Dishoom is one of those places I had walked past a couple of times, it caught my eye, I looked at the website but never had a chance to go in.
While me and Peter were in London we thought breakfast would be a great opportunity to visit, so on a bright and sunny day we toddled off for the best breakfast I have had in a really long time.
‘THE OLD IRANI CAFÉS of Bombay have almost all disappeared. Their faded elegance welcomed all: rich businessmen, sweaty taxi-wallas and courting couples. Fans turned slowly. Bentwood chairs were reflected in stained mirrors, next to sepia family portraits. Students had breakfast. Families dined. Lawyers read briefs. Writers found their characters.
Opened early last century by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, there were almost four hundred cafés at their peak in the 1960s. Now, fewer than thirty remain. Their loss is much mourned by Bombayites’
I love this description. If you visit the website (here) the photography and food descriptions are fantastic. They paint a picture and give you such a vision of what’s to come, which is rare these days.
The whole setting of Dishoom is like my home.
A mismatch of furniture and decoration..but it works. (I like to think so anyway!) It really feels like a home away from home. Finding familiarity in the unfamiliar.
On to the breakfast. It’s such an Instagram meal. How much can you really say about it though?
I didn’t go wild.. I chose the House Granola and we still talk about how great it was. Surely that’s testament to something! Maybe it’s the fact it’s toasted in honey and butter..with fresh fruit and yoghurt. Warming and sweet but fresh. We both loved it!
‘A Dishoom recipe, handmade with oats, seeds, cashews, almonds, pistachios and cinnamon, toasted in butter and honey. Served with fresh fruits, Kerala-vanilla yoghurt and Buckinghamshire honey. ‘
Peter had the Sausage & Egg Naan Roll. I’m not going to claim it’s the healthiest option, you wouldn’t believe me. It is however, a must try! It is as good as it sounds.
‘Award-winning Shropshire pork sausages, warmly spiced with cracked black pepper. Each sausage is made by hand in the old-fashioned way’
We also shared some Fire Toast..what’s breakfast without some toast! ..and tea.. i’m so British!
The toast again was sweet and buttery (as the description would suggest). Moreish. Without being too much.
‘Thick slices of bloomer bread are buttered and thrown onto the grill where they become char-striped. Served with home-made preserves: pineapple-pink-peppercorn jam, and tangy orange marmalade with star anise. ‘
I would HIGHLY recommend visiting Dishoom if you see one!
Try something a little different every now and then 🙂