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History of the British Curry

Would you be surprised to learn that curry came to Britain over 200 years ago?

The earliest mention was in a 1747 cookbook, and by 1773, Haymarket’s Norris Street Coffee House was serving curry to adventurous diners. But it took a Bengali native to create an authentic Indian food experience for the British. Sake Dean Mahomed opened the Hindoostane Coffee House in Marylebone in 1810. Soon, people were hailing the benefits of curry for body and mind. Queen Victoria was known to be a fan of Indian cuisine, which boosted its popularity and put curry on the British menu where it remains today.

Dhinchak is the new generation of Indian street food in London

While we respect the innovators of the past, we feel it’s time the British Indian food scene evolved. We’re shaking things up with an exciting fusion of cultures and flavours, tailored to British tastes, that will refresh your appetite for curry. We serve deliciously different street food from the Indian sub-continent, with Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisines making an inspiring change from typical Mumbai dishes. Drawing influences from time spent and food sampled overseas, we’re giving Indian cuisine a contemporary update with our street food kitchen in London.

Would you be surprised to learn that curry came to Britain over 200 years ago?
The earliest mention was in a 1747 cookbook, and by 1773, Haymarket’s Norris Street Coffee House was serving curry to adventurous diners. But it took a Bengali native to create an authentic Indian food experience for the British. Sake Dean Mahomed opened the Hindoostane Coffee House in Marylebone in 1810. Soon, people were hailing the benefits of curry for body and mind. Queen Victoria was known to be a fan of Indian cuisine, which boosted its popularity and put curry on the British menu where it remains today.

Dhinchak is the new generation of Indian street food in London
While we respect the innovators of the past, we feel it’s time the British Indian food scene evolved. We’re shaking things up with an exciting fusion of cultures and flavours, tailored to British tastes, that will refresh your appetite for curry. We serve deliciously different street food from the Indian sub-continent, with Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisines making an inspiring change from typical Mumbai dishes. Drawing influences from time spent and food sampled overseas, we’re giving Indian cuisine a contemporary update with our street food kitchen in London.




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