After the Christmas-that-shan’t-be-named (we’re looking at you, 2020), Dishoom’s Festive Feasting menus are back – served in all Dishoom locations until 24th December. The menu has been carefully built to emulate the sharing culture of Bombay’s Irani cafés and is the perfect opportunity to reunite with family and old friends, or salute the Christmas break with colleagues over festive tipples and starters, passing around the dishes as the conversation flows.
Available to book now for groups of four to 11 (at £39 per head), or with a set menu of Dishoom classics for larger groups, the traditional British Christmas turkey will still sit front-and-centre, but with an Eastern twist in the form of Turkey Raan (marinated and slow-cooked turkey leg) or the brand-new vegan No-Turkey Raan. It will be accompanied by all the trimmings: Bombay potatoes, masala winter greens, chilli sprouts coupled with hazelnuts and a cranberry chutney. All the Dishoom favourites will be available alongside the sumptuous entrée, including the ever-popular House Black Daal, delicate fresh naan breads and raita. Instead of stodgy British Christmas pudding, the meal is completed with Gadbad Mitha, a nod to trifle incorporating cinnamon ice cream, fresh fruit and vanilla sponge – one to dive into face-first.
Dishoom say: “In every community, eating brings people together in celebration. We are particularly good at this in India. Celebrations generally have food right in the middle of them, leaving us all thoroughly sated and burping gently (considered a courteous gesture). When feasting, Bombay ’s Bohra community traditionally gather around one very large plate, or thaal. They believe that sharing food from a single thaal reinforces precious family and community bonds. Our version of this tradition brings large groups together over a first-class Christmas feast, dining from thaals laden with food. Small plates, grills, biryanis, slow-cooked Turkey Raan, Kachumber and freshly baked naans are shared by everyone at the table, enhancing the warmth that brings a group of old friends, work colleagues or a family together for a meal.”
The festive menu caters for all kinds of diners, including vegan options and the non-festive Dishoom dishes many have come to love. Classic curries and Indian plates such as biryani (including a vegan Jackfruit Biryani), Murgh Malai, Mattar Panner and Sheekh Kabab, are there for the taking, along with small plates such as Keema Pau, Okra Fries and Pau Bhaji. As an alternative to the opulent Gadbad Mitha, there is also Kulfi on the menu for dessert.