Sensational Indian dining at Salaam Namaaste located in the heart of Bloomsbury.
If you arrive at a restaurant on a Monday at 7pm and it’s busy then it must be good.
As soon as we stepped foot into Salaam Namaste we felt welcome. Everyone was so friendly and were so happy to have us there. The interior is quirky and modern but trendy, more cocktail bar then your local Indian restaurant. We felt right at home.
We began with a bottle of white wine and as we were there to sample Indian cuisine we tried an Indian wine for the first time. We had Soul Tree Sauvignon Blanc (£16.95). The taste was fresh and crisp with pear and elderflower notes, it was absolutely gorgeous. You can view the full wine menu here.
Of course we started our feast with Poppadoms and very quickly became obsessed with the mango chutney which was a bad idea as we should have saved ourselves for what was to come.
Salaam Namaste persuaded has to have starters which we accepted without hesitation.
They brought us a mix of dishes which were all equally delicious. We had Coriander and lime chicken tikka (£5.95) which came served with spiced green apple chutney, pictured above, and Venison koftas, below, which are tossed with asparagus and baby corn then garnished with spring onions (£5.95)
But the star of the show was the Tandoori portobello mushrooms (£5.95). The mushrooms are filled with figs, cashew nuts, curry leaf, raisins, green chilli and Natalie and I both agreed it was the best dish of the night. The mushrooms were an interesting but perfect combination of sweet and savoury, we were blown away. I would return just for plates upon plates of these babies.
The starters were outstanding so we had good expectations for the main course. I was already becoming full at this point but we were only just getting started.
I returned from Chennai last summer with an obsession with Paneer so evidently I went for the Paneer Labadar (£10.95). Paneer Labadar is cubes of cottage cheese with fresh tomatoes, capcicum and exotic Indian spices finished with cream. (View the main course menu here)
To accompany our main courses we shared Aloo matar gobi which is potatoes with green peas and cauliflower (£7.95) and Sesame baby aubergine with mustard and curry leaf sauce (£7.95) from the side vegetables menu, Lemon pilaff rice (£3.95), Chapati (£2.50) and a basket of Dates and ginger nan (£2.95) from the rice and breads menu. Everything was absolutely flawless from service to every dish, presented with such perfection.
The menu is extensive with so many wonderful options, as it covers multiple regions of India. I think this was the longest it has ever taken me to decide what to order as I just wanted it all!
We fell in love with Dates and ginger nan, which was a surprise as we both normally aren’t fans of dates or ginger but this was the best nan bread I have ever had.
Above: The restaurant is authentically decorated with a modern twist.
We were so full we couldn’t finish our meals and sides but that didn’t stop us ordering dessert. I wanted to go for something light so I ordered Coconut ice cream by the time it had arrived I completely forgot I was full.
Before ordering I contemplated getting Gulab Jamun so I could reminisce back to my time in India and it’s as though they read my mind as they surprised us with a small portion each. It was as delicious as I remember and very authentic.
The desserts arriving well presented and very tasty and the perfect palate cleansers.
There was so much food and wine to get through and, unlike some restaurants, no rush to move on so we stayed there for almost three hours. We were so full we could hardly move. We definitely overindulged but it was totally worth it.
Salaam Namaaste is a wonderful restaurant with the friendliest staff and the tastiest food. I would go far enough as saying that this was the best Indian food I have ever had! Between us Natalie and I couldn’t think of one fault about our evening.
The good news if you are too lazy to go out Salaam Namaaste deliver. You can order online here.
Also for those who want to enjoy London’s Indian summer there is an outdoor seating area which I would love to return to make the most of.
68 Millman Street,
0207 405 3697
Or visit their sister restaurant