Dishoom named best UK eatery by Yelp

Dishoom is modelled on the Bombay cafés of the 1920s

Dishoom Covent Garden has topped a list of the best 100 eateries in the UK compiled by online city guide Yelp.

The Indian restaurant beat previous winner Regency Café to the top spot on this year’s list, with Dinner by Heston Blumenthal coming in third.

Dishoom founder Shamil Thakrar said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to hear this news. We feel privileged just to be able to serve the guests who come through our doors for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and perhaps share a little bit of our love for Bombay food and culture with them.

“We’re truly blown away that so many people have chosen to share their opinions of us online to help us reach the top spot.” 

Yelp’s Top 100 is compiled using its own review and star-rating data, and spans Michelin starred restaurants, greasy spoons, fish and chip shops, burger joints and coffee shops across the UK.

Dishoom Covent Garden scores an average of four stars over 370 reviews on Yelp, with diners praising its ‘excellent service’, ‘authentic’ atmosphere and ‘delicious’ food.

Dishoom - a bombay café

Dishoom was founded by Shamil and Kavi Thakrar in 2010, and now has three restaurants in London.

Speaking to BigHospitality recently, Shamil Thakrar said the concept was inspired by the cafés opened by Iranian immigrants in Bombay the 1920s. 

“These Irani cafes were the first spaces where people could dine out, regular people who weren’t very wealthy, for a decent amount,” he said.

The restaurants feature antique furniture and fittings sourced from Mumbai, and serve an all-day menu of breakfasts, small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls and curries.

Yelp Top 100 UK Eateries

  1. Dishoom, Covent Garden - London
  2. Regency Café, London
  3. Dinner By Heston Blumenthal, London
  4. Homeslice Pizza, London
  5. Barrafina, London
  6. Hula Juice Bar and Gallery, Edinburgh
  7. Sotto Sotto, Bath
  8. Honest Burgers, Soho - London
  9. Patty and Bun, London
  10. The Wolseley, London
  11. Monmouth Coffee, London
  12. Gordon Ramsay, London
  13. Nightjar, London
  14. The Edinburgh Larder, Edinburgh
  15. Flat Iron, London
  16. Burger and Lobster, Dean Street - London
  17. The Ledbury, London
  18. The Blue Bear, Edinburgh
  19. L Atelier De Joël Robuchon, London
  20. Duck and Waffle, London
  21. The Devils Advocate, Edinburgh
  22. Hawksmoor, Seven Dials - London
  23. Nopi, London
  24. Masters Super Fish, London
  25. Patara, London
  26. St John Bar and Restaurant, London
  27. Burger Meats Bun, Glasgow
  28. Hawksmoor, Spitalfields - London
  29. Franco Manca, London
  30. Dumpling Monkey, Glasgow
  31. Timberyard, London
  32. Burger and Lobster, Mayfair - London
  33. Great Queen Street, London
  34. Roti Chai, London
  35. The Harwood Arms, London
  36. Bocca Di Lupo, London
  37. The Fat Duck, Berkshire
  38. Savoir Faire, London
  39. Honest Burgers, Kings Cross - London
  40. Ottolenghi, Islington, London
  41. Dishoom, Shoreditch - London
  42. Home Sweet Home, Manchester
  43. Rules Restaurant, London
  44. Marthas, Glasgow
  45. Mums, Edinburgh
  46. Where The Monkey Sleeps, Glasgow
  47. The Butchershop Bar and Grill, Glasgow
  48. The Pig and Butcher, London
  49. The Table, London
  50. The Harp, London
  51. Zuma Restaurant, London
  52. Bar Boulud, London
  53. Princi, London
  54. José, London
  55. Food For Thought, London
  56. Golden Union Fish Bar, London
  57. Stereo, Glasgow
  58. Kanpai, Edinburgh
  59. The Pheasant Restaurant, Hillingdon
  60. Noodle Bar, London
  61. Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow
  62. Oink, Edinburgh
  63. Kin, London
  64. Yauatcha, London
  65. Tibits, London
  66. Donostia, London
  67. The Butterfly and The Pig, Glasgow
  68. Wings, Edinburgh
  69. Pollen Street Social, London
  70. Ozone Coffee, London
  71. Sketch, London
  72. Poppies, London
  73. Caravan, Kings Cross - London
  74. Blandfords Café, London
  75. The Breakfast Club, London
  76. Rasa, London
  77. Baked Potato Shop, Edinburgh
  78. Petrus Restaurant, London
  79. Yoobi, London
  80. Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, Glasgow
  81. Baileys Fish and Chips, London
  82. Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast
  83. Tayyabs, London
  84. Hawksmoor, Air Street - London
  85. Hanedan, Edinburgh
  86. Alounak, London
  87. Pitt Cue Co, London
  88. Tommis Burger Joint, London
  89. The Lord Clifden, Birmingham
  90. Honey and Co, London
  91. Papercup Coffee Company, Glasgow
  92. Field, Edinburgh
  93. Cask Pub and Kitchen, London
  94. Hakkasan Mayfair, London
  95. Il Portico, London
  96. Pizza Pilgrims, London
  97. Kitchen Table, London
  98. Woodlands, London
  99. Avenue G Café, Glasgow
  100. Stravaigin, Glasgow

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