Win Christmas Dinner, Dishoom Style

It’s well over a year since I first went to Dishoom, London’s first Bombay Cafe, and I’ve been many times since then. I’m a big fan of the food, the interior design and the warm welcome. Find out more about the history of Bombay Cafes by following the link above).

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Winter nights darken; streets are gladdened by festive lights; shopping becomes more frantic; partying more hectic.


And Dishoom put on their Christmas specials menu. I went along recently to sample its delights and can give it a big Thums Up!

The menu starts with a warming winter Pimms. Starters include the Dishoom bhel, which is satisfying authentic, but has a single modern addition of bright and beautiful pomegranate seeds. Also served is a dish of sweet crunchy calamari. Based on a traditional lamb raan, Dishoom have created a flaming turkey raan, a whole turkey leg cooked long and slow. Served with Bombay-style potatoes, masala greens and a phenomenally good spicy cranberry chutney, this is a whole new take on Christmas turkey! The house black daal is as rich and satisfying as ever. This comes with raita and your choice of breads. For dessert you could choose a refreshing ice gola but I’d recommend the mini chilli mince pies served with a gently spiced custard are just as good as I remembered from last year!

Dishoom Turkey Raan
image courtesy of Dishoom

Last year’s Cognac Chai went down well. This year the idea’s been expanded to offer a choice of four fantastic “Naughty Chais” starting with the original Cognac one, a Baileys one with floating cream top layer, a chocolate option with chai, dark chocolate syrup and a slug of bourbon and my personal favourite, the Chai Egg Nog, which combines egg nog, chai spices and a generous measure of dark rum. All four are wonderful but the Chai Egg Nog is like drinking clouds or downy pillows… I have been dreaming of it ever since and will no doubt make some excuses to drop in for a few between now and Christmas day!



Dishoom have offered a Christmas meal for two for another great Kavey Eats competition.

Your meal for two includes one cocktail each to start, the full Christmas menu for two, and a naughty chai each to finish.

How to enter

You can enter the competition in 2 ways.

Entry 1 – Answer the question
Leave a comment below, answering the following question:
What are your Christmas dinner favourites, traditional British, Indian or otherwise?

Entry 2 – Tweet
Tweet the (exact) sentence below:
I’d love to win Christmas dinner for two at @DishoomLondon from #KaveyEatsDishoom2011

Rules & Details

  • The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Sunday 4 December 2011.
  • The winner will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
  • One blog entry and one twitter entry per person.
  • The prize includes two cocktails, the full Dishoom Christmas menu for two and two naughty chais.
  • The meal can be enjoyed on any Sunday to Wednesday before 24 December. Early booking is recommended to secure a table on your preferred date.
  • The prize cannot be redeemed for cash.
  • The prize is offered directly by Dishoom restaurant.
  • Valid entries must contain either an email address or twitter account, for contacting the winner.
  • The winner will be notified by email or twitter. If no response is received by the end of Tuesday 6 December, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.

*If you don’t have a secondary email address already and are nervous about sharing your main email address on the internet, why not set up a new free email account on hotmail, gmail or yahoo, that you can use to enter competitions like this?

Thanks to Dishoom for inviting me to preview their Christmas menu and for offering this prize.

Please leave a comment - I love hearing from you!
33 Comments to "Win Christmas Dinner, Dishoom Style"

  1. Deepa Mistry

    I totally messed up the last comment so I will enter it properly this time hehe.

    My favourite food at Christmas is Christmas Pudding. And Mr's Grandpa always makes the orange and brandy butter, ever year without fail, and he is 85! I look forward to that 🙂

    I tweeted this too.

  2. mekalav

    My Favourites are Christmas Meal Indian Style 🙂

    Wanna have Cristmas Meal “Dishoom
    Shtyle 🙂 “

  3. Foodycat

    That sounds like a really great menu – chai eggnog sounds just my affair! My favourite Christmas thing is mince pies.

  4. Karin

    My favourite traditional food at Christmas is the horseradish bread sauce we always used to eat for Christmas dinner, together with sauerkraut, speck and sausages. We've now moved on to a more modern Christmas dinner, but I still love this sauce. That reminds me, I have to get the recipe from my Dad…

  5. Snigdha

    Deffo Mince Pies and oven roasted chestnuts. 'Tho I gotta say, I love Dishoom's wonderfully authentic Indian flavours. Christmas dinner Bombay stylee sure sounds great!

  6. Anonymous

    I love a traditional christmas dinner with an indian twist. I add ground cumin,garlic and chilli to my roast potatoes. My turkey also gets a bit of a makeover as well.
    @RitaMistry on twitter.

  7. Gourmet Belly

    It has to be “Aussie Style”…

    30 degrees. Barbecued meats, fresh seafood and salad with the sound of the beach in the background.

    And finished with some chilled watermelon, and juicy Australian mangoes!


  8. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    I do love a Christmas pudding, and am dying to try out the Dan Lepard sweet sherrybplum pudding I have just made. Served with my delicious white chocolate and Brandy custard 🙂

  9. Georgina

    I'm not a fan of turkey, so something like venison wellington (which we had last year) or duck if there' s only a few of us.

  10. MasalaChai1

    I have to thank my parents for making the Xmas meal a firm part of family tradition for the past 40yrs. Regardless of belief or origins, I look forward to the wonderful smell and taste of fresh thyme roasted parsnips and carrots. We may have roast lamb this year and there will be loads of invites and no turkey or oven large enough!

  11. Kathryn Casbolt

    Big fan of roast beef and all the trimmings – would rather have that than turkey at Christmastime.


  12. Ianinfrance

    Perfect Christmas meal? Really traditional.

    No starter.

    Roast goose with chestnut & sausage meat stuffing, roast potatoes and parsnips, braised brussels sprouts with chestnuts, good goose gravy,redcurrant jelly.

    Christmas pudding with brandy and rum butters. Mince pies, with more brandy and rum butters. Nuts, dried fruits and choccies – lots of choccies.

  13. K

    My Christmas favourites are always the side dishes. Sure, poultry, fish, some kind of meat, are all wonderful and scrummy, but for me it's all about stealing into the kitchen when nobody is looking and dipping steamed carrots into left over bread sauce. Mmmmmmmmmmm!

  14. JamieShurlock

    Traditional English for me, but saying that if Indian cuisine is the most popular in this country then what would be more fitting as 'traditional' ??
    I'd love to win Christmas dinner for two at @DishoomLondon, been wanting to come here for months!

  15. Maludimus

    A huge family dinner full of Chinese dishes, an assortment of meats, fish, and vegetables and of course rice!

  16. JO JO

    Traditional British on Christmas Day but always Indian on Boxing Day. x

  17. boozyfoodie

    Brussels sprout soup (its fantastic and by far the best way to eat sprouts), monkfish tails with red wine jus, parmentier potatoes and baby carrots and finally chocolate panatone bread & butter pudding.

    We always have a thali for New Year 🙂


    Sprouts! And Christmas 2004 I had sprout madras – much imitated, never repeated…

  19. Aster David

    I absolutely love it Indian style. And only my sister can and does cook up that magic every year 🙂 Dishoom style this year? Would go down a real treat 🙂

  20. Kavey



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