The tastiest Indian in Bloomsbury.
Opened in 2005 by award-winning chef-patron Sabbir Karim, Salaam Namaste has been a Bloomsbury staple ever since. Nestled near the Charles Dickens Museum, down a residential road, you’d be forgiven for not noticing the restaurant. Understated, traditional Indian restaurant decor fools the eyes into thinking this is a standard curry house.
The food, however, is the least typical you’ll find. a visit to Salaam Namaste is a journey into a world where the tired clichés of the curry house have no place. Upon the first course of the usual suspects, the freshly made poppadoms come accompanied by chutneys and dips that erupt with flavour in your mouth. The tomato house special chutney was the most amazing start to an Indian meal I’ve ever experienced.
The food is brilliantly presented, with amazing crockery too, you can tell the team have passion and dedication behind each course they put on the pass. The menu is extensive but brilliantly executed and there’s also a great wine and cocktail menu to pair.
Another highlight of the meal, the freshly made Peshwari naan, another one of a kind for me. It made me rethink every other naan I’ve ever tasted. Thin and crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, with brimming ingredients allowing my palette to understand what a genuine Peshwari naan should taste and feel.
Desserts were an experience not to be missed, the kulfi was mouth-watering and flavoursome. The star of the show for me is the Gajar ka Halwa with coconut ice cream, never would I of guessed I’d enjoy sweet carrots as a dessert, but alas they were excellent and a perfect end to the meal.