Lunch @DishoomLondon (Restaurant Review)
I'm back from my European vacation and have finally started to work my way through the hundreds of photos I took. I was just looking at the pictures from our daytrip to London and I wanted to share a couple of words about the restaurant we had lunch at, Dishoom.
London is known for having lovely Indian food, but coming from the Bay Area and having so many talented cooks in my husband's family made me skeptical that we would find anything surprising. I'm happy to say I was completely wrong. Dishoom is a self-styled Bombay café, and while I can't speak to its authenticity in that department, I can say that they had a fresh take on so many dishes that I've had before.
The daily special, soft-shelled crab masala, was my personal favorite. I've never had anything like it. My husband Lulu enjoyed his Paneer Tikka, which was definitely more traditional.
He also ordered us a Thums Up and a Limca, which for those who don't know (I certainly didn't) are India's answer to Coke and lemon soda. The latter states on the bottle that it "contains no fruit". I must say that I couldn't stand either one. Sorry! Lulu, who hasn't had either in over 20 years, was a little disappointed by my reaction. If you feel the same way, sorry again! That's not a knock on Dishoom, really, since all they were responsible for was opening the bottles and bringing them to our table.
After erasing those two drinks from my memory, I tried the Virgin Bombay Colada as well. Like a piña colada, the base is a combination of pineapple and coconut cream. Dishoom's twist is to add a fair amount of coriander, as well as chai syrup and lime juice. The coriander was a revelation, and it made an already refreshing drink even brighter. If you hate coriander and cilantro, this is definitely not for you, but I loved it.
I know I've had a great experience at a restaurant if when I leave I'm inspired to try out new dishes. Dishoom left me with that feeling and I'll definitely share recipes with you after I experiment a bit. If you're planning on being in London and would like to stop by, check out Dishoom website for more info on the restaurant, its locations and hours of operation.