During the summer London’s South Bank becomes a heaven for foodies and culture seekers. And when the sun shines, it’s almost like being on holiday. A big fan of Indian food I was delighted when one of my colleagues suggested taking a late afternoon work trip to the Dishoom Pop-Up café.
The heatwave obviously meant that the most ideal place to spend the late afternoon would be a nice trip to the beach. Normally impossible in central London, the Dishoom Pop-Up outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank, complete with a sandy beach and terrace, was as close as we were going to get to the beach. The venue, inspired by Bombay’s Chowpatty beach, was packed full of people eating the cafe’s gorgeous Indian street food. From Biryani, Roti, Paneer, Naan, Lassi, cocktails and wine, they had everything and both the food and drinks menu were immense and the tasted superb.
The interior of the bar was quite funky and made entirely out of recycled objects from a wall created out of rolled up newspapers to multi-coloured barrels for seats and a bar made out of stacked plastic bottles.
We all tucked into the delicious range of classic Bombay street food. The food was served in no-nonsense cardboard boxes – all recyclable along with the cutlery. Dishoom describes itself as a place where people come to ‘snack and stroll.’
A few of us stayed to watch the sunset over the Thames while drinking an additional bottle or two of wine before heading home.