Dishoom restaurant in Shoreditch has been a breakfast favourite of mine for quite a while, if you haven't read my earlier blog post take a look here.
Who would have thought that Indian cuisine when mixed with British staples like bacon and sausage could be a winning combination for breakfast.
But naan bread, a little cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs (£5.20) is a winning combination.
Dishoom is also really popular for dinner too, the only challenge is you have to book in advance. It is for this reason that I haven't previous been, but I was organised this week and managed to bag a table.
The inside of the restaurant is like stepping into a Bombay Cafe.
All good meals begin with a good drink and whilst I might be skipping the cocktails due to pregnancy my other half isn't. He opts for an East India Gimlet a 19th century naval "health" drink, Bombay Sapphire, lime and bitters (£6.50).
I am very jealous as gin is a definite favourite of mine, so I opt for Limca a lemon and lime Indian soft drink.
I always find curry rather filling so this is one place that as a foodie I will have some self restraint, opting for a selection of main meals to share.
First to arrive on the table is Dishoom chicken Tikka, a family recipe using a marinade of sweet vinegar rather than yoghurt. Laced with ginger juice, turmeric, garlic and green chilli (£7.50).
Delicious the green chilli however did add a kick. Probably not so wise to have this so near to labour as I certainly don't want to put the old-wives tales of inducing labour by curry to the test.
Next up was Sheekh Kabab, minced lamb marinated with lime, coriander and cumin then grilled (£7.90).
I love Biryani if done well, slow cooked rice, layered with aromatic seasoning. We opt for Awadhi Lamb (£9.50), where the meat is prepared in stock and spices, then layered with rice and cooked in a traditional "dum" style.
The lamb was perfectly cooked and melted in my mouth.
No curry would be perfect without daal, and Dishoom do a signature house black daal (£4.90).
Simmered over 24 hours the daal is rich and
flavoursome. It is perfect for dipping naan bread (£2.20) fresh from the tandoor or mixed with a tasty bowl of rice (£2.20).
A wonderful meal that is as authentic as it is delicious, we will certainly be back to sample the rest of their menu.
What is your favourite Indian dish?
7 Boundary Street