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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Diwali at Dishoom is back!

This year, on Thursday 20th October, we will celebrate the festival of light at Studio Spaces in Wapping. A night-time affair filled with poetry, live music and bespoke dance performances curated in partnership with our good friend Sweety Kapoor.

The Dishoom Canary Wharf story – Chapter one

Tuesday 12th April – 1973, BOMBAY. It is almost light outside. It must be about six. He’s been awake half the night trying to figure out what to do. Lying on his bed, he stares through the rotating blades of the ceiling fan which only serve to stir the close warm air of his room. He needs to think – he’s running out of time. But his eyes feel salted and his head throbs.

Soumik Datta: The Dishoom Interview

In August, we held a series of events to commemorate 75 Years of Indian Independence and the creation of Pakistan. Before the events took place, we were delighted to sit down with Soumik, a super-talented musician, composer and sarod player, who composed the musical score to accompany the 75 Years series. It was a real pleasure to discuss music, identity and inclusivity, amongst many other topics. We invite you to read on to learn more about how he created such a joyous atmosphere at our events.

An all-new café, coming soon

With greatest delight, we are beyond excited to share that this November we’ll be opening the doors to the brand-new, most fine and gorgeous Dishoom Canary Wharf! Our newest home, nestled in a little corner of Wood Wharf, will bring to life the glittering-shimmering, big-business, metropolitan scene of ‘70s Bombay. When fortunes were made and lost, swindles plotted and uncovered, and dreams were dreamed and broken.