Seeing as we were already such fans of their lunch menu, we decided to visit Namaaste Kitchen in Camden during the evening to try their summer dinner menu. Good job we did because as were not disappointed.
Namaaste kitchen is the little sister if the ever-popular Bloomsbury restaurant Salaam Namaste. If you’re curious about Indian cuisine then Namaaste Kitchen offers all the Indian staples but also a good choice of specialties from the acclaimed head chef and patron Sabbir Kamir.
For those who enjoy the theatre of cooking, there are a few tables near an open kitchen where you will be able to see the chef grilling pieces of meat on the charcoal barbecue or in the tandoor oven. An absolute delight for the eyes and the smell of the spicy flame-grilled meat is amazing.
We started off with the “Tandoori Aatish-e-Jingha on grilled pineapple”, or Jumbo prawns marinated in English mustard, served on a slice of pineapple. The kick of the mustard with the sweetness of the pineapple was delicious yet not too strong to let through the flavour of the prawns. A definite must-try.
Next up was the slightly less unusual Gilafi Reshmi, a skewer of ground chicken with spices, cheese and apple chutney. Good but not great.
For our mains, we went for a Parsi Gosht Zardaloo, delicious lamb and apricot curry served with straw potatoes and a Lababdar Chicken Tikka made with fresh tomatoes, lovely. We ordered a dhall and rice served with browned onions, cumin and saffron, which made a lovely change to our normal plain basmati.
Then came the revelation, along with our usual plain naan, we ordered a Dates and ginger Naan and BOY was it good. You should definitely give it a whirl.
We rounded the meal off with some Kulfi, a sort of chewy, marshmallowy Indian ice-cream and some chai tea.
It’s not the cheapest Indian on the block, but it’s well worth going and sampling some of their more unusual creations. Make sure to try at least one dish, starter or main, from the grill and definitely try the date naan.