Meal at Dishoom

Meal at Dishoom

at Dishoom on 13 February 2016
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I’m pleased to be able to write that this revisit to Dishoom Kingly Street was a total change from the first visit experienced.  On arrival this time all the greeters at the desk were alert, smiling and on completely on point and was frankly a transformation from the first visit which seemed to be shrouded in lethargy.  The atmosphere was very different (probably owing to Saturday breakfasts being far more of an event) and I was actually unaware just how big this Dishoom is.  I should have guessed as all Dishooms seem to have vast interiors and I thought I was being taken to the very back out of anyone’s view for being the problem child, but in fact I was taken back to what I think is possibly the nicest part of the restaurant under a glass roof with a mock-fireplace giving a lovely feel of a conservatory.

Moreover, all the food was completely on point on this visit as well.  The all important bacon naan was beautifully floppy in its feel with freshly cooked and juicy bacon – exactly how it is at its best and was a return to the delight of when first experienced in Covent Garden.  I had to try other elements whilst back and wanted to give the hot livers a go as I so love these in paté, parfait or foie gras formats.  These were fried in their whole form, cut in to smaller pieces which I actually found out is not my favourite, but they were not tough and I liked the fact that the spicy sauce they came with was not over the top.  The sausage was good but I would say that the breakfast sausage at Tredwell’s pips that one on its meatier texture and slightly stronger sense of herbs.

Moreover, all the food was completely on point on this visit as well.  The all important bacon naan was beautifully floppy in its feel with freshly cooked and juicy bacon – exactly how it is at its best and was a return to the delight of when first experienced in Covent Garden.  I had to try other elements whilst back and wanted to give the hot livers a go as I so love these in paté, parfait or foie gras formats.  These were fried in their whole form, cut in to smaller pieces which I actually found out is not my favourite, but they were not tough and I liked the fact that the spicy sauce they came with was not over the top.  The sausage was good but I would say that the breakfast sausage at Tredwell’s pips that one on its meatier texture and slightly stronger sense of herbs.

However, I thought the signature porridge was absolutely superb – a very subtle hint of savoury warmth and with wonderful dates on the top made this very good indeed.  You also get unlimited refills with this dish(!) but frankly the size of the bowl it is served in combined with how filling it is means it’s unlikely you will probably need this, but great to know if you are on the brink of starvation.  The sides of bacon were a thing of beauty on their own and the wonderfully proportioned fat within these streaks produced / produces a glorious flavour.

I’m not sure why it was so below par on my first visit  had recently – perhaps this is usual for early in the week, or maybe no one enjoys working in the morning, especially early in the week(?).  However, that obviously doesn’t wash when providing a service, whoever your customer base is, but everyone will have off days.  The bottom line is this was a totally different experience on this occasion from the first – attentive staff, a happy atmosphere, with smiles everywhere (guests and hosts) and the food was lovely.  A-grade, and this is the Dishoom I have seen before.  Amazing how different any place is when it performs at its peak and I hope to catch Dishoom whenever it is in this mode – when it is, it is without a shadow of doubt, one of the very best places in London for breakfast and a unique experience in general.  My thanks to the team for the warm hospitality on Saturday 13 Feb am – a very lovely start to any weekend.

It was and is still an amazing combination and option for breakfast in general, but unfortunately it summed up the experience today along with the staff who were in general pleasant but just appeared half asleep and only just interested in the service.It won’t stop me going back as it is still an awesome menu in London – this was disappointing though and lowered the bar.  I would still recommend the group wholeheartedly – hopefully you will get them on a good day.

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6 / 10

Dishoom Kingly St

Back end of restaruant

Conservatory end

Porridge

Bacon naan (1)

Bacon naan (2)

Bacon naan (3) – a wonderful sight

Fried livers

Sausage side

Sausage cross-section

Bacon side

Entrance and bar

Main dining room

Chai tea

Bacon naan with spiced ketchup

Close up

The breakfast bill for 1