December 18

Dishoom: the food served here is the main attraction by far

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Retro post-colonial Bombay influenced art-deco styling highly compliments the food served at Dishoom, which is by far the pièce de résistance here.

Location: Covent Garden, London

Price: £220 between four people - Christmas feast (£39 per person), one bottle of Rose and 8 cocktails. Including 50% off food offer.

Cuisine: Indian

Contact: dishoom.com | @dishoom

REVIEW

*Dishoom are currently taking bookings for their soft launch offering 50% off all food and soft drinks from Monday 17th May through to Thursday 3rd June 2021*

Dishoom's first location in Covent Garden (opened around ten years) closed for refurbishment last year. Their grand re-opening was planned for last summer but was sadly delayed until winter due to the pandemic. I finally got the chance to go in December the night before London was locked down and took full advantage of their soft launch offer (50% off all food).

Dishoom is one of my favourite food restaurants in London. I usually visit the Kings Cross restaurant and I can say, hand on heart, it's some of the best food I've ever tasted. Although some might say I'm slightly biased because I love Indian food a lot more than the average person.

Dishoom
Dishoom

THE FOOD

My friends and I chose to book a Christmas feast, so all of our food was from the winter feast menu - a selection of small plates, grills, turkey with all the trimmings, biryani, daal and side dishes. This selection was described to us by our waiter as large 'Thaals' of food which were placed on our table for us to help ourselves.


The food was phenomenal as usual. I absolutely loved the Keema Pau (spiced lamb served with a buttered bun) and Okra Fries. The Murgh Malai (chicken thigh seasoned with garlic, ginger, coriander stems and a little cream) was gorgeous. Tender and bursting with flavour. One of my highlights from the platter was the Mattar Paneer (a sweet and spicy vegetarian curry with cheese and peas). Paneer is one of those things I always look for when I visit Indian restaurants and Dishoom's dish was amongst the best I've ever tasted.

Dishoom
Dishoom

There were only two dishes on the set menu that weren't to my particular tasting - the Bhel and the Chicken Berry Britannia. The cocktails were a slight let down but the food more than made up for that, however, I'd personally avoid the Dirty Martini cocktail.

MY OVERALL EXPERIENCE

Dishoom Covent Garden was a brilliant 'farewell' dining experience. On arrival, the service from the manager wasn't great. She seemed to have a problem with me filming content (I never tell the staff I'm a food vlogger as I'd prefer to give a more honest write-up of my experiences). However the two waiters who served us from our table were both attentive and helpful.


As you can probably tell from my content, the portions were very generous. We ended up taking most of the food home with us. I can confidently say this restaurant should be on everybody's bucket list of places to visit in London and I will be trying their breakfast very soon so keep an eye out for that review!

MUST TRY

Keema Pau

Okra Fries

Murgh Malai

Mattar Paneer

House Black Daal

MY RATINGS

Food: 4.5/5
Cocktails: 3/5

Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3.5/5

Location: 5/5

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