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…
Whether you show fondness with acts of service or with suitably thoughtful gifts, the Dishoom Store is brimful of curiosities sure to impress loved ones this Valentine’s day. Do read on for our handy gift guide below and find an ample array of gifts from make-at-home café classics to calming home fragrance. The Home Feast will soon be making its departure from the Dishoom store, (so while you still can) delight in generous servings of our most-loved dishes, to be cooked at home.
“Who wants to see some magic?” Chef Arun calls out. He flings the rolled out dough into the air, sending it soaring above the counter. It spins and twists, a graceful dancer in the air. The children watch its arc, their eyes wide with wonder, until it lands gently back in the chef's hands. The children shriek in delight.
The phone keeps ringing shrilly through the flat. Nauzer holds his head in his hands, palms clamped over his ears. “Beta, the phone!” He forgot his mother would still be here. He can’t have her answering in case it is Devia. He runs into the corridor to pick it up. It stops just before he can reach it. Breathless, he looks up and sees his mother in the kitchen.
Tucked away in a lovely corner of Wood Wharf, Dishoom Canary Wharf is now officially open and ready to welcome you all. The marble-top bar is ready to hold your drink, the textured, patterned (and extremely comforting) chairs are waiting to be kept warm and the hand-painted mural and carefully curated art – from Bombay and beyond – are waiting to be part of your conversations.