Khamsa

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Khamsa

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.

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Venue name: Khamsa
Contact:
Address: 140 Acre Lane
London
SW2 5UT
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Brixton
Price: Main courses £10.90-£14.90. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge
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I went here yesterday after seeing this on timeout. The food was amazing and the guy running the restaurant was pleasantly friendly. I tried the salmon in the filo pastry. Amazing


Great fresh modern and traditional dishes.
Great hospitality and customer service.


The restaurant have a very nice atmosphere the smell of cooking while you waiting it feels like home it's one of the best places and the owner is a credit to his profession so passionat about what his doing and it reflects on his cooking


Food was delicious and service outstanding. The place is just beautiful (specially downstairs). Would definitely repeat


At last I have found a really nice Algerian restaurant where the food, service and atmosphere are good. Deffinitely worth a visit.


Great unique food, friendly and super knowledgeable staff. Excellent atmosphere!


This was an amazing diner we had. I am originally from Algeria and I can say that the couscous we had was as good as in Algeria. The atmosphere is relaxing with lovely Kabylian music going on and Jamel (the owner) very friendly and always keen to explain his cuisine. You have to go there !


strongly recommended! You will not be dissapointed. Couscous was amazing. Excellent service! Bring your wine and you will be all set. Enjoy.


Best couscous I have tried in London! I would definitely recommend, service is perfect too and being able to bring the wine is definitely a plus !


Amazing food and such good value. The owner is one of the friendliest people in the restaurant business, made us feel so welcome.


Intimate restaurant serving incredibly tasty food, this is what London is all about for me. Away from the buzz of the latest trendy venues, this feels like a genuine slice of Algerian cuisine with friendly service you just can't get from the usual self consciously trendy London fair. Highly recommend the filo salmon with harissa peas


I've been going here for years and it's consistently delicious food and excellent service! The best!


A really authentic restaurant with not only the yummiest food, but the nicest owners. Best place for real North African food in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Will come again and again.


Wow! An amazing atmosphere, fantastic food and good value. This place is a must to visit!!


This place is full on character, warm aand friendly. The food is delicious and you can't find anywhere else within the UK that has the same quantity.
You can feel that it's made with love and passion and it makes you wanting to go back again and again and again.. and...
The owner is a fantastic host and will make sure you won't go home hungry or unhappy.
This place isn't about money but it's about quality . You won't go anywhere else ones you ve tried it trust me .
I do give it a 6 stars not just 5.
Thank you so much for making going out for a meal suck a special moment.
Toufik


This place is full on character, warm aand friendly. The food is delicious and you can't find anywhere else within the UK that has the same quantity.
You can feel that it's made with love and passion and it makes you wanting to go back again and again and again.. and...
The owner is a fantastic host and will make sure you won't go home hungry or unhappy.
This place isn't about money but it's about quality . You won't go anywhere else ones you ve tried it trust me .
I do give it a 6 stars not just 5.
Thank you so much for making going out for a meal suck a special moment.
Toufik


This place is full on character, warm aand friendly. The food is delicious and you can't find anywhere else within the UK that has the same quantity.
You can feel that it's made with love and passion and it makes you wanting to go back again and again and again.. and...
The owner is a fantastic host and will make sure you won't go home hungry or unhappy.
This place isn't about money but it's about quality . You won't go anywhere else ones you ve tried it trust me .
I do give it a 6 stars not just 5.
Thank you so much for making going out for a meal suck a special moment.
Toufik


This place is full on character, warm aand friendly. The food is delicious and you can't find anywhere else within the UK that has the same quantity.
You can feel that it's made with love and passion and it makes you wanting to go back again and again and again.. and...
The owner is a fantastic host and will make sure you won't go home hungry or unhappy.
This place isn't about money but it's about quality . You won't go anywhere else ones you ve tried it trust me .
I do give it a 6 stars not just 5.
Thank you so much for making going out for a meal suck a special moment.
Toufik


This place is full on character, warm aand friendly. The food is delicious and you can't find anywhere else within the UK that has the same quantity.
You can feel that it's made with love and passion and it makes you wanting to go back again and again and again.. and...
The owner is a fantastic host and will make sure you won't go home hungry or unhappy.
This place isn't about money but it's about quality . You won't go anywhere else ones you ve tried it trust me .
I do give it a 6 stars not just 5.
Thank you so much for making going out for a meal suck a special moment.
Toufik


This place is full on character, warm aand friendly. The food is delicious and you can't find anywhere else within the UK that has the same quantity.
You can feel that it's made with love and passion and it makes you wanting to go back again and again and again.. and...
The owner is a fantastic host and will make sure you won't go home hungry or unhappy.
This place isn't about money but it's about quality . You won't go anywhere else ones you ve tried it trust me .
I do give it a 6 stars not just 5.
Thank you so much for making going out for a meal suck a special moment.
Toufik


Absolutely divine food cooked with a lot of love and knowledge. Dishes have a beautiful complexity to their spicing. Definitely one to revisit many times.


Absolutely divine food cooked with a lot of love and knowledge. Dishes have a beautiful complexity to their spicing. Definitely one to revisit many times.


Love this restaurant- my favourite in London. The food is delicious and really reasonably priced. I have been coming here for years and would recommend it to anyone. The owner is lovely, the atmosphere is really cosy and I love the fact it's BYOB. I am vegetarian and always order the veggie tagine; really generous portions and very tasty. A gem of a restaurant.


Great cosy restaurant with delicious cuisine. I would recommend the Salmon and the Chicken Almond Tagine. The owner is delightful and clearly cares a lot about the quality of the food and customer experience.


What a great secret place.  Found only today but it has been there for 8 years.  We went for dinner and it was a great experience.  The chef was very helpful in suggesting delicious salmon with lemongrass and spices and a mixed meat cous cous that tasted lovely.  If you want to finish a perfect meal try the jasmine buds fresh mint tea and one of the home made desserts, we chose the hazelnut.  It is a BYO and no corkage, nice touch.  Chef and staff were friendly and clearly talented. Look forward to another visit.


Great restaurant and well worth the trek to Brixton from North London. Had the homemade couscous with the chicken and the salmon fillet. Both were delicious and I would definitely come back again. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Mint tea was delicious and the dessert cakes were the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Check this place out if you want something a bit different for dinner!


 One of my favourite places in London. The food is delicious and authentically Algerian, the staff friendly and hospitable, and the decor atmospheric without looking like a belly dancer's lair. Heartily recommend it! 


This is my favourite local restaurant in Brixton. Thoroughly recommended. It’s family run and the owners are incredibly friendly & welcoming. The food is always delicious and the freshly squeezed juices & fruit smoothies are great (it’s BYO if you fancy some wine). Top tip: the mezze starter is excellent…


 On Tuesday evening we had an amazing meal at Khamsa, the salmon fillet wrapped in spinach in filo pastry looked enticing and did not disappoint, it was delicious, accompanied by gluten free couscous (made on the premises from maize) had such a delicate taste.

I highly recommend this friendly local restaurant and will be returning soon with guests who can only eat gluten free meals.

Anna SW4


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.

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