‘A big step up from Brick Lane’ is how one reader describes the delights of Dishoom, a fun-loving, colonial-style Indian with ‘a touch of industrial Shoreditch disarray’. Like the Covent Garden original, it aims to replicate Bombay’s Irani cafés, although it feels buzzier and more enticing than its theatreland sibling – especially with the addition of an airy no-bookings veranda out front. The all-day menu invites sharing and picking, whether it’s flavour-packed lamb samosas, whopping char-grilled masala prawns, smoky ‘gunpowder’ potatoes, a biryani or a juicy slow-cooked lamb ‘raan’ bun from the specials list. To drink, pints of Dishoom’s own IPA (brewed in Hackney) fit the bill and the Asian-themed cocktails are very good – or you could opt for one of the refreshing chais, lassis and coolers. ‘Friendly and unfussy’ service tops off a Shoreditch winner.
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