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Shoreditch meets Mumbai at the east London branch of this Irani café trio (the others are in Covent Garden and King’s Cross). The all-day venue occupies a large warehouse space with an attractive verandah outside, and its breakfasts are fabulous – visit midweek to receive bottomless chai (tea) and order the bacon naan roll with chilli jam. Only two curries are available at lunch and dinner, with grilled food, biryanis, small plates and vegetable dishes making up the rest of the menu. Pau bhaji (mashed vegetables with a hot-buttered pau bread bun) is perfect comfort food, as is the lamb raan bun, an Indian twist on the pulled-pork sandwich. We also relish the smoky, spicy gunpowder potatoes and the succulent murgh malai (marinated grilled chicken thighs). For dessert, order creamy kulfi ice cream on a stick. Bookings aren’t taken for groups smaller than six: come early, and be prepared to queue.

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  1. Dishoom has been on my go-to list ever since I heard about the Bombay café. Being Indian, the joy of hearing about good, traditional Indian food excites me but there was just never a good opportunity to visit the restaurant.

    Luckily enough, the day finally arrived when we decided to bite the bullet and have a relaxed lunch hour imagining that we were somewhere further away from London.

    The Shoreditch branch of Dishoom is in one word, stunning. We chose to eat in the verandah outside which was incredibly cosy and homely...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 11 October 2012

    A Lot of Chop :: Dishoom Shoreditch

    Despite having more curry houses per capita than any other part of London, Brick Lane is strangely one of the hardest parts of London to find really good quality Indian (/ Bengali, Bangladeshi, Pakistani) food.

    You can either order takeaway from Holy Cow or go to Tayabs or Needoo Grill in Whitechappel for really good value Indian food. Brick lane is a brilliant place, if a bit Lance Armstrong, but every curry I’ve had on Brick Lane has been pretty rank...
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  1. This could have been an amazing meal and looks wise Dishoom is a pretty cool little venue in my books. Eating out on the veranda when the sun's out was a delight but the whole experience left me wanting sadly.

    The food was almost spot on but one or two things just made me think they could try a little harder. The idea of Cheesey naan and the house dhal was too good not to try.

    The naan was actually pretty special, light flaky bread filled with melted cheddar. The house dhal though was surprisingly bland and put together it just reminded me of baked beans on toast...
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  1. To be honest, when I heard Dishoom were opening a new restaurant in Shoreditch I wasn’t as excited as I hoped to be. Basically Shoreditch is not my kind of place, a bit too young, noisy and trendy for me. I was hoping they’d open somewhere else, Spitalfields or Smithfield perhaps, anywhere else that begins with an S.

    However from the moment we walked through those huge gates on Boundary Street and up through the outside terrace we were smitten. This isn’t the Shoreditch that makes me want to flee to the comfort and sanctuary of my own home, this is actually quite calm, buzzy but not too much. Plus this is...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 27 August 2013

    inher30s :: A Dishoom Brunch… Shoreditch

    A Sunday shopping spree in Spitalfields market requires sustenance and where better to begin the day than brunching at one of my favourite spots – Dishoom

    I’ve previously been to Dishoom in Covent Garden and this outpost has the advantage of a large outdoor courtyard – all the better for a sunny brunch...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 13 January 2013

    Foodie Mom In London :: Dishoom Shoreditch

    Compared to the original Dishoom in Covent Garden, this is like its older, sexier big sister. The two-floored restaurant is colossal. Booth seating runs all the way alongside one wall with windows out on to Shoreditch high street, there’s more tables down by the bar as well as a downstairs and a large outdoor area which will no doubt come alive in summer...
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  1. A few years ago if diners wanted some authentic Indian house chai coupled with Pau Bhaji reminiscent of Chowpatty Beach then there was only one place to go: Dishoom in Covent Garden.

    However, after years of braving the tourists dwelling by Leicester Square Station and waiting in line for a table inside what had become a coveted dining location, Dishoom multiplied, not once but twice over opening restaurants in Shoreditch and then King’s Cross. Yet significantly Dishoom didn’t duplicate in a chain restaurant fashion, instead they grew with style and added a distinctive edge to each of their locations...
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  1. Foodies swear by this one dish, serving the signature almighty hot and tasty bacon nan at Dishoom, a tradition old Bombay cafe. I’ve already visited the Dishoom Covent Garden branch and headed up to the one in Shoreditch. Walking along Shoreditch High Street trying to get in through the locked doors, a small sign tells you the entrance is by the side road of Boundary Street.

    Dishoom Shoreditch is split into two buildings and the side I was sent to was smaller, intimate and casual. Setting up my mini office for the morning, the mission was try out this bacon nan. Each one of these are freshly baked, made by...
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