I’ll admit i was a little sceptical of Dishoom when it first opened. ‘A quirky & contemporary take on a traditional Bombay cafe in the heart of London?’ i thought … hmm. Given i’m what they call an ‘NRI’ (non resident Indian), i was concerned that the food might not be good enough for a palate brought up on Indian food. Nonetheless, the concept intrigued me and I decided to give it a shot, going along with Mum for dinner one evening. Pleasantly surprised, we both enjoyed it.
So i’d been eyeing up the breakfast menu at Dishoom for quite some time (in particular their notorious bacon naan roll) and now that i’ve tried it, there’s no turning back – life before the bacon naan cravings seems a distant memory.
You might be thinking that it’s a bit odd to think of an Indian restaurant being a good place to go for breakfast – and that’s just what i had initially thought – but it really is! The assortment is varied, from cooked breakfast dishes including Kerjriwal, Bombay Omelette & The Big Bombay to sausage, egg & bacon naan rolls to porridge, fruit & yoghurt. Check out the Covent Garden breakfast menu here.
‘Bombay cafes’ were opened by Persian & Iranian immigrants in Mumbai (Bombay) in the 19th century. As you enter Dishoom, oodles of character hits you. I love the slow turning ceiling fans, walls adorned with faded family portraits, dark wooden panelling & mirrors, the big open kitchen bustling away and the lingering smell of burning incense. Dishoom transports you to 1960s Mumbai.
My breakfast began with a lovely comforting glass of steaming house chai – it was brilliant (even better than mum’s i’m afraid to say!). The chai is brewed for 30 mins, which allows the flavours to become wonderfully harmonius and rich. P.S. Free refills are provided on weekdays.
The food was thoroughly enjoyable. The Kejriwal (£4.90) was a dish of 2 fried eggs on chilli cheese toast – the eggs were cooked perfectly with bright orange runny yolks and eating it with a side of masala beans was an added bonus.
Now onto one of Dishoom’s signature dishes, the bacon naan roll (£5.20) – which i must say has made the good old bacon sarnie i was previously used to, pretty bland in comparison. The naan bread is freshly baked to order in the tandoor oven and you could really tell it was. It was hot, soft yet chewy & nicely charred. The inside is then spread with cream cheese, chilli tomato jam & sprinkled with fresh coriander before being filled with smoked streaky bacon (sourced from the famous ‘The Ginger Pig’ farm, where the bacon is dry cured for 5 days with rock salt & demerera sugar before being cold-smoked over oak chips). The roll comes with a little side of sweet & spicy tomato relish.
I loved the cream cheese inside, it went very nicely with the bacon and really held the roll together well. On the other hand, i wasn’t too keen on the chilli tomato jam which was a bit sweet for my liking – next time i’ll be asking them to leave this out. Overall, a yummy breakfast dish – I especially liked how the bacon fat dribblings soaked into the soft naan :)
Keep in mind that queues at Dishoom can be long, so try and book your table ahead if you can. Many tables are kept unreserved for walk-in customers, but they do take bookings for groups of any size for breakfast & lunch (for dinner they take bookings for groups of 6 or more only). Alternatively, check out the newer branch in Shoreditch which is larger.
Dips Bites: Bored of fry ups? Eaten your fair share of eggs benedict at brunch recently? If you fancy something different for breakfast this weekend, then look no further…Dishoom is well worth a try. I had a great breakfast here – it was unique and made a great change from the standard breakfast offerings you’ll find in most of London. Overall, a lovely start to the day & probably my new favourite breakfast destination in town. I’m already craving my next bacon naan roll … or maybe i’ll go for the bacon & egg roll…either way i know it’ll be yum.http://www.dishoom.com Covent Garden: 12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9FB Shoreditch: 7 Boundary Street, E2 7JE Breakfast is served from 8am-11.30am on weekdays & from 9am-12pm on weekends