26/11/20 - updated with new soft launch details
As it reaches its 10th anniversary, Dishoom is going back to the beginning, with a big change to its original Covent Garden restaurant. The smallest of the group, it's about to get a lot bigger as they've taken over the space left behind by the former Jamie's Italian that was next door.
This will more or less double the size of the restaurant and, as you can see from the new pics, they've really taken advantage of that space. They've teamed up with Macaulay Sinclair (who have designed most of their other restaurants) and took (pre-COVID) design trips to India for inspiration.
Their other restaurants have a story behind them, as does the revamped Covent Garden. This time it's in homage to Bombay's theatres (taking the location as an inspiration) and they say it will "tell the story of Bombay’s theatrical journey from Parsi theatre, to silent film, to the thrill and amazement of the Talkies era." The design takes its cues from the 1940s era cinemas in Bombay as well as buildings like The Willingdon Club and Bombay Yacht Club
Expect a similar menu to the other restaurants (yes, they will open for breakfast bacon naan fixes) and, as always, there will be new dishes. They include the Chef’s Special - Tila-Foi’s Very Best Masala Fish, created by Chef Naved. That's two fillets of sea bream marinated in Tila-foi’s masala with ginger-garlic, black pepper, lime juice, carrom seeds and red chilli - then griddled within a banana leaf and served to share.
More about Dishoom
Where is it? 12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB
When is it reopening? 5 December
Soft launch details: 50% off food from 5 December to 20 January 2021. Book online.
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