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23 August 2014
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Dishoom

12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB

£37.00 Cafes , Indian Covent Garden

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  • Wine: £18.50
  • Champagne: £59.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm (Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 9am-12M (Sun -11pm)

Square Meal Review of Dishoom ?

Repackaging the vibrant Bombay café scene for hip Londoners, Dishoom is a lively all-day pit stop with a varied menu roaming from toasted bun maska and chai for breakfast to lunchtime paneer rolls, plus assorted grills, biryanis and curries. Recent highlights have included buttery pau bhaji (mashed vegetables), juicy masala prawns and the deliciously creamy black dhal – not forgetting ‘to die for’ lassis. Vintage Bollywood kitsch adorns the bright monochrome dining room and clued-up staff generally keep the party swinging – although service can wobble at peak times. Fans think the buzz and authentic snacks ‘make you feel like you’re in Bombay’, while doubters reckon Dishoom is a ‘gimmick’ that doesn’t live up to its hype. But on balance, most diners conclude that this quirky modern take on Indian street food ‘definitely hits the spot’ – and we agree.

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  1. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Kate A.

    Delicious and reliable

        (2)

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  2. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Monikasays

    Trendy Indian caf

      Gold Reviewer  (36)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 10

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  3. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Faijai. H

    Great service and ecclectic choice of food

        (3)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  4. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Maggie P.

    Great fun for a casual evening

        (8)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  5. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Bob C.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  6. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Harinder H.

    Best Indian in London

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  7. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Letitia L.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  8. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Laurence B.

    Good food but very poor service

        (2)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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  9. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Hugo S.

    Next!

        (8)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 4

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  10. Dishoom

    12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
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    Sarah D.

    Not for us

        (5)
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 1

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 6th August 2014

    Nomface :: Dishoom, London

    I wanted something different for breakfast and Bombay café inspired Dishoom stood out. Starting with the house chai, the spice warmed me up but despite it being offered with unlimited refills I don’t think I could have more than two. The first dish from the menu that took my fancy was Kejriwal, two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast. Reputably named after a member of the WIllingdon Club in Bombay who took a fancy to the dish. It certainly made for a breakfast with a twist and now makes normal cheese on toast appear boring. ..
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  2. Published : Friday, 24th January 2014

    Munch My Way :: Breakfast at Dishoom, Covent Garden

    Breakfast here never disappoints and that's why I come here to tell you about it. Dishoom brings food from the cafes of Bombay. Its an all day dining that emphasis on naans, grills and the philosophy of sharing. However this is the only place I know that you can get a blend of Western dishes with Eastern flavours...
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  3. Published : Wednesday, 11th December 2013

    wetrykai :: Dishoom -€“ Take 2 feat. Ginger Pig

    For the 2 or 3 avid ‘We Try Kai’ readers out there, you may recall a little post we did on Dishoom back in July (titled “Dishoom – I may have just stumbled across the best bacon sarnie in London”). If we didn’t make it clear enough back then, let me clarify now, WE LOVE OUR BACON NAAN! So on this day, the last of B’s 3 year European adventure, it seemed only fitting that the WTK family ended it on a high note at the place where, in our opinion, served the best tasting and bang-for-buck breakfast in town...
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  4. Published : Friday, 28th June 2013

    The Celeriac :: Dishoom, Covent Garden

    The good folk of Dishoom have attempted to bring a Bombay Café to Covent Garden, with varying success. The end result is a buzzing, lively restaurant which does not take reservations (obviously) and serves a wild selection of properly Indian dishes and pretending-to-be-Indian dishes from within a sepia-walled basement...
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  5. What I haven’t really experienced is making a specific trip to a ‘proper’ Indian restaurant as opposed to a curry house. I see the differences being that the former would be a larger establishment well kitted out, centrally located rather than local, innovative dishes alongside traditional, enticing interiors, and with most if not all of their business coming from meals dined on the premises rather than take-away. Dishoom in Covent Garden certainly ticks these boxes...
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