cry: “where’s the sweetness?” And the non-meat-eaters calling out: “show me the vegan naans.”
After much puzzling, generous sprinklings of ideas turned into tastings which turned into conversations and finally, decisions. It was then we heard: “Arré – we’ve cracked it!” And with that, the first-rate chef team emerged from the kitchen with brand-new breakfast dishes, next-level naans, a veritable array of vegan repast, and our first-ever breakfast-time feasts. Peek below to be tempted.
Make big eyes at the newly-introduced Double Bacon Naan Roll – a mighty step-up from the classic with double the amount of first-rate smoked streaky bacon, crisped and piled high in freshly baked naan, with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs. Twice the bacon, twice the joy.
Or perhaps you fancy your changes with the Wrestler's Naan Roll – named after Koolar & Co.'s wrestler-sized portoins. Smoked streaky bacon, peppery pork sausages and runny-yolked egg, strongarmed into a really rather large naan, cooked to order in the tandoor. Prepare to grapple with it.
Those sweeter-of-tooth will welcome the Sweet Appam Stack. Thrice-stacked, lightly-frilled appam pancakes topped with creamy shrikhand, fresh berries, toasted coconut flakes and jaggery syrup. A source of great breakfast happiness.
Newest, greenest dishes have also found a welcome home on the breakfast menu. Vegetarians must try Soy Keema Per Eedu: a vegetarian breakfast of fortitude, consisting of spiced soy keema with sali crisp-chips and homemade toasted pau (available with or without egg). Then there’s Vegan Akuri, an eggless version of the Irani café spicy breakfast scramble. And we defy all vegans to resist biting into a Vegan Sausage Naan Roll when the fragrance of freshly-baked naan wafts over them.
You may find yourself throwing a grateful glance towards the chefs when you try the bountiful weekend feasting menu. A delicious span of our most-loved breakfast dishes to make your stomachs sing.
Choose from first-class Sparkling Wine or a classic Bloody Mary (or their non-inebriating counterparts) served alongside generous bowls of fruit, yoghurt and homemade granola. To follow, a platter of sharing naans, Keema Per Eedu or bountiful Akuri, and plentiful helpings of toasted pau. (Please note:- there are also vegetarian and vegan options which include Vegan Sausage Naans, Soy Keema and eggless Akuri.)
The origins of chintz can be firmly – and humbly – traced back to 16th century India. The word ‘chintz’ is derived from the Hindi word ‘chint’, meaning spotted or splattered. These intricate designs and endless patterns were traditionally hand-printed using wooden blocks - kalamkari - and brilliantly coloured natural dyes.
We often find it too easy to hurtle through the days, in an attempt to outpace the bustling city – be it London or Bombay – which always seems to be running away like a steam-engine train on a rickety track. Occasionally, it does us good to pause for thought, to disembark the carriage and sit on the platform awhile.
How does one create a space where people can truly connect over food? How can a host make their guests feel relaxed, at ease, and suitably cared for? Since launching our all-new Dishoom Crockery, we have been pondering the answers to these questions even more than usual. We recently discussed them with Creative Director - and frequent dinner party hostess - Kirthanaa Naidu when we invited her to create a first-class tablescape in our Canary Wharf café.
Each year, the spring equinox – when day and night are equal length – marks a transition in earth’s relationship with the sun. This event, sacred to many cultures throughout history, today thrives as a new year celebration for hundreds of millions.
In Bombay, London, and throughout the South Asian diaspora, you’ll find many folks of the Zoroastrian faith (amongst others) celebrating this new year, or Navroz as we like to call it.