7 Boundary Street
London, United Kingdom
August 4, 2015
Bombay Omelette – Served with grilled tomato and Fire Toast
Of course I would not miss the Indian food scene during my three-week eating tour in London. Maybe the trip to dishoom was a somewhat tourist trap, but hippie spicy brunch worked for me from time to time…
Our first plate was a omelet. Except for being a little bit overcooked, the use of coriander and green chilli did suffuse this ordinary egg breakfast with a fiery flavor. And on the side, my chai was properly spiced.
Pau Bhaji - served with hot buttered pau bun
According to our waitress, this bowl of mashed vegetables was a homage to Bombay cuisine. As always, it was disorienting without knowing what I was trying when eating indian. And as always, these deeply flavoured stuffs were easily obsessive. Indian food really is quite erotic when done right.
Black House Daal
Another co-specialty in house was this long-hour simmered bean dish. It was dark, hearty and thick. Its strong taste was harmonized by the unadorned roti. But after few bites it could start to feel monotonous.
Murgh Malai - Chicken thigh meat steeped overnight in garlic, ginger, coriander stems and a little cream.
Lastly, an unfussy poultry dish to sum the meal up. These stalwart chicken meat was cooked just enough to maintain moist. It also came with three sauces to keep things interesting.
Dishoom is more of a modernized version of indian restaurant. In spite of my predilection for traditional taste, food quality here is noted. It is fun to see the great effort being put into capturing the balance between authenticity and modernity in indian food. I think one crucial premise for this to happen is UK’s abundant culture of Anglo-Indian cuisine.