Tucked into a quiet little corner of Bloomsbury, a stone's through from Russell Square, Salaam Namaste is one of those hidden gems that you could easily miss.
The sister restaurant of Namaaste Kitchen, it's run by Sabbir, who won the title of 'Asian & Oriental Innovative Chef of the Year,' so you know you're in good hands.
Expect a mix of well-loved classic Indian dishes as well as more diverse and progressive meals, from a menu that takes inspiration from all parts of the subcontinent.
Although the restaurant offers your classic Indian food like chicken Korma and Tandoori chicken, it would be a darn shame not to try the more innovative dishes. Save those for Friday night takeaway.
You will however struggle to pick what to eat, the menu is that extensive. Luckily you can nibble on poppadoms and mango chutney while you decide.
For starters, we awakened our tastebuds with some seriously tasty Goan spiced scallops with mango salsa and Masaladar Bathak Aloo Chaat, a home smoked Gressingham duck breast with tamarind potatoe salad. Yum.
We then opted for the Chemeen Manga Charu, basically king prawns in mango & coconut sauce served with coconut rice. Pretty much heaven for coconut lovers. And the Moti Mahalbutter chicken from Delhi was suitably creamy and buttery.
The Peshawari naan served nicely to soak up all that delicious sauce.
The restaurant offers an extensive selection of cocktails, but we sampled the fruity and herby Soul Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Nasik Valley India, and we loved it. When in Rome.
Dinner for two with drinks, around £60.
Salaam Namaste, 68 Millman Street, Bloomsbury, Russell Square, London WC1N 3EF.
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