Dishoom, Birmingham

Dishoom is a renowned family of Bombay Cafés & restaurants dotted around the UK. The brand started out in London and has finally arrived in Birmingham to great anticipation for those with a penchant for Indian cuisine.

Serving Bombay breakfast, lunch, afternoon chai, dinner & late-night tipples guests can book a table up to a month in advance for up to 6 guests.

The owners behind Dishoom lovingly create bespoke designs to suit each venue, they all come with a little story too!


Crisp and organised, Roda Irani leads her daughter through the narrow gullies of Swadeshi Market. “Come, let us get to the café.”

They begin to walk the length of the market, shoulder to hip. Each gully is lined with stalls separated by thin partitions or simple thick cloth. Roda and Farah navigate past shoppers haggling over the price of scissors, padlocks, bolts of cloth – an array of products with one thing in common: all made by Indian hands on Indian soil…

And the story continues (read more here.)

Dishoom Birmingham officially opens on 6th August.

A Day With Dishoom

BEGIN THE DAY with a bowl of Date & Banana Porridge or a Bacon Naan Roll. Savour the fragrance of freshly-baked pau, the rich salty taste of butter melting on a bun dipped in hot Chai, the warm indulgence of Akuri, the wistfulness of a moment.

Lunch time, waiters find joy in delivering trays of abundant food to your table. Roomali Roti Rolls, baked and filled to order, humble and delicious Mattar Paneer, or fresh salads. Refresh your afternoon with a drop of Chai and a small plate or two, while a thin coil of sandalwood smoke rises from gently burning incense.

And as evening falls, the café fills with calls of old friends meeting, chatting – a lovely and lively hubbub. To the table come smoky, melt-in-the-mouth grills, slow-cooked and aromatic biryanis, robust and spicy curries. Plates are passed around, shared, enjoyed.

Then ease yourself into a chair and order an East India Gimlet, a Viceroy’s Old-fashioned, or the very good Dishoom IPA. Take a long draught. Exhale contentedly.

Carefully Chosen Ingredients

DISHOOM CHOOSE THE PEOPLE they work with very carefully, especially when it comes to sourcing ingredients.

At breakfast, you’ll enjoy free-range eggs, sausages from Maynard’s Farm and bacon from Ramsay of Carluke. Plant-based patrons might opt for a vegan naan roll made with Beyond Meat sausages.

Dishoom have signed up to the Better Chicken commitment, a new set of standards improving the welfare of chickens farmed for meat. The all-day menu is Halal, with lamb and chicken coming from certified suppliers, and the animals are humanely stunned before slaughter.

Coffee is brewed using Direct Trade beans by Union Hand-Roasted Coffee. All bottled water is from One Water, who donate all profits to sustainable water projects around the world. And Dishoom tipples feature the Dishoom IPA, brewed by Mondo Brewing Co., served alongside first-rate beers and ciders from local breweries.

Dishoom Birmingham Menu

Breakfast at Dishoom is a real treat, why not try Kejriwal (Two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast) or Parsi Omelette (A crazy-paving three-egg omelette of chopped tomato, onion, coriander, green chilli and a little cheese. Served with grilled tomato and Fire Toast).

At lunch and later choose from Lamb Samosas, Keema Pau (A classic of Irani cafés: spiced minced lamb and peas with a toasted, buttered home-made bun), Bhel (Cold and crunchy, light and lovely. Puffed rice, peanuts, Bombay Mix and nylon sev tossed with fresh pomegranate, tomato, onion, lime, tamarind, mint), Spicy Lamb Chops (Two chops lie overnight in a special marinade of lime juice, warm dark spices, ginger and garlic. Blackened by the grill. Untrimmed for juiciness), Chicken Ruby (Tender chicken in a rich silky ‘makhani’ sauce. A good and proper curry redolent with spice and flavour), or the House Black Daal (A Dishoom signature dish — dark, rich, deeply flavoured. It is cooked over 24 hours for extra harmony).

Dishoom have created a special drink just for Brum, the Bombay Mule. This favourite spirit of India, Johnnie Walker Black, is lengthened with Dishoom Chai spices, ginger beer and dashes of grapefruit bitters. Fiery feist, for independent spirits.

Have a dekho at the full Dishoom Birmingham menu here.

*An optional service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill. Every penny of this is shared between the team in this restaurant. (Service charge is entirely optional. If you feel the service is in any way lacking, you need only ask, and the charge will be removed).


Dishoom Birmingham full review September 2020