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Kricket (Pop Brixton) (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Indian Brixton

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Small in size, large in quality: Indian small plates and cocktails in Pop Brixton. You'll have a ball at Kricket.

Please note, Kricket at Pop Brixton has now closed. Time Out Food editors, January 2019.

Newly opened Kricket is a pint-sized set-up, located with other fledgling food and drink businesses in the pile-up of converted shipping containers that is Pop Brixton. It serves up British-Indian small plates – stylish and seasonal spins on street food from the hand of Will Bowlby, a former chef at big-hitting modern Indian The Cinnamon Club in Westminster, who now runs the kitchen at this tiny eatery with only two communal tables.

Pakoras are given a fashionable makeover with briny samphire cloaked in crisp gram-flour batter, and finished with a drizzle of date and tamarind sauce – a marvellous marriage of British produce and Indian sensibility. Another lively number partnered chilli-steeped and buttermilk-fried chicken with pickled mooli and curried mayo – a playful riff on mum’s coronation chicken dressing. 

We weren’t so hot on the vindaloo bavette, though. Having hoped for a Goan spice riot cut through with vinegary punches, what we got was a beautifully cooked steak, let down by the briefest of flirtations with toasted peppercorns, cloves and coriander. This was one modernist expression that needed a rethink. 

Thankfully, a pair of thick turmeric-hued lamb chops with a marinade of gingery lime juice and smoky dried lichen (not as weird as it sounds) got us back on track. Juicy, meaty and citrussy, they worked a treat with the cooling notes of cucumber and pomegranate raita.

Service is spot-on, and splendid spice-infused cocktails deliver more of a kick than masala chai could ever do. There’s more happening on the plates at this down-to-earth venue than in a Bollywood potboiler.

By: Roopa Gulati



Address: POP Brixton
49 Brixton Station Road
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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