An Indian restaurant based on the theme of 19th century Iranian cafes in Mumbai beat the UK’s best-known Michelin-starred diners and was voted Best Restaurant. ‘Dishoom’ topped a list of 100 restaurants across the country in an online review and vote analysis by online urban guide Yelp.
It propelled the former winner Regency Cafe to second place and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal to third.
Dishoom founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar said
âWe couldn’t be more thrilled to hear this news. We feel privileged to be able to serve the guests who come through our doors for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and perhaps to share our love for her a little. Bombay cuisine and culture with them “. “We are truly blown away that so many people have chosen to share their opinions about us online to help us reach # 1.”
The restaurant’s branch in Covent Garden, central London, beat last year’s winner, The Regency Cafe, in second place, followed by Michelin-starred Dinner By Heston Blumenthall, who finished third.
Established by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, there were nearly 400 Iranian cafes in Bombay at their peak in the 1960s. However, today less than 30 survive.
Dishoom was established in 2010 to recreate their lost glory with a backdrop of tinted mirrors and sepia family portraits and a menu including Bombay Omelette, Bun Maska and Keema Pau. It now has three branches across London, which showcase antique furniture and accessories from Mumbai.
A large majority of the top 100 restaurants are from London, followed by the Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.