Dishoom pays loving homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay. Opened early last century by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, there were almost four hundred of these cafés at their peak in the 1960s. Now fewer than thirty remain.
Rich businessmen, courting couples and sweaty taxi-wallas all frequented the cafés. They were the first places in the city where people from any caste or class could have an inexpensive snack or a hearty meal, or just seek cool refuge from the street with a glass of chai. But now as the city rushes towards modernity, these beautiful old cafés are disappearing, mourned by Bombayites, and fading into memory.
This is the story of Dishoom.
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Dishoom work with Magic Breakfast charity. For every breakfast you eat at Dishoom, the restaurant will donate a 'magic' breakfast to a school in London. Magic Breakfast charity aim to end hunger as a barrier to education by providing nutritious breakfasts to its partner schools.