Carom Soho Review

Carom – Indian Street Food Restaurant in Soho

My last visit to Carom was at lunchtime and, at the time, the manager suggested we returned in the evening when there’s a more extensive menu.  It’s taken me a while to get there, but I am glad I did, because this restaurant comes into its own in the evenings, when the lighting is soft and the atmosphere vibrant.

carom london - Soho Indian

We started with a champagne cocktail each and some poppadum.  These come with very delicious home-made chutneys – something that did help to differentiate Carom right from the start from my local Indian.  We shared three small plates between us.

Carom Indian Soho London poppadum

Soft shell crab was coated in a rich Indian spice mix.  The crab itself was quite succulent – a good but not exceptional dish for me (perhaps I’d been a bit spoilt by the version I’d had a few weeks earlier at Bone Daddies).

soft shelled crab - carom indian soho london

Chilli Squid again, very pleasant, not at all rubbery and quite moreish, I particularly liked the dip – but I think I must have developed a palate of steel as I do seem to like spicy food!

caromindian soho london - squid

The star of the class though was the Jhnga – Tiger prawns with a curry leaf marianade and chickpea and mango salad.  Really quite special with beautifully blackened exterior hiding a perfectly cooked succulent centre in each prawn – I’m planning on trying more dishes from the grill at Carom.

carom indian london - prawns

My ‘Chennai’ chicken curry was, I believe, made from chicken thigh meat.  Certainly the chicken was a lot moister than I would have expected from chicken breast, and rather better for that.

carom indian soho london - chicken

My dining companion’s Kerala fish curry came with sea bass, which he enjoyed, but felt the sea bass was a little overwhelmed by the sauce.

carom indian soho london - sea bass

I’m not a great Naan eater, mostly because if I dare to try I generally find myself unable to eat the curry.  But I had a taste of the Peshwari naan and it was excellent.  If I hadn’t said no in the first place, I might just have eaten more.

carom soho indian london naan

As it was, I was quite full and couldn’t manage dessert, though my companion ate his way through a sticky toffee pudding with ice-cream and looked perfectly content with that.

The wine list is short and sweet, with a top price of £35 (other than for champagne) and there’s a rather special cocktail selection which I would recommend trying.  There’s also a comfy bar area where you can drink and enjoy bar snacks.

Large enough to comfortably accommodate groups and small enough to feel intimate, Carom is a good place to meet up with friends in Soho.  If you are budget conscious there’s a good set menu with two courses for £10 and three for £15, but mains on the a la carte are between £6 and £10.

Carom London

100 Wardour Street

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3.5 / 5 stars     
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  1. says

    It looks like a great place to enjoy an evening with friends, and the food looks amazing! I try to stay away from the Naan too – otherwise I fill up and can’t eat my dinner :)

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