Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell originally started Kricket in Brixton in 2015 and have expanded to a bigger space in Soho this month. After the huge success of the Brixton branch, there was talk about the opening of the Soho restaurant for months and I’m glad it’s finally here!
The trendy hotspot, specialising in contemporary Indian food, has two floors which include an open kitchen and bar seating area so you can peek at the talented chefs preparing your meal. The open brick walls, authentic décor and shared bench seating downstairs creates a very cosy dining atmosphere.
The menu is separated into groups including veg, meat, fish and dessert making things easy peasy when choosing what to order (especially for the vegetarians). A similar menu concept is also used at Foley’s in Fitzrovia.
I started with the masala chai which was a great winter warmer after my cold walk there, but warning – it is excessively sweet. It’s not for those that don’t have a sweet tooth! You can also add rum to your chai if you’re feeling a tipple.
We ordered all of the four veggie options and a couple of breads. I enjoyed every.single.thing. Flavour on flavour! The stand out dishes for me were the bhel puri and samphire pakoras. The delica pumpkin and smoked sweet potato were also really good and bursting with flavour. You don’t often see pumpkin and sweet potato on Indian menus so these were great unique dishes to try.
Now onto the best bit. The desserts here are something else (again only if you have a very sweet tooth). The jaggery (a type of cane sugar) treacle tart was heaven and took me back to the treacle sponge and custard I used to devour during school lunches. The misti doi was also a winner for me. This included more of the typical flavours found in Indian desserts, such as cardamom, rose and pistachio. Both desserts accompanied each other very well.
Kricket take reservations for more than 4 people before 6pm. If you can’t get a booking, you can be sure to add this to the list of places you’ll have to queue for in the cold at peak dining times!
Reservations: For more than 4 people can be made online via the website
Location: 12 Denman Street, Soho. Closest tube station – Piccadilly
Perfect for: a catch up meal, special occasion, date night