Dishoom Carnaby

Bronze Award
2 Reviews
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Dishoom Carnaby
Dishoom Carnaby
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Bronze Award

A vibrant menu? Check. Queues for dinner? Check. Kitsch Bombay nostalgia? Check. It’s business as usual at Dishoom’s fourth branch, but that’s good. Styling in this sprawling ground-floor bar-restaurant is inspired by the 1960s: Brimful of Asha in four dimensions. Professional staff galvanise the buzzy atmosphere. Mild spicing characterises a menu of small plates, grills and biryanis, the Carnaby sali boti special combining lamb with velvety meat gravy, showered with crisped potato shavings. Comfort food is a highlight: whether deeply creamy black dhal or a ‘Frankie’ naan parcel loaded with paneer and mint chutney. The spiced cocktail list includes bottle-aged options; wines focus on Europe; and the house chai (served to the hour-long queue outside) is delicious. With evening reservations for six diners or more only, Dishoom is ideal for parties: it certainly has the requisite vibes, flavours and drinks.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Indian
Ambience
Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Brunch
People
Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions

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Location for Dishoom Carnaby

22 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5QB

0207 420 9322

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Opening Times

Mon-Sat 8am-12M (Mon-Wed -11pm) Sun 9am-11pm

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Mr. Alex G

Love at first sight
17 July 2019  

That there always seem to be queues outside every branch of Dishoom I have attempted to visit must surely be a sign that the operators of this now 7-strong chain must have hit upon a winning formula. Luckily enough my wait ended earlier this week when I lost my Dishoom virginity by visiting their Carnaby Street branch. There was no let-down, no anti-climax, just a desire to return. The angle behind Dishoom is a simple one: to recreate the old Irani café culture of Bombay. At peak, some 400 such venues could be found in the city, a legacy of the large migrant community then present. Their purpose was to allow people to meet and mingle in an informal fashion over food and drink. This ethos is reflected faithfully in the design of Dishoom venues, or certainly the one I visited. The Carnaby location is capacious with a healthy dose of kitsch and 1960s bric-a-bac. What could appear trite or forced seems natural here, part of a relaxed vibe that Dishoom successfully pulls off. Business people, couples, families and tourists seemingly happily occupied adjacent tables when we visited. Our helpful and informative server guided us through what appears at first glance to be a complicated menu. Dishoom could work on its visuals, with over 50 listings packed into 4 columns of small print across one page of paper! The basic formula, we were told, was to nibble over a small dish (everything is intended for sharing) while considering a couple of larger mains and perhaps a vegetable side. More than 24 hours on from our visit, I am still salivating over the taste of the chilli chicken dish with which we began. It seemingly took in both Indian and Chinese influences with intense flavours of garlic, ginger and soy dominant. Each piece of meat was succulent and flavoursome. Onto the mains and we opted for a masala prawn dish as well as the restaurant’s special, a ‘salli boti.’ We were informed that this latter dish comprised slow-cooked (for over eight hours) lamb, which was braised in a rich and flavoursome gravy. Comfort food at its best, particularly when combined with a deliciously buttered roti. Full marks too for our prawns and also for the green chilli side. Like their Spanish cousin, the Padron pepper, some were hot and others were not – an innovation, even if not for all. We both took soft drinks with our food (a lassi for my comrade and a Limca – a fizzy lemon drink indigenous to Bombay – for me), but even with these, the biggest pleasant surprise was the bill. All the above clocked in at just £25/ head. Even if the prices were higher, I would happily return!

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Piglet

I'm in love
04 January 2016  
I have wanted to try Dishoom since it first opened in Covent Garden and for some reason I never made it happen, so I was thrilled when they opened a branch across the road from my office. I went here between Christmas and New Year and it was only about half full at midday but was filling up nicely by the time we left. We had the Chole Frankie, chickpea roti (I have dreamt of this since, everything I could want in a roti - utterly delicious!), chicken tikka (very moist chicken but not very flavoured, 6 large pieces), the house speciality lamb curry (wonderful silky gravy with melt in the mouth chunks of lamb, and crispy potatoes on top served with a roti) and perfectly crispy, spicy vegetable samosas and lots of tamarind, coriander, raita chutneys alongside - which actually was a too much food (would gladly forgo the tikka next time). Heaven on a plate, I will be back soon (I wonder if they do take away Frankie chole rotis for lunch????), if so, the New Years diet just went out of the window.
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