LDNReview

The first thing you notice about Dishoom is just how busy it is. No matter which location you’re visiting, you’ll almost always a find a queue of people waiting for a table and a palpable energy of excitement in the room. Because Dishoom is more than just a restaurant - it’s a phenomenon.

The original Dishoom opened in Covent Garden in 2010, and it immediately changed Londoners’ expectations of what an Indian restaurant could and should be. The combination of homestyle cooking, vibey retro surroundings, and excellent cocktails proved to be a successful recipe for a young population looking for a good restaurant that could serve almost any need, from breakfast to brunch to big group dinners with fancy drinks.

Since then it’s become the go-to place for anyone who wants to eat Indian food in this city, both locals and tourists alike. There are now several Dishoom locations across London and they’re moving into other parts of England like a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.

The Kings Cross branch of Dishoom is the most spacious, owing to its location in an old warehouse close to the station. Besides outdoor seating that’s lovely during the summer, it has the feel of a busy station restaurant, and it’s particularly nice at breakfast when things are slightly quieter.

As for the food, sticking to the regular curry and bread combos would be a mistake. Dishoom has a brilliant list of starters and snacks that are spot-on versions of things that you might actually eat in an Indian home kitchen, and the lamb chops and chicken ruby should be on your table. Follow our Food Rundown below for the hits, but know that it’s generally hard to go wrong. You don’t earn the title of “phenomenon” with a menu that’s hit and miss.

Food Rundown

Bhel Puri

You’ll probably be sat at the bar before you go to your table. Grab a plate of bhel puri, a tasty bowl of crisp, starchy delight - pour in the green coriander chutney, tamarind sauce and mix it all up and dive in. It’s a bit like Bombay Mix, but about a million times better.

Dishoom King’s Cross review image

Prawn Koliwada

Little prawns coated with batter and fried, with some tangy sauce. Not a must-order, but you’ll enjoy these if you like food of the battered and fried variety.

Dishoom King’s Cross review image

Pau Bhaji

Total comfort food - a spicy mixture of soft veggies and potatoes, to be eaten on top of buttered white rolls. If you’ve never tried pau bhaji before, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Dishoom King’s Cross review image

Chicken Ruby Curry

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.

Lamb Chops

A no-brainer. They’re as good as you think they’ll be.

Dishoom King’s Cross review image

Featured in

.
Where To Eat Brunch Outside guide image
Guide
Where To Eat Brunch Outside

Whether you’re craving a midday fry-up, or a 3pm pile of pancakes, here are the best places to eat brunch outside.

The Best Brunches In London guide image
Guide
The Best Brunches In London

Trying to figure out where the eggs, sourdough and french toast are? Here are the best brunches to hit up in London, in one convenient guide.

The Best Places To Eat With A Vegetarian When You Aren’t One guide image
Guide
The Best Places To Eat With A Vegetarian When You Aren’t One

19 restaurants where nobody will be left with a bowl of limp lettuce.

The Best Places To Eat Vegan Food In London guide image
Guide
The Best Places To Eat Vegan Food In London

Our favourite restaurants serving vegan food in London.

Suggested Reading

.
The Good Egg review image
7.6
Review
The Good Egg

The breakfasts at The Good Egg are among the best in Stoke Newington. The best way to do it is to share with a few people family-style.

Granary Square Brasserie review image
Review
Granary Square Brasserie

Granary Square Brasserie is a swish spot near Kings Cross serving classic brasserie food.

Where To Go Instead Of Dishoom After Someone Suggests Dishoom For The Millionth Time guide image
Guide
Where To Go Instead Of Dishoom After Someone Suggests Dishoom For The Millionth Time

We love Dishoom, but we don’t want to go there all the time. Here are some spots to suggest the next time someone suggests you should go to Dishoom.

Bombay Bustle review image
7.8
Review
Bombay Bustle

Bombay Bustle is more formal than your local curry house but not at all stuffy, even though it’s in Mayfair.