Behind the hectic main streets of Piccadilly Circus sits Kricket Soho, an Indian restaurant like no other, which opened its doors in early January to bring a fresh taste to the area.
Founded by friends Rik Campbell and Will Bowlby as a “modern memoir of time spent living and working in Mumbai”, the new restaurant is an expansion of the 20 seat shipping container pop-up, of the same name, in Brixton. Sitting on two floors it is three times the size of the original; the industrial style open kitchen and counter dining on the first floor allows for quick service in a relaxed space for walk-in customers while the dimly-lit seating and booth areas available for reservation on the lower level gives a cosier, private experience.
The menu takes a modern spin on Indian small plates at modest prices, all dishes costing less than £13, and a lengthy list of beer, wine, and cocktails to match. Combining British ingredients with the flavours of India, Kricket merges the two cultures together to produce meals that offer the best of both, such as Keralan fried chicken served with curry leaf mayonnaise and pickled mouli. The creative cocktail mixes also manage to blend the aroma of India into carefully crafted drinks, such as the Yellow Fairy, a mix of gin, absinthe, turmeric and egg whites.
Open 12 pm – 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm Monday to Saturday, the restaurant makes a perfect pit stop to recharge before continuing to tourist through London, or a great start to the night with a plate or two and drinks.
So, if lost and hungry on the bustling streets of Piccadilly with little more than £10 in pocket, make a stop at Kricket.