Dishoom Kings Cross – Review
Best for a quirky take on the traditional Indian
HALAL INDIAN RESTAURANT LONDONBringing Bombay to London in the form of a wonderfully quirky menu, Dishoom offers a wide range of dishes. All the meat is halal and there are many additional options for vegetarians and pescetarians.
STARTERSDishoom have done an excellent job in ensuring there is an equal range of meat, fish and vegetarian options. I decided on the Okra Fries, which are surprisingly moreish and easy to eat. The Dishoom Calamari is, as I was told, somewhat of a speciality. Cooked to perfection and coated with golden, crunchy breadcrumbs, it was easily my favourite of the night.
GRILLSThe grills arrive in large portions, so I recommend ordering a few to share between two. The Chicken Tikka is grilled perfectly. It was a generous portion and each piece was succulent and juicy. Next up is the Paneer Tikka, which I’d give more marks for in presentation than taste. Served on a bed of peppers and generous seasoning, it was a little dry, although still quite pleasant.
MAINSThe Chicken Ruby was delightfully spicy. For vegetarians, I recommend the Black House Daal, which is a signature dish. Its consistency is perfect – not too thick and not too runny. Both dishes are perfectly complemented with the Roomali Roti - the same size as my face - was quite fun to brandish but also equally satisfying to eat. A soft, supple texture, it’s perfect for mopping up the last of your curry.
DESSERTPhew, with so many savoury dishes, dessert around the corner seemed a daunting task but that changed once I’d seen what was on offer! What caught my eye was the Kala Khatta Gola Ice, which is described on the menu as “bizarre" then "captivating.” After that description, how could I not order it? An interesting combination of flavours; the dish is ice flakes flavoured with berries and black pepper. I found that each spoonful is like going to the gym; initially you wonder why you’re doing this, but afterwards it feels good - a definite recommendation. Next is the Pineapple and Black Pepper Crumble. Perhaps out of place on the otherwise Bombay-esque menu, it tasted like a normal apple crumble. Tasty but not particularly unique.
DRINKSThe drinks menu is where Dishoom excels in both originality and taste with a wide selection of cocktails, lassis, coolers and wines. The Bombay Pimms Cocktail is great to start with and complements the meal quite well. For a non-alcoholic option, the passion fruit cooler is very refreshing. A post dessert treat arrives in the form of a selection of chais – a great alternative for those who do not like coffee. For chocolate-lovers like myself, the chocolate chai is the one to go for. An interesting blend of sweet and spices, this smooth, silky tea was a perfect end to the evening.
PRICESAround £30 per head for a 3-course meal, tea or coffee and a cocktail/mocktail.
For more information and reservations please visit: www.dishoom.com