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|Address:||12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB|
|Tel:||020 7420 9320|
|Price: £37.00||Wine: £18.50||Champagne: £59.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 8am-11pm (Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 9am-12M (Sun -11pm)|
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Id wanted to go to Dishoom for ages now given every food blogger seems to have written about the place! The actual place is beautifully designed (in the style of a Prohibition style bar) and the location is ideal – next door to Jamie's Kitchen and just near Cambridge Circus/Leicester Square station. In terms of a venue for pre-theatre or a date night, its ideal.
Foodwise – it was either (big) hit or misses. We decided to have vegetarian samosas and pau bhaji (Mashed veg with hot buttered bread) as starters. The samosas tasted warm rather than hot and did seem to have been sitting there a while – despite our orders coming through immediately. I wasnt that impressed with the bhaji, nothing really to write home about though my friend has it regularly and enjoyed it. To me, it tasted of a tomatoey paste type thing.
Now to the hits – i decided to not have my usual biryani as many reviewers have stated there just isnt enough meat. So i went with the well reviewed spicy lamb chops which were indeed perfect. Well spiced, hot and melt in the mouth. I could have probably had two portions if my greediness took over. I accompanied this with a huge bowl of raitha (yoghurt) – good value for money, rice and naan. I felt the rice was just rice and Dishoom might want to consider making it a bit more special – fried rice, or saffron rice for example. The nan wasnt great – very dry and seemed to have been sitting around again for a while (perhaps alongside those samosas…). My friend had the prawns and roti and thought these were very good indeed.
Pudding wise – i had the predictable chocolate pudding – which although may not have sat well with the rest of the menu, was delicious, and im sure had a hint of spice. More than enough to share.
The bill came to £44 for two people so wasnt cheap. My main (no sides) was close to £10 so you can easily spend a lot. Next time i think id just have mains and pud, and avoid/choose different starters. The lamb is worth it alone. Service wise, the food comes so quickly, you can imagine they want to table turn a lot. Im sure its going to be a hit as the only other nearby indian i can think of is Moti Mahal whereas this place seems extremely tailored towards a hipper crowd. By 8 it was packing out and i can imagine its going to do very well.