Dishoom to open first Manchester site at former Freemasons’ Hall

The team behind the Dishoom restaurants has confirmed that they will open in Manchester this winter, in the historic Manchester Hall on Bridge Street.

Like the chain’s other restaurants, the new site will pay homage to the old Irani cafés of Bombay, and will be open every day from early until late, serving executive chef Naved Nasir’s breakfast menu, followed by the all-day sharing menu of Bombay comfort food – small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls and curries.

Dishoom Manchester will also feature a Permit Room bar, serving Daru-walla Carl Brown’s tipples, as well as cocktails and a range of non-alcoholic cocktails, known as ‘copy tipples’.

The restaurant team said it saw the new opening as an opportunity to explore the “unexpected links” between Manchester, Bombay and Freemasonry.

During their explorations, they discovered the 1927 novel called The Tower of Silence by Phiroshaw Jamsetjee Chevalier, which follows a British private eye and Parsi vigilante go on a journey through London, Manchester and Bombay. The new restaurant is based on the novel and acts as a “continuation” of the story.

The new restaurant will be the company’s seventh site outside of London and its opening date is yet to be confirmed.

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