Since Dishoom opened in Edinburgh’s affluential St Andrew Square back in late 2016 we have spent several evenings there, enjoying our fair share of Bombay curries as well as tipples in their fantastic prohibition style Permit Room, which can be found in the unit’s basement. However once again we have (up to now) neglected the much-celebrated Breakfast Menu, and so we made a reservation for Sunday Brunch.
Dishoom embodies the bombay cafes from a time long forgotten, and every detail from entering to leaving has been meticulously thought out. Incense burns throughout the restaurant and bar giving it that distinct ‘old worldy’ scent that we now associate with Dishoom wherever we go.
We booked our table for 10.30 but for a change we were running early and were those annoying people who turned up 15 minutes early. That being said they managed to find us a table and within 5 minutes we were sat down at a nice big table with menus in hand. At this time on a Sunday, we weren’t quite sure what to expect– but the place was absolutely bustling with people enjoying breakfast. In spite of this, we were completely blown away by how quickly both our drinks and food arrived — our wait time couldn’t have been more than 15 minutes in total.
house chai – freshly squeezed orange juice – english breakfast assam – water
As a bit of a chai tea fiend, the minute I saw this on the menu I had to try it, and I’m glad to say it did not disappoint. This was the richest and most flavoursome chai I’ve ever tried.
two fried eggs – chilli cheese toast – chilli tomato jam
(+ side of bacon & sausage)
The chilli cheese toast is something we have already had the pleasure of trying when we’ve been to Dishoom for dinner, so naturally, we had to order this dish. It was just as good as we remembered and the spicy ketchup was something we would take home if it was sold by the bottle!
It was a nice surprise to see that the restaurant use a pretty wide range of local suppliers, including ayrshire pork sausages and ramsay of carluke bacon.
Sausage & Egg Naan Roll
freshly baked naan – cream cheese – chilli tomato jam – fresh herbs, ayrshire pork sausages – two fried eggs
I have to say I was a little stuck between ordering this and the popular bacon naan roll, but in the end, I had zero food regrets. The sausages were generously spiced with black pepper and you could really taste the fresh herbs and cream cheese. As well as this the eggs were cooked perfectly with lovely gooey yolks, the excess of which were soaked up by the naan.
toasted hot bun – slice of butter inside
(to be dipped in spicy chai)
At first, I thought this was just a brioche roll in disguise, but when dipped into the spicy chai it became something completely different. Although we ordered this purely out of morbid curiosity, we completely underestimated the punch this little bun would pack, as it is now the single most important reason for going back.
Food – 10/10
Atmosphere – 10/10
Service – 9/10
Value – 9/10
Ambience – bustling and lively atmosphere, soft lighting and incense burning throughout.
3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD
Phone: 0131 2026 406