There aren’t many restaurants that still get queues snaking around the corner (why the Hard Rock Café does, is a mystery) but Dishoom is one of them and tomorrow, it’s opening in Kensington.
As a homage to Bombay and its old Irani cafes, the restaurant will feature a Permit Room cocktail bar, large all-day dining hall, open kitchen and mezzanine gallery stage which will host live music performances.
Inspired by the unexpected emergence of Art Deco in 1940s Bombay, Dishoom co-founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar and design partners Macaulay Sinclair sourced over 100 pieces of period furniture, artwork and light fittings in Bombay to bring back to Kensington. They’ve also installed pieces that are reminiscent of famous buildings in Bombay, like a very large clock in the dining room which is similar to Bombay’s Life Insurance Building clock.
There’s going to be space for 200 diners, so let’s hope the queue isn’t too long, and you’ll be feasting on executive chef Naved Nasir’s menu of Bombay comfort food. Classic dishes will reappear such as house black daal, pau bhaji and of course those famous bacon naan rolls. New dishes will include jackfruit biryani and bun maska pudding and the chef’s special will be a mutton pepper fry. A speciality of South Indian kitchens, the mutton is marinated in red chilli, ginger and garlic before being cooked with spices and peppercorns and served with Malabar-style soft paratha.
Taking inspiration from the Bombay Jazz age, new cocktails will include Taj Ballroom Toddy made from Blow Horn cider, Amrut whisky, apple juice and agave; The Rudy Cotton, a mix of blood orange, white rum, lime juice and lemon bitters and The Cyrus Irani, a mix of lime juice, tequila and turmeric-honey lassi syrup.
The opening of the Kensington restaurant, marks the fifth Dishoom in London and we predict it’s going to be every bit as successful as the other four.
Dishoom Kensington: Opens 15th December 2017, Dishoom Kensington 4 Derry Street, Kensington, W8 5HR, www.dishoom.com