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.)
We began working with Magic Breakfast in 2015, supporting them in their goal of ending hunger as a barrier to education in the UK. Over the years, we’ve developed lasting and loyal friendships with the incredible team and their partner schools. This month, we celebrate reaching the milestone of donating 10 million meals to hungry children in partnership with Magic Breakfast and Akshaya Patra. Magic Breakfast’s Head of Schools, Rachael Anderson, has kindly taken the time to reflect on the last six years of our work together, as well as sharing her thoughts on the profound impact the past twelve months have had.
Since 2015, for every Dishoom meal you’ve enjoyed (whether in the cafés, via delivery, or as a meal kit), we’ve donated a meal to a child that might otherwise go hungry. A meal for a meal. This month, as we reached the milestone of donating 10 million meals, we had occasion to catch up with our dear friends and long-term charity partners, Magic Breakfast and Akshaya Patra. The work both charities do to end hunger as a barrier to education is simply incredible and we’re extremely proud to be able to support them and the communities they serve in the UK and India, respectively. We kindly invite you to take a moment to hear their reflections on our partnership and on the impact of the very important work they do.
Uttapam are a fluffy savoury dosa, made with rice. They're usually enjoyed with savoury toppings but we particularly like ours with lashings of jaggery syrup and a thick, strained yoghurt. Chef Naved has shared his recipe for making an extra fluffy stack at home.
Our Old-Fashioned bottled cocktail takes its name from the Permit Room bar, found in every Dishoom and so named after the official term for all Bombay drinking establishments, in which, according to the Bombay Prohibition Act of 1949, only permit-holders may consume alcohol. Herein, liquor can be sold and imbibed, but only for the goodness of one’s health.
Though the doors of the Permit Room are closed for now, you can still enjoy our tipples in bottled form at home. Follow our lead to achieve the perfect pour, and transport yourself back to a cosy corner of the bar.