London is jam-packed with Indian restaurants but we’ve found a new favourite in Salaam Namaste.
Away from the hustle of East London’s curry houses, Salaam Namaste in Bloomsbury, is a vibrant and charming restaurant which also happens to serve up some of the best curries we’ve ever tried.
To start there’s a mixture of traditional dishes, such as Aloo Chat – smoky duck breast served with a lightly fragranced potato salad – and grilled lamb kebabs, and modern dishes like the mushrooms filled with a creamy mix of figs, cashew nuts and cheese and the spicy chicken tikka pie with wild berry chutney.
For the main courses there are all the normal dishes you’d expect but with a slight twist – such as the succulent ginger lamb chops – all cooked to a high quality rarely found somewhere with such reasonable prices.
The Moti Mahal butter chicken was tender and juicy and worked perfectly with its richly-flavoured creamy butter sauce. The Goan-style sea bass was another favourite, served with a heavenly sauce made with a range of delicate flavours such as curry leaf, mustard seed and coconut.
If you want something more traditional, you can get all the classic dishes such as: tikka masala, rogan josh and jalfrezi and a selection of dishes from the Bukhara grill.
However, if you really want to experience something truly amazing - get your waiter to recommend something and go with a group so you can try as many dishes as possible.
There’s a small range of desserts on offer but by this time it’s unlikely you’ll be able to fit much in so a refreshing Kulfi is the way forward for something small to satisfy your sweet cravings.
We fell in love with this wonderful Indian restaurant which stands far and beyond London’s other curry houses with its inventive and imaginative dishes served with expert charm and precision.