Sun 1 Oct 2017
I’ve just found a new favourite restaurant – Dishoom on St Andrew Square. Inspired by the Irani Cafes of Bombay in the 1920s, it offers Indian food with an Iranian twist. This is currently the only Dishoom outside of London.
My first visit was for dinner with my husband and three other couples. Some of us have kids and we don’t often all get out together in the evening, so we were really looking forward to it! The restaurant doesn’t usually take reservations for dinner. They allocate tables on a first come first served basis. When we arrived there was a queue right around the block to get in. Luckily, they do take bookings for larger tables, so we were able to skip the queue.
It’s a huge place with a warm, bustling atmosphere. We had a lovely table on the top floor. Even though it was so busy, a very friendly waiter served us very quickly. He advised us to order one small plate and one main plate each, which we could then share.
I ordered lamb samosas to start and they were honestly the nicest samosas I have ever had in my life! Gujarati filo pastry stuffed with minced lamb, onions and spices. My husband had calamari, which he said was lovely too. In fact, we were all really impressed with our small plates.
Next, the mains. My husband and I shared the ‘Chicken Ruby’ and ‘Dishoom Chicken Tikka’. The Chicken Ruby is a curry with a rich makhani sauce. It was absolutely delicious, with lots of spice and flavour. The Chicken Tikka was just a little too hot for my liking, but I tried it with some Raita minty yoghurt and then it was perfect. We also had naan and rice, and even these simple side dishes were amazing.
We all really enjoyed the food, drink and atmosphere at Dishoom. It was such a fantastic meal, my husband and I couldn’t wait to go back. So, we returned a few weeks later to sample the breakfast menu. Dishoom is famous for its breakfasts and we were both intrigued as to what they would be like.
It was a Sunday morning and a bit quieter than the last time we were there. We learned that they do, in fact, take reservations for smaller tables at breakfast and lunch. We hadn’t realised this, but they did have a table for us, downstairs in the bar this time. Although it was quiet when we first arrived at about 10 am, it filled up fast. Next time we will definitely book to make sure we get in.
Again, the waiter was really friendly and served us very quickly. It didn’t take us long to decide we would both have the ‘Big Bombay’. Akuri spicy scrambled eggs, char-striped smoked streaky bacon, peppery Shropshire pork sausages, masala baked beans, grilled field mushroom, grilled tomato and buttered buns. It sounded amazing. And it was! It was like a traditional cooked breakfast, but spiced up to perfection. The spicy scrambled eggs were my absolute favourite. We had a nice pot of Assam loose leaf tea to go with it.
We paid about £35 per person for dinner at Dishoom, and £15 per person for breakfast. That includes drinks and service charge. This is an excellent price for the outstanding food and service on offer. I would highly recommend a visit.
Dishoom, 3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD