Dishoom is finally set to switch on the kitchen equipment at a new restaurant which was put on the back burner when the coronavirus struck.
The chain had everything in place to open its first Birmingham site on 1 April, but had to put its plans on hold when the UK lockdown was enforced at the end of March.
It will now press ahead with a soft launch from 18 July, before officially opening on 6 August.
During the soft launch, which is vital for staff preparation and training, it will be offering guests 50% off food.
The Birmingham restaurant is located at One Chamberlain Square, overlooking the Grade I listed Birmingham Town Hall, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and the Chamberlain Monument fountain.
The restaurant pays homage to the old Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay, and the design weaves together threads of Bombay’s heritage with a narrative inspired by Birmingham.
Executive Chef Naved Nasir’s menu of Bombay food cooked in Hindu, Muslim, Irani and Parsi traditions will be served from breakfast until late.
Mr Nasir has also created a ‘Chef’s Special’ Mutton Chaap Korma, consisting of marinated chops of mutton lavished with a rich sauce and accompanied by khamiri roti.
Dishoom said it has been working closely with leading safety specialists to create a comprehensive set of safety standards.
These include new roles, policies, processes and equipment back and front of house to make sure its restaurants have the highest standards of health and safety at this time.
The cafés will operate with fewer tables and additional screens and furniture have been introduced to enhance safety and support physical distancing throughout the restaurants.
Additional cleaning processes will be in place, along with ultra-violet and ionisation filtration systems of the kind that are used in medical facilities to eliminate viruses.
The first Dishoom opened in Covent Garden in 2010, and the chain now has five cafes in London and outlets in Edinburgh and Manchester.