Brixton is really booming: buoyed by the success of new ventures like Three Eight Four and Naughty Piglets, its restaurant and bar scene has never been more vibrant. Now as part of Pop Brixton, the self styled 'community campus' for start ups and small businesses, comes Kricket - an Indian restaurant offering small plate dishes, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.
Kricket is aiming to combine the best of British seasonal ingredients with authentic Indian recipes and spices - in a relaxed, informal space. Food comes courtesy of Will Bowlby, who learned his Indian cookery skills in Mumbai, before mastering the modern techniques of London's Cinnamon Kitchen. He's got a track record of unique experiences - like the Mumbai secret supper project, which laid on monthly dinners at undisclosed locations around the city, offering those in the know a series of inventive dishes which most diners had never even heard of before.
Back in Brixton, along with business partner Rik Campbell, the young team promise to cook up a unique menu, using British produce to create refined versions of dishes like Bhel Puri samosa chaat. Fusion food, in the best possible sense. The (lovely sounding) kick-off menu includes:
- Bhel puri - raw mango, sev, tamarind, yogurt - £4
- Samphirepakoras, Wild garlic mayonnaise, date & tamarind chutney - £5
- Kadai spiced padron peppers - pachadi, crispy onions, boondi masala - £5
- Kerelan fried chicken - pachadi mayonnaise, pickled mouli - £6
- Pork belly - Tamarind, apple & fennel raita - £6
- Hake - Malai sauce, samphire - £8
- Vindaloo Bavette - coriander, cassava chips, burnt onion - £8
- Grilled Lamb fillet - rock moss, mint & coriander chutney - £8
- Gulab jamum - carom seed crumble, clotted cream ice cream - £4
Kricket opens 3 June at Pop Brixton, 53 Station Road, SW9 8PQ. For more, follow them on Twitter @kricketbrixton