Dishoom Shoreditch – review 1 Dec

After a meeting with the production team who will be shooting our first ever ‘How to’ video (watch this space!) we were left twiddling our hungry thumbs in Shoreditch.

“Shall we grab a bite to eat, Tobes?”
“Sure thing.”
“Indian?”
“We’re not going to Brick Lane.”
“No, I know this great little place. Do you trust me?”
“I trust you.”

Nifty buzzing device

Nifty buzzing device

We got to the door of Dishoom, only to be told that there would be a half hour wait to be seated. Undeterred, we decided to prop up the bar until they found room for a couple of peckish ones.

Perhaps someone from the restaurant recognised the Foodie Boys were in the house, because we had barely got our lips around the Limca Collins and large Kingfisher beer we’d ordered when we were informed via a nifty buzzer device a table was free.

As we were lead towards our table we overheard a fellow guest perfectly concluding that this section of the restaurant “was like being in the garden, but inside,” for we were seated in a conservatory-like building.

We were approached by two lovely waitresses, Mariko and someone else:

“Hi, I’m Mariko and this is (someone else), she’ll be shadowing me tonight is that ok?”
“Two for the price of one,” we both quipped.

Unperturbed by our twin-like response, and after explaining we knew we weren’t buying them, they made us immediately well-at-ease.

“Have you been here before?” Enquired Mariko.
“No.” Toby.
“Yes.” Tony.

Okra Fries and Lamb samosas

Okra Fries and Lamb samosas

We were presented with the menus. We settled on a couple of light bites to kick us off, some Okra fries and lamb samosas.

Both were delicious, especially with the assorted chutneys to accompany them. One spicy, one less spicy and one not spicy at all. The Three Indian Bears would have had a field day!

MAINS

Again, we shared.

Now, don’t judge us but yes we had chicken tikka:

1. The Dishoom chicken tikka

Succulent bites of chicken, bursting with ginger, turmeric, garlic and green chilli flavours. Lovely.

2. Gunpowder Potatoes

These were smoky potatoes with brown skins, broken apart, tossed with butter, crushed aromatic seeds and green herbs. We discussed why they were called Gunpowder Potatoes, as there was limited spice to them. Toby ventured that it was perhaps a reference to our colonial past, and we quietly contemplated the lives lost to the Empire. These were again, lovely, but being spice lords, we would have liked an extra punch.

3. Black House Daal

Dishoom chicken tikka, gunpowder potatoes, daal

Dishoom chicken tikka, gunpowder potatoes, daal

Tony knew he was ordering this as soon as he set eyes on it. Having lived in India, daal makhani, a lentil based dish, was a staple part of his diet. He presumed this would be the same thing, and it pretty much was. Dark, rich and simmered for ages. It was a nice change to the meatier, potatoey options of the other two courses.

SIDES

1 x Naan – nuff said

1 x Garlic Naan – nuff said

DESSERT

It was offered to us, and the chocolate mousse with chilli and salt really appealed. But it was quite late by now and we were tired.

Tony ordered a small Kingfisher to polish off while Toby finished his big Kingfisher. We asked for the bill, which as you can see below came complete with a personalised message – thanks Mariko or the other one!

Love heart

Love heart

FULL DISCLOSURE

It was only after leaving the restaurant that we realised we hadn’t been charged for the drinks we had at the bar. We’d asked for them to be added to our tab before we headed off to our table.

We would like it to be known that we would have written a good review regardless of whether we got some free gin and beer.

Review / Tony’s lunch – Inito 28 October

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch

Inito roti

Inito roti

Whoever said that didn’t have lunch with me today. Having lived in India I’ve watched with eager eyes as Inito Roti has been put together near my place of work.

When I lived in India I used to have rotis for lunch very often, normally they’d be dipped and dunked into chickpea curries, acting as a mini naan bread. Delicious.

Now, as a big fan of wraps (the alternative to boring, old sandwiches) I was delighted to see that in Inito, roti bread was being used as an alternative to a tortilla style wrap.

Roti is generally an Indian bread, made from stoneground wholemeal flour, traditionally known as atta flour, that originated and is consumed in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

As I walked to Sainsbury’s to pick up some San Pellegrino water (I developed my taste for sparkling water when living in India) I saw Inito had opened it’s door(s).

Inito roti menu

Inito roti menu

I peaked my head through and was informed that they weren’t properly open just yet, but I could join the queue and try some of their fare.

Well, what a treat! There are numerous options here. I jumped in and went for the chicken, chickpea masala, spinach with mixed herb chutney sauce. It was a winner.

Now the amazing bit – I didn’t pay for it. “What, did your Mumbai?” No, when did I mention my mother being with me?!  It was because they’re not officially open. I was gobsmacked.

It’s only some 30/45 minutes later I realise the genius of this. Due to me enjoying the food and the proximity to my work, I’ll almost certainly be back. I could end up potentially having one of these every lunch time I want to be reminded of living in India, which is most of them let’s face it.

My colleagues are especially pleased as they adore my anecdotes about the time I lived in India.

Chicken and Chickpea roti at my work station

Chicken and Chickpea roti at my work station

It’s worth noting that we review both things we have and haven’t paid for. If you would like us to review your restaurant please get in touch. Especially if it’s going to be free.