We could summarise this entry as ‘there is a Dishoom in Covent Garden’ and leave it at that, but in case you need a quick refresher, Dishoom is a trendy but still authentic Indian restaurant with several locations around town. The food’s excellent and each dish is something you might conceivably eat at the home of an Indian person. Go for the bhel puri, the street food classic pau bhaji, and the lamb chops.
The Covent Garden outpost is the original restaurant, though it’s also one of the smallest, That means awful queues, even by Dishoom standards. Keep a backup handy just in case.
You’ll probably be sat at the bar before you go to your table. Grab a plate of bhel puri, which is basically a little like Bombay Mix, but about a million times better.
Continuing on the theme of snacks to eat while drinking, the prawn koliwada are prawns that have been marinaded in tamarind and cooked. They’re nice, but not amazing - you can safely give these a miss.
This is a classic Indian street snack, and one you shouldn’t leave Dishoom without trying. It’s a spicy mishmash of vegetables that you spoon into hot buttered rolls. The end result is something tasty and comforting - exactly what this restaurant does best.
This is as ‘standard’ a curry as you’ll find at Dishoom, and it’s pretty bloody good. It’s a cut above most chicken curries, and it’ll make everyone happy. Order plenty of naan bread and rice to mop up the gravy.
If you didn’t order these for your table, you did it wrong. Go back and try again.