The original Dishoom in Covent Garden is finally reopening with a swish new look

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Ten years back, the first Dishoom restaurant opened in Covent Garden. Modelled on the post-colonial ‘Irani cafés’ of Bombay, Dishoom became fast known for its bacon naan rolls and black dal – oh, and its queues – as its restaurant numbers grew in London and beyond. 

To mark its tenth birthday, the restaurant went in for a refurb, closing its doors to the public at the start of the year – little did it know its other branches would soon be doing the same thing. It was due to reopen bang on its birthday in the summer, but obviously this year got a little in the way. But now it has been announced that the very grand reopening will take place in ‘late autumn’ this year. 

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Photograph: Dishoom

The new look still pays homage to Irani café heritage, but is also said to make reference to Bombay’s theatres and how

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