Dishoom Manchester reveals launch date as 6th December 2018 and will open its doors in the historic former Freemasons’ Hall on Bridge Street.
Fans of Dishoom are invited to help them prepare for the opening by attending their soft launch, where guests will receive 50% off food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The soft launch will run from from 9am on Sunday November 25 and finish on Wednesday December 5, for walk-in bookings only.
The newest Dishoom Manchester will take residence on the ground floor of the grand Manchester Hall, a decadent 1920s Grade II listed building which was originally build as a Freemasons’ Hall. The space will play a fond homage to the Irani cafes that were once an integral fragment of life in Bombay. At their peak, there were almost 400 of these cafes opened by the Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran – today, fewer than 30 remain.
At the heart of society, these much-loved cafes brought people together through a love of food and drink. As the first spaces in Bombay to disregard culture, class or religion, anyone was welcome to take refuge with a cup of chai, a humble snack or a hearty meal.
The Manchester addition to the Dishoom collection plays tribute to the old Irani cafes, and across the two dining rooms and the ‘Permit Room’ cocktail bar, will accommodate up to a monumental 231 guests.
The design and story of Dishoom began back in Bombay, 1923. As part of a rigorous design process, the Dishoom co-founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar and long-time collaborators Macaulay Sinclair spent many days in Bombay researching the architecture and design of the fin de siècle. Their research took them to the beautiful destinations which would have set the tone of Bombay in the 20s, such as the Cotton Exchange Building, The Ripon Club and the (delightfully frozen-in-time) District Grand Masonic Lodge of Bombay.
Their adventures depicted the décor for Dishoom Manchester. While floor tiles in ‘The Permit’ replicate those of the entrance to the District Grand Masonic Lodge, the ‘Dining Hall’ houses specially commissioned portraits which match those hanging in the Framjee Cowasajee Dining Hall.
The dining rooms will be open every day from early until late, promising to serve up first-class menus featuring the most adored Bombay comfort food, as designed by Executive Chef Naved Nasir. “We’re very humbled to be part of the Manchester food scene – it’s a learning curve for us,” says Naved.
Starring the celebrated Dishoom ‘Bacon Naan Roll’ and ‘Sausage Naan Roll’, the breakfast menu also includes ‘Keema Par Eedu’; a Parsi power breakfast of eggs and spicy chicken keema studded with delicate morsels of chicken liver, Irani café cherished ‘Akuri’; spicy scrambled eggs, with soft home-baked bread buns, and plentiful (bottomless!) House Chai.
This will be followed by the delicious all-day menu of small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates and homemade breads and side dishes. Dishoom Manchester will also be serving its special signature ‘House Black Daal’, cooked delicately over 24 hours for extra harmony.
Also on the menu, the Chef’s Special will take the form of an opulent Nalli Nihari Biriyani. A famously hearty and robust dish, Nihari is synonymous with celebration, and when transformed into a biryani dish, it’s doubly so. With indulgently tender shank of lamb layered over rice and caramelised onions, the dish is then sealed into a pastry blanket, before it’s enriched further with kaleji (chicken liver), raita and silky nihari gravy on the side.
As with all of the Dishoom restaurants, for every meal served at Dishoom Manchester, the team will donate a school meal to a child who would otherwise go hungry. Dishoom work with two amazing charities, – the Akshaya Patra Foundation in India and Magic Breakfast in the UK – who provide tasty and nourishing meals to children in schools. To date, Dishoom has donated over 5 million meals, which is an astounding feat to be proud of.
Named after the official term for all Bombay drinking establishments, ‘The Permit Room’ will offer Dishoom Manchester’s ‘Daru-walla’, Carl Brown’s curated list of dreamy cocktail concoctions, including:
Named in honour of the dapper Parsi vigilante, master of disguise, and one of the stars of the Dishoom Manchester story. Sultry tropicality of mango and pineapple meets dry manzanilla in a transcontinental crossing.
Chevalier, or Chaiwala? Mysterious author of ‘The Tower of Silence’. Spicy and intricate, with raspberries, tamarind and Rangpur gin.
Everything Dishoom does shares its love for Bombay’s culture, heritage and people, and everyone is welcomed with warmth.
Reservations are now being taken for 7th December onwards via www.dishoom.com/reservations. Groups of any size (up to 14) may book during the day. After 6pm, only groups of 6 or more may book. Walk-ins are always welcome.