Dishoom Covent Garden has a swish new look.
We spill a lot of ink over Dishoom here at Secret London, and whilst some could call that excessive, it’s most certainly worth it (seriously, eating here is just one of those things you’ve got to do if you’re living in London). Today, we’re writing with news that hearkens back to the beginning of the Dishoom legend, as the chain’s original Covent Garden spot has been given a beautiful new design.
It’s been ten years since Dishoom first threw open their doors in Covent Garden, bringing the charm of old Bombay, mouthwatering Indian food, and cult dishes (the bacon naan roll! That black daal!) to hungry Londoners. Inspired by Irani cafes, the decor was as eye-catching as the food – or at least, as eye-catching as a restaurant could be in the days before Instagram. However, back in January they decided time was ripe for a change, and closed their doors for a refurb, just two months before the pandemic would force the rest of the hospitality industry to do the same.
On a date given, somewhat vaguely, as “late autumn”, the new Dishoom Covent Garden will be revealed. Judging by the pictures, it’s going to be quite the looker, inspired by the change wrought in Bombay’s cinemas as Parsi theatre and the silent film era gave way to the Talkies in the 1930s and 40s, along with Covent Garden’s own heritage as a place for theatre, cinema, and the arts. Glamorous, and drawing heavily on the same Art Deco influences which marked the new Bombay Talkies, the new Dishoom will evoke that bygone era with retro chandeliers, tiles, rattan furniture, and other neat touches.
So, same location, same food, but a bold new look for an old classic. We’ll keep you updated with an opening date as soon as we have it!
Find Dishoom Covent Garden at 12 Upper St Martin’s Lane, West End, WC2H 9FB – nearest station is Leicester Square.
Also published on Medium.