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Bombay-themed diner voted best restaurant in UK

London: An Indian restaurant based on the theme of Irani cafes from 19th century Bombay has beaten the UK's best known Michelin-starred diners and voted as the top eatery.

'Dishoom' came out top in a list of 100 eateries across the country in an online review-cum-voting analysis by online urban city guide Yelp.

It knocked former winner Regency Cafe to second place and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal to third.

Dishoom founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar said: "We couldn't be more delighted to hear this news. We feel privileged just to be able to serve the guests who come through our doors for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and perhaps share a little bit of our love for Bombay food and culture with them".

"We're truly blown away that so many people have chosen to share their opinions of us online to help us reach the top spot."

The restaurant's Covent Garden branch in central London knocked off last year's winner Regency Cafe to second place, followed by Michelin-starred Dinner By Heston Blumenthall, which came in third.

Set up by Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran, there were almost 400 Irani cafes in Bombay at their peak in the 1960s.

However, today less than 30 survive. Dishoom was set up in 2010 to re-create their lost glory with a decor of stained mirrors and sepia family portraits and a menu including Bombay Omelette, Bun Maska and Keema Pau.

It now has three branches across London, which features antique furniture and fittings sourced from Mumbai. A vast majority of restaurants in the top 100 are from London, followed by Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

A pall of gloom descended
on the ongoing National Games after a young Maharashtra
netball player lost life apparently in a case of drowning at a
nearby beach here today.
According to local police, 21-year-old Mayuresh Pawar of
Maharashtra fell into the waters while trying to take photos
at the Shamkumugham beach here this morning.
Though it was initially suspected that the player died of
a cardiac arrest, the post mortem report pointed to the
possibility of drowning as there was the presence was of water
and sand in the youngster's internal organs, police said.
The National Games Secretariat officials here said the
player and his fellow team members, who were on their way back
after a practice session, dropped by at the beach for
sightseeing.
"He was on his way back to the room after a practice
session at the indoor stadium at Vellayani near here along
with his other team members. Though he was rushed to the
hospital, doctors declared him dead," a NGS official said.
The body of the player would be taken to his home state
by flight tomorrow morning, the official said adding that all
cultural programmes scheduled to entertain players at the
venues and the Games Village has been cancelled as a mark of
respect to the departed soul. 

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