Dishoom unveils plans for vast Canary Wharf branch

Dishoom, the retro Bombay-themed all-day cafe group, has announced plans for an enormous new branch in the Wood Wharf development at Canary Wharf, expected to open by the end of the year.

The 8,800 sq ft venue will seat 355 diners over two floors and a terrace, giving it an even bigger capacity than the Dishoom branch at King’s Cross. It is the group’s first new opening for five years in London, where it now has five restaurants. There are also branches in Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.

Dishoom was launched in 2010 by cousins Shamil and Kavi Thakrar (pictured), who took inspiration from the Irani cafes of Bombay in the mid-20th century to escape the cliched presentation of Indian cuisine in Britain. The group wins consistent praise as the most popular chain in the annual Harden’s survey, hailed in particular for its “out of the box” breakfasts.

Wood Wharf is a major addition of Canary Wharf, with offices, flats, shops and restaurants, including a new branch of Hawksmoor on a floating dockside pavilion.

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