Score: 9.5 / 10
Address: 12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9FB (nearest tube: Leicester Square – Piccadilly Line)
Dishoom for breakfast on a Sunday morning is a must for everyone! This Indian Mumbai style cafe serves traditional Indian street food (rather than the Bangladeshi food we are used to seeing on many high streets across the UK). It offers great dishes for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike given the predominance of vegetarianism in Indian society. There are a few outlets across Central London, but our favourite is the one in Covent Garden.
The ambiance is bustling and informal. The staff are friendly and knowledgable and the food is wholesome and reminds me of home. It is incredible value for money, however, the winning combination means that you invariably queue for table – on occasion for over an hour. The trick is turn up for breakfast at the weekends at around 11am to avoid a large queue. Also great for our meat eating counterparts who will not be left wanting. In fact, Bloomberg voted Dishoom’s take on the full English as the best breakfast in London.
On our last visit we both had masala chai (Indian tea cooked with ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and other spices) which is refillable free of charge if you come for breakfast and is a must for newbies! To eat, we had “Kejriwal” – two fried eggs cooked in Indian spices on chilli cheese toast served with tomato chutney. Also be sure to ask for the complimentary chutney tray when ordering food as the condiments are great. To accompany the cooked breakfast we shared a bowl of their Granola which is awesome and possibly some of the best I’ve had in London.
In summary, a must visit for anyone who is partial to a bit of spice. You will not be disappointed!
2 x Kejriwal = £9.80
1 x Side of Mushroom = £1.50
1 x House Granola = £5.20
2 x Masala Chai = £5.00
TOTAL (incl. service @ 12.5%) = £24.19