Dishoom have headed in a new direction with their next joint.
It’s known as West London.
The eatery’s fifth branch, Dishoom Kensington is inspired by the golden age of Indian jazz and art deco, styled after 1940’s Bombay. So it’s appropriate that they’re holing up in the very art deco Barkers Building on Kensington High Street, sprawling over their biggest space yet with seats for 200, and a further 50 in their cocktail den, the Permit Bar.
It’s a far grander affair than the back-street café vibe of its forebears. Parquet floors and softly muted wall colours are illuminated by stunning art deco lighting – but there’s still the characteristic smattering of vintage, post-Independence era bric-a-brac around the space; from vintage posters to table fans and radios.
As for the food; it’s the same great standard that elicits queues round the block at their other branches – from their breakfast bacon naan rolls through to the pau bhaji bun, masala prawns, and gunpowder potatoes. Down in the bar, meanwhile, the cocktail menu has been given an overhaul, with a new roster of boozy concoctions joining their stalwart, signature fruit sharbats.
After all, even jazz has its standards.
NOTE: Dishoom Kensington opens on 15th December. Tickets to the preceding immersive launch nights (27th Nov – 14th Dec) are now sold out, but you can cross all your fingers and keep an eye out here. You can also try for a table any time before 4pm until the official opening at noon on Friday.
Dishoom Kensington | Barkers Building, 4 Derry Street, W8 5HR
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