30 July 2014

Namaasté Kitchenone star

020 3641 5826

64 Parkway, London NW1 7AH

£36.00 Indian Regent's Park, Camden Town
  • Wine: £13.50
  • Champagne: £32.60
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 11.45am-3pm 5.30-11.30pm Fri-Sun 12N-11.30pm

Square Meal Review of Namaasté Kitchen ?

The exposed brick walls and cream leather chairs, plus some rather expensive lighting tell you that Namaasté Kitchen is on the new-wave side of the Indian restaurant spectrum. There’s some good kit in the open kitchen (a tandoor, sigri grill and tawa for those up to speed with Indian cooking techniques), plus attention to detail where it matters – well-judged spicing, good-quality ingredients and cheerful service. Many of the dish names will be familiar (excellent biryanis; chicken korma with a rich, pungent pistachio sauce, for example), but you could also take a punt on achari wild-rabbit leg or gurda keema taka tak – a Pakistani speciality of chopped lamb and kidney. Starters such as tandoori portobello mushrooms also please, as do the sides and breads, including the missi roti flavoured with onion and spices.

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  1. Namaasté Kitchen

    64 Parkway, London NW1 7AH
    Overall rating:
    Martin J.

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Sunday, 19th January 2014

    Cooksister :: Namaaste Kitchen review

    What I really yearn for is an Indian restaurant that offers something a little different rather than the same dozen familiar dishes over and over again ad nauseam. Enter Namaaste Kitchen, brainchild of chef-patron Sabbir Karim, the only award-winning chef I have ever heard of who also works as a purser on British Airways flights! Having previously worked at Red Fort and Chutney Mary, Chef Sabbir opened his first restaurant, Salaam Namaaste, in Bloomsbury in 2005. Karim’s fresh approach to Indian cooking led to the restaurant being described as a “journey into a world where the tired clichés of the curry house have no place” – and that can equally be applied to his second restaurant, Namaaste Kitchen, which he opened in 2010 in Camden. Having been informed by clippings at the restaurant entrance that Karim had won Chef of the Year in the Asian Curry Awards 2012 & Asian & oriental Innovative Chef Of The Year 2013, we could not help but expect great things. The long, thin room is lined with cream banquettes and dark wood tables, with warm colours introduced by way of various funky light fittings and red banquettes towards the back of the restaurant. Other than poppadoms and chutneys, the menu is devoid of the dishes you might normally expect in a London Indian restaurant and faced with a fairly unfamiliar selection of dishes, we asked the kitchen to send us their choice of dishes that would best showcase the restaurant’s menu...
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  2. Published : Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    The Celeriac :: Namaasté Kitchen, Camden

    Camden isn’t much of a foodie paradise. I can only assume that those who reside there don’t actually eat, they’re all too busy dying their hair ironic shades of neon and clumping about in ten stone shoes to notice the calls of hunger. I guess they starve, in the end. A sad tale. If they do take time out from their frighteningly-cool lives to have a bite to eat though the Camden folk go to Naamaste, because it’s the only decent eating establishment in the area. And because cool people like Indian cuisine. photo 1 The restaurant actually calls itself an ‘Indian bar’ which is a downright lie. It’s a restaurant. A restaurant which does a gluten free menu, with staff that know all about the gluten monster. Hurrah...
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  3. Namaaste Kitchen has been on our radar for some time, voted Fay Maschler’s Critics Choice in ES Magazine, chef patron Sabbir Karim was the winner of the Best Chef of the Year 2012. Not forgetting Time Out who gave it a 4/5, the Telegraph seem to love it too. What could go wrong?...
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  4. Published : Sunday, 30th June 2013

    edge and spoon :: Naamaste Kitchen

    June in Camden. Not quite April in Paris, but it’ll do. Satisfaction hasn’t been found in any of my visits to Indian restaurants recently: Dishoom was bland and Trishna overrated. Famous sub-continental hospitality has been non existent, and I’ve been having nightmares about Saag Aloo ever since. Namaaste Kitchen, a lazy stroll from Camden Town tube, is the second restaurant from ex-Chutney Mary chef Sabir Karim. It’s something of a hidden gem in blogging circles, despite Fay Maschler and Matthew Norman’s definite praise. Aside from tourist traps and greasy spoons, I suppose Camden is something of a foodie Bermuda Triangle. But were we lost at sea at Namaaste Kitchen?...
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  5. As the vegetarian and healthy food reviewer for Food I Fancy I went to Namaaste Kitchen, a contemporary Indian restaurant in Camden to find out what it has to offer vegetarians who prefer fresh and healthy food. Generally Indian cuisine is a good choice for vegetarians with a variety of aromatic flavours and spices to choose from. It also tends to be fresh and healthy, although I’ve yet to walk out of an Indian restaurant having eaten a sensible amount! Although Namaaste Kitchen specialises in the lighter dishes from across the subcontinent, their dishes are surprisingly rich and filling...
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  6. Published : Tuesday, 5th March 2013

    The Hedonist :: Review-Namaaste Kitchen

    Parkway is the main food hub in Camden. It is a pulsating thoroughfare full of restaurants, pubs and clubs.. Namaaste Kitchen sits about half-way down and the interior is an oasis of calm in brown and white after the hurly-burly of the street.
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