They say smell transports you back to a place, a moment or a time. And I believe that taste does too. Last week, I was transported back to my host family’s dining room table in Nepal, I was transported back to a tea hut in Bodh Gaya and I was transported back to train journeys around Northern India. Really, I was sat in an Indian restuarant in London for my birthday.
I had heard of Dishoom from so many people, I had also heard of it because every time I walked past, there was a huge queue snaking from the entrance. So, when is a better time to go to this popular restuarant than for my birthday? Especially because Indian food is one of my favourites. So, I booked in advance (for a big group you must book in advance) and we were lead downstairs to a booth for the six of us. The atmosphere was buzzing, the lighting was perfect and the smells from the kitchen were beautiful.
But first, chai! The chai menu was the biggest selcetion I’d seen but I settled with the house chai to begin, and was instantly transported back to my trip to India and Nepal in 2008. Before this and despite being English, I’d never drunk a cup of tea before heading to Nepal but chai was a different story; the warmth, the hint of spice, the milkiness. Chai was the first thing we drank in the morning, it was the drink that we were given whenever we visited somebody’s house and it was what we stopped for when on journeys. And to finish, because I had to try more than one; the chocolate chai. It had the same spiced kick as the house chai but with a hint of chocolate too. The perfect way to end the meal. It just means I’ll have to go back to try the others from the menu 🙂
Which tastes transport you back?