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5 Stable Street
Deliberately evoking a railway café in old Bombay during the 1920s, this branch of Dishoom attracts young hipsters and die-hard Indian food fans in equal measure. The multi-tiered restaurant gets packed as efficient staff dart between close-set tables – although you may need to wait in the cocktail bar with a Bombay Martini until there’s a space available. Like its siblings in Shoreditch and Covent Garden, the signature black dhal is legendary, along with fiery-crusted lamb chops served with refreshing, yoghurt raita for dipping. Otherwise, bowls of ‘Ruby Murray’ go well with floppy roti bread, and the menu also runs to street snacks, kebabs, biryanis and desserts such as kulfi on a stick. Drink fruity lassi, exotic ‘coolers’, a bottle of London Fields IPA or something from the modest wine list while you bob to the Indian music and revel in the fun of the place.
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5 Stable Street
King's Cross Tube Station 737m
King's Cross/St. Pancras Tube Station 745m
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Mon-Sat 8am-12M (Mon-Wed -11pm) Sun 9am-11pm
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Food + drink: 5
We were out with friends that have traveled in India many times and thought they'd like Dishoom. We've always enjoyed it, and it didn't disappoint. Once inside, we began downstairs in the Permit Room with lovely cocktails and crispy far far snacks - all very good. Then upstairs to the bustling dining room, where starters of vegetable samosas, fresh and zesty bhel and tender crunchy calamari were happily shared. The waiter helped us choose through the extensive menu and a feast appeared of hot-spicy chicken tikka, char-grilled masala prawns, proper chicken ruby, kachumber salad, the fab creamy luscious black daal ( I have to have this every time we go), plus roomali roti and basmati rice. We managed to fit it all in the centre of the table so we could all have a bit of each. There was plenty for all four of us and everything was enjoyed right down to the last spoonful. For dessert, the crushed meringue with strawberries and rose syrup was nice but very sweet, the pineapple and black pepper crumble a bit short on fruit, but the best was the creamy iced kulfi-on-sticks. Staff are confident and efficient, they know the menu and dishes inside out, food appears quickly and table turnover is quite rapid but there is no feeling of being rushed. And even with cocktails and wine the bill was very reasonable. They really do everything very well.
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