Booma

Restaurants, Indian Stockwell
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A Brixton Road curry house with a boozy concept.

Booma is a curry house with a concept. Hey, come back! Against all odds, it’s – quite unexpectedly – super. A modern little box of a room with an open kitchen and a few beer taps built into a stone wall, it has a two-part menu. On the left-hand page, a list of north Indian small plates: grilled meats, flatbreads, bowls of curries and sundries, each with a colour-coded number. Opposite is an interesting selection of beers and ciders sold in third or two-third measures, from a light house lager through to weighty milk stouts, each with a coloured number too. The idea? Match the numbers, and you’ll get a tipple that perfectly complements that bit of your dinner. Simple, really.

The food itself? Ding ding! Bloody grand. Onion bhajis were cricket-ball sized spheres, heavily spiced and held together with gram flour, that crumbled to shards on impact. An ace example of a usually workaday nibble. Likewise, achari paneer tikka was a simple plate elevated by giving the pillowy, mild cheese a hefty crisping in the tandoor. Better still was a teeny bowl of dhal makhani, the black lentils ragu-like in rich intensity; while the blackened lamb chops, like meaty lollipops, were simply the best I’ve had in London (no small praise when every tandoori joint in town seems to pride itself on its chops). They were washed down with a sour Rodenbach Grand Cru ale from Belgium, aged in oak; a tip-top combo. More muted was a cheese and coriander kulcha (a naan-like flatbread) lacking in both those things, and a dish of meen varuthathu pan-seared cod that didn’t benefit from the addition of tapioca. But these were small niggles, rectified by a tongue-tingling dessert of charred pineapple and coconut cream. Concept or no: Booma lives up to its explosive name.

By: Tom Howells

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Venue name: Booma
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Address: 244 Brixton Rd
London
SW9 6AH
Transport: Tube: Brixton
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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Absolutely loved this place - brilliant food and a really interesting range of beer (including an excellent cider for those of you who aren't so into beer). We went as a couple and were really impressed and felt it was very good value for the food and service. Will be going back!


Great new addition to the neighbourhood! Tapas style Indian dishes with matching beers. We started with the popadoms which are served like nachos and are very tasty. We then shared a selection of curry's and rice (we got 4 dishes and 1 rice between 2, and it was definitely enough!) The onion bhaji and paneer tikka were particularly good. Our bill came to £20 (with a beer) which felt quite pricey. However the food, decor and service were all great, would definitely recommend.

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Booma is a swish new Indian restaurant on the Stockwell/Brixton border, offering tapas-style dishes paired with selected beers. 


At 6pm on a Saturday evening it was suspiciously empty, but that only meant that we benefited from highly attentive service. Booma still has that "new restaurant" smell and feel, and is certainly modern in its design, with clean lines and bright lighting galore. When empty this makes for a pleasant but slightly characterless atmosphere, but when there are a few more customers this is replaced by a feeling of pleasant warmth and relaxed dining. 


We ordered a selection of dishes and a 2/3 pint of ale to start. The portion sizes were fairly plentiful, and two dishes per head with a side of rice and poppadoms was more than enough. In all, the standard was superb. The poppadoms arrived beautifully and unusually presented, with a variety of sauces on the top (though if you're a fan of a plain poppadom be sure to ask for the dips on the side). The onion bahjis were divine - crispy, soft, sweet - possibly the best I've tasted. 


It wasn't all perfect - the chicken dish could have been a tad juicier, and the vegetable curry lacked substance - but in all it was a delicious and filling meal. At £20 a head with one beer and without dessert it's at the pricier end of the spectrum, but the quality of the food ensures its value. 


A great addition to the neighborhood's roster!


Booma is a brand new concept making beer lovers and fans of Indian food rejoice. The menu is set with contemporary Indian classics- I had the Tandoori Machhi (salmon with dil, honey and English mustard), which was melt in the mouth delicious. To drink, a light slightly sweet beer called Camden Gentlemen's Wit, which didn't interrupt the delicate fish taste at all, instead made me want to go in for more! The menu is constructed to suggest a beer with each dish and they also do some tasting menus at a really good price. 

I'll definitely be back for more, soon!