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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Delight in fulsome feasts and thoughtful gifts for loved ones

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.

A Little Magic

“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 Dishoom Canary Wharf story – Chapter Three

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. 

Dishoom Canary Wharf – now officially OPEN!

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.