This perennially popular small chain of cool Mumbai-style cafés is set to open Dishoom Carnaby on Kingly Street in Soho this October. As with the group’s other three outposts (King’s Cross, Shoreditch and Covent Garden) the restaurant will provide a surprisingly genuine homage to the old Irani cafés of Bombay. It includes a Permit Room cocktail bar, several all-day dining rooms, an open kitchen and an enclosed terrace.
The Dishoom team says it is incredibly excited to be moving into such an iconic locale. Of course these days Carnaby Street is filled with designer stores and upmarket pubs and restaurants, but it is still very much seared into the national consciousness as a byword for swinging London and the ’60s.
The team behind Dishoom believe that the music revolution in Soho in the ’60s helped to kick-off a new music scene in Bombay – and this is what has inspired their latest café. Restaurateurs Kavi and Shamil Thakrar have taken their inspiration from ‘Beat’ bands in Bombay and British bands (like The Beatles) exploring mystic, exotic India (and her spiritual, musical and – of course – chemical delights!).
With designer Macaulay Sinclair, the pair also explored iconic ’60s buildings and areas of Bombay (such as Churchgate and Nariman Point) and spent a lot of time seeking out antiques that would have felt at home in an Irani café of the era. Over 150 of these have been restored to furnish Dishoom Carnaby.
Exec chef Naved Nasir’s breakfast menu will be followed by the all-day menu of small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls and curries. Like the other cafés, Dishoom Carnaby will have its own signature dish. Dishoom Daru-walla Carl Brown (winner of the Young British Foodies’ drinks category in 2014) heads up the ‘Permit Room’ bar.
Dishoom Carnaby will accommodate 196 diners with a further 38 seats in the courtyard and 20 in the Permit Room bar.