The first bricks-and-mortar branch of this modern Indian-inspired restaurant.
Kricket’s new Soho restaurant is the much-awaited spin-off of the tiny but brilliant Brixton original. Once again, Anglo-Indian small plates are the speciality here. But this time, the vibe is more obviously one of stylish sophistication: think exposed brick and sleek monogrammed barstools, dominated by an L-shaped counter where you can dine looking over into a gleaming open kitchen. Sit here for the best experience – the chefs are fit and friendly, and you get to watch them do clever things like skilfully rolling kathi (skewer-roasted kebabs).
Just as good-looking is the menu itself. Refreshingly short, everything on it felt carefully considered. Best of all was the kid goat raan: served in a simple ceramic bowl, this was a generously portioned stew of tender meat, dotted with sweet pomegranate seeds. A dish of butter garlic crab was also delicious: perfectly creamy and packing a chilli punch, it came beautifully presented in a dinky little bowl with poppadoms perched on top for dipping. My only nitpick would be that it was so rich it could have done with being half the size (and, therefore, price). There were a couple of niggling errors elsewhere too: samphire pakoras came with just a tad too much date and tamarind chutney, and the signature Keralan fried chicken was a little too salty.
But when Kricket’s good, it’s brilliant. The delicately aromatic cardamom kheer rice pudding was hugely comforting; a spiced masala chai so delicious I ordered two. Plus this joint looks so good and feels so intimate that it’d be a great place to wine and dine a hot date – not something you could claim of your average Brick Lane cuzza. Feeling lucky? You could always go solo and try your chances with one of those chefs.
12 Denman Street
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.|
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Another one of Soho's puffs and huffs that will surely die out if it carries on like that.
Went for an early business lunch for 2, on a quiet snowy day, and found the establishment mostly empty, which didn't stop the host from first ignoring me, then giving me suspecting looks as though trying to estimate my worth in average spend.
Taken downstairs to a very 'cool' communal table where things went from bad to worse. A terribly inhospitable waiter barked at me that, (just in case I never ate out before) "it's a small-plate-sharing-concept so minimum 5-6 plates - ok?"
Then the strange looks as we ordered the entire vegetarian block of the menu (cheap he must have thought) and the even more cumbersome presentation of the dishes that followed as they arrived.
My partner for lunch was looked down upon too as he said water will suffice.
Food was average. nothing special. but I had a bite caught in my throat each time the bully-waiter approached.
On almost every empty table there sat a pseudo-manager gazing at his laptop totally ignoring the fact the team had no clue about service.
Punchline - "we don't do coffee. only chai". Do you have milk-alternatives - "No".
The restaurant was half empty when we finished our lunch but it didn't stop the bully from starting to re-lay our table in front of me and my partner whilst we were putting out coats on. Disgusting.
They clearly invested in the design and must be paying £250,000 in rent a year (if not more) for that site, it's a shame they have no clue how to turn this investment into an experience. Very very poor.
Kricket has secured itself in my mind as a truly excellent modern indian eatery. On a par with Dishoom and better than Babur, it combines a sleek and stylish venue with excellent food and good cocktails.
We sat at the counter so we could be right in the action. The staff were friendly and helpful, talking through items on the food and giving their recommendations. We went for a range of veggie and meat plates – the lamb’s neck in particular was a highlight, incredibly tender and flavoursome. The ghee rice was also excellent (and I’m not normally a big rice fan).
All of this was washed down with cocktails (the club clove was perfect) and a carafe of good wine from a solid selection.
I’d recommend Kricket to everyone, we came on a date night but I also saw groups of friends of all ages – planning to bring my Mum next!
Having read the glittering reviews I was really looking forward to dining at Kricket. Unfortunately it was big let down. As we entered the door we were greeted by the very friendly hostess who showed us to our tables, so far so good. The friendliness disappeared with her unfortunately as the serving staff were unfriendly and somewhat aloof. We each chose 3 half plate dishes as recommended by the staff:
The Bhel Puri was very average, the Samphire pakoras tried too hard to vary from standard pakoras whilst not bad were not particularly great either. The Telangana beef pickle was microscopic in size, avoid. The Kerala fried chicken was okay and came in a decent portion. The only outstanding dish was the Tandoori Monkfish, very succulent with a perfect Tandoori flavour. Now to the cocktails, quality okay but they need far more variety for a Central London venue.
The final impression wasn't good either, we received the bill without asking or being asked if we wanted it. Whilst many Central London/City restaurants state a time of 2hrs table time whilst booking very few will have the bad etiquette of suddenly producing a bill without 1st asking if you want it. Overall this venue didn't leave a good impression and I cannot recommend it. There are far better Indian fusion style restaurants out there for the same money.
My lovely friend Laura (fellow ToT) took me to Kricket last night for my birthday and we had a very enjoyable evening! Kricket is a small restaurant with seats at the bar, some booths and then long tables you can book downstairs for larger groups.
After about 45 mins waiting for a table, we were given seats at the bar upstairs which I was very glad about. Sitting up at the bar at a restaurant is always a fun experience, and you are immersed in the buzz and activity of the kitchen and you really get a feel for the place.
The food was delicious, it is indian street food style, we had crunchy samphire pakora, scallops, smoky aubergine, monkfish tandoori (my favourite) and crunchy spiced fried chicken. Yum... my mouth is watering again just thinking about it.
I'd definitely recommend Kricket - it's definitely on a par with Dishoom - possibly better!
Kricket has pipped Dishoom to the post as my top modern Indian small plates eatery, it's dishes are as flavourful as they are creative and beautiful to behold. My tip would be to go with the waiter's suggestions - and don't miss out on the scallops - as their knowledge of the menu is superb. The menu is nicely split between meats, fishys, and veggies and of course some classic naans to kick things off. Wine was nice and also very nicely priced. Dinner for two with drinks was around £70 so very reasonable considering how yummy it was. Will be heading back here again before long!
Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell originally started Kricket in Brixton in 2015 and have expanded to a bigger space in Soho this month. After the huge success of the Brixton branch, there has been talk about the opening of the Soho restaurant for months and I’m glad I’ve finally experienced the contemporary Indian food here.
The trendy hotspot, which regularly has queues and long wait times, has two floors which include an open kitchen and bar seating area so you can peek at the talented chefs preparing your meal. The open brick walls, authentic décor and shared bench seating downstairs creates a very cosy dining atmosphere.
I started with the masala chai which was a great winter warmer after my cold walk there, but warning – it is excessively sweet. It’s not for those that don’t have a sweet tooth! You can add rum to the chai if you’re feeling a tipple.We ordered all of the four veggie options and a couple of breads. I enjoyed every.single.thing. Flavour on flavour! The stand out dishes for me were the bhel puri and samphire pakoras. The delica pumpkin and smoked sweet potato were also really good.
Now onto the best bit. The desserts here are something else (again only if you have a very sweet tooth). The jaggery (a type of cane sugar) treacle tart was delicious and took me back to the treacle sponge and custard I used to devour during school lunches. The misti doi was also a winner for me. This included more of the typical flavours found in Indian desserts, such as cardamom, rose and pistachio. Both desserts accompanied each other very well. Kricket have started to take reservations for more than 4 people before 6pm. If you can’t get a booking, you can be sure to add this to the list of places you’ll have to queue for in the cold at peak dining times!
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