Namaaste Kitchen Review:
I forget sometimes how long I have been running London-Unattached. I first reviewed the Indian restaurant Namaaste Kitchen in 2013 and went back some six months later. It’s in North London though, in between Camden and Primrose Hill and so while I love the food, it’s not somewhere I walk past regularly. A revisit though was long overdue and I was delighted to arrive there one evening a week or so back to find that not too much had changed.
The bar still serves a fine cocktail, though in some effort to drink less I personally stuck to wine. And I enjoyed the Indian option, Soul Tree Sauvignon Blank from Nasik Valley which had the intensity to pair well with the spicy dishes to follow
We started the meal with a pretty presentation of Chaat – Chatpati Tokri Chaat was a potato basket, not unlike a spicy rosti, filled with chickpeas, lentil dumplings, cucumber, pomegranate, yoghurt, tamarind and green chutney.
The basket was crisp and edible, filled with a light, sweet/sour mixture that was quite refreshing and tangy.
Our other starter was a Tandoori Rata – a selection of ginger and garlic chicken tikka, a lamb seekh kebab and a delicious tandoori green prawn. Next time I am ordering the green prawns by themselves – it was the outstanding element of the dish for me, a plump char grilled prawn with a marinade of coriander, mint and green chillis.
My companion ordered a Mangalorean Korri Gassi which is a regional dish made with coconut, mustard seed, curry leaves, roast chilli and tamarind.
while I opted for the Kalonge King Prawn Adraki, plump King Prawns cooked with black onion seeds, ginger, garlic, lime tamarind, tomato and onion. A beautifully balanced dish which really didn’t need the addition of side dishes. We ordered a delicate bowl of saffron pilau with caramelised onion, cumin and saffron, a creamy rich dal makhani and a portion of saag paneer (spinach with Indian cheese). Everything we chose was gluten free and I was impressed that the menu clearly listed which dishes were vegetarian, which were gluten free and which were vegan, in addition to an indication of ‘heat’. All of the vegetable dishes could be ordered as a side or main dish too.
I finished the evening with a delicious Gajar ka Halwa (carrot dessert) with coconut ice cream. A deliciously sticky, sesame infused carrot mixture paired beautifully with the ice cream.
I always enjoy visiting Namaaste Kitchen and just wish it was a little closer to Kennington!
London Borough of Camden,