What can be better than seeing a movie with friends? When it then becomes a dinner outing to complete the day. Luckily for us, Kings Cross has an array of restaurants including Dishoom. Dishoom has been attempted to go to for a while but for one reason or another, it hasn’t happened. Until this particular evening when we were hungry after the movie.
As we approached Dishoom, we could see that there were a few people queuing. We were told that it would be a 30 minute wait. As we were waiting for a friend to join us, we didn’t mind waiting. A bonus was that while we waited, a cup of their warming chai was given. This chai was sweet, spicy and milky; a hug in a mug. Our luck was in as we only ended up waiting for about 10 minutes before we were seated. This was because we had opted for their lounge table. This was a lower coffee style table seating which made the dining more relaxed.
Entering Dishoom, there was a buzzing and lively atmosphere. The restaurant seemed to have retained some features of the original Victorian industrial building. The history behind this Kings Cross location is that the building was built in 1850 and it was a railway transit shed. The restaurant has character with its wicker chairs, booth seating, dark wood bar area, the mosaic tiled floor and the striking big clock.
The staff sat down with us and explained the menu. He told us the dishes that he recommended and also dishes that are only available at this branch of Dishoom. The speciality of Kings Cross Dishoom was the Nalli Nihari, a Nawabi lamb stew.
To start off with, the Okra Fries were chosen. Thin crispy slices of fried okra were fantastic with the chutneys. The chutneys ranged from mild mint yogurt, to tangy sweet tamarind and then a spicy hot one.
A few sharing dishes were chosen which included the recommended House Black Daal. This House Black Daal was another one of Dishoom’s signature dishes. The daal had been cooked over 24 hours. This resulted in an intensely creamy, buttery and ever so moreish daal. A great accompaniment was the Roomali Roti. This thin light roti had been cooked on a tava. It was a soft roti and it was easy to scoop up the daal with it.
The Chole Puri was a complete meal in itself. The chickpea curry was spicy and had a thick sauce. Two crispy light and flaky puris to have with the chickpeas was the classic way to have this dish. Tangy pickled carrot sticks and whole chillies came on the side. A bonus was to have a small dish of the halva as part of the Chole Puri. The halva was sweet and light. A nice way to end the meal on a sweet note.
Dishoom is a wonderful addition to Kings Cross. It provided us with delicious food, great service and staff in a lively restaurant. We certainly left with happy tummies and the tastes of the dishes thoroughly enjoyed.
Dishoom, 5 Stable Street, London, N1C 4ABRating: