Kricket is, without a doubt, one of my favourite Indian restaurants in London. The company, founded by college friends Rik Campbell and Will Bowlby, all began as a pop-up in a tiny shipping container at Pop Brixton. The demand far outweighed the space and soon they had permanent venues in Soho and Brixton. Now, three years since their first venue opened, they are ready to take on West London, setting up a larger venue in the new White City Television Centre complex.
The design at the 100-seater eatery is similar to the other branches, but feels more spacious, and also boasts a lovely outdoor area. I particularly loved the scalloped-edge red leather benches, and circular mirrors that add drama to the walls.
The menu at Kricket White City is much longer than the other restaurants with more of a focus on larger plates. Taking advice from our enthusiastic waitress we opted for several dishes from each section, being careful not to omit my long-standing favourites Bhel Puri and Samphire Pakoras.
As usual, everything was en pointe, delicious and moreish. From the newbies, I can recommend the: Leek & potato paratha with nigella (a soft and flavoursome bread – perfect for soaking up all the excess sauces); Aloo gobi kofta, methi malai sauce, spiced brown butter, cauliflower leaf pickle (an Indian take on gnocchi with a perfectly buttery sauce); and Lamb raan, pomegranate, goats curd & mint raita, pink onions (indulgent, succulent meat with an assortment of piquant and sweet condiments).
Unfortunately the freezer was broken when we visited so desserts were mostly not available. However, we did get to sample the ultra sweet but delicious Gulab jamun with carom seed crumble, these syrupy doughnut balls provided a very sugary kick at the end of our rich and indulgent lunch, and I’m sure they would be even tastier paired with the milk ice-cream.
West Londoners will delight at this new convenient White City venue, with a bigger menu that still features all the favourites, I have no doubt that the newest Kricket in the group will be an instant hit.
More information and book a table at Kricket White City here.