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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Restaurant Review - Dishoom, St. Andrews Square, Edinburgh

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Last year when myself and Nicola were having dinner at Tredwell's in Covent Garden, for over two hours we had watched an almost endless queue of eager diners waiting patiently outside Indian restaurant Dishoom on Upper St Martin's Lane. I had been lucky enough to be invited to the launch evening of Dishoom in Edinburgh when it opened late last year and had managed to get a feel for the Indian cafe & restaurant but hadn't had the chance to eat there properly. So when we were given the chance to head along to the Edinburgh restaurant for breakfast, we jumped at the chance to find out what all the fuss was about.
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Dishoom is a throughback to the old Irani cafes that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay. Opened by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, these cafes were a hub of activity where everyone was welcome, numbering almost 400 cafes in the 1960's however less than 30 now remain.
When you walk through the doors of Dishoom in Edinburgh, you feel that you've been transported to a time long since forgotten with dark hardwood floors, slow turning ceiling fans, stained mirrors really helping set the mood of the post-colonial cafes.
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Dishoom is open from 8am through the week and 9am at the weekends offering hearty (and some healthy) breakfast options with an Indian twist. Breakfast is served right through to 11:45am and when we arrived at 11:30, the restaurant was almost full. I'm not sure there's many restaurants in the capital that can boast to being so popular this early in the morning.
We had already had a good look at the menu before so had a rough idea what we might be having for breakfast so when our waiter arrived to take our order, nicola quickly ordered the Bacon Naan Roll, a Dishoom twist on a national favourite.
I have to admit to being slightly jealous of Nicola's bacon roll. (don't know why as my breakfast was amazing) A freshly baked naan, hot from the tandoor oven, was stuffed with crispy Ramsay of Carluke streaky bacon, cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs. Priced at just £4.50, the bacon naan roll offers amazing value for money. Some people would say that attempting to recreate the classic bacon roll is blasphemous but Dishoom have created something that really is quite delicious.
Nicola washed her breakfast down with a pot of loose leaf English breakfast tea.
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I was sure when I looked at home that I had spotted kedgiree on the menu but I must have been dreaming as there was no sign of the classic smoked haddock and rice dish, but that didn't matter because once I read the description of the Keema Per Eedu, my breakfast was sorted.
Described as a Parsi power breakfast, my dish consisted of spicy chicken mince cooked with chicken livers and topped with two runny eggs and a scattering of sali crisp chips (super thin French fries) and served with two buttered pau buns. Wow! What a fantastic way to start the day. I love chicken livers and really enjoyed this rich hearty breakfast which was packed full of spice. The runny egg yolks helped create a beautiful rich and spicy sauce for me to dip my steamed pau buns.
If my palate hadn't had enough spice from the keema per eedu, my accompanying Bloody Mary made sure. The Dishoom Bloody Mary was the hottest that I've tasted with cracked black pepper adding addition heat to the fiery vodka and tomato cocktail.
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We had a busy day ahead with a visit to the National Museum of Scotland ahead of us plus a few stops along the way to top up on booze so the filling breakfast at Dishoom was a great way to start the day and make sure to keep us going throughout the afternoon. So with fresh, made to order food and great value for money, I would have no hesitation in recommending Dishoom in Edinburgh as an alternative to the traditional breakfast. Of course, if breakfast isn't your thing, head along after dark for cool drinks and even cooler music at The Permit Room, one of Edinburgh's top cocktail joints, hidden beneath the Dishoom Kitchen in St Andrew's Square.
Having enjoyed breakfast, we need to find a time to get back and try out the delights from the All Day Menu.
We dined as guests of Dishoom however my review above is an honest account of our experience on the day. We would like to thank the staff and management at Dishoom Edinburgh for their hospitality and generosity and wish them every success for the future.
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