Kricket Soho

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Indian

Kricket Soho
Kricket Soho
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“What’s not to love about counter dining?” asks a fan of “simply brilliant” Kricket – the second coming of a legendary Brixton pop-up. Although the owners returned to Brixton in 2018 and have also set up a flagship branch in White City, the brand’s mini rollout across the capital hasn’t resulted in the Soho branch losing any of its charm.

Shabby-chic interiors, including industrial piping and exposed brickwork, help retain the cool vibe, while the buzzy dining counter on the ground floor creates some atmosphere. Those dining in a group can head to the lively basement, where there are larger tables.

The short menu features a core list of “superbly executed” Kricket classics, which are joined by specials every couple of months. The now-legendary Keralan fried chicken, dusted with pepper and served with a tangy curry-leaf mayonnaise, is worth ordering whether this is your first visit or your fifteenth. The crunchy bhel puris are also worth a try, with their swirl of tamarind stickiness, puffed rice and dollops of yoghurt.

Elsewhere, Goan sausage pao are like intensely meaty mini burger buns with a mild afterglow of chilli heat, while a colourful bowl of juicy tomatoes livened up with hints of spring onion, ginger and sesame is one of several veggie options – although spice levels are toned down for Western palates. Desserts are an afterthought: a smooth lassi-style mango parfait was the only option when we visited.

Like the food, the drinks list is influenced by Indian flavours, with a run of cocktails featuring ingredients ranging from curry leaves to green chillis. Otherwise, dip into the impressively international wine list, or pep up your visit with a rum-spiked masala chai. Pocket-friendly pricing and fun, chatty staff add to Kricket’s all-round appeal.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Indian
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Brunch
Special Features
Counter dining
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Location for Kricket Soho

12 Denman Street, London, W1D 7HH

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Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm

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