|It's like you are a saint!|
Let's start at the very beginning. There's a cool buzzy atmosphere, and slipping into one of the side booths you feel at home; that is if your home was very cool and filled with sepia photos of Maharajas and old Indian advertising.
I love a cocktail, as you may have gathered by now. What do I love even more? A cocktail that masquerades as a health drink! Yes a healthy drink! The East India Gimlet is "The old-established drink devised for sailors to evade scurvy." WIN! It's actually Bombay Dry gin with Rose’s lime and a touch of celery bitters, garnished with a sprig of dill, just to reinforce its health giving properties. It certainly set my night off on the right foot. There's a full list of similarly different cocktails, such as the Chilli Martini my dinner date enjoyed.
|Chicken and Pomegranate Salad|
On previous occasions I have enjoyed a wide variety of dishes from the gluten free menu, all delicious, but also all shared with the group I was dining with. The very good black daal, the excellent Ruby Murray (the ultimate curry with a nod to the English) and the chicken and pomegranate salad, to name a few. The fried okra is gluten free and well, we know how rare and amazing it is to eat something fried!
|The stunning banana leaf steamed barramundi|
This time around it being me finally DOING a review and having a willing and adventurous partner-in-dining, I got to select some of the more interesting items from the menu. The special that day was "Patra nu Macchi" - marinated barramundi fillet steamed in a banana leaf with a paste of fresh herbs. To say it was a taste sensation is an understatement. The flavours exploded in my mouth and the fish was soft, delicate and perfectly cooked. It was served with a savoury coconut chai - a little sip of the salty, creamy, coconutty drink between bites of the fish was a real culinary journey. I loved it. And yes, coconutty is a real word.
Though I'm not really a dessert person, I can handle a liquid dessert. And no, I'm not talking about the martinis I consumed afterwards, I'm talking about the delicious Dishoom Chai tea. It was sweet but spicy, like a warm hug followed by a surprise tickle.
The service was super, and the staff very happy so ask the kitchen questions on your behalf if you have any concerns.
I'm at Dishoom a lot. And now you will be too. So the queue will be longer, darn it, but I'm willing to wait. You can thank me later.
Gluten Free Knowledge: ★★★★
Gluten Free Range: ★★★★
Verdict: Delightfully different, light and punchy Indian food, in a very cool buzzy environment.