What’s your favourite meal out? I’m always really surprised when Alex says it’s breakfast for him – my own preference is lunch or dinner. He says breakfast out makes him feel like he’s on holiday, and I kind of get what he means, but breakfast menus can be a bit boring, can’t they? I do have my favourite dishes, I always have time for menus that feature Eggs Benedict, or my own particular favourite, Eggs Florentine. On the right day I’m also quite partial to the sweet and salty French Toast, Bacon & Maple Syrup combo. On the whole though, I find breakfast a bit uninspring, that is, until I saw the Dishoom breakfast menu, here there were dishes I’d never seen before, and that excited me.
Following on from attending the Dishoom official opening party and enjoying a few drinks, and some tasty morsels, I had but one goal – get back asap and try the Bacon Naan Roll. Bacon and Naan, two amazing things which I’d never tried together before, and sort of wondered why?!
First some tea, fresh loose leaf tea in a proper teapot with a strainer, my granny would have been proud. There’s something very civilised about loose leaf tea, the process of stewing, pouring and straining make it feel like a calming morning ritual. Incidentally, civilised is a good way of describing the Dishoom experience as a whole – the operation is finely tuned. It’s clean, organised, and the staff are well trained and create a great atmosphere. It’s very reliable and I expect it will become a favourite meeting spot for those doing business in Edinburgh.
Onto the much anticipated Bacon Naan, and I can confirm it’s everything I hoped it would be. Crispy bacon sandwiched between freshly made naan. A slick of cream cheese, a dollop of their delicious chilli jam and a few sprigs of coriander and that’s it. Simple ingredients combined to tasty effect. Yes, I have considered trying to recreate this one at home – naan is the new contender to our Scottish morning roll!
On my first breakfast visit we both had the Bacon Naan Roll so I felt a second visit was in order to try something different. The second time, while I was very tempted by the Bacon Naan, I stuck to the remit I had set myself and ordered the Akuri – spicy scrambled eggs served with grilled tomatoes and pau buns. Another delicious and interesting dish, and a complete departure from any of the other breakfast offerings I’ve tried around the city.
Dishoom for breakfast is exciting – there are still lots of things I want to try. Their menu makes me want to go out for breakfast more often and that’s probably the best compliment I can pay them.
Location: 3a St Andrew Square
Price: Breakfast dishes range from £2.70 – £10.90
Good for: Interesting dishes, great service, central location