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22nd July 2015
Dishoom, Covent Garden
Covent Garden is one of my favourite pockets of London.
No matter the time or day, it’s always buzzy, there’s always something to do or see.
The cobbled streets, fluttering flags and little boutiques make it feel more like a toy town than a bustling metropolis.
Its own little world, right in the centre of London.
The chap and I arrived for our double dinner date a little early, so took a spin around the neighbourhood.
Running into a couple of readers along the way!
And generally made the most of the dwindling evening light.
White skinnies // Striped cami // White blazer
Red shoes // Red bag
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We met J and T at Dishoom.
An old favourite, and one I’ve never blogged about!
Which is odd, because it really does deserves it.
They serve up what is widely considered to be the best Indian food in town. Us Brits love our curries, so this is no small feat!
The only downside is how long it can take to get a table, but it’s a pain greatly eased by the cocktail bar downstairs.
Where you can slurp and nibble to your heart’s content, as you wait for your table buzzer to detonate and frighten you half to death – try not to fall off your chair as I may or may not have done.
The bar serves up refreshing cocktails all with an Indian twist on a traditional recipe.
Pimms becomes Bombay Pimms; “The classic English quencher gone native with saffron gin, mint, pomegranate, citrus and coriander. Fiery ginger beer, not lemonade.”
The Bollybellini; “Raspberries, lychees, rose and cardamom sparkling with first-class Prosecco. A very pretty missy.”
Bombay Colada; “The classic pineapple and vanilla concoction with a Bombay twist: a little coriander, chai syrup, lime juice. And rum.”
And so on!
Whatever you do, order the okra fries.
I don’t know what they’re covered in, but it’s better than any potato chip or nacho flavour you’ve ever encountered, and really it’s just a bowl of delicious veggies!
When you eventually make it to your table, you’re going to want to make the most of it.
Study that menu furiously!
And totally over order.
Well, you wouldn’t want to miss out, would you?
Tiny squid, crumb crunch, quick-fried and tossed into a bowl with Dishoom drizzle.
Buttery garlic naan.
And a few different curries to share.
Carefully documented from both sides of the table, of course!
My favourite curry by far was the Chicken Ruby;
“A good and proper curry redolent with spice and flavour. Tender chicken in a rich silky ‘makhani’ sauce, best mopped up with a Roomali Roti.”
But Thomas and Julia, being vegetarians were particularly taken by the Mattar Paneer;
“A steadfast and humble vegetarian curry, the sort that can be found in any good Indian roadside restaurant.”
Though to be honest, anything you can reach to dunk a torn piece of garlic naan into is going to go down pretty well!
Dishoom is the ideal spot for your next group dinner. Order lots, share and really go to town.
You can make bookings for groups of 6 or more, so the more the merrier! They have homes in Covent Garden, Kings Cross and Shoreditch, so there should be one close to you.
In terms of a rating? I’d give it naan out of ten.
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