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Dishoom Carnaby

  • Soho
  • Lunch
  • ££££

There's a dish for every time of day at this Irani-styled cafe direct from Bombay. The cocktails are fresh and inventive and well worth a try,

Information

Address
22 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5QP
Contact
+44 (0) 20 7420 9322
Opening Times
Mon-Thu 08.00-23.00
Fri 08.00-00.00
Sat 09.00-00.00
Sun 09.00-23.00

Reviews

  • Square Meal

    Square Meal Says…

    A vibrant menu? Check. Queues for dinner? Check. Kitsch Bombay nostalgia? Check. It’s business as usual at Dishoom’s fourth branch, but that’s good. Styling in this sprawling ground-floor bar-restaurant is inspired by the 1960s: Brimful of Asha in four dimensions. The spiced cocktail list includes bottle-aged options; wines focus on Europe; and the house chai (served to the hour-long queue outside) is delicious. With evening reservations for six diners or more only, Dishoom is ideal for parties: it certainly has the requisite vibes, flavours and drinks.

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  • Time Out

    Time Out Says…

    First off, the best bits. As at its other sites, this ‘Bombay Café’ (inspired by the ones first founded by Iranians in India) has taken a huge space and carved out a collection of individually styled areas, including a bar, ‘lounge’, and conservatory. And once again, the overall theme is drawn from the ’hood. Here, just off Carnaby Street – once the epicentre of the swinging ’60s – we’re talking retro Indian (that is, surprisingly Western).

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  • The Nudge

    The Nudge Says…

    It is just like it’s predecessors in that you’ll be able to get the bacon naan breakfast roll and gujarati filo stuffed with minced lamb and spices. And it’s unlike its predecessors in that you’ll also be able to get Carnaby’s signature dish of Sali Boti — lamb braised in gravy finished with crunchy sali crisp-chips and served with buttered roomali rotis. For drinks, there’s the ‘Permit Room’. Somewhere that serves up unsuspectingly potent modern Indian cocktails created by Carl Brown and inspired by the 1960s, which include ‘The Debonair’ (orange, marmalade vodka, ginger, star anise, bitters and orange cream soda) and the ‘Velvette Fogg’ (chai ice cream, coffee liqueur and vodka).

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