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IT HAS BEEN an annual December habit of mine, these past ten years since we embarked upon this restaurant business, to sit alone, with myself, and reflect on the year gone by. Continue reading
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. No Permit shall be required. (Mr Dhoble would approve.) See the full menu of Teetotal tipples here.
Sophistication neatly executed with ginger and gentian root. Gin-like bitterness and warmth. The absence of liquor is most difficult to believe.
In our solicitude and zeal for abstemious guests, this peaty Whisky Sour has no whisky, nor any other spirit. Note the warming aromas of ginger, lemon, holy basil and secret botanicals.
With Dishoom’s totally teetotal secret spirit essence. Nobody will know that your monsoon is dry.
Smoked demerara, orange bitters, cayenne and orange peel. Fire in the throat, warmth in the belly. But no need of alcohol!
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.
'Maidan' comes not from virgin but from the word for a wild place. Mint is clapped in the hands and rolled, then churned with pineapple, lime and Dishoom's secret spirit essence.
The China trade turned opium, spice and silk into merchant fortune, and dressed fortunate merchant wives in best Tanchoi silk. Aged in oak, a refreshing mandarin shrub, ginger, Hayman’s gently rested gin, etc., etc., etc., dashed off with quinine and fiery Szechuan pepper.
The old-established drink devised for sailors to evade scurvy. London dry gin with Rose’s lime and a touch of celery bitters.
Charismatic mix of lime juice, tequila and turmeric-honey lassi syrup, shaken hard and strained finely into a sours glass. Warning: wayward drinkers must seek redemption.
Self-governance against the British? Volatile combination of Indian and Japanese whiskies, very dry, with dashes of plum bitters and egg-white foam. Controversial alliances and conspiracies will abound.
Monsooned Catuai espresso, vivified with Luksusowa vodka, chilli liqueur, black walnut bitters and crema.
Raspberries, lychees, rose and cardamom with first-class sparkling wine. A very pretty missy.
Dishoom gooseberry syrup with lime juice and London Dry gin, a wash of Aperol, diamond fizz’d with Prosecco and cushion’d with egg white. Slips down nicely with all dishes.
Pineapple and coconut-cream classic with a Bombay twist: a little coriander, chai syrup, lime juice and two rums.
Bacardi Carta Blanca rum meets vanilla, pineapple and lime, alongside the usual mint-soda affair. Suitable for the most advanced boy or girl.
The sort of drink in which Mountbatten may have found welcome repose. A bottle-aged muddle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, bayleaf reduction, green tea and so on.
The Italian lady goes native. Equal parts of London Dry Gin, bitter Campari and Dishoom vermouth (macerated with vanilla, cinnamon and ginger). Bottle-aged for smooth tawny intensity.
Lemon shrub with Johnnie Walker Black Label, House Chai, Gosling’s dark rum, and two liqueurs: one ginger, one 80% cocoa. Clear, complicated and sweet.
Dishoom IPA creamy foam cushions the lips. Then comes the ginger-tempered sweetness of Johnnie Walker with butter syrup base. Forget beer. Drink only this.
For a bold young nation: a magnificent sharing concoction of jaggery, lime, green tea and Ceylon Arrack, served over cubed ice in a vintage bowl. Ladle into the dainty cups and crumble in the jaggery, to taste. It would be ornamental were it not so good to drink. Wild abandon and excitement in equal measure 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. Charitable giving also. 150ml/750ml
7.70 / 37.00
Lively sparkles and a cloud of white flowers with dry grapefruit bite. Indigenous grapes of Glera, Garganega, Serprino and Pinella. Naturally lower in alcohol (10.5%) but mirth is likely. 150ml/750ml
Peachy-pink cloudy fizz of Raboso, Marzemina, Corbinella and Turchetta. Dry fruity verve. Ask us to tip up the botal in your presence. 150ml/750ml
Bone-dry blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with biscuit, apple and long toasty finish. From the very oldest wine-house in Champagne, the connoisseur’s choicest choice. 750ml
For the table, Chardonnay and Verdelho laced together, fleeting tastes of fresh apples and fragrance of white flowers. Fine bubbles whisper and fade. Elegant celebration without inebriation.
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. Fresh and agreeable with or without food.
6.60 / 17.60 / 25.00
There is no mistaking the full-bodied, rich and powerful character. And yet there is velvet. Every care is taken of vines, wines, earth, et cetera. Obtainable for vegans and other persons.
8.40 / 22.40 / 32.00
Affable light red with berry-cherry character and silky tannins, pairing well with spice and grilled meats. Spanish ‘sin’ is ‘without’: the entire absence of fining, filtration or misdemeanour.
10.20 / 27.40 / 39.00
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.
10.80 / 28.80 / 41.00
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 to vegan and all patrons: 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.
6.60 / 17.60 / 25.00
Vegan persons (and all others) admire this straw-gold wine for its vibrant fruit, notes of almond and balanced acidity. Tip-top.
7.40 / 19.60 / 30.00
The coolness of the Dolomites is sure to marry well with your spicy food. Classic and refreshing. One could not quarrel with a detail.
7.80 / 21.00 / 30.00
Simple, elegant and pleasant, with aromas of white flowers and fresh apricot. A lover of grilled dishes and seafood. You can be satisfied.
9.00 / 23.80 / 34.00
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.”
11.00 / 29.40 / 42.00
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. Vegan.
11.20 / 30.20 / 43.00
Palates be duped – this wine will not intoxicate. Australian grapes are picked, oaked, de-wined and relished abundantly. Flamboyant character with most excellent qualities of citrus fruits and hinting apples on the nose.
Five generations of one family stand behind this easy-going rosé. Tawny pink, Merlot-led, with red-berry character and crisp acidity. Vegan.
7.80 / 21.00 / 30.00
Cool altitudes and herbal fields are at play in this unendingly drinkable delight. Exceptionally balanced, refreshing and elegant beyond compare.
10.80 / 28.80 / 41.00
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 curry and buttery dishes. Vegan.
9.40 / 25.20 / 36.00
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.
Beer came to India in the 18th century. This mild and malty easydrink lager is India’s choicest favourite.
4.8% 330ml / 650ml 4.70 / 7.50
Delectable IPA with citrus notes, specially crafted for Dishoom by Mondo Brewing Company.
5.0% 330ml 5.30
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 5.30
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 5.30
Drink wildly different. A spicy, fruity, lemon-juicy sour ale with Champagne-like spritz. Deeply satisfying blended beer from the Wild Beer Co.
7.3% 330ml 6.50
Be sober, be vigilant: this is alcohol-removed vegan lager, born of Bavarian springs, Hallertau hops and barley-malt. Pour. Swirl. Pour again for citrus hop finish.
0.5% 330ml 5.00
Glossy black pour, creamy tan froth, fragrant aromas of coffee, cacao, and caramel. Award-winning, robust stout from an old-fashioned Sri Lankan brewery.
8.8% 330ml 5.50
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%
Traditional Holi drink, but with fresh shredded mint in place of happy-go-lucky hemp.
First-class yoghurt with fresh mango pulp and 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 to order with fresh juice, salt, sugar and soda.
The cola of Bombay, in botals nicely worn from recycling. Mostly available.
Fizzy Bombay lemon drink. “Contains no fruit” — guaranteed. Mostly available.
‘Parsi is raspberry and raspberry is Parsi!’ according to the effervescent Mr. Kohinoor. 300ml
Pure water that bubbles naturally to the surface from artesian springs in Devon. Botalled and supplied by FRANK, a charity that donates all profits to sustainable water projects in India and other developing countries.
Arabica beans from a single estate in Sunticoppa, Karnataka, are bared on wood to the monsoon winds. A rich, aromatic coffee with very low acidity.
2.70 / 2.90
Consult your server kindly about our guest filter coffees. Hot or iced.
All things nice: warming comfort and satisfying spice. Made in the proper way, or with oat milk. All who have tried it are swearing by it.
A charming couplet of dark chocolate and spicy chai.
Grown on the lush garden plains between Assam and the Himalayas. Gentle, fresh and sweet.
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.
Sip hot spicy chai through a cushion of cool cream. A dessert-drink one can sink into, much like a sofa.