Homegirl London’s Restaurant Review: Kricket Pop Brixton. I was out and about in Brixton with a couple of friends last Saturday and we wanted to enjoy lunch outside in the sunshine. We ended up at Kricket where we tucked into an amazing selection of Indian small plates and downed a few cocktails in the process. If you’re are looking for Indian restaurants in Brixton, then you must seek out Kricket Pop Brixton.
“Absolutely delicious Indian small plates packed full of flavour to stir your taste buds in the social surroundings of Pop Brixton,” Homegirl London
Kricket Pop Brixton Menu
The specialty here is Indian small plates which makes it a social dining experience where you can enjoy delicious food with a few friends or a loved one. The chef is Will Bowlby who honed his Indian cuisine cooking skills in Mumbai before learning modern techniques at Cinnamon Kitchen in London. Will opened up Kricket at Pop Brixton in June 2015 with business partner Rik Campbell. Due to the success, they have also opened a restaurant in Soho.
Will uses British seasonal ingredients for his dishes along with authentic Indian recipes and spices which delivers updated versions of classic dishes. The meat and fish is sourced locally and responsibly in the British Isles and the Goan sausage is made in collaborate with Jones the Butcher in Brixton.
Two of us were vegetarians so we ordered all the veggie options. These were Bhel Puri which is a traditional savoury snack made from puffed rice with vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce. This version featured raw mango, tamarind, sev (small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste) and yogurt. The Samphire Pakoras (fried snack) were a big hit. This was accompanied with a chilli garlic mayonnaise and had a date and tamarind chutney on top. The Vitolette Potato dish was delightful thanks to the bright purple colour of the spuds. These were seasoned with sesame raita, gunpowder and fried lotus root, very exotic! OMG, I just loved the Delica Pumpkin. Pity there were only two pieces and three of us! The pumpkin came with a makhana sauce, fresh paneer, hazelnut crumble and puffed wild rice. Every dish was amazing.
Louise ordered her own small dish of Keralan Fried Chicken. This was presented with a side of curry leaf mayo to dip her chicken into. Lamb Chops were also on the menu with black stone flower and wild garlic chutney. Fish eaters and seafood lovers could try the Lassoni Scallop with green chilli, garlic, poha and seaweed. The Kichri sounded great with smoked haddock, toor dhal, pickled cauliflower and raw egg yolk. Or there was Butter Garlic Crab with seaweed. Small plates are priced from £3.50-9.50.
We also ordered two Gulab Jamun which is a milk solid based sweet dessert kneaded into dough, fried in small ball shapes and soaked in a syrup. These were plated up with carom seed crumble, pistachio and a descent dollop of clotted cream ice cream, yummy!
We also sampled a couple of cocktails which were delightful and infused with Indian flavours. The Pink Lady was a mix of gin, rhubarb, chilli, lemon and soda. Old Narangi is cardamom infused bourbon with marmalade and orange. Beyond the Pale contains vodka, coriander, tamarind and IPA. Anar Dana is tequila with pomegranate, rose water and soda. Cocktails were all priced £7.50. Alternatively, they have a couple of beers, white wine, red wine and soft drinks.
Kricket Pop Brixton Shipping Container Restaurant
Kricket is in a shipping container at Pop Brixton which you will find on the upstairs level. I wrote an article about this shipping container community last year which you can read here. You can dine inside the shipping container which seats around 20 people or on a sharing table located outside. This creates a friendly dining experience which is relaxed and laid back. You are bound to get chatting to people seated next door to you so be friendly!
Kricket Pop Brixton Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the Kricket Website. You should also look at the Pop Brixton Website. The address of Pop Brixton is 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ. It’s a short walk from Brixton Underground (Victoria Line) or Brixton Train Station (Southeastern Trains). Kitchen opening hours are Monday 12pm until 3pm and 5.30pm until 10pm. Tuesday to Thursday they are open 5.30pm until 10pm. Friday and Saturday 12pm to 3pm and then 5.30pm until 10.30pm. Closed on Sundays. Please check the Kricket website for up to date opening times. They also have a restaurant at 12 Denman Street, London W1D 7HH.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Louise and Lesley for the girl’s day out.