Eating Out: Kricket, Soho, London

Kricket first started life in a tiny 20-seat shipping container at Pop Brixton and since permanently opening its doors in Soho at the beginning of this year, has quickly become one of the best places to enjoy Indian food in London. With a counter spanning the length of an impressive open kitchen, diners are invited to watch the hard-at-work chefs preparing a feast of stunning Anglo-Indian small plates.

Inspired by founders Rik and Will’s time spent living and working in Mumbai, Kricket combines the best seasonal British ingredients with the flavours of India to create ‘modern Indian plates, served in a relaxed space.’ And that is exactly what they have achieved.

Seated comfortably at the counter with a glass of wine (expertly chosen by our tall, handsome waiter) we couldn’t wait to get stuck in to the small but considered menu. Divided into four sections: Breads & Rice, Veg, Fish and Meat – with two desserts to finish, I could have quite happily ordered every single item. Everything in front of us looked totally delicious but we eventually settled on Samphire Pakoras (deep fried and totally more-ish), Pumpkin with Paneer & Hazelnut Crumb (comforting and hearty), Scallop with Seaweed, Pork Cheek with Pickled Fennel, Mussels and Misti Doi to finish.

Though each course was a winner, the standout dish was definitely the samphire pakoras – such a creative way to serve traditional British veg. Between the two of us, we shared six mains which (and my jeans will agree) I can safely say was more than enough. Served simply and without pretence, the portions are generous and packed with flavour and spice – the whole experience made more enjoyable by watching the young chefs prepare everything in front of you.

We probably could’ve left without indulging in dessert but couldn’t resist and shared the Misti Doi (sweet yoghurt topped with pomegranate and pistachio). Whether you’re in the area or simply looking to try somewhere new and delicious  for dinner, I couldn’t recommend Kricket enough.

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