AMAGAZINE delve into the Dishoom Manchester hype
From curry for breakfast to bacon naan rolls, there’s a lot for us to get stuck into at Dishoom Manchester. Since opening at the tail end of 2018, it’s proved to be a hit in Manchester. Crowds have descended and orderly queues have formed – but what’s all the fuss about down at Dishoom?
The Grade II listed Manchester Hall opened its historic doors to Bombay-inspired restaurant Dishoom last December. Taking inspiration from Bombay’s old Irani cafes, the restaurant serves Indian comfort food on Manchester Hall’s ground floor. Dishoom opened its first venue in Covent Garden in 2000 and Dishoom Manchester is the company’s seventh location.
It really is ‘go big or go home’ here. The restaurant can seat 231 people across two dining rooms and the Permit Room cocktail bar. When heading inside, you think the restaurant can’t possibly go back any more – but it does. Dishoom stretches deep into Manchester Hall, bringing the building’s history along with it. The restaurant is home to three dining rooms and a bar, all perfumed with incense that nods to Dishoom’s Bombay café origins.
With sharing plates and bags of space, Dishoom is perfect for celebrations. The space works just as well for a catch up with friends or a birthday dinner – simply spread out and take your time over some delicious dishes. Dishoom brings together a laidback vibe with the grandeur of Manchester Hall for a flexible space that’s fit for work and play.
The Permit Room cocktail bar is named after the official term for Bombay bars where only permit-holders could drink alcohol. Manchester’s being treated to some special tipples as Dishoom have created two new cocktails, especially for our city. Sip on a Beram’s Cobbler: a mango, pineapple and manzanilla mix; or a Chevalier’s Sour: a gin, tamarind and raspberry cocktail.
What to Order
The all-day menu boasts small plates, grills, biryanis and salads. If you fancy a real treat, opt for the chef’s special – ‘Nalli Nihari Biryani’: a lamb shank layered with rice and caramelized onions sealed beneath a pastry blanket and drizzled in chicken liver, raita, and nihari gravy.
Make sure to come back for breakfast. Visit Dishoom before 11.45am for their famous bacon and sausage naan rolls. For something a little more traditional, go for the Akuri: three eggs, spiced and scrambled, with home-made buns and grilled tomato for £7.20.
Best Dishoom Dishes
Gunpowder potatoes, £6.70. Perfecting for picking up whilst you catch-up, the potatoes are served with brown skins, butter and are smoky-grilled.
Chilli cheese toast, £3.70. This is the upgrade you didn’t know you needed! We thought we’d already reached perfection with cheese on toast, but thanks to Dishoom the standard serving just won’t cut it anymore.
Spicy lamb chops, £4.30 (per chop). These ginger and garlic infused lamb chops and likely to keep you coming back for more.
Mattar paneer, £9.50. One for the veggies, but meat eaters ought to give it a go as well. A hearty, comforting curry that’s a fail-safe for even the pickiest of eaters.
Find out more at dishoom.com/manchester.