Mimi ON Jan 29, 2014 AT 11:15 am


Salaam Namaste, a modern Indian restaurant

Salaam Namaste, a modern Indian restaurant still serving traditional curries you love but offers so much more than your usual Indian restaurant, we spent so long with our heads in the menu we got through a plate of poppadoms before we decided. Even then we asked for help, everything sounded delicious, and as there were just two of us dining we wanted to make sure we tried some of their specialties.

It was a wintery December night when we walked to Salaam Namaste, there was snow in the air and arriving at the warm restaurant to sit down to a table with a glass of red wine was a perfect antidote to a stressful day at work. Christmas parties and large groups surrounded us, you could see this was their favourite local and we were glad to have found it too.

We shared our starters and began with Tandoori Ratan, Minted grilled salmon, Rhubarb Raisin Paneer Tikka, Cumin Chicken Tikka; this was really tasty, a substantial size and very filling so we were glad to share this one. We both loved the  Mackerel Riechard from Goa Pan-seared fresh Mackerel in a rich garlic marinade topped with Goan spicy sauce, the sauce was amazing, we wanted to take a jar home of this.

For our main we couldn’t resist the Moti Mahal Butter Chicken from Delhi, Juicy, melt-in-the-mouth grilled chicken pieces in a rich creamy butter, tomato & fenugreek sauce. Now we don’t need to warn you about how calorific this dish is, but it was worth every single calorie, one of the best butter chicken dishes I’ve ever eaten, melt in the mouth gorgeous! I wanted to take the remainder of the bowl home of the Sesame Baby Aubergine with mustard and curry leaf sauce, it was so good. I particularly liked the unusual pairing of date and ginger Nan Bread, never had this before and it was really good.

I don’t know how we managed dessert, but we felt a sense of duty to do so, portions are generous, so sharing one would be more sensible, but I don’t like to share pudding.

Some signature dishes at Salaam Namaste we couldn’t fit in our bellies or on our table; Goan Style Sea-bass, Cooked with curry leaf, mustard seed, coconut sauce; Ginger Lamb Chops marinated in fresh ginger paste and papaya also looked great.

Ginger Lamb Chops

Ginger Lamb Chops

Sabbir Karim, is the charming patron chef of Salaam Namaste and winner of the ‘Chef of the Year’ title in both the British Curry Awards and the Asian Curry Awards 2012. He offers a variety of new taste sensations that can be found across India, but are rare to find on UK menus.

“Salaam Namaste’s new dishes are designed to show off the wide range of spices and flavours found in Indian cooking,” says Sabbir Karim. “We are delighted to share these new flavour discoveries with our guests, I hope they enjoy trying the new menu as much as I have enjoyed creating it!”

We sure did, our dining experience was perfect and it was really a special kind of comfort food at its best, we made sure we walked home to digest and discussed when our next visit should be!

For details of Salaam Namaste in WC1 & Namaste Kitchen in Primrose Hill

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