There’s a new Dishoom on the block, and hungry diners are already queuing up for it! Located on Kingly Street, behind Liberty and one road across from Carnaby Street, the fourth Dishoom in London takes inspiration from India in the swinging sixties, referencing the design and architecture, and the rock ‘n’ roll scene that flourished in Bombay at that time.
In comparison to the preceding three Dishooms, there’s a focus on music and colour at Carnaby – the Terrace area of the restaurant has skylights and bright sixties style furniture; the Permit Bar serves cocktails from menus disguised as record covers; photos of sixties music stars cover the walls, and overall the place feels very homely.
Normal Dishoom rules apply – “No naked hippies. No nodding in WC. No mini-skirts (except Saturdays)” – and no reservations, hence the lengthy queue that snakes down Kingly Street nightly. You can, however, book for 6+, so my strategy is always to book a big table – I promise you won’t have a problem finding five willing friends to join you for dinner here…
In my eyes, the perfect Dishoom dinner order comprises calamari and chili cheese toast (small plates); Raita yoghurt and Romali Roti bread (sides); house daal, Ruby Murray curry and a chicken berry biryani. Leave space for dessert – the pineapple & black pepper crumble is incredible, as is the chocolate pudding. If you’re too full for those, go for a pistachio Kulfi lolly. (Normally comes to around £25 a head.)
Surprisingly, Dishoom is incredible for breakfast (and getting a table won’t be a problem at this time). You just can’t beat a bacon naan roll, washed down with a never-ending bottomless House Chai. Salads and wraps at lunch are damn good too.
Photos by myself, John Carey and from Instagram.