Ah Dishoom. It's one of those special restaurants with long, snaking queues at nearly every branch, even in the biting cold. But then, the staff bring those eager diners some beautiful house chai, keeping them warm whilst they wait and that's what's always made Dishoom shine from most Indian restaurants in the UK. Dishoom is not your 'curry house' from Brick Lane. To me, it defines Bombay in every aspect, so if you really want to get a slice of that Irani cafe life in Bombay but can't quite travel yet (well, none of us can really go in this pandemic) you must give Dishoom a visit.
Dishoom is famous for its lunch and dinner with one of my all time favourite dishes - their house black daal which is a hug in a bowl. However, their breakfast dishes have evolved over the years and what's better, they now boast some vegan friendly additions too. I was very thrilled to be invited for breakfast and give their full vegan Bombay breakfast a try. Indian food is vegetarian friendly, but with the amount of ghee and butter we cook with and slather over food, it's not very vegan friendly. But, we're in London and can veganise any dish and make it truly scrumptious. And this is exactly what Dishoom does.
For somebody who makes scrambled tofu a lot, I can gladly confirm that the spiced scrambled tofu is an absolute winner and will be loved by vegans and non vegans alike. The same goes for the masala baked beans and the pav (bread) that one can mop this all with. You'll be taken into a fusion of nations as the elements of the English breakfast are also on the plate, such as the fried mushrooms and grilled tomato. There are also some excellent vegan sausages and vegan black pudding included that tasted better and healthier than their meaty counterparts.
All this washed down with some comforting chai along with notes of ginger and cardamom or a South Indian coffee from the famous Suntikoppa region and you're bound to start your day with a smile. If you prefer a non vegan option, do try the Bombay staples such as the akuri, parsi omelette or the legendary Kejriwal- a delight for all egg lovers.
As always, what makes me return to Dishoom apart from the top notch food is the service. The staff take such good care of you and the hospitality here simply makes me feel like I'm home.
Your can view their menu here before your next visit. Breakfast is served from 8am to 11:45am on weekdays and from 9am to 11:45am on weekends.
My passion for food, particularly trying the vegetarian dishes from different cuisines stems from the advantage of living in London. The diversity here is remarkable. You can head to another part of town and try an authentic dish from a country that is 6000 miles away.