Overall ranking: 96 (new entry)
Restaurateur ranking: 29 (new entry)
Kavi and Shamil Thakrar are the co-founders of London restaurant group Dishoom. In the space of seven years, they have taken it from a standalone concept on Shaftesbury Avenue to a six-strong group eyeing UK-wide expansion. Inspired by the cafés of early 20th-century Bombay (now Mumbai), the restaurants' strong performances have seen turnover rise 47% year on year to £27.8m in 2017. A new 200-cover site opened earlier this year in London's Kensington, and plans are afoot for a new restaurant in Manchester Hall, the city's new Grade II-listed eating hub.
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