Why work at Dishoom?

If the past couple of years of pandemic have taught us anything, it’s that our relationships sustain and nourish us. Without strong and meaningful connections, we quickly become untethered.

This is true in every part of our lives. Most of us spend more than half our day at work, and it’s our sincere belief that the relationships you build there are fundamental to your happiness and fulfilment. 

When you work at Dishoom, we see it as our responsibility to support you, develop you and help you flourish, so that your life – in work and out of it, now and in the future – can be richer and more rewarding. We care deeply for you exactly as you are today, and we’re deeply committed to helping you realise your true potential. We want to help you be the best you can be.

This combination of big-hearted devotion and first-class development is our promise to every Dishoom-walla. It is the greatest form of service we can provide as managers and leaders, and indeed as peers and team members. 

Of course, we work hard on the basics too – healthy pay, generous benefits, a strong culture built on care and respect. The opportunity to work in award-winning restaurant, kitchen and office teams, and build rewarding relationships with some of the most big-hearted, first-class people in hospitality.

There are times when our relationships are tested. During corona, we all did everything we could to sustain one another through the crisis. GP appointments, daily phone calls, emergency loans, mental health support, sober Zoom briefings and sweaty exercise classes, endless dissection of the intricacies of furlough pay. None of it was cool or sexy or fun, the sort of stuff that wins awards or gets social media likes – just honest, big-hearted human beings grafting to get one another through and leave no-one behind. In fact, we stated an early and clear objective to keep everyone’s jobs – and despite everything the pandemic has thrown at us, we achieved this. 

Though we’ve always been focused on people rather than prizes, it was a welcome surprise when we were named 4th Best Company to work for in the whole of the UK, and #1 in hospitality. On the recent Glassdoor rankings, we placed #12 best employer in the UK and #1 in hospitality. This is a testament to the strength of our relationships, and our whole team’s devotion to supporting one another through the pandemic in the most big-hearted, first-class way. This is so very important to us.

Even though we managed to keep everyone’s jobs, our family is growing – so we're on the lookout for more brilliant and lovely people to join us: from chefs to bar to front of house. So, if you're looking for a rewarding career at a place that genuinely gives a damn about you, kindly visit our Careers site to explore our current opportunities. (And check out our Glassdoor page for more about life at Dishoom.) 

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Chef Rishi, on grilling

As a thirteen year old boy in Delhi with endless energy and appetite, I treasured Sunday mornings. I’d wake up early, jump on my rickety Hero Cycle bicycle and hurriedly pedal five miles to a park close to Shantivan and Raj Ghat. There, me and my friends would set-up makeshift stick stumps and play cricket for hours… or until our minds and bellies turned (inevitably) to food.

Eid al-Fitr

The Celebration of Breaking Fast

The festival of Eid al-Fitr (literally “the Celebration of the Breaking of the Fast”) marks the conclusion of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month where restraint and discipline must be practised.

Dishoom's Cheese & Masala Sticks Recipe

In India, mealtimes are very much a family affair and everything is shared which makes these cheese-and-pastry twirls perfect for making together this half-term. They’re incredibly easy to make, which make them just right for keeping little hands happily occupied during the holidays.

Chand Raat

The culmination of Ramadan will bring with it Chand Raat (the night of the moon), an evening of great excitement and unity. It’s the eventide or moment the first crescent moon of the month is observed, which marks the end of the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, a period of fasting, prayer and reflection, and the start of Eid, the beginning of great festivities.