Vindaloo Vic

Definitive Reviews of London’s Indian Restaurants

Dishoom King’s Cross 8

This is a sister restaurant to the Dishoom in St Martin’s Lane (reviewed elsewhere). The King’s Cross branch is significantly more spectacular, being laid out over four levels in an old warehouse. The whole place exudes hipness and trendiness; this would normally ring warning bells as far as I’m concerned, but I’m happy to report that the food is actually very good.

We went as a party of 11 people, and so were able to book (you can’t if there are less than 6 of you). We were given a table right at the top, which was probably a bit less noisy that those on the very busy upper middle floor.

Dishoom is not a place to go if you want to linger over a meal for a long time. Although the menu is laid out with smaller dishes/starters and then main courses, everything is served at once – or as it becomes available. This “tapas style” is catching on a lot, and of course it makes things much easier for the kitchen.

Highlights among the dishes we chose were Spicy Lamb Chops, Chicken Ruby (their house standard curry), House Black Daal, Prawn & Pomelo salad and Chicken Berry Britannia (I tried as many of the different dishes as I could).

The service was first rate – efficient and very friendly. And prices are very reasonable.

If you want authenticity and/or a really hot curry, this is not the place to go. But for a festive outing it scores highly.