Name: Salaam Namaste
Area: Bloomsbury
Address: 68 Millman Street
London WC1N 3EF
Phone: 020 7405 3697

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 29 Apr 2010|2. 24 Nov 2011|3