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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Namaaste Kitchen


Namaaste Kitchen in Camden, is the sister restaurant of Salaam Namaaste in Bloomsbury. It’s speciality? Indian food from the grill. The highlight of this restaurant is that diners can see their meal expertly prepared in the tandoor, on the sigri (over a coal flame) or on the tawa (a hot iron griddle): the three core methods of grilling found in Indian and Pakistan.

We went along to Namastee Kitchen to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend with a special menu, designed to infuse their more traditional Indian cuisine with a taste of Britain. The menu kicked off with a number of starters, including a deliciously spicy Mulligatawny soup, a mackerel Richard, spicy minced lamb patties and a coarse chicken liver pate served on toast.

The main course selection included Welsh masala lamb shank, a salmon and cod kedgeree and a captain's favourite veal curry, although we would have liked to have seen a vegetarian option for those more herbivore in nature. The sauce went very well with the veal, and the lamb shank was absolutely huge. Two people would probably struggle. After this, we tried a palate cleansing berry sorbet before the our dessert, which was an Indian style bread and butter pudding with pistachio Indian Malai Kul ice cream.

Overall the menu at Namaaste Kitchen is very well balanced, and you certainly cannot fault the portion sizes. You definitely will not be leaving this restaurant hungry.

This monthNamaaste Kitchen and Salaam Namaaste is cooking its South Indian Food Festival menu, inspired by the regions of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, recognised for their light, flavourful and health-giving cuisine. Paper-thin dosas, steaming, fragrant broths and heady sweet and sour aromas are just some of the taste sensations ripe for discovery.

This June, for the entire month, the two restaurants are steering their year-long regional food festival to the south of India, to Tamil Nadu and lush green Kerala, two regions known for their light, flavourful and health-giving cuisine. Sabbir Karim, founder of Namaaste Kitchen, says “British diners are already, as we know, enamoured of the robust, fiery tandoori cuisine from India’s north, but we think the time is right to shine the spotlight on the south of India.”

Prices range between £5 for starters and £13-£15 for mains.


64 Parkway, NW1 7AH

Average price for main course: £14
Average price for glass of wine: £
Food/Drink: /5
Service: /5
Value: /5

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