Brian (still daydreaming of his recent, inaugural visit to Bombay): “You know what we need to really crack a Bombay Breakfast? Akuri. Oh man, that scrambled egg stuff made my stomach sit up and sing. Ey ji! Oh ji! Ey ji oh ji lo ji sunoji! Main hoon manmoji!” (drifts into reverie, humming to himself and tapping his feet)
Naved, wonderingly: “Accha! Choo mantar! There is magic in this here masala!”
Kavi, imperious: “Hot grills on a bed of cool salad? Na, I’m just not feeling it any more… these salads need to rock. I want ZINGY, I want SEXY, I want EXCITING. I want, like, fruit in my salad… give me pomegranate seeds, yaar!” (camp flounce, twirls cane).
Carl, poring over stacks of 19th-century mixology tomes: “By jove… I have it… I do believe there is a way to make a really, really great classic cocktail using our beloved Thums Up!”
All this might suggest (quite rightly) that we’re… well, a bit barmy. Unorthodox, to put it mildly. Full of crazy ideas, half-baked in the tandoor.
But then again, there’s something about the summer that inspires a desire for change. And sometimes the barmiest ideas are the best.
That’s especially true when they’re tempered with a sturdy heritage, a dash of nostalgia and a generous helping of love and care, to get things just right. So, without further ado, we introduce you to a host of new summer dishes – which are already cosying up to the old favourites on our menu.
(Click the links to see the photos on Facebook!)
Bombay’s favourite comfort food – Chole Chawal – has found a home on our menu. Rather ingeniously, the Chole (spiced chickpeas) also works brilliantly stuffed in a naan bread with chutney and pickled cabbage, as a vegetarian Frankie.
We’re a little bit in love with light, summery Mahi Tikka – succulent cod fillet marinated in coriander and lime – perhaps with a side of Dishoom ‘Slaw, Kachumber or moreish, crispy, fried Okra with chef’s magic masala?
And last but not least, some totally rocking new cocktails – an awesome Thums Up Flip, the East India Gimlet (a 19th century naval ‘health drink’!) and a gently nostalgic Thums Up Float with vanilla ice cream…
Oh, and make sure you keep an eye on Facebook for passworded goodies from the new menu…
IT HAS BEEN an annual December habit of mine, these past ten years since we embarked upon this restaurant business, to sit alone, with myself, and reflect on the year gone by. I am grateful to be here in the Permit Room in our restaurant in Shoreditch scribbling and writing, the oddly enjoyable taste of splintering wood from my chewed up pencil smoothed by my decently strong drink.
These are the last few days, the dregs of 2019. It’s my habit to sit here in the Permit Room at this time. I am the be-stubbled and dishevelled regular, cherishing his precious drink at the end of the bar. Weary, I sit here pondering the year, attempting to figure out what it was trying to teach me. What wisdom can I glean from it?
I love to truly understand and appreciate the origins of a dish, and learn how communities have adapted a recipe over time to make that dish unique to them.
We have arrived at a very sad, but inevitable and clear choice. As of now, all Dishooms are now closed to diners.