Dishoom’s founder says everything he learned at business school was wrong. Here’s how his quality-over-revenue approach helped Britain’s Indian restaurant group explode.

a person sitting at a table: Cofounder of Dishoom Shamil Thakrar Dishoom

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Cofounder of Dishoom Shamil Thakrar Dishoom

  • Shamil Thakrar is the cofounder of one of the UK’s most successful Indian restaurant groups, Dishoom.
  • Dishoom, founded in 2010, helped raise the standards of affordable Indian food in the UK, and now serves 40,000 diners annually and employs 900 people.
  • Thakrar has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a background in strategy consulting at Bain & Co.
  • In an interview with Business Insider he revealed how the hard-headed business principles of profit he was programmed with are “completely wrong”.
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Indian food ranks high among the UK’s favorite cuisines and, depending who you read, there are more than 10,000 Indian restaurants across the nation.


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One success story is Dishoom, the popular Indian restaurant group inspired by the old Irani cafes of Bombay. The group has long been credited for giving British diners

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