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Dishoom pays loving homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay. It’s also one of the best places to feast in Birmingham. If you can’t make it into town on an evening, or if you’d simply like to try cooking your other half a romantic meal of sorts, then look no further than the launch of the Dishoom Home Feast Box.
Available nationwide – the standard kit without booze is worth £60 and will easily feed 2-4 people. Containing everything you will need to create the Dishoom setting in your own home, it’s a seriously impressive kit like no other. In stating this, I believe it’s easily one of the best ‘at home’ boxes out there. Your kitchen will most certainly smell like a restaurant once you’ve finished prepping, and for this, the kit contains incense sticks to ensure your hallway doesn’t smell of food for the next two days. They really have thought of everything. The easy prep of the dishes also made the excitement to eat that bit more interesting.
Inside the Dishoom Feast Box
Proud to be serving up some of Dishoom’s greatest hits, the well-packaged insulated box comes with ice packs if for any reason it is left outside during delivery. It has all you could need for a romantic night in including skewers and a branded tea towel to cook with and help keep your roti’s warm. Easy-to-follow instructions and QR coded videos makes this experience one-of-a-kind. Preparation is minimal, but leave yourself 20-30 minutes to organise what ingredients goes where, and to actually start cooking the dinner. The feast box of Dishoom includes some instant classics:
Lamb Sheekh Kabab – Minced lamb is marinated with green chilli, coriander and cumin, then grilled.
Murgh Malai – Chicken thigh meat, steeped overnight in ginger, garlic, coriander stems and cream.
Mattar Paneer (V) – A delicious Indian cottage cheese vegetarian curry, beloved of Bombay families.
House Black Daal – Dishoom’s signature dish — deeply flavoured and is one of the best dishes on the restaurant menu.
Kachumber – Referring to ‘beating someone up nicely’ — this is a quick and easy scramble of cucumber, onion and tomato.
Tawa Roti – This is prepped by you, rolled out and pan-fried for that instant hit of carbs (and warmth!)
Bhel – A fresh mix of crunchy puffed rice, tossed with fresh pomegranate, tomato, onion, lime, tamarind, mint.
Gulkland Mess for dessert – Strawberries and syrup in a bowl, crumbled into meringues and folded into cream.
Mango Lassi – A first-class yoghurt drink with fresh mango pulp and fennel seeds.
Each of the hot, main curry dishes are boil in a bag and are clearly labelled for ease – simply cut off the corner and pour into a pan to reheat. These dishes really did taste just as they would do inside the restaurant.
A few extra things…
As mentioned at the start, included is a lovely Dishoom tea towel, alongside a packet of their signature Kabab Masala to sprinkle over the kebabs. Skewers are also provided. Not forgetting you can take your evening a step further and upgrade your to kit to a home feast with sparkling wine that includes a bottle of Int3gral3 Frizzante Bianco for £20 extra. For every kit purchased, Dishoom will donate a meal to Akshaya Patra in India. So far they’ve donated over 10 million meals across the world.
Overall, the box (albeit slightly messy when pushing the meat onto the skewers) was utterly fantastic and is a great alternative to going out. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a box with a touch of elegance. It would be a great birthday or christmas gift for someone, too. What’s more, the scannable QR code videos that can be accessed on the paper menu provided prompts and guides you, so you can prepare each dish with ease and have a bit of fun in the process. What do you think of feast box?
Shop yours online via the Dishoom website.