Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Namaaste Kitchen - The Parkway, Camden NW1
So it seemed like a good idea to check out the area properly and in day light. The restaurant is actually surprisingly easy to find and less than five minutes after from the tube on the Parkway. It’s definitely a little haven of tranquillity away from the crowds flocking to the Market to say the least.
We caught the end of a Saturday lunch service but quite a few people were still sat eating and chatting so the atmosphere was good. After we got our drinks we got down to the difficult task of deciding on the food.
The menu is broken up into starters, mains and grill sections. Whilst I concentrated on the Grill section the Lady looked at the rest. I can’t resist lamb chops so it was difficult for me to decide where to go...
Starter wise we went for the Kadhai Spiced Pan Seared Scallops and Chingree Samosa. The Scallops were well cooked and lightly spiced, anything more would have taken away from the natural flavour and sweetness so less was definitely more where they were concerned.
The Samosa’s were good but the home made pastry case let them down as it was slightly thick in places. The filling was rich and well spiced and I loved the use of Prawns. I couldn’t help thinking though that I would have been happier with a couple of larger Samosa.
Onto the mains and in the end I decided to go for the Kebab Platter, I hope that tells you all you need to know about me... It had a Lamb Cutlet, Sheek Kebab, Malal and Salmon Tikka. The Lady chose the Pan Seared Monkfish Tail and we shared one of the Dhal’s as well.
The marinades and sauces on the Kebabs were light, fresh and really tasty. The Lamb Cutlet and Sheek were really good and I’d definitely come back for them. The Salmon was perfectly cooked and the Chicken was tender. It was a very well put together plate of food.
The Lady’s Monkfish looked pretty good as well but with the Kebab, the Dhal and some pretty tasty Naan bread I was too busy try it... Namaaste Kitchen is definitely a good example of how fresh modern Indian cooking can be.
Would I come back if I was paying? Yes, definitely. Though I’d come back at night to enjoy a few drinks round Camden afterwards as well...