The thing to know about eating at Dishoom is that, if you are doing it right, your mouth will be on fire. Or at least by London standards. It's hard to find legitimately spicy foods at mainstream restaurants here -- they'll be like, are you sure you want the 3 bells level of spicy wow it's so spicy, and then it'll be something you barely taste. And I'm on the wimpier side spicy-wise, so I'm not exaggerating. But Dishoom gets it so right. Some of the stuff (like the gunpowder potatoes, aptly named) is pretty killer, yet the taste of the spice outshines the heat of the spice, which is so important. So good! Oh, also, the other thing to know is that it's pretty much the darkest restaurant I've ever not seen. Like scary ridiculously goth dark, so my pictures are even worse than usual if possible! Wheee! Let's see what to order.
The fun continues with the more-substantial-but-still-small plates. We get to eat vegetables now, with both kachumber and 'a bowl of greens'. The bowl of greens is usually too overdressed and vinegary and salty for my taste, but I get it every time because I need greens at every meal or I get grumpers. It's spinach, snow peas, and broccoli with lime and chili, and sometimes it has too much lime, sometimes too much chili. It's not the most consistent dish on the menu, but it is the most green.
The kachumber is the classic salad that every Eastern culture has, what I've always known as Israeli salad but everyone knows as someone else's. It's tomato, cucumber, and onion chopped up. You know it. It goes well in falafel wraps. You're probably thinking, oh kachumber is a cute name that kind of sounds like cucumber, I see why they chose it. No, it actually means beating someone up nicely. Okay monster man.
DISHOOM, SHOREDITCH, LONDON
Water speed: Oh London, please stop it with these little tumblers that are the length of my pinky.
Service: Decent and helpful, but they are hard to flag down because this place is always super heaving with a constantly moving crowd. Such crowd.
Bathrooms: There's never a line (yay) because there are at least 5 stalls, but they have that weird England-basement-but-sort-of-also-the-camp-kitchen smell.
Food: Good, fun, spicy.
Bonus: It's like being in an ad for Topshop with all those stockings and shorts combos and all those big floppy hats even at night and all those men with ironic beards and my god I'm surrounded by hipsters.