Indian café and restaurant Dishoom is to expand beyond London with the opening of an outlet in Edinburgh.
Dishoom Edinburgh will open on St Andrew Square in a 1920s building originally occupied by the offices and warehouse of Forsyth's department store. It will become the fifth restaurant in the Dishoom stable, which currently has outlets in London's Covent Garden (pictured), Shoreditch, King's Cross and near Carnaby Street.
The new three-storey venue will have an open kitchen on the ground floor, a first-floor dining room with views across St. Andrew Square, and a basement bar and dining space. It will mark a return to Edinburgh for Dishoom co-founder Kavi Thakrar, who went to university in the city.
Founded in 2010 with the opening of their first restaurant in Covent Garden, Kavi and Shamil Thakrar and Amar and Adaarsh Radia were inspired by the Irani cafes of Bombay which originally numbered around 400 and have now shrunk to fewer than 30. The venues were the only places in the city where people from any caste or class could have an inexpensive snack or a hearty meal.
The Edinburgh restaurant, which will be designed by Macaulay Sinclair, is expected to open in the winter.
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