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Dishoom (Granary Square, Kings Cross) *

Well-meaning and well-worthy Bombay-style enterprise
A London phenomenon started by two British-Indian cousins, Dishoom arrived in 2010 in Covent Garden, setting out to nostalgically capture the spirit and atmosphere of the now near-extinct Bombay cafés operated by Iranian-born Zoroastrian immigrants from the early 1900s onwards. These democratic spaces attracted suited professionals, streetwise and sweaty taxi drivers and young lovers alike. The modern London reinvention is a bit more knowing, and the menu speaks to a food-savvy and ethno-curious clientele, but that's not a problem here, especially considering how tasty the food is. The signature dish is perhaps the egg (and bacon) naan, and there's so much more beyond that breakfast specialty. This Kings Cross outlet opened in 2015 in the same massive and beautiful former Victorian railway transit shed that houses art college Central Saint Martins, plus foodie neighbours Grain Store and Caravan [see entries]. But the buzz here is something special, with 320 covers spread across four floors, all served with a slick-free smile and staggering efficiency that speak volumes for an operation that in 2017 is serving about 8,000 weekly. The semi-anonymity and generic qualities that invariably and unavoidably characterise quality mini-chains work wonders in recreating a genre of restaurant that most likely offered its own version of anonymous and generic back in the day. And for every meal consumed, Dishoom donates a meal to a child by way of charity Akshaya Patra. Other locations include Shoreditch and Edinburgh. For the record, 'dishoom' can mean swagger or style, or it's a cartoony word that conveys the sound of a punch.

Tags: Brasserie, Outdoor Patio, Cafe, $$ - Standard, $ - Budget, Indian

5 Stable St, Kings Cross
London, England N1C 4AB
Central

(207) 420-9321
Website
Mon to Wed 8am—11pm; Thu and Fri 8am—midnight; Sat 9am—midnight; Sun 9am—11pm



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