Kaosarn – takeaway

Address: Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane Brixton, London

Website: https://www.kaosarnlondon.co.uk/brixton-restaurant

Telephone: 020 7095 8922

This Thai restaurant is named after the bustling street in Bangkok and has attracted a lot of interest over the years, including a review by us back in 2011 (see here). How time flies.

Choose during lock-down from Deliveroo or UberEats and, although the menu is short, most of the dishes are not your usual standard Thai – although there is a green curry. There are not many vegetarian meals – fish, chicken or lamb seem to be in most dishes. The romantic names of each dish are explained, thankfully, in detail so you don’t need to guess. The meal was delivered promptly from the Brixton premises – watching the progress of the meal on the app is fun in itself.

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Kricket – the Lockdown 2.0 takeaway

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Website: https://kricket.co.uk/brixton/

Phone: 020 3826 4090

Email; hello@kricket.co.uk

Deliveroo: https://deliveroo.co.uk/brands/kricket

We reviewed Kricket when it was in Pop Brixton and when it moved to larger premises (reviews here and here). We liked both incarnations and decided that we should have a delivery to celebrate Diwali in our household bubble. As this is a celebration we pushed the boat out. Note that the delivery is via Deliveroo and comes from a kitchen in Clapham, rather than the Brixton restaurant in Atlantic Road.

The menu on Deliveroo is not as extensive as it was in the restaurant, but we know kulfi probably doesn’t travel. There are four starters and we ordered the Keralan chicken (2 portions – what were we thinking) and the Bhel Puri. For mains we ordered one for each member of the party – Welsh Lamb Korma, Hyderbadi Aubergine and Butternut Squash. We also added aubergine bharta, tarka dal, steamed rice, a couple of malabar parathas (we should have ordered more), and some condiments (sweet raita, mooli pickles, and tamarind and date). We supplemented the condiments with some of our own bought from Tooting when we went to buy sweets.

Clearly even at this point we knew we had over-ordered. But we know we can put the rest in the fridge for lunch the next day.

The Bhel Puri (crispy bits, raw mango, tamarind, yoghurt), was a favourite for all three of us. The crispy Keralan chicken is best eaten quickly as it dries out, but two portions was one and a half too many. Think KFC with more than a touch of salt and you have it. It was lovely which is good, because it is for Monday night’s tea.kricket13

The mains were fantastic in terms of the flavours. Often Indian takeaways seem to be one sauce with bits added but these were all distinct. The Butternut Squash comes with a makhani sauce, paneer, hazelnut, puffed wild rice. We would have liked a bit more butternut squash but the sauce was fragrant and silky smooth as it should be. The Hyderabadi Aubergine coconut, curry leaf, peanuts masala is soft and nutty. The warmth of this dish just increases with each mouthful, but never overwhelms. The Welsh Lamb Korma is so well cooked and so unlike many dry, chewy dishes we have eaten from other restaurants. We can recommend all three.kricket14

The sides we very important -we should have ordered more especially the parathas as they were just right for scooping up the sauces. The aubergine bharta was also a favourite – it comes with real heat but not the type of heat to make you sweat. All the condiments were interesting and we have some of the tamarind and date to go with tonight’s Keralan chicken.kricket12

img_38883We will definitely order again but perhaps not so much of the Keralan Chicken. This is an expensive meal if you are not planning to use it up for lunches – at £82.00 plus a tip. This was for three of us without the beer – Cobra and Kingfisher – bought from a local shop. We completed the blow-out with the Indian sweets from Tooting, as there is always space for a small dessert.

Indian Food for Diwali

Tonight is Diwali, the festival of light for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, but we can all join in. So here’s a short round-up of the local south Asian restaurants that we’ve reviewed, where you can order food for delivery. Then just light some candles.

Bombay Kitchen – see review here.

Website: https://www.bombay-kitchen.co.uk/

En Root – see review here.

Website: https://www.enrootldn.co.uk/

Beb’s Kitchen – see review here.

Website: https://goo.gl/maps/oPTGNrnJayj

Khan’s of Brixton – see review here.

Website: http://www.khansbrixton.co.uk/

Kricket – see review here.

Website: https://kricket.co.uk/brixton/

Booma – see review here.

Website: http://booma-brixton.co.uk/

Salon – the Lockdown takeaway

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Address: 18 Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LDWebsite: http://salonbrixton.co.uk/

Phone: 020 7501 9152

Salon now offers a timed delivery service. We have reviewed this restaurant, which offers a tasting menu several times ( here and here and here) It is a past winner of our @eatinbrixton public vote for Brixton’s favourite, so we were really enthusiastic to try their takeaway service on the first Saturday in Lockdown 2.0.

There are a meat and vegetarian three course meals on offer, both for two to share. We chose the meat one. The starter and dessert need little preparation, but the main course needs cooking. But, very helpfully, everything was labelled and there was a handy set of instructions to guide you through the meal – it made sure that we could eat the starter without worrying about the oven.

First came a pork terrine, luxuriously covered in salty ham/bacon with an accompaniment of mustard mayonnaise and bitter leaves. The other starter was a beetroot salad, caraway crackers with goats curd. Both were great and we just shared. All come with warm bread, whipped butter and cheese custard. Yum…. and honestly this would have been enough food for the evening.salon22

Next course was hispi cabbage and braised venison pie with potato topping. There was plenty for two (in fact I had seconds the next day). The meat was soft and succulent and we served it with a hefty red wine to make it a real celebration.salon23

salon24Finally – and we did then move to a comfy sofa and the TV – we had the dessert and each one is enough for two. It was a coffee panna cotta (although actually more of a fluffy mouse) with a chocolate ganache top and some crumbs to sprinkle over it. This was also when the top trouser button was undone – fantastically delicious end to the meal.

This is a delivery that requires a table, candles and good wine – as good as a dinner out. It cost £59.00 for two and we thought it was excellent value. We have got into the habit of watching the 7.00 pm news during the week with our meal (lunchtime it is Bargain Hunt), but this as enjoyable as dining out and broke the spell. Great offering and we would certainly do it again.

Chishuru

Address: 9 Market Row, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LB

Telephone: 079 6000 2150

email: info@chisuru.com

Website: https://www.chishuru.com/

This is a new restaurant in Market Row serving West African food from Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare and the restaurant was opened following her victory in the amateur category at last year’s Brixton Kitchen competition. Even across Nigeria there are many different styles and traditional cuisines – add to that the whole of West Africa and you get lots of different types of seasoning and cooking methods. You can eat in the market corridor or inside with the doors are thrown open so wear a coat wherever you sit. Inside you can watch the preparation, outside it is people watching in the busy thoroughfare.

There is a blessedly short list on the menu with starters, main courses, sides and desserts – just a few in each category. We shared Ekuru as a starter – it’s native to the Yoruba. It is (I think) made of peeled black eyed beans and wild water melon seeds and the paste is then fried. It comes with pumpkin seed pesto and scotch bonnet sauce. This was a soft and crisp start to the meal with delicious pesto, so I hope you haven’t thrown out those pumpkin seeds.

Then came the main courses where we chose one meat, goat ayamase, which came with spiced green sauce and condiments, and one veggie dish – chargrilled cauliflower with peanut sauce and puffed wild rice (although they forgot this little extra when it was served to us). We were advised to order a side of attasi rice, green salad and plantain.

The goat was really soft and didn’t have too many bones to discover. It had a spiciness that crept up on you so that a softee like me only had a runny nose three quarters of the way through.

The cauliflower was well cooked and the spiced green sauce is what it said on the menu – spicy – and the peanut sauce added to the thrill. We didn’t need the puffed rice.

We were delighted with the side dishes. The Atassi rice and beans was really good for soaking up the sauce on both dishes and the plantain with peanut sauce was a perfect foil for the spice in both dishes.

We finished the meal with a dessert to share – peanut butter ice cream with baobab crisps. We immediately dived in so no photo. The salty creaminess of the ice cream went really well with the surprisingly citrus flavoured honeycomb crisps.

We washed it all down with two bottles of Lucky Saint beer and water. The bill for two was £63.00, but this included a tip and money for a food support scheme. They only opened in August and will be hard hit by the current lockdown. Let’s hope they will run a click and collect or delivery service.

Fishbowl – the posh takeway

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Address: 5 Atlantic Road, London, SW98HX

Phone: 020 3995 5299

Open: From 3:00 pm (Deliveroo)

Website (Deliveroo): https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/london/brixton/fishbowl-brixton

Instagram (Order by DM): #fishbowl_brixton

We recently reviewed this black owned restaurant (see here). We gave it favourable write-up and concluded that might even try the lobster for a special occasion. Well the special occasion arrived.

We ordered again through Deliveroo. We wanted to order the expensive menu, so we rang them direct, just in case they were going to run out – they advise to order relatively early, as they have a small kitchen and give their restaurant customers preference during the evening rush.

They have prawn, calamari or squid and chips on the relatively short menu, but we ordered the whole lobster boil bag (lobster, king prawns, shell prawns, crab, potatoes, blue swim crab and corn on the cob) at £60, plus some sweet potato fries. Continue reading

Nanban – delivered

Address: 426 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LF

Telephone: 020 7346 0098

Websitehttp://www.nanban.co.uk/

Another Saturday night and nowhere to go, so we decided to watch Father of the Bride 3(ish) and order from one of our Brixton favourites (see here and here). It’s open for Click and Collect or Delivery  after 6.00pm. Don’t be in too much of a hurry, as we had finished the film and were onto a nostalgia piece – Father of the Bride 1 before it arrived.nanban31

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The Tapas Room Brixton

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Address: Unit 52/53, Brixton Village SW9 8PS

Opening times:

Tuesday to Thursday – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Sunday & Monday – closed

Website: https://www.thetapasroom.co.uk/

Email: info@tapasroom.co.uk

This new restaurant and wine bar in Brixton Village is at the back, along the alley with the African shops. It is a relation of the Donostia Social Club, which was a winner of the eatinbrixton public vote, when it was originally in Pop Brixton. It has now moved into multiple sites so clearly our public spotted the potential. Continue reading

Maremma – Aperitivo

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Address: 36 Brixton Water Lane, London, SW2 1PE

Phone: Tel no: 020 3186 4011

Opening times – Aperitivos Only – no need to book

Wednesday to Saturday – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

email: info@maremmarestaurant.com

Internet: https://www.maremmarestaurant.com/

We’ve eaten there (see here) and had a delivery (see here) and given them favourable reviews. So when they sent us an email, advertising “apertivos and spuntini” (snacks), the suggestion seemed too good to pass up. I guess the idea is to get some early customers before the evening bookings and you don’t need to book. When four of us arrived on a Friday evening around 5:00 pm, we were the only ones there. We were pleased to see that masks were worn and they checked our temperatures on arrival.

We don’t often start drinking that early, even on a Friday, but we got into the swing of it. So we sampled a range of what was on offer, starting with an Aperol Spritzs, an Campari Spritz and a glass of wine (Feronia). The Campari got a repeat order; one of us opted for a Ginger Beer; and another couldn’t resist a Toffee Caramel Espresso Martini. Sweet, sweet, sweet.

It wasn’t just drinking – we also tried out the sputini, or snacks. The olives were olives, the pecorino biscuits were good and the summer truffle arancini (fried balls of flavoursome rice) were fantastic. We ordered two more portions.

It was a sunny evening and we needed cheeering up. We certainly felt better afterwards, although the cost that came in just under £80, including a tip, didn’t make it cheap. I’m sure we will be back, although it does feel more like a summer thing.

Curry Paradise – Delivery

87-89 Brixton Hill, SW2 1AA

Tel: 020 8678 1379

http://www.curryparadiserestaurant.co.uk/brixton/

Just fancied an Indian takeaway on a Friday night, so we remembered that we used to have them from Curry Paradise. Read on because we want you to include it in your choices too – especially as Covid-19 is spreading and we need to keep supporting our local restaurants. We now can’t remember who delivered this, but I think most of the delivery companies have Curry Paradise in their lists.

Leave a little time to peruse the menu, as it is worth having a detailed look given the appetizing descriptions. So we didn’t order a Mathi – Hyderbadi style cooked with spring onion, fresh fenugreek leaves and crushed spices, but now wished we had. Most of the dishes come with different types of meat or vegetables. Unusually for the three of us we chose two meat (unusual  as we generally veer towards the veggie options) and tarka dahl and an aubergine dish. We had rice, two naans – one garlic and one peshwari – and of course poppadoms. Extras weren’t necessary, but we had some onion bhajis anyway – three in a portion.

We had chicken korma, in recognition of Friday night in front of the TV with the children and a chicken tikka masala, because we didn’t collaborate at all on the order. Both were exactly what was expected. The korma was smooth and sweet and the tikka massala was also smooth but also had a great spice and a little chili.

The aubergine was a dish of small slippery aubergines and, of course, with lots of tomatoes and onion. The dahl was really good not at all mushy or watery. Both dishes went well with the Naans. And the bhajis were as crisp and tasty as required.

We drank our own Brixton IPA – a great combo with the poppadoms. We want to recommend this takeaway and will definitely be returning.  The food was really good and the portions were so large we had another two lunches out of it. So, in effect, it provided seven ample helpings and, at a cost of £57, including delivery fee, offered great value.

Here’s a photograph of some of the leftovers.