Breakfast at Dishoom

Breakfast at Dishoom

On Saturday I had what feels like an anomalous event, a free day.

For 5 weeks my Saturday’s have been dominated by exciting but busy plans. But this Saturday just gone was different. The alarm was not set, no plans were made and I totally slept in past 9 (another anomaly).

Aside from embracing the comfort of my bed it meant that Chris and I had the opportunity to have a breakfast date, something we love doing but can only do rarely.

Breakfast at Dishoom

Upon recommendation of Chris’ new workmates we travelled to Kings Cross for the pleasure of a breakfast date and after walking the long way round had breakfast at Dishoom, a Bombay style café.

I guess this blog post comes with a side note, because as it was a breakfast date I didn’t have the opportunity to take many photos (mostly a self-inflicted rule).

That aside this place was awesome to eat at.

It was already packed so we ended up at a sharing table, which was okay, but it was downstairs and away from light. We were given the choice of sitting at the bar or downstairs and we chose downstairs.

The staff were super friendly to and there were a lot staff around. The guy in particular who waited on our table never missed a beat with bringing tap water to us when our glasses were empty and was generally just super friendly. In fact we considered the staff friendly enough not to decline the optional gratuity.

The food was incredible, although I fell victim to food envy. I ordered The Big Bombay, a Bombay take on a full English breakfast. The winning element was the masala beans which with the super soft pau buns was a perfectly satisfying combination. Although mine was delicious it was Chris’ who was the tastier of the two meals.

Breakfast at Dishoom

Breakfast at Dishoom

The Bacon Naan Roll is Dishoom’s signature dish and after watching Chris eat half of his with a smug face I stole the other half and can really see why it is the signature dish. It was deliciously perfect, with the naan cooked fresh and to that crispy perfection that complimented the sweet streaky bacon amazingly. My food envy was well deserved because this dish was compiled of so many components complimenting each other that I wouldn’t even both looking at other menu option upon my next visit. And there will be another visit.

Dishoom also offers house chai as a refillable. However not being a big fan of cinnamon I didn’t indulge in this. Both Chris and I ordered fruit juices, which, as they should be, were fresh pressed and served cold.

Four for you Glen Coco Dishoom. Your breakfast was fabulous.

London: 3 things to consider before moving

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There are some really obvious considerations to think about before moving to any place, many tied around the space you’ll be living in and the location of said space. These are obviously valid in London but I think there are a few finer points to consider to that go above the simple thought of ‘how long will my commute be?’ Like:

What kind of area do you want to live in, rather than choosing by borough name?

Safe… Well that’s generally an obvious answer but I mean really, what kind of shops do you want near by. Do you want it to be green and suburban or do you want it to have the real buzz of London? 5 minutes west of me and the area has a completely different vibe to where I live, and fewer trees. For Chris and I we wanted somewhere similar to Lincoln as our borough. We actually achieved that!

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What will make you feel settled?

This was a HUGE consideration for Chris and I when we were looking to move. Lincoln is where our families are, our friends and what we know. London is huge and scary. We knew that finding somewhere that felt homely was the key to us feeling settled.

This did mean we spent a little more on finding the right place than we’d hoped but I don’t regret it. But we also didn’t want to have to worry about bills or where all our stuff would go. As it turns out we live in what would be a living room in an all inclusive shared household. The space we have is huge, so not much of out stuff was left behind and we also have French doors leading into a small garden. This garden should be communal but we are the only ones who use it at the moment. This has helped to make it feel like home.

Another aspect that contributed to making me feel settled in my new house was making sure I had some key possessions with me, like my books and pin board.

How will you commute?

Call me disorganised but this genuinely was something I hadn’t really thought about prior to moving. I’d worked out how long my commute would be using CityMapper (an application you should definitely download if you’re visiting or moving to London), but I’d not truly taken in the options of my commute. There are loads and some more cost effective than others. Once Chris and I started to really specify the area we wanted to live in we started to work out commuting costs against ideal area and room; and quite obviously the commuting costs vary on your method of transport.

There isn’t really much time difference in my commute, so it’s more about preferred commuting method.

London: Things people don’t tell you about London

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There are somethings people don’t tell you about London. Some things people might not even recognise as being a thing particular to London. Here are a few things that people don’t tell you about London and a few observations I’ve noticed in the past 4 weeks!

Not all Londoners are horrible

I think there’s a video trending on Facebook or YouTube about the random kindness of strangers, and particularly the acts of kindness that Londoners are capable of and practice everyday. I think a massive misconception of London is that everybody is to preoccupied in themselves and the abundance of capitalism and tat to even notice those around them. During my short time in London I have witnessed good deeds, morning smiles and tube laughter. Of course nobody speaks on the tube but people do make eye contact and smile. People might not speak on buses either, but they’ll catch people when the bus emergency stops or give up their seat for somebody less able to stand. I think witnessing these small things has dispelled the all Londoners are horrible myth for me. People are people.

The commute can be valuable “me” time

Before moving to London I had already secured my job. I knew firmly where I would be spending 5 days a week and just how expensive it would be to live near there. I also knew how very spoilt I had been in Lincoln, as I could pop into my car and generally be home in 20 minutes. My current commute to work in the morning is 45 minutes, although I’m still testing out options. My morning commute is spent largely trying to wake myself up whilst panicking about traffic and whether I have time to get a morning coffee. BUT my evening commute is completely different and is a portion of my working day I actually don’t mind. When 6pm hits I put my ear phones in take a short walk to the tube and combine that end of day feeling with my favourite songs. This continues the other side of the tube, where I have a picturesque walk home. This 30/40 minutes really is just time to think and enjoy my own company. People would have you think the London commute is atrocious. Don’t get me wrong, it is quite laborious and hot, with lots of people about. BUT you can make use of the time.

Average Adventures in London

Average Adventures in London

Average Adventures in London

Pigeons are ballsy

There isn’t really much to expand on this one really, expect for if you are coming to London from a small city or town you will notice an inherit difference between your local pigeons and the mammoth, food stealing, bullies that are London Pigeons. I kid you not that in my area’s appreciation society a discussion was happening about divebombing seagulls. It appears pigeons are not the only ones with balls in London.

There are so many sirens

Something that I absolutely have not got used to, and is an argument to refute my first point, are the sirens. Where I work there are literally 2-3 sirens every hour. EVERY HOUR. On the plus side, to prove my first point, Londoners move very quickly out of the way of all vehicles with sirens. In Lincoln they do not.

Fuel is cheaper

How is this a thing? It is a thing. My little Penny is a diesel car and we’ve saved so much money on fuel!