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Dishoom swings into Soho


The Dishoom team are set to open DishoomCarnaby on Kingly Street in Soho later this year. As with its successful Covent Garden, Shoreditch and Kings Cross restaurants, the new venture will be paying loving homage to the old Irani cafés of Bombay, and will include a Permit Room cocktail bar, several rooms for all-day dining, an open kitchen and an enclosed terrace, which can be partially or fully covered for all-year-round enjoyment.

The Dishoom team loves nothing more than to explore the links and make connections between their London home and their beloved Bombay. So, in DishoomCarnaby they saw an opportunity to share a surprising insight: the ’60s in London actually kicked off a rocking music scene in Bombay.

Kavi and ShamilThakrar and the rest of the Dishoom staff were delighted to learn of this and so, along with designers Macaulay Sinclair, they set out to explore it. They spent time with Sidharth Bhatia, the author of the book ‘India Psychedelic’, which chronicles the brief infatuation with Western rock’n’roll music that took place in Bombay and elsewhere. They sought out the people who had fond recollections of that scene, and they had the pleasure of listening to their unique experiences. They also explored the iconic ’60s buildings and areas of Bombay (such as Churchgate and Nariman Point) to understand the design and architecture that would have set the tone of midcentury Bombay. They hung out in the West End Hotel, and its delightfully frozen-in-time bar, Chez Nous, and the old Oberoi Hotel.

In addition they spent a lot of time seeking out antiques that would have felt at home in an Irani café of the era. Over 150 of these have been lovingly restored to furnish DishoomCarnaby.

The DishoomCarnaby kitchen will be open every day from early until late, serving executive chef Naved Nasir’s breakfast menu followed by the all-day menu of small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls and curries.

DishoomCarnaby will accommodate 196 diners with a further 38 seats in the courtyard and 20 in the Permit Room bar.  It will be the fourth in the popular chain. Dishoom Covent Garden was opened in July 2010. , Dishoom Shoreditch followed in October 2012 and Dishoom King’s Cross in November 2014.