What? For years I’ve been advising friends who are planning a London weekend: ‘Make sure to try some Indian food’. From now on I am adjusting that advice to ‘Make sure to have dinner at Kricket’. Kricket is, without exaggeration, one of the absolute best Indian restaurants I have visited in London. The restaurant originated about a year ago as a pop-up venue in a Brixton converted ship container. A few months ago the full blown restaurant opened in Soho. Kricket is the brainchild of British friends Rik Campbell and Will Bowlby. The first one once active as a Deloitte hot shot, the second a head chef at a European restaurant in Mumbai. Together the two create magic in the form of small Indian dishes to share.
Looks? The Soho restaurant is elegantly decorated by London office Run For The Hills. We sat on pink velvet bar stools, which reminded of an earlier visit to Grind. At Kricket they create a beautiful contrast with the industrial brick walls. Please pay attention to special detailing like the mural drawings or the beautiful bespoke lighting above the stairs. Those stairs lead way to the downstairs seating area, including another bar and some communal tables for bigger parties.
What else? The menu consists of four categories: bread and rice is one, together with the fish category, the meat and vegetables; There is no such thing as a bad choice at Kricket. But there is an exceptionally good one, which includes the pumpkin with makhani sauce, the Cornish crab salad and the chicken with a spicy curry mayonnaise.
INFO Mon to Sat from noon to 2.30pm and from 5.30pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Sundays.