With each new café that we open, we write a story deeply rooted in Bombay history or culture. In Battersea, our story is of Choti Dishoom, a girl who lives in Bombay in 1953 and is transported to an imagined 2023. Continue reading.
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Since 1949, and to this very day, Bombay has been under a state of prohibition. A personal permit is required by law if one is to “continue to require foreign liquor and country liquor for preservation and maintenance of my health.” Set apart from a family room, there is a special place which has come to be known unofficially as a Permit Room. Herein liquor can be sold and imbibed, but only for the goodness of one’s health.
A Teetotal Tipple looks like alcohol, but does not contain one single drop. (Mr Dhoble would approve.) See the full menu of Teetotal tipples here.
Darjeeling green tea, blended with Lapsang for a touch of smokiness. Topped off with Estrella 0.0% lager, lemon and dash of maple syrup. Refreshing, complex, yet not unlike a shandy.
An easy-breezy sunset tonic, lengthened with citrussy Crossip non-alcoholic spirit, Cabernet rosé grape juice and soda. Your spirits shall be lifted.
Monsooned Catuai espresso with a touch of ginger. Nobody need know that your monsoon is dry.
To ensure the absence of any alcohol, the gin and vermouth are home-made, infused with Indian cocoa and fresh pear. Fire in the throat, warmth in the belly.
For the blithe spirit of Parsi theatre. Pineapple and coconut-cream, a little coriander, chai syrup and lime juice. Garnished with coconut flakes. Sweet and frothy.
Mint is clapped in the hands and rolled, then churned with pineapple, lime and bitter syrup.
The hush-hush love triangle of gin, rose and cardamom, in a secret garden of fresh mint, strewn with candied rose petals. Light, refreshing, captivating.
The old-established drink devised for sailors to evade scurvy. This one shakes London Dry Gin with Rose’s lime and celery bitters. Finished with a touch of dill.
Classic margarita takes a charismatic turn, named for a wayward character who sought redemption. Lime juice, a heady dash of el Jimador Reposado tequila and turmeric-honey lassi syrup are shaken hard and strained finely into a sours glass.
Premier distillery of India, Amrut, was founded in the year between Independence and Bombay's Prohibition. Amrut whisky is combined with Suntory Toki for a very dry sour, with Dishoom plum liqueur and egg-white foam.
Monsooned Catuai espresso, vivified with Finlandia vodka, chilli liqueur and black walnut bitters.
Raspberries, lychees, rose and cardamom syrup with first-class sparkling wine. Pink and pretty.
Dishoom gooseberry syrup with lime, London Dry Gin, a wash of Aperol topped off with sparkling wine. A diamond fizz cushioned with egg white. Slips down nicely with all dishes.
Refreshing pineapple-coconut classic jazzed up with a little coriander, chai syrup, lime juice and two rums. A balmy delight.
Bacardí Carta Blanca rum meets pineapple, bitters and lime, alongside the usual mint-soda affair.
A muddle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon with bay leaf and green tea reduction, bottle-aged for three months. Take the peg, drape the liquid over the ice and swirl briefly for strong mellow taste.
A nod to the Italian Fiat 1100 made on Indian soil – the iconic Bombay taxi. Dark, rich, silken Indian cocoa and sweet pears soaked overnight in bitter Campari, vermouth and dry citrus gin. Scarlet-hued attraction with chocolate garnish.
Lemon shrub with Johnnie Walker Black Label, Ceylon arrack, House Chai, Gosling’s dark rum and two liqueurs: one ginger, one 80% cocoa. Clear, complicated and sweet.
Kokum and Johnnie Walker meet on a sultry summer night in Bombay. Coconut milk and hints of vanilla create a slightly sweet, delicious mood. Pleasurably intoxicating.
For a bold young nation: a celebratory concoction of H by Hine VSOP Cognac, Earl Grey, lime, cinnamon and cardamom. Served in a large decanter to be shared and poured – liberally – at your table. Wild abandon and excitement may ensue. As such, the Liberty Punch is only to be shared amongst a minimum of four people.
