Came out for my birthday on a snowy night and had the best experience. The door was locked when we arrived and we were immediately let in and shown to our table. The people who looked after us for the night I presume were the owners as they did so with great charm and personality, knowledge of the food and a non intrusive but attentive style. We had the 7 salad selection in a beautiful flower shaped selection of mini bowls like a pot thali. The salads were great, one of them was amazing walnut and anchovy paste which was great on the delicious bread. One salad looked a bit mushy, but turned out to be delicious green peppers with a really nice flavour. Then came the special which was a sweet potato and chicken tagine which 3 out of four of us ordered. This was amazing, tender chicken, lovely potato, it was clearly freshly made and very tasty. Anyway this was the best place for my 39th birthday and I will definitely be aiming to frequent this place, as a resident from neighbouring peckham.
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 17 2012
Khamsa is a homely neighbourhood eaterie run by a couple who quit their jobs to pursue their goal of making Algerian cuisine better known. It’s an exceptionally pretty spot with intricate handmade crockery, colourful pillows and curtains, timber-panelled walls and blackboard menus.
The marvellous meze selection (£12, large enough for two) includes velvet-smooth zaalouk (aubergine and walnut paste), beetroot salad with fennel and anchovies, garlicky chickpeas topped with spicy meatballs, lentil and bulgar wheat salad, and a light yet flavoursome couscous salad.
The mains weren’t so impressive. Fish tagine came wrapped in silver foil, which aided temperature control, but made it cumbersome to eat, and the salmon lacked flavour. The ‘modern couscous’ dish featured a fantastically punchy broth, fresh vegetables, succulent grilled chicken and a spicy merguez sausage, but was let down by chewy pieces of lamb.
Service was generally pleasant, but we were alarmed by the owner’s stern tone when he asked why we were photographing the food. You can bring your own booze (no corkage), or there’s a range of fruit juices.
Khamsa 140 Acre Lane
- Venue phone:
020 7733 3150
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- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Tube: Brixton tube/rail
Main courses £10.90-£14.90. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge
- 140 Acre Lane
- 020 7733 3150
- 140 Acre Lane
Average User Rating
4.9 / 5
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Possibly the best restaurant meal I have ever eaten. We went at a group of 6 that quickly turned into 7 without any bother. We all agreed that the flavours were incredible, the service excellent, we all loved and took advantage of the BYOB, which also made it a very cheap meal. I live in Cornwall but am back in London next weekend and I am taking another group of friends there.
Had a great meal at Khamsa last night. Very good food, friendly owners, and you can bring your own wine. Will be going back soon
Khamsa must have some of the healthiest, most delicious home-cooked food in London. Luckily it is only a few metres from our house and we love going there for a relaxing meal and chatting with the friendly owners. We regularly recommend it to friends and visitors and everybody loves it without exception. Best to reserve at weekends.
Small, friendly, great food, great people. It's what eating out in London is all about, for me. Wonderful!
If you want to explore the authentic algerian cuisine in a very welcoming and warm atmosphere then this is the place you will need to visit. The chef makes food really taste of where it comes from! The menu is a wonderful playground of tastes and flavours. Khamsa is a rare and special place to discover a whole mouth watering delicious food. I would highly recommend it for those looking for a blend of authentic algerian and berber cuisine
Khamsa thoroughly reproduced a warm traditional and very welcoming Algerian style. The service is outstanding and the food faithfuly cooked according to the algerian traditions. Khamsa is the restaurant that I would recommand to all those who would like to discover the algerian food and culture.