It was music to our ears when we heard that Kricket - the tiny Indian restaurant set up in the shipping containers of Pop Brixton - was opening a bigger place in Soho. Inspired by time spent living and working in Mumbai, Kricket is all about seasonal, modern, Indian plates made with British ingredients. Order a flurry of colourful dishes served in charming, wonky bowls - top of our agenda is the Keralan fried chicken with curry leaf mayonnaise and pickled mouli and the sexy sounding samphire pakoras with date and tamarind chutney. Finish up with a traditional Indian dessert like the carrot halwa with pistachio ice cream and pecans.
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From food blogger, to pop up planner, and now restaurant founder, it seems Shrimoyee Chakraborty can do no wrong. Calcutta Street - a Bengali restaurant bang in the middle of Fitzrovia - is a breath of fresh air, with turquoise interiors, a welcoming atmosphere and wholesome Indian cuisine passed on through the generations. The food is rich, tangy and tasteful, like the Chakraborty’s fish paturi - a whole sea bass steamed in banana leaf, which you should definitely pair with one of the homemade chutneys. Once you’re stuffed, sit back with a small glass of Old Monk, a true Indian staple and by far one of the best rums we’ve ever tasted.
The Kati Roll Company
They whip up a kati roll here so quickly, you'd think the taste would suffer. No no, me old china, these are spicy wonders. You can get Indian flatbreads or potato rolls filled with chicken tikka, grilled tiger shrimp cooked in coconut milk, and even Indian cheese marinated in a spicy pickle. Wraps are a dime a dozen in London, but places like the Kati Roll Company keeps the whole 'variety is the spice of life' angle nice and...well, spicy.
Fowl Mouths @ Table Cafe
Fowl Mouths has come from humble beginnings: once a SE London supper club, these good people are now residents at the lovely Lido Cafe. The philosophy? Japanese comfort food for your soul. A preview of the delights on offer ought to get your lips smackin' good: absolutely put the teriyaki chilli wings in your belly, while the twice fried karaage chicken is a delight. For something a little more fancy try the hake and clams with shiso brown butter and udon noodles. To finish? A chocolate sesame ball with matcha ice cream of course.
Celebrity chef Judy Joo and her modern Korean restaurant JinJuu proves that even a Mayfair crowd enjoys fried chicken. This is the second Jinjuu to open in London and with its plush interiors and pristine clientele, it's suitably Mayfair. Everything on the menu - or at least everything that we tried - was delicious. Start with a generous number of small plates and definitely try the sae-woo pops which are crispy round prawn cakes served on sticks with gochujang mayo. Move on to mains where you should probably get Judy's 'famous' whole Korean fried chicken served with pickled radish, roasted corn salsa and Korean slaw. Have yourself a cocktail and for something a little different, try the salted miso ice cream for dessert.