If there is one thing both Jon and I don’t do enough, it’s eat out with our University friends from Loughborough. Although the majority of us are living in London, for some odd reason we just can’t get our schedules to match, but on the odd chance we do, we have a blast. Well I’d like to think so, just like we did when we dined at Dishoom in Carnaby Street.
When Jon and I were studying in Loughborough we shared a house with 4 other people, so a total of 6 living under one roof. Only when it came to our final year that number increased to 7. How we didn’t somehow leave with extreme injuries or failed degrees is a miracle. But all I will say, we did have some good times in the Midlands.
Here’s a little shot of us back at uni on a night out with friends.
So enough of the history lesson, and back to the food. We all decided to eat unanimously at Dishoom. Their chai tea alone could bring me there and here are some shots of what we got that evening.
BLACK HOUSE DAAL
One of the signature dishes at the Carnaby St venue is the black house daal- dark, rich and deeply flavoured.
A bit controversial, but I wanted the okra fries or lady fingers. I really quite enjoyed these, they were seasoned well, and delightfully crispy. With the added health bonus okra has to offer.
Yummy potatoes with brown skins, smoky-grilled, broken apart, tossed with butter, crushed aromatic seeds and green herbs.
Chicken thigh meat is steeped overnight in garlic, ginger, coriander stems and a little cream. Still slightly pink when fully cooked.
Tender lamb is braised in a rich and flavoursome gravy then finished with crunchy sali crisp-chips. Served with a buttered roomali roti.