Dishoom has arrived, and everyone knows it. The queues have been outrageous, so I was totally delighted when I was, along with some other lovely lady bloggers, invited to skip the queue (phew!) and enjoy brunch.
Although all of the ladies were new faces, (if not Instagram and Twitter handles), we soon got chatting over a rather strong Bloody Mary.
Bringing Breakfast Back
In Britain, we love Indian food. But seriously, wow. The team at Dishoom are synonymous with brunch in London, and now we are lucky enough to have the restaurant right here in Scotland’s capital.
The bacon/sausage and egg naan roll is a popular popular, and with good reason. Served with a sweet chilli jam, the naan is light and fluffy, while encasing the calorific goodness inside perfectly. Ideal for an indulgent breakfast or the cure for the most festive of hangovers, there’s not doubt that it’s a winner in our book.
As well as multiple naans, the table ordered a variety of Dishoom breakfast staples. While I enjoyed my Akuri, spicy scrambled eggs piled up alongside pau buns, the highlight was taking my pau bun, tearing it to pieces and dunking it in my warm chai tea. Don’t be offended; although unlike anything I have tried before, it was gratifying and hugely comforting.
My neighbour enjoyed her Keema Per Eedu hugely. This spicy chicken keema, studded with delicate morsels of chicken liver, was topped with two runny-yolked fried eggs and sali crisp-chips. Served alongside pau, it was not only nutritious but delicious!
Across the table from me, a fellow blogger experienced her first Kejriwal, two fried eggs on chilli cheese toast. The team describes the dish as ” favourite of the well-to-do Willingdon Club, the first such Bombay institution to admit natives; the dish is reputedly named for the member who kept asking for it. (Not to be confused with Arvind Kejriwal, leader of India’s Aam Aadmi – common man’s – political party.)”
Our brunch was all washed down with bottomless spiced chai, smooth and creamy with a kick of cinnamon, and the perfect antidote to a Winter’s day, or, for that matter, a warm summer afternoon. Whatever the weather, we’re in.
Cocktails – with a twist
Post-brunch, we were all well fed, and a selection of cocktails arrived just in time to rescue the sleepy bloggers from taking a nap. The bar’s refreshing cocktails all have an Indian twist, and although I only managed to stay for one, it was quite something. Known as ‘The Dhoble’, my cocktail was sharp and refreshing and named after the notorious party-pooping Assistant Commissioner of Police of Bombay, Vasant Dhoble.
All in all, an incredible brunch, with a lovely bunch of ladies. Our only tip? Over order. You won’t want to miss a thing. (Oh, and The Permit Room – a bar downstairs – is open to 5pm-3am daily. You’ll find us there…with The Dhoble.)
Find them: 3a St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD
Contact them: 01312 026 406