Thakrar explains that Dishoom is inspired from the cafes opened by Iranian immigrants to London in 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. And it's actually the first time when Hindus and Muslims and Jews could actually sit next to each other and eat a meal," he says.
He also explained how he and his team sourced authentic pieces of furniture and antiques from Mumbai, and spent time in typical 1920s buildings to soak up their atmosphere.
Read our article about Dishoom King's Cross here.