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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For Indian small plates with big flavours, head to one of POP Brixton’s best - Kricket. Step inside a shipping container and gather around one of three communal tables for an intimate dinning experience - a little like dining for Polly Pockets. Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell love the old sharing plates malarkey and do it well. When is comes to brunch the general rule is avocado and eggs but these guys do things a little differently with an avocado and green chilli raita, topped with a poached egg and impressively flavoured jaggery and star anise pancetta. But that's just the start the Goan sausage roll is an absolute must, and the duck egg bhurji, which comes with a malabar paratha is a treat for the tastebuds. Go for a masala chai tea if you need some soothing milky goodness.
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.
Are you one of those people that counts tiny, fried chickens when they're trying to sleep instead of sheep? Snap! Flap on down to Ma' Plucker on aptly named Beak Street for a dose of that good, fried medicine - if you leave here hungry then you have a stomach of the bottomless variety. Let's not bother with things that aren't chicken. The challenge here consists of building the right '3 Way Chicken' dinner: pick your base (salad, bun, waffle); your sauce (chipotle chilli, Kansas BBQ, maple chilli etc.); your chicken (crispy coated buttermilk or rotisserie chipotle). Go back enough times and you'll nail it. The 'Crack and Cheez' side is a fried ball of mac 'n' cheese - check that shit out.
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.