Dishoom has been creating plenty of buzz since it arrived on St Andrew Square last November. The brand – which calls a beautiful 1920s-era Grade-A listed building its home – made Edinburgh its first stop outside of London and its been well worth the trip up the East Coast mainline.
On its official opening night, Dishoom Edinburgh put its best foot forward and it certainly impressed.
The cocktails on offer were a mix between recognisable favourites and Indian-inspired drinks with a nod towards the days of the Empire.
The East India Gimlet was originally devised by sailors in an attempt to evade scurvy. God knows how Portobello Road Gin, Rose’s lime and a touch of celery bitters does this, but it’s safe to say I’d be scurvy free by the end of a long boat journey – they were top notch!
My partner had a couple of Horniman’s Old-Fashioned (enough snigging at the back please). A slight twist on the usual whisky-based cocktail, Dishoom’s version used smoked oak barrel rum and pineapple syrup and bitters to bring an exotic twist to a classic tipple.
Not a cocktail fan? Well, Dishoom Edinburgh has its very own IPA on offer. Specially crafted by Mondo Brewing Company, the sharp citrus notes blend beautifully with the robust mouthfeel.
Down in the basement, you’ll find The Permit Room – inspired by the Bombay Prohibition Act of 1949, which required all drinkers to have a permit to consume alcohol. It was jam-packed on launch night, but it looked to have an extremely well stocked bar, and will be offering great tunes every day from 5pm until 3am.
Dishoom Edinburgh offers the perfect mix of a beautiful location, moreish drinks and top Indian food, which already means it’s high on my list of places to return to soon.
Speaking of which, I’ve spotted a brunch menu on the website when writing up this piece, so I’ll probably be back sooner rather than later.
For more information about Dishoom Edinburgh, click right here.