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On a quiet side road adjacent to the mayhem of Camden High Street, Namaaste Kitchen has been the subject of glowing reviews ever since it first opened in 2010, and yet still feels like one of north London’s best-kept secrets.

The scene Contemporary takes on Indian classics (think pistachio chicken korma) are served up in a stylish setting; leather accents and red-and-blue-hued lighting settle you in for an evening of fine cuisine, not a cheap bowl of lager absorbant.

The kitchen sure knows its stuff, and each month this year has introduced a different regional cuisine with a special menu offered alongside the main menu. Look out for the Gujurat dishes throughout September.

The grub A starter of tandoori portobello mushrooms, marinated and filled with figs, cashew nuts, raisins, green chilli and homemade cheese in a curry leaf dressing, sets the tone perfectly: this is Indian food, but not as you know it.

The blend of sweet, rich flavours and nostril-cleansing spice is masterfully balanced, and the plate is presented beautifully, with artful licks of mango chutney.

For the main course, I struggle to choose from the long list of options, eyes darting hungrily from a Kashmiri lamb shank with red wine, ginger and spices to wild rabbit leg served with aubergine compote.

I rely on my waiter’s recommendation of Peshawari lamb chops from the grill and am not disappointed: the meat is as tender as I’ve ever tasted and the marinade of fresh ginger paste, raw papaya, herbs and spices elicits rapturous moans.

A side of stir-fried okra with mango comes drenched in an earthy tomato sauce is deserving of a similar response. I finish with milkcurd dumplings in flavoured milk, a satisfyingly light and simple ending to a complex meal.

Behind the bar A compact cocktail list, Cobra on tap, wine and champagne menu.

Bill please Starters from £4.50; mains from £7.50; desserts from £2.95. Glass of wine from £3.25; pints from £4.50.

Verdict For curry that’s a cut above, without hammering your wallet.



64 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7AH 
Tube | Camden Town

namaastekitchen.co.uk 

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