Saunter past the fountains of Granary Square and round to Stable Street. Just opposite the big screen and deckchairs set out for Wimbledon-watchers is where you will find Dishoom - a Victorian Warehouse turned 1930’s Bombay café.
Dishoom has been a firm favourite for foodies since they opened their doors to diners in Covent Garden in 2010, followed by another café in Shoreditch in 2012. Imagine my elation on hearing that their latest and largest space is just a few minutes away from my front door. Bonus.
The first thing that you notice when you step into Dishoom is how beautiful the décor is - vintage yet urban with cosy booths, whirring ceiling fans, a big hanging railway clock and mezzanine levels that you want to explore immediately.
We were greeted with a smile from welcoming staff who then escorted us down to the basement of the building to the Permit Room. This candlelit cocktail bar is the perfect spot to grab a tipple (the Gin Fizz is one of our faves) while you wait for your table.
So far, so great.
Next came the food. A friend and I shared the Kacchi Lamb Biryani, Chicken Ruby Curry, House Black Daal with a garlic naan to mop it up with. The food (which came in manageable portions) was cooked to perfection and packed with flavours. Our table fell silent as we enjoyed every single mouthful.
A few days later I dropped in for brunch. I sipped a creamy cappuccino and sampled their freshly baked naan filled with egg, cream cheese and chilli tomato jam. It was light, tasty and an extremely good way to start the day.
As expected, these guys really know to make a mean dish. What impressed me the most was actually how before, during and after devouring those top-quality dishes, you are offered a unique dining experience which leaves you excited to visit again.