An elegant sparkling from organic vines of Trebbiano and Garganega, grown at a trifling distance from Prosecco. Clean, crisp, balanced. 125ml / 750ml
9.70 / 46.00
Lively sparkles and a cloud of white flowers with dry grapefruit bite. Indigenous grapes of Glera, Garganega, Serprino and Pinella. 125ml / 750ml
9.90 / 47.00
Peachy-pink cloudy fizz of Raboso, Marzemina, Corbinella and Turchetta. Dry fruity verve. Naturally lower in alcohol (10.5%) but mirth is likely. 125ml / 750ml
9.90 / 47.00
Dry blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with biscuit, apple and long toasty finish. From the oldest wine-house in Champagne, the connoisseur’s choicest choice. 750ml
A glimmering, slightly effervescent affair for clear-headed and elegant jubilation. Mosel-grown grapes meet crisp acidity of green apple, pear and lime zest. Alcohol removed, though complexity intact. <0.5% 750ml
175ml glass / 500ml carafe / 750ml bottle
All wines can be served in 125ml measures
Hedgerow fruit, plum and cocoa, with soft tannins. Garnet-red to behold.
7.90 / 21.90 / 32.00
There is no mistaking the full-bodied, rich and powerful character. And yet there is velvet.
10.50 / 29.50 / 42.00
Characterful and sincere Spanish red. Bright with crimson fruits and sweet tannins and rendered more palatable with flavours of grilled plums, stewed strawberries and rich blood orange. A happy friend to spice and grilled meats.
12.70 / 35.70 / 49.00
Enticing rose-garden bouquet. Delectation of plum, liquorice, spice and very red fruit. Pre-eminent in mellowness and refreshment. The more you have of it, the more you desire it.
13.50 / 36.50 / 52.00
Maximum commendability. Zweigelt grapes (not unlike Pinot Noir) bring forth intense personality with shades of black cherry, acorn, hazelnut and spice. Pure and most wholesome: no fining, filtering or sulphurising.
Clean bright mineral intensity with citrus and honeydew hints. Local Grillo grapes are hand-picked. Name means ‘the doolally one’— but here is a serious wine at extremely moderate terms.
7.90 / 21.90 / 32.00
Tip-top, straw-gold wine with vibrant fruit, notes of almond and balanced acidity.
9.50 / 26.50 / 40.00
The coolness of the Dolomites is sure to marry well with your spicy food. Classic and refreshing.
10.20 / 27.50 / 44.00
Simple, elegant and pleasant, with aromas of white flowers and fresh apricot. A lover of grilled dishes and seafood.
11.20 / 29.50 / 44.00
Aromatic Muskat Ottonel, Muskateller and Sauvignon Blanc grapes yield caramel, herbs, engaging fruit and softness. Modest Austrian winemaker Michael Opitz says “No tricks. Just wine.”
13.20 / 37.50 / 53.00
Melon, citrus, then white blossom. The loopy name has a story: this wine is an ode to the honesty and joie-de-vivre of late Kate (aka ‘Bob’). A richly expressive character.
13.50 / 38.50 / 55.00
An adventurous blend from Austria with hints of sherry, coconut and salty freshness. Unfiltered, hence slightly cloudy. Not your customary Sauvignon Blanc.
14.90 / 41.90 / 58.00
A matchless sparkling pudding wine to lift the spirits with charm and indlugence. Fresh, fruity and light, with a mere 5% alcohol. 150ml / 750ml
8.90 / 38.00
Five generations of one family stand behind this easy-going rosé. Tawny pink, Merlot-led, with red-berry character and crisp acidity.
9.50 / 28.00 / 39.00
Cool altitudes and herbal fields are at play in this unendingly drinkable delight. Exceptionally balanced, refreshing and elegant beyond compare.
13.20 / 35.20 / 51.00
Sauvignon Blanc with structure and rich amber colour from grape-skins. Tangerine nose, dry citrus on the palate and pleasant bitter finish. Dances nicely with spicy and buttery dishes.
12.20 / 32.20 / 46.00
Intense aromatic white has attained colour and power from red and yellow Traminer grape-skins. Divine grace with a twist of rose oil and tropical fruit. Never sigh when you can sing.
This mild and malty easy-drinking lager is India’s choicest favourite. 4.5% 330ml / 650ml
Delectable IPA with fruity citrus notes and a clean bitterness. Bold and vigorous in character.
5.0% 330ml 6.20
Mondo explores tropical territory. From Mosaic and Simcoe hops, plenty of oats and late-dry-hopping pours forth juicy hazy golden goodness.
4.8% 330ml 6.50
Big Smoke Brew and prize-givers swear by 100% Citra. Fresh and breezy, notes of bright lemon and grapefruit. Very sensible alcohol.
3.6% 330ml 6.50
Tropical flavours of mango and pink guava that sing in sweet, zingy harmony. A wildly fruited, unfiltered wheat beer from North Brewing. 4.6% 440ml.
A trio of hops mingle for a bright beer that is dry, crisp and full of flavour. Low alcohol and gluten free. 0.5% 330ml
Inspired by timeworn porter recipes that washed up in India, made modern by Kernel Brewery. Indulge in notes of chocolate, coffee, tobacco and leather. 6.0% 330ml
Crafted by skilled workmanship in Herefordshire. Very mellow fruitfulness, best cider apples, kissed by the maturing sun. Pairs well with feisty food.
Consult your server for guest beers and ciders.
Star lager-beer made to A. K. Damm’s original recipe of 1876 is now embracing modern-fancy brewing techniques. Behold! It is free of alcohol. Malty, with tastes of lemon and toast notes.
330ml / 0.0%
The traditional Holi drink. Ours is with ginger, shredded mint and hints of spice – but with cheerful dashes of CBD botanical bitters in place of the traditional half oz. of reliable supply. Let minds be calmed and not altered.
First-class yoghurt-drink with mango and a sprinkling of fennel seeds.
Sweet and subtle as a perfumed love-letter.
Creamy yoghurt, salted and gently spiced with crushed cumin.
Light lemon drink to quench the thirst. Made with fresh juice, salt, sugar and soda.
Watermelon is muddled with spearmint and lime, then thrown over cubes of ice.
Long and sparkling, with the fresh tang of passion fruit, lime and coriander, finished with a generous splash of soda.
Kokum fruit juice, chilli, citrus and salt, stirred all together for some time and left to rest before being strained over cubed ice.
Bombay's favourite cola, in bottles nicely worn from recycling. Indian import, mostly available. 300ml
Fizzy lemon drink. “Contains no fruit”. Indian import, mostly available. 300ml
‘Parsi is raspberry and raspberry is Parsi!’ according to Mr. Kohinoor. 300ml
First comes hops, then citrus tartness in this naturally fermented, fizzing tea-drink. Curiosity will be rewarded. 330ml
Devon spring water bottled in recycled glass by Frank Water, a charity that donates all profits to safe water projects in India and Nepal.
Arabica beans from a single estate in Sunticoppa, Karnataka, are bared on wood to the monsoon winds, then blended with Brazilian Catuai. A rich, aromatic coffee with soft acidity and pleasant spicy notes. Roasted by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee.
3.50 / 3.90
Consult your server about our finest grade guest filter coffees – hot or iced.
All things nice: warming comfort and satisfying spice. Made the traditional way, or with oat milk. All who have tried it, swear by it.
A charming couplet of dark chocolate and spicy chai.
The finest tea grown organically on the rolling hills of the Darjeeling region. Gentle in fragrance, unmatched in prestige.
Assam is the most well-liked tea-leaf in India. Malty, brisk and bright.
A spearmint steeper to cleanse the palate.
Fresh vigour and increased joie-de-vivre.
The charming couplet goes a little madcap with Bourbon.