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Dishoom Covent Garden

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#359 of 17,341 Restaurants in London
Travellers' Choice

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MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

Expect long queues at this group’s original branch. It’s based on a Bombay café, of the sort opened by Iranian immigrants in the early 20C. Try vada pa...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Simple restaurant
The original Bombay cafes have almost all disappeared. Their faded elegance welcomed all: rich businessmen, sweaty taxi-wallas and courting couples. Fans turned slowly. Bentwood chairs were reflected in stained mirrors, next to sepia family portraits. Students had breakfast. Families dined. Lawyers read briefs. Writers found their characters. Opened early last century by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, there were almost four hundred cafes at their peak in the 1960s. Now, fewer than thirty remain. Their loss is much mourned by Bombayites.
US$21 - US$35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Indian, Asian
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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have been to Dishoom a few times for breakfast and this didn't disappoint. This time we had the scrambled eggs - which were spicy and delicious, plus the omelette - less spicy but tasty. All with a side of sausages, which were also lightly spiced....We were in the new conservatory, which was a tad chilly. Initially we were put at a small table near the door, so one of us was sitting where people came in and out. But, we asked to move and were moved straight away without any fuss. Friendly staff who took the time to explain dishes to people, even though it was busyMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As a keen home chef Indian and Asian cuisine, I was bought the Dishoom cook book several years ago and looked forward to visiting one of the restaurants. The opportunity arose while on a stopover in London, so we joined the walk-in que with great...anticipation of what we would enjoy later. Unfortunately we were underwhelmed by the food we ordered. The staff were mostly wonderful, very gushing and charming. Our server spoke broken English and we found it hard to make him out as we whisked us through the menu - no doubt this part of the experience as to how to ‘marry’ the menu. Our order contained chillie chicken, lamb samosas, chicken ruby, murgh malai and Nan/rice. The samosa were really nice, but the chillie chicken was hard/overcooked and the flavours harsh. Similarly with the chicken ruby, looked lovely and silky, but the sauce was over seasoned and lacked warmth. Even worse was the murgh malai - marinated form24 hours? No, is was tasteless. Then server suggested I have it with kala chana salad which I would not recommend. On the positive the kingfisher was lovely, even at £7.50 a bottle! I will give it another go for breakfast or lunch, but with some reluctance.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great food, good service. They were very confident and efficient with their allergen menus and advice too.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Date night was a thoroughly enjoyed experience at Dishoom Covent Gardens . Fast, friendly service, vibrant atmosphere and delicious food and drink. While it was expensive, what isn’t in London’s West End! It was definitely money well spent.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 days ago

A friend recommended that I bring my husband here for a birthday lunch and we were not disappointed. The food is wonderful and very flavorsome. Great choice on the menu. The staff were very helpful and we had plenty of time to relax and enjoy....If you want a great taste of India then look no further. Only advice is that if you don't want to queue for a walk in table then book.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved it here. First time to Dishoom and the food and service (from Albert) tonight were excellent. Ambience was really nice too. You felt that you were able to relax, enjoy your meal but if you needed anything, help wasn’t too far away. We will...return.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

The food here is sooooo good. It's served more like Tapas but for Indian food with many small plates that everyone can try. The food is just out of this world, so good! And further, everything is priced very reasonably, a rarity for this neighborhood...in London. Be sure to book a reservation as you otherwise will likely not get in. In busier times, you will need to do this months in advance. We booked a 4:45 PM reservation which was perfect timing to get to the theater afterwards. Book Dishoom for a wonderful meal!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I'd heard so much, so much lavished praise, and yet this place still didn't disappoint! We arrived at 5pm on a Thursday and, to our surprise, we did not have to queue or pre-book. We were promptly seated downstairs in what I think was called...something like the 'family room' which was surprisingly vast and fragrant. The atmosphere was buzzy and yet relaxed. My partner and I shared dishes including the black daal, garlic naan, chicken ruby and tikka chicken along with lassi and sodas. Favourites were the daal and ruby which soothed with creamy smoothness and rich warming flavours. I would recommend it to almost anybody!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Haven't been here for years. It's twice the size now. Doorman with the funky moustache and black nails was great. Food was generally sublime. I'm vegetarian. Samosas we're good but the real standout was the kali daal and pineapple paneer tikka. So so good. And...this coming from someone who's had a lot of similar food. Another highlight was our waitress Karolina (216) who was as good as they come. Took time to explain the menu to some of one of our group who couldn't handle much spice and another for dairy plus just being generally awesome. Will be back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for lunch before our trip to the the theatre to see Frozen. There was a queue outside as we had a reservation I went to the front and asked if and refeswe had to join the queue if we had a reservation. We...were a little early, but the lady on the front door said she would see if our table was ready. Whilst we waited another lady brought us a glass of mint tea, very nice and refreshing. We were quickly shown to our table. Our waiter gave us the menu and we ordered some drinks. He then returned and explained the menu and as I cannot eat coriander ( yep I am one of the few that cannot eat it as it makes the whole dish taste of soap!) he explained which dishes had coriander in and which could be adapted. I had the Dishoom chicken tikka, plain steamed rice and plain Naan. It was delicious. The restaurant was busy which is always a good time especially at lunchtime. Our waiter had time for us which was nice. He was excellent. I would definitely recommend Dishoom. Very quaint, modern but in keeping with the time is was established. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Response from meeshleboeuf | Reviewed this property |
I believe they can, they made a point to ask what our allergies were at the beginning of the meal
26 January 2019|
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Response from Deina2015 | Reviewed this property |
Not quite sure.
27 December 2018|
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Response from kimberly_biglife | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. They pride themselves on their bar!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dishoom Covent Garden

Yes, Dishoom Covent Garden offers takeaway services.

Yes, Dishoom Covent Garden is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Dishoom Covent Garden is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4