Bombay is coming to Barkers! The iconic High Street Kensington building is an Art Deco masterpice, and so the natural choice for Indian restauranteurs Dishoom, who will be chanelling all the Art Deco heritage of Bombay into their new location.
The restaurant, which will seat 200 and remain open all day brings Dishoom’s unmistakable Irani cafe style to West London. Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Naveed Nasir the restaurant will serve Dishoom’s familiar Bombay comfort food including favourites like the Bacon Naan Roll for breakfast followed by the all-day menu of small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls and curries. We’ve high hopes, too, for the brilliant list of cocktails to accompany the menu served in the restaurant’s bar, The Permit Bar.
Dishoom founders Shamil and Kvi Thakrar have worked closely with architects Macaulay Sinclair on the design for the restaurant, having spent days exploring Bombay’s rich array of period examples. Expect to be transported to the familiar locales like Marine Drive, Churchgate and Malabar Hill.
The pair were also inspired by their friend and writer Naresh Fernandes, author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot, which tells the story of Bombay’s Jazz Age. By the 1940s Bombay was awash with the ‘hot jazz’ that forms the backdrop of Taj Mahal Foxtrot and the inspiration for the Barker’s restaurant. The combination of distinctive architecture and music helped give Bombaikers a sense of their own identity in post-independence India, now this definitive style comes back to conquor the UK!
This promises to be luxurious and glamorous, a fusion of European and American Deco in a uniquiely Indian style. We will be there as fast as we can! Chalo!
Dishoom: Opens 12th December, Barkers Building Derry Street, High Street Kensington, W8 5TT, www.dishoom.com
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Phil is Deputy Editor at The Handbook. A Northerner cast away in South London he loves to write about food and travel. He also has a black belt in scotch egg eating.