Namaaste Kitchen Summer Menu:
I HAVE reviewed Namaaste Kitchen before – and loved the food there the first time I visited. But, on this particular occasion there was a new menu for Summer and the chance to introduce my fellow reviewer from By-Invitation to the excellent modern Indian food. So, I was delighted to be invited back. Namaaste Kitchen together with sister restaurant Salaam Namaaste continues to serve quite exceptional food at very reasonable price.
We started by sharing a plate of Dahi Puri (£3.95), a form of Indian street food made from a crisp puffed pillow filled with chickpeas, mash and splashed with chilled greek yoghurt and tamarind chutney.
I’ve enjoyed Dahi Puri before at Namaaste Kitchen and I’d continue to recommend it as a starter or amuse bouche.
Coriander Lime Chicken Tikka served with tossed asparagus is a new dish for the Summer menu. I really liked the lightly grilled asparagus and very tender, moist Chicken that seems a million miles from the Chicken Tikka that is served in many Indian restaurants.(5.25)
Mustard Quail – marinated in mustard and honey and tandoor grilled with pepper and tomato coulis was a perfectly balanced dish. As my friend pointed out, it’s difficult to take a photograph of quail that looks as good as it tastes. And, in my attempt to do so I managed to hide the lovely tri-colour dish of sauces (mustard, pepper and tomato and coriander I think) that was served on the side. (£5.50)
Pan Seared Mackerel with cumin new potatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, rocket and watercress salad was something I just got a mouthful of to taste. Mackerel isn’t a fish that I associate with Indian food, but this lightly spiced, crisp skinned version seemed entirely appropriate – and the little cumin potatoes were amazing.
Sea food Moilee (£14.95) is now firmly on my personal favourite list. I did try it at Salaam Namaaste, but, the version here was just a little lighter and I think had cuttlefish as well as jumbo grilled shrimps scallop, mussels, seabass and squid. It comes in a spiced coconut and curry leaf flavoured sauce and somehow manages to be rich and light at the same time.
By this stage, thanks to side orders of naan, ocra and mango and rice, I was completely full. But, my companion ordered and enjoyed the summer berry cheesecake with mango kulfi (£4.95). I managed a teaspoon or so, just to check the taste you understand;)
Namaaste Kitchen offers a range of Indian food from standard curries through to the innovative dishes like those on the Summer menu.
I find it hard to fault in terms of quality of food and price and really wish it was just a little closer to West London!
London Borough of Camden,