London, UK

Whirling ceiling fans and monochrome tiles may evoke the old Irani cafes of Bombay, but the slick sharing plates streaming out of Dishoom’s open kitchen and a mixed crowd of locals and tourists have a far more cosmopolitan flavour. Menus focus on modern twists on classic dishes. Think grilled paneer paired unexpectedly with pineapple, daal simmered for 24 hours and smoky corn finished with chilli, salt and lime. House-infused spirits and reductions make for innovative cocktails. A no bookings policy (and the excellent value here) means there is often a long wait.

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12 Upper St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9FB

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