Review by Ginny Paton
- Venue: Dishoom, Carnaby, 22 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QP
- Cost: £100 for two excluding wine
- Food: 10/10
- Service: 7/10
- Ease of booking table: 10/10
- Overall: 9/10
House PR MD Ginny Paton marks out this new Indian venue in central London as one of her new favourite places for taking clients to
Entering Dishoom’s Bombay-style café in central London’s Carnaby Street is a bit like suddenly finding yourself in one of India’s famed spice markets, one’s senses overwhelmed by a complex collection of exotic fragrances.
The venue is in fact the fourth in the restaurant’s chain in London and plans are afoot to expand UK-wide.
The philosophy of the brand dates back to when Zoroastrian migrants from Persia settled in India and there created a uniquely democratic type of eaterie where all were welcome, from cab drivers to business moguls.
The Carnaby Street branch is decorated with many reminders of the strong links between India and the British capital stretching back centuries.
We were somewhat taken aback when our waiter took our order of 10+ dishes without writing any of it down. Was he some kind of memory genius? Unsurprisingly he came back, pad in hand 5 minutes later, and asked us to repeat what we wanted. Would we also be underwhelmed by the food?
An emphatic no. We were blown away, not only by the succulent dishes, but also with the theatrical high drama every time each was brought to our table.
I highly recommend a heavily spiced chickpea dish called Chloe Bhatura and French fries made from okra. And the Pau bhajis were an absolute delight, so far removed from the bland supermarket kind I felt I was eating them in an Indian street market.
Overall, Dishoom Carnaby would push all the right buttons for clients and personally I can’t wait for a return visit so I can savour some of the other dishes of this venue’s amazing menu.
Well done, Dishoom!