London: Dishoom

clockwise, from top: garlic naan, chicken tikka, kacchi lamb biryani, chai tea, black house daal

One of my more anticipated meals from summer’s trip to London took place at Dishoom – the Bombay-influenced cafe serving up rich, indulgent Indian and Iranian cuisine along with a free flow of heady chai tea. What’s not to love? Grace rushed over from her hospital posting to make it just in time for lunch at the Covent Garden outlet.

We shared: a serving each of garlic naan, black house daal, chicken tikka, kacchi lamb biryani and pau bhaji. The buns, generously slathered with butter and gently toasted, reminded me of the fluffy breads used to make kaya buns. These worked as a lovely spoon to mop up the complex flavours of each curry-based dish. Unfortunately we quite overestimated our ability to eat and had to pack away the leftovers, which still served as a delicious dinner anyway.

I think the closest restaurant in Singapore to Dishoom – refined Indian food in a casual, bustling setting – would be Zaffron Kitchen, which I have heard great things about but have yet to try! A shame, since an outlet is really near my church. Till then, I’ll just have to savour the delightful mix of tender chicken chunks and piquant roasted garlic atop chewy naan bread through my memories.

12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane
London WC2H 9FB
Tel: +44 20 7420 9320


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