I told you it would happen. Back when I attended the launch of Dishoom Edinburgh, I spied a breakfast menu which was just calling out to me. So, just four weeks later, I found myself invited back and was ready to be impressed.
Chai Chai Chai!
We were shown to a table overlooking the beautiful St Andrews Square and, before my bum had touched the seat, I’d already ordered a serving of Dishoom’s house chai. I developed a serious addiction to the stuff when in India last year, and thankfully, Dishoom’s is top-notch. Milky, sweet, and perfectly spiced, I put away at least four glasses during our meal.
Top of our list was the increasingly infamous Dishoom breakfast naan. Each naan is freshly baked in the tandoor oven, before being filled with a little cream cheese, chili tomato jam and fresh herbs, along with the breakfast filling of your choice – sausage, bacon or eggs. We plumped for the bacon and it was more than I could have hoped for. The nann as sweet and crisp; the bacon perfectly cooked; and the cream cheese and chili jam combo nicely mixed the hot and cool.
My breakfast partner went with the Keema Per Eedu – a dish favoured by the Parsi bodybuilders, who famously consumed several eggs a day to attain their muscular physiques. The dish comprised spicy chicken keema studded with delicate morsels of chicken liver, topped with two runny-yolked fried eggs, sali crisp-chips, and two pau bread rolls. He hoovered the whole thing up, saying it offered a filling, protein-rich meal, whilst not sacrificing on flavour.
I’ll admit to making a slight error in my choice of dish. Having not had dinner the night before (a colleague’s leaving drinks plugged the calorie gap) I opted for The Big Bombay. Although it sounded like a fry-up with an Indian twist, there wasn’t enough stand-out for me. The traditional Akuri spiced scrambled eggs were fab, but the masala beans were pretty ordinary. However, the whole thing was made with quality ingredients.
So my advice would be to go bold in your choices!
Despite the slight hiccup with my choice of meal, I BLOODY LOVED IT! If you are looking for breakfast in Edinburgh with a twist, then put Dishoom at the top of your list.
The Dishoom breakfast menu is served from 8am to 11:45am on weekdays and from 9am to 11:45am on weekends. To view the menu and find out more about the restaurant, visit its website.
Our bill was covered by Dishoom.