I’ve been meaning to write about this for weeks, but consuming large amounts of Pimms last night reminded me that I’d had a fabulous variation on the theme at Dishoom Chowpatty Beach, a pop up from the main restaurant down on the South Bank.
It helped that we arrived there on a) an incredibly sunny evening and b) in need of a bit of a lift after standing at the Globe for 3 hours. So this little bit of India at the side of the Thames was a brilliantly welcome sight, as was the drinks and snacks menu. Saffron Pimms was in our hands as quickly as they could serve it. And it was truly delicious, giving a bit more fizz and spice to a classic British favourite.
To normal Pimms, they added pomegranate, orange, mint, ginger beer and a glug of saffron gin. Between the gin and ginger beer, you knew this wasn’t your average Pimms, but could very happily be converted. I’ve never ever seen saffron gin, and I thought I knew my gin. TheDrinkShop.com have one from Gabriel Boudier, but only the one, and I always think their range is pretty extensive. Brewed in France, this is small pot distillation, and also includes not only the saffron but also coriander, lemon, iris and fennel.
You’ve still got time to get to Dishoom Chowpatty Beach, open until October I think. We also worked through a couple of the snacks: Bhel, which is puffed rice, pomegranate and chutney, and also the Dishoom Frankie. I’d seen a few people write about this, a naan filled with spicy lamb mince, in glowing terms, and it really didn’t disappoint. Just the right amount of spice for me, nicely offset by the Pimms.
If I could find a reason to be back on the South Bank before they close, I’d definitely go back again. This time, put me down for a pitcher of the Pimms though please. A glass was really not enough!