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EDINBURGH Scotland -- 'Dara-walla' Carl Brown invites you to take a tiple or three in the 'Permit Room' of the Dishoom Bombay Cafe, Bar and Dining Room, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Tasty Prawn Koliwada and Lamb Samosas at the 'Dishoom Cafe'

EDINBURGH Scotland -- For a Bombay Cafe in Edinburgh (and several more in London!), you can’t go wrong with the very popular 'Dishoom Bombay Cafe, Bar and Dining Room', writes Nacim Pak-Shiraz.

Invited to take part in a ‘test run’ ahead of a formal launch in Edinburgh on 5 December, The Family eagerly piled into the restaurant at 3A St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD.

Dishoom in Edinburgh pays homage to Sir Patrick Geddes, the Scottish botanist, sociologist and town-planner, whose work to improve living conditions in Edinburgh’s Old Town led him to Bombay in 1915, where he spent many years frequenting its academic institutions, reading rooms and Irani cafes.

We weren’t disappointed.

The Little One, a foodie after her father, confidently ordered the Lamb Samosas and Okra Fries.

The Wife and Grandfather went with two prawn dishes - the Prawn Koliwada, crispy morsels spiced with tamarind and date chutney, and the Masala Prawns, charred just right and properly succulent.

This was followed by a delectable Awadhi Lamb, a fabulous biriyani.

Two merlots and a Kingfisher beer rounded out dinner in a convivial ambience of turn-of-the-last century colonial Iranian-Indian charm that has almost disappeared in Bombay but has found new life and expression into the heart of Edinburgh.

Breakfast a few days later was no less a treat.

The Little One eschewed fresh mixed fruit with yoghurt for an Egg Naan roll, declaring it more in keeping with the Bombay theme.

The Wife went for the three-egg Bombay Omelette, nice, but for an Iranian who grew up in India and often visited these Zoroastrian cafes, thought it a little light on the coriander.


Tasty Prawn Koliwada and Lamb Samosas at the 'Dishroom Cafe' | Coastweek

EDINBURGH Scotland -- Shiraz D. Alibhai seen  [from left] outside the Dishoom Bombay Cafe, Bar and Dining Room in Edinburgh with host Donna Summers, Nacim Pak-Shiraz and Anahita Pak-Alibhai.
The Grandfather and Reviewer both went for the Keema Per Eedu, a massive portion of delicately spiced chicken mince, layered with slivers of chicken liver, topped off with two perfectly fried, runny, yolky eggs accompanied by thin, crispy chips and served with bread.

Topped off with bottomless cups of House Chai (altogether we probably had close to 20 cups), we left, as earlier in the week, happy, content, and vowing to return.

Key Stats:

Visited for: Dinner and Breakfast - Food: 5/5, Ambience: 5/5, Service: 5/5, Value: 5/5, and People: 5/5 and, Great staff, friendly, happy, welcoming.

Special mentions for Bibesh Pandey (Expeditor Manager) and hosts Donna Summers and Kuba Sliwa.

Good to know: For every meal eaten at their restaurants, Dishoom donates a meal to a child through the charity Akshaya Patra (, which provides nourishing, free lunches to schools in India, readying the children for learning rather than being distracted by hunger.




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