Dishoom is one of those places that has been on my list for all of time but just never seemed to happen for me. There have been numerous occasions that I’ve nearly gone and then for whatever reason it hasn’t happened and like most good things in life, the more you can’t have it – the more you want it. So you can imagine my delight when the invitation for the soft launch of Dishoom Carnaby entered my inbox. I was of course over the moon and riddled with excitement and couldn’t wait to sink my teet into what I’ve been told time and time again is Londons best curry.
Im pretty basic when it comes to a curry. Chicken tikka masala, a good old chicken korma or, if I’m feeling particularly exotic a lamb rogan josh; so obviously the menu at Dishoom was one that I wasn’t hugely familiar with. That being said, every single item on it sounded sensational and in a group of 4 (pretty non fussy diners) we shared a selection of Dishoom’s finest small plates, grills, ruby murrays and sides.
We ordered a lot. Okra fries, calamari, prawn Koliwada and lamb samosas to start. Okra fries, or lady fingers as people like to call them – are my absolute favourite, these didn’t disappoint. The prawn Koliwada was sensational – probably the best out of all 4 small plates.
For mains we had the chefs special, a sali boti; tender braised lamb in a rich gravy and crunchy crisp chip bits on top, the chicken ruby, gunpowder potatoes, a chicken tikka roll, Bombay prawns, and the paneer tikka. This was served with cheese naan, garlic naan, steamed rice, the house black daal and a roomali roti. Everything about this meal was delightful. The lamb curry was without a doubt the winner but honestly the entire feast was beyond anything I ever expected and I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to ordering plain old basic bitch chicken korma from a takeaway ever again.
Dishoom is one of those places you go to once and then continue to visit time and time again because it’s so bloody great. I’m salivating now at the thought…
There’s not really much that needs to be said in this post. Other than the fact that La Di Da Sweet Treats have succeeded in creating the worlds most wonderful thing.
The Chocolate Covered Cookie: A whole Oreo submerged in chocolate and chilled. Available to buy from the bakery counter at Selfridges as of today for £1.20 a pop.
That is all.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again but Farringdon is slowly but surely making it’s way to the top of London’s restaurant scene. Last night I experienced dinner and cocktails (many, many cocktails) at Exmouth Market’s Italian Kitchen, Paesan. We were introduced to a selection of delicious hearty italian dishes and small plates with head chef Mattia and were treated to cocktail after cocktail all night long.
Highlights for me were the Toblerone cocktail (sexual creamy dream), Arancini balls with gorgonzola and pumpkin, hand cut pappardelle with braised rabbit and wild mushrooms, steak tagliata and the fritto misto (deep fried calamari and red mullet). Every morsel was delicious and I’d salivating at the thought right now.
Exmouth Market is full to the brim with cool little places to eat and drink so you’re spoilt for choice – I’d start at Paesan and work your way round. Thats exactly what I’m going to do…
I’m not the biggest of tea drinkers and there’s usually a slice of cake or a biscuit to dunk involved if I’m seen with a cuppa but I do love a party and I’m not one to turn down an invitation when it’s as impressive as the one I received for the T2 Regents Street launch event.
T2 isn’t your average tea shop and there’s far more to think about than Earl Grey and English breakfast. They specialise in some of the most imaginative and exciting loose leaf teas I’ve ever heard of and sell an abundance of beautiful tea pots and china to go with it. The launch event opened my eyes to Ice Tea cocktails, Tea infused canapés and the T2 way of life, which is something I’m now keen to know more about. T2 isn’t just a place to buy posh tea – it’s the creme de la creme of Britain’s favourite hot beverage and although it’s originally an Australian brand, it seems to be doing pretty bloody well over here.
If tea time if your favourite time of day then get yourself down to one of T2’s many London stores to see what all the fuss is about. I can’t promise you’ll get salted caramel brownies and gin cocktails but I can assure you you’ll be impressed.
Bill’s is one of those restaurants I’ve walked passed a thousand times but have never visited. It’s always busy and I’ve heard good things but I’ve just never had a reason to go. Their new summer menu has changed that though. Tonight I got to sample a few of the new dishes they’ve got on offer and I enjoyed every single bite. It took me a while to decide what to go for because the menu is extensive. It’s perfect if you’re eating in a big group or with fussy eaters. There’s something for everyone, even my fussy family would be satisfied.
We were HUNGRY so started with cocktails & nibbles; Crispy Crumbed Halloumi, Kale Crisps, Bill’s Green Garden & Amaretto Sours.
Then we had our starters; Crab, Chilli & Prawn Cakes and Crispy Lemon Squid.
Followed by our mains, I had the Crunchy Kale Leaf Salad with Chicken, Chickpeas, Red Cabbage, Radish, Quinoa, Red Onions, Chargrilled Vegetables, Almond & Ginger Dressing, topped with Avocado, Toasted Sesame Seeds & Flaked Almonds. Chloe had the Pan Fried Seabass with Chunky Tomato, Avocado & Caper Salsa with a Crispy Spring Onion & Parsley Potato Rösti. We shared the Tenderstem Broccoli and washed it all down with a Raspberry & Rosehip Collins.
We finished with an Espresso Martini & the Treacle Tart with Honeycomb Ice cream and Caramel Sauce. Highly recommended and delicious.
We visited the Soho branch but there are Bill’s absolutely everywhere so you’ve got no excuse not to pop in and check it our for yourselves. The restaurant is really nicely decorated and they’ve got an amazing selection of treats that you can buy to take home with you; including Marc De Champagne Truffles – which are my favourite things EVER. All in all I give Bill’s a big thumbs up, thanks for having me guys!