Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi. Lady Day and Prez. Bun Maska and Chai. There are some things in life so perfectly matched – such winning combinations – that you wonder quite what anyone did before they came along.
Most people thought we’d been at the bhang again when – long back – we aired the idea of serving bacon in a naan bread. You’re paagal, they said. A fool’s errand, scorned others. Why mess with a classic? It can’t be improved. And what the devil do Indians know about bacon? Etc…
And yet we had a hunch. A vision. A needling urge to bring a bit of Bombay and a bit of London closer together. Arduous (really!) rounds of bacon tastings ensued. Endless batches of dough were pounded. Forearms were singed in the tandoor. We faced agonising decisions over condiments. And then, finally, we had something we were proud to serve you. And – we can shyly admit – over time, the Bacon Naan Roll has garnered something of a following. Marina called it ‘a thing of loveliness’ – even ‘GAWJUSS’ – and Time Out listed it in their Top 10 Meat Dishes. It could well be the most tweeted-about bacon sandwich in London.
We take bacon direct from the char-grill and place it in a freshly baked naan, with the slightly genius combination of chilli-tomato jam, cream cheese and herbs. As far as we know, it’s the only bacon sandwich in London (and possibly, the world) where the bread is baked to order: each naan is cooked within seconds in the searingly hot tandoor ovens.
And earlier this year, we asked the question – if bacon and naan are so damn good together – then what if we got hold of the best bacon money can buy? It stands to reason that this would be nothing short of phenomenal.
And thus, we introduce you to the (limited edition) Ginger Pig Bacon Naan Roll.
For a short time only, in addition to our regular bacon naan roll, you can order a version with bacon from acclaimed rare breed specialists, The Ginger Pig. Streaky bacon from Tamworth, Berkshire, Old Spot and Plum Pudding pigs, dry-cured for five days with rock salt and demerara sugar, then cold-smoked over oak chips. It’s a stronger, tastier, saltier bacon. A bit more badass, if you will. Served up in our naan, it’s a simple plate of awesomeness, all for you.
We introduced the Ginger Pig Bacon Naan Roll as a Limited Edition, but it was so well received we put in on the menu for good. Breakfast is served between 8am and 11.30am Monday-Friday, and between 9am and 12pm Saturday and Sunday. Click here to book.
About The Ginger Pig
The Ginger Pig began life over 20 years ago with a near-derelict farmhouse, an accidental farmer and three Tamworth pigs. They now run more than 3,000 acres of farm and moorland and work with a group of like-minded farmers to supply their London butchery shops and a handful of restaurants. The Ginger Pig’s breeds include the ginger Tamworth, the black Berkshire, the Old Spot and the Plum Pudding – a Tamworth/ Berkshire cross which produces pigs that are orange with black spots. Sadly there are fewer than 500 registered breeding Tamworth and Berkshire pigs left in the UK, and they remain at risk on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list. The work of The Ginger Pig is helping to make sure we don’t lose these these heritage breeds forever.
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.
This chicken biryani is our homage to Britannia’s chicken berry pulao, using cranberries in place of the more authentic Persian barberries, which are tricky to find. (Despite much cajoling, Mr Kohinoor has never shared his wife’s famous recipe.) It is prepared in the kacchi style, originating from Hyderabad, in which marinated raw meat goes into the pot, to be cooked at the same time as the rice.
No party is complete without some delectable pours to toast the host with the most. For the crafty amongst us, bring out the shakers and strainers and the channel knife and pour your energy into building our festive concoction – The Taj Ballroom Toddy. A warming tipple inspired by The Taj Mahal Palace hotel, where Bombay’s jazz age was born.