Kricket

Restaurants, Indian Piccadilly Circus
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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.

By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: Kricket
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Address: 12 Denman Street
Soho
London
W1D 7HH
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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tastemaker

A-mazing! I know many people will compare it with dishoom as its also a modern indian restaurant serving small plates, but i have to say i found it a lot more like talli joe in terms of the menu choices, where as i feel dishoom has many more dishes to offer. However, saying that I definitely thought the food was on par with talli joe and dishoom so you definitely won't be disappointed if you like those places! I found the bhel puri very original as the raw mango gave it a delicious fresh flavour, leaving you very tempted to order another! But save space as the pumpkin with hazelnut crumble was also just as mouth watering! Be sure to try it! The portions are small but very filling so i would order as you go, they recommend approximately six dishes between two people, but we found four were more than enough. The best bit about kricket was being able to see the chefs in action, as you sit at the bar and watch them do their thing. We were amazed at how they made the kulcha bread, just how they do it india by throwing it into this stone pillar. The restaurant is definitely busy but worth the wait in my opinion! Really enjoyed it! 

tastemaker

I enjoyed my meal at Kricket. It is sleek, modern and stylish - definitely a fancy style of Indian cooking. Kricket is not your normal Indian curry house. The dishes take on the concept of tapas and I really do not see the point of segregating appetisers and main dishes when we were told that all dishes will be served when they are ready. We had quite a varied spread of food. Lunch service was very busy but our food were served relatively quickly. Sitting by the bar and watching the food being prepared in action was exciting. It all builds up to the dining experience. 


I felt some of the food - although presented beautifully - felt like it was an experimental dish. If I should visit again, I would certainly order triple their portions of keralan fried chicken to go with their cocktails with spices. 


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.
tastemaker

Kricket (hyped to be one of the best Indian restaurants of the year) undoubtedly looks slick – targetting the cool Soho crowd with it's industrial feel, open kitchen and underground basement space featuring shared tables and intimate lighting. 


The menu is pretty compact, with the concept being all about sharing small plates. The dishes were inventive, showcasing Kricket's British twist on traditional Indian cooking – a mix that manifest itself in dishes like the Goan Sausage Jamun – mini sliders filled with the most tender meat and a spicy sauce, dusted with fennel sugar. My favourite dish was the Hake Malai – really soft and flaky fish, with crispy skin and served in a rich creamy sauce. I'd also return for the Pumpkin Makhani with crispy hazelnuts, and the Venison Keema, which was a bowl of delicious-ness. We ordered  3 naans and rice at the side, as well as a daal, which my Dad declared was one of the best he's had (a major compliment!)

There were a few things that did let them down slightly – the signature Keralan Fried Chicken didn't live up to the hype and just lacked any sort of flavour or seasoning, as did the sauce it was served with. The Lucky Neem cocktail (a twist on G&T) was a bit too strong on the curry leaf flavour. The service was friendly, but was slow – they did seem understaffed at one of the busiest times of day. 

However what Kricket did well, it did REALLY well. Their take on Indian dining is really refreshing, and really pays off with most dishes being an amazing mix of flavour, spice, texture and great presentation. It's not the cheapest place (we spent £95 on drinks, 4 sides, and 5 dishes) but is perfect for a special occasion, and I'd recommend going with a group of you to try everything! I'll be returning to try and sit at the bar facing the open kitchen...

tastemaker

Had an early Friday evening finish and managed to get to Kricket before the queues. It’s definitely worth the hype! Great South Indian small plates with bold flavours and a modern presentation. The decor is smart yet relaxed, with an L-shaped eggshell-patterned countertop and exposed brick wall.

Both the food and drink menu were concise but interesting, especially the cocktail list which was spice-infused.

The kuchla bread, made especially by one person in a modern kind of earth-oven, is a great way to start. The butter garlic crab was generous, smoky and flavourful. The Bhel puri with raw mango is an unusual refreshing combination of flavours. I was really impressed with the roast duck breast, served perfectly pink on a bed of sesame and tamarind sauce and pickled cucumber. Another of my favourite was the Kerala fried chicken which was crispy with a touch of spice, accompanied with a curry leaf mayo (drool 😋). The dessert unfortunately was too sweet but overall an amazing meal, and a great addition to the growing list of exciting Indian venues including Gunpowder and Dishoom.

tastemaker

Kricket is a cool and collected modern curry house with a surprisingly succinct, but varied, menu. The small plates, bbq meats and mini naan breads give an almost guilt free and light experience to a stereotypically unhealthy cuisine. Would recommend the mussels - a decent size portion in a garlic and tomato sauce peppered with Indian spices - and go for the chilli, garlic & cheese naan to soak it all up! Don’t order the monkfish, despite the delicious flavours the measly portion size was nowhere near worth the £11 price tag.

tastemaker

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.

tastemaker

I would have to say Kricket is one of the best modern Indians in London.  The menu is small, but has a good selection of veg, fish and meat options.  My friends and I pretty much ordered everything off the menu and loved every dish! My favourite has to be the Lasooni scallop with goan sausage, you only get one scallop, but it is so worth it - looks a tastes great! 

tastemaker

Apparently I enjoyed Kricket more than my buddy Lucy Loo (or maybe I'm more generous). We sat at the bar which means you get to watch the chefs at work and try and fathom what they are making which we very much enjoyed. I think my favourite dish was duck that Lucy failed to mention below - but everything was excellent, and perfect for sharing. 

Highly recommended, just get there early to get your name on the list so you can go round the corner for a cocktail!

Tastemaker

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!  

Tastemaker

Starting life in a pint sized shipping container in Brixton, Kricket is a love affair with Mumbai told through the fragrant flavours of India and the seasonal ingredients of Britain. In a world that’s growing alarmingly obsessed with borders and distinctions of origin, this is a perfect example of blurring the lines between what comes from where and focusing instead on what lovely outcomes there can be from the marrying together of two different cultures. 


Weeks before Kricket opened, I had already lost a little piece of my heart to the blush pink stools which border a bar curving around gently in the window, each one monogrammed on the back with a delightfully curly K. The metallic mesh nets that encircle oversized bulbs, the brick walls and the muted metallic colour scheme all helped my crush spread its wings and take flight. The menu might be smaller than some of the other Indian behemoths in London but don’t be fooled – everything I ate, I loved. Everything I ate, I wanted again. 


Kulcha topped with ceps and bone marrow was light in texture and heavy with strong & frankly gorgeous umami flavours. Large chunks of dark skinned pumpkin sat in heavily spiced makhani sauce speckled with hazelnut crumble, wild puffed rice and creamy nuggets of paneer, all of which offered lovely pops of contrasting colour and flavour. Kricket’s version of sweet-sour-crispy-crunchy bhel puri is a blinder. Easily my favourite dish of the night, the puffed rice and heavily spiced onions were painted the most gorgeous shade of herby green while the tangy tamarind, sweet mango, cool yoghurt and crispy strands of deep fried gram flour dolloped on top made every mouthful more greedily eaten than the last.


Already steeped in London Instagram lore, the duck leg kathi roll is something of a stunner yes, but the thick, nutty, chunky peanut chutney it came with was the star of the plate for me, showing what happens when the peanut butter of your youth grows up and blossoms into something really rather beautiful. Fried chicken arrived generously, gorgeously gnarly and in the shadow of a fabulously fluorescent curry leaf mayonnaise; this may well be the only dip in London that you’ll want more of despite the fact that it looks a little like the love child of a pair of 1997 glow sticks.


There’s a nice wine list and a set of cocktails that both tempt – the Old Narangi’s cardamom bourbon, marmalade & orange ingredients list gets a thumbs up from me – and terrify – I feel like the absinthe laced Yellow Fairy would kick the ass of my lightweight drinking stomach – but for me, Indian food goes with beer like Mike goes with Eleven so Brixton Brewery Reliance Pale Ale washed everything down with a clean, light, citrus kiss. It also left just enough room for the dessert stomach to be opened and a portion of super sweet but super fabulous pistachio, rose & pomegranate misti doi to be ushered in. 


It’s always about the food with me and it’s no different here but it’s also about the awesome staff – total eyebrow envy of the lovely blonde on the door – and the open plan kitchen and the whole modern, casual, intimate, relaxed vibe. Perfect for a date night of the boy-boy, boy-girl, girl-girl varieties, it’s also a killer place for a solo escape from the madness that is nearby Piccadilly Circus and I heart it big time.

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Went for lunch and had the most amazingly tasty dishes - the secret is to ask the friendly staff to just bring various dishes, including the deserts which are superb. We had loads of tasty dishes keep appearing, a few beers, and the bill end up at £35 per person. Great value for outstandingly tasty food.

Tastemaker

I really really wanted to love this place after hearing so much hype about it; the location is perfect for me to make it my usual place to get my Indian food fix. So I showed up one lunch time which wasn't very busy unlike the first days of its opening in Soho. I got seated at the bar with a nice view of the open kitchen and was welcomed with great friendly service. I ordered the chicken, samphire and the naan on the server's suggestions. The samphire was a little cold and tasteless without the date and tamarind chutney but the chutney made up for the taste. Masala kulcha was nothing to write home about and the sauce the fried chicken came with was so sour that it was all I could taste. Left with disappointment in my mouth and I don't know when I would go back.

tastemaker

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!