Family celebrations at Dishoom – Brunch

For my dad and my birthday celebrations, we decided to go for brunch to Dishoom. I’ve been to Dishoom several times but mainly for dinner and have had brunch here once.

Based on the Irani cafes in Mumbai run by Iranian immigrants,  Dishoom is Indian as can be seen by the ethnic origin of the dishes listed on the menu, but it’s ‘evolved Indian’, which offers a hint of Bombay’s famous street grills and food stalls including paneer tikka, biryanis, pau bhaji and filled rotis. It’s a popular lunch and dinnertime venue with various Mumbai style dishes and there’s often a really long queue so I was glad to see that you can book for breakfast.

We started with the bottomless chai – hot and beautifully spiced made with ginger and pepper and spices. After lots of chai, we ordered our dishes.

I knew what I was going to order from the beginning – egg naan roll where the naan comes wrapped around two fried eggs with runny yolk, chilli jam, cream cheese and coriander with a side of mushrooms. We ordered: Kejriwal, chilli cheese toast and eggs, Keema per eedu, pau served with chicken kheema, chicken livers, fried egg and sali crisp chips, The big Bombay – Full english with masala beans and a Bombay Omelette which is an omelette of chopped tomato, onion, coriander and green chilli.  Reya had the bun muska and a fried egg.

The food came quickly and was super tasty. Our dishes had the perfect combination to mix traditional Bombay Irani food with the classic British breakfast. In particular my egg naan roll was sweet with a hint of chilli.

I loved the brunch and it was great to try something different. Dishoom has a delightfully vintage ambiance and is really buzzing for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Paneer toasties

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe – so here’s one for paneer toasted sandwiches. Quick and easy to make…

1. Blend together paneer – as much as you want, handful of cashews, few sprigs of coriander, 1 green chill  until it’s roughtly chopped.

2. Heat oil in a pan and light fry the mixture. Add some fresh grated coconut, salt and lemon to taste and a teaspoon of sugar. Cook on medium heat for five minutes

3. Butter two slides of bread and add the mixture before toasting in a sandwich toaster.

3. When done, take the sandwiches out and serve immediately with your favorite sauces.Paneer-toasty-sandwich_med



Dishoom – paneer frankie and keema frankie

I’ve been wanting to try Dishoom the vintage vintage Mumbai cafe in London and had heard some great things. As we were in Shoreditch, we decided to eat at Dishoom which is around the corner from Boundary Hotel (cool rooftop bar here!). I always wondered what the word Dishoom meant – apparently the hindi word used in Bollywood films to represent the sound made when the hero’s fist hits his opponent.

Dishoom is modelled on Mumbai cafes when Persian immigrants who moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) started a trend for all-day cafés based on elegant European coffee houses at the turn of the 20th century. Many thrive to this day in Colaba in their original form and location and are the inspiration for this London eatery.

It is a casual and quirky restaurant with elegant painted brickwork, old photographs and signs on the walls, dark wood tables with white marble tops, tall dark shutters and low lit lighting.  It was great to be see the cooks in the open-plan kitchen – the chefs making fresh naans and chargrilling kebabs. 

We are quickly seated up at the bar where the chef was making keema pau and pau bhaji and told a little about the restaurant by our waiter who explained that the food is served when it’s ready. Neil ordered: bhang lassi: fresh ginger, mint and hints of Bombay spice with rum which he was a little disappointed with as it was tasteless whilst I had the traditional nimbu pani.

Food wise – we had a look at the small plates and opted for the bhel which was tasty – a little more chutney would have been great. As we were in a rush we went for the frankies – open-ended naan parcels, baked and filled with chicken, lamb, chickpeas curry or paneer – best eaten with the hands. I went for the paneer one which was really tasty – had enough spice and crunch to it. I’ve heard the portions are small but for what we ordered it was fine.

Food done, we were pretty full so didn’t have any desserts. I did however opt for the masala chai – one of the nicest I’ve had and close to the one you would have in India. We loved the small glasses in which the hot drinks are served.

I loved Dishoom – the decor, the atmosphere and the food! I’d like to go back to try other dishes like the pau bhaji and the famous golas! Dishoom is great for a quick snack,breakfast or a longer dinner. I’ll be back.

Mmmm - chai

Indian fusion at Club Trees

Finding a tasty Indian restaurant isn’t so easy despite the abundance of them and its popularity in the UK. You’ll find curry houses and take-aways on every corner but so many of them are bland and seem to use the same masala sauces within so I was so glad to discover Club Tree’s .

Club Tree is above a supermarket in Belmont Circle, Harrow and serves the most delicious Indian fusion combinations in a welcoming atmosphere – it’s perfect for everyone from intimate diners to big family groups and you can even have your own private room.

Now onto the food – it was excellent and full of lovely flavours. We ordered: Treasure Veg (sweet potato, paneer, mushrooms and corn cob), Chilli Mogo, Lamb Biryani and Chilli Fish. Drinks: good old Tuskers and fresh lime soda but there’s lots of cocktails to choose from (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

Despite the fact that there was a big match on (Liverpool final), the service was fast and impeccable. We enjoy eating out here and will certainly go again – the food is great, well flavoured and spiced, and good value. A local treat to try if you’re in the area.