Third Dishoom opens in King’s Cross

April 21, 2015 No Comments

Cousins Shamil and Kavi Thakrar and the team behind the award-winning Dishoom casual dining restaurants in Covent Garden and Shoreditch have opened their third Bombay Cafe-style establishment in London’s King’s Cross. The 9,000 ft 2 restaurant is spread over three floors of a restored Victorian industrial building and includes a cocktail bar, a mezzanine kitchen with balcony tables, and a Bombay-style juice kiosk.

The kitchen – on a raised platform above the ground floor – is open every day from early morning until late, serving Executive Chef Naved Nasir’s popular breakfast menu followed by the all-day menu of small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls and curries. The all-day menu also has a signature dish unique to Dishoom King’s Cross, Nalli Nihar, a lamb-on-the-bone stew.
Dishoom will serve a selection of traditional garnishes with this lamb dish along with freshly baked sesame and onion seed naan, and in addition Bheja (lamb brain) can be stirred through the dish “for more taste and more
power”! Traditionally Nihari is cooked overnight and eaten at sunrise for breakfast. It became known as a labourer’s staple in India due the filling and nutritious nature of the dish, and is still eaten by working men in the country today.

The basement is dedicated to the Permit Room, Dishoom’s idea of an eccentric early 20th century bar in Bombay. As well as a wide selection of cocktails, Dishoom has also worked closely with London Fields Brewery to extend the beer list at King’s Cross. There are two cask ales – a black IPA and a red ale, served by the schooner, and several bottled beers – along with the existing Dishoom IPA, which is brewed especially for Dishoom by London Fields.

The juice kiosk on the ground floor serves fresh juices throughout the day, including sugarcane juice with lime and salt, and the ‘Sugarcane Invigorator’, with rum. Other juices include pineapple, lime and black pepper and black grape and lemon.

The café’s location is within the Western Transit Shed next to Granary Square, which was once an interchange for goods arriving and departing via rail, road and canal. Dishoom King’s Cross occupies a section of the heritage building known as The Stables, as it was used to house the draft horses that pulled the canal boats.

Dishoom founders Shamil and Kavi and designers Macaulay Sinclair spent many days in Bombay, returning to the remaining Irani cafés, researching the Bombay of the late 19th and early 20th century, and understanding the design and architecture of places that would have set the tone of 1920s Bombay.
They sourced over 100 pieces of antique furniture from this period in Bombay. Other features include the banquette seating modelled on second class Bombay local train seats and a clock which is a close replica of the station clock in Bombay Central.

In total, Dishoom King’s Cross has 250 dining covers, including 30 outside, with a further 90 in the Permit Room bar. It is designed to provide a comfortable all-day space where the local community and visitors from
farther afield can meet, eat, drink, chat, linger, work, study or read.

Dishoom Covent Garden opened in July 2010, while Dishoom Shoreditch followed in October 2012. All three Dishoom restaurants pay homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay. Opened early last century by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, there were almost four hundred of these cafés at their peak in the 1960s. Now fewer than thirty remain.

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