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Exposed brickwork, hanging lights and cream banquettes give this upmarket local a modern appeal. Ask the keen, helpful staff for a table towards the rear of the narrow dining area for a view of chefs skewering kebabs and placing them in the clay oven. Last year, we were impressed by the authenticity and diversity of regional dishes – we’re slightly less enamoured this time.

That said, a first course certainly hit the spot; chargrilled whole sea bass, infused with smoky mustard oil, lime juice and fiery chilli powder, was our star dish, notable for its tender, juicy flesh and punchy mustardy flavour. Good news continued with squishy baby aubergines, covered in fried onion-ginger paste, seasoned with sesame seeds and sharpened with tamarind. But that’s an end to the highlights. Five-lentil dal had as much spicing as a school-dinner soup.

Laal maas from Rajasthan was a shadow of the real deal; a severe shortfall of red chillies and the addition of floral screwpine essence discredited this traditional, slow-cooked hunter’s dish. Even the crisp gram-flour droplet raita was too sweet. Let’s hope culinary matters will be back on track soon.

 

Venue name: Namaaste Kitchen
Contact:
Address: 64 Parkway
London
NW1 7AH
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 5.30-11.30pm Mon-Thur. Meals served noon-11.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
Price: Main courses £7.50-£18.95. Set lunch £7.95 1 course, £12.50 2 courses, £15 3 courses

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currylover

This place is the worst indian restaurant experience i have ever had and i have been to literally countless all over London, the UK and the World. The Manager is incredibly insolent cocky and arrogant, the food is bland and full of pickled onions - whichever dish you choose, and the prices are ridulous and were iniquitously jacked up right at the last minute! for two dishes a few nan breads and a cpl of beers they charged us £60 - for that amount we could have gone up west to Veeraswamy. when we contested the service charge and the costs of the beer and curry which had been raised from what we read on the menu - we were blatantly lied to and bullied into paying by the aggressive, imposing manager ! seriously avoid like the plague, there's loads better very close

M. Wenzl

The food is very good but the place is hidden charges galore. I went with a large party of people on the assumption that we would be charged £20 each, but it came to twice that when we decided to share a reduced number of sides between everyone, meaning we paid for each individual item rather than a package. We were not informed of this. They also snuck in extra drinks at intermittent points to pull the price up. Good food but be very careful that you are not cheated out of any deals.