Slowly rotating fans, raspberry soda, simple minced mutton, generations-old waiters, and meaningful conversation between people from all walks of life. These are just a few of the charming qualities of the old Irani cafes that dot the busy streets of Mumbai. Unfortunately the Irani cafe has become an endangered breed - while hundreds thrived in the 1960s, only a few dozen survive today.
Dishoom in Covent Garden draws inspiration from the heritage and tradition of these Bombay cafés and hopes to keep their spirit alive by welcoming people to socialize, eat, and drink from morning until night. The food at Dishoom is a modern take on what you could expect to find at the traditional cafes and street stalls in Mumbai. Biryani, samosas, and rolls sit alongside exquisitely mixed cocktails, including varieties of spiked chai.
For those who can't make it to India to experience the real thing, Dishoom is a must-visit for anyone interested in an institution that hasn't been able to keep up with a modernizing Mumbai.
Dishoom is open at 9am everyday and closes at 10pm on Sundays, 11pm Monday - Thursday, and 12am on Friday - Saturday. So Leaders, please set the date and time accordingly and consider making a reservation as well!
To get there, take the tube to either Covent Garden or Leicester Square on the Piccadilly Line.