loti eats: dishoom

Dishoom described by its owners as ‘the original Bombay cafe’ has been designed to offer diners authentic Indian cuisine in small sharing portions. The cafes of Bombay welcomed all; from rich business men on business lunch; to sweaty taxi drivers on a quick break and couples on that all important first date. Dishoom pays homage to this and looks to do the same…the interiors are easy on the eye; black and white floors,  bentwood style chairs, pretty lanterns and walls lined with portraits.

The menu is made up of small sharing plates and we sampled Lamb Samosas, Lamb Boti Kabab, Grilled Masala Prawns and Lamb Biryani. We couldn’t fault any of the dishes but our highlights were the Lamb Boti, generous chunks of tender lamb marinated in red chilli, garlic and ginger and the Grilled Masala Prawns, six meaty prawns grilled with lime, tomato and coriander to give a tasty zing which complemented the chargrilled flavour nicely.

After a well needed breather we moved on to dessert choosing the Pineapple and Black Pepper Crumble served with ice cream and the Chocolate Fondant to share. The crumble stole the show and on all accounts was the dish of the day! Fresh pineapple with an almost granola like crumble cooked fresh that morning and fused with pepper to add an Indian kick. For reliable Indian food in Central London with a bill which won’t break the bank Dishoom really is a no brainer!

Dishoom, 12 Upper St Martins Lane, WC2H