In February 2014 we met with Interior designers Macaulay Sinclair who introduced us to new clients Kavi and Shamil Thakrar. It was at this meeting in an old transit warehouse behind Kings cross that our love affair with the Irani cafe chain 'Dishoom' began. It was to be the pairs' third and most ambitious restaurant to date. As with each Dishoom there is carefully curated story to set the scene and this story began on one January morning in 1928... The full story can be found here.
Decor-wise, there’s plenty to get excited about - The interior designers spent time in Bombay visiting Irani cafés to perfectly recreate the early 20th century Bombay. Expect to see reclaimed enamel factory shades in numbers, these original Benjamin enamel shades were taken out of an old railway building, rewired and installed in another. Brass also features in patches throughout the back bars and upto the family table, which hosts three enormous multi arm chandeliers suspended using chains from the trusses. This idea of using a totally out of place chandelier in a space is a common trait of the Irani cafés, that were once part of everyday life in Bombay.
The basement, which once housed the building’s stables, is now a bar called the Permit Room. This room in particular posed a challenge as its wall and ceilings are listed and therefore nothing could be fixed. We used the existing bridle hooks to swag and hang prismatic glass acorns from. The lights on the existing pillars were clamped as opposed to drilled, which meant designing bespoke bracketry. The emergency lighting was incorporated into the top of four 50mm diameter steel CHS beams that we installed above the original vault tie bars, these beams also took the weight of 15No original REVO shades found in the top of an old barn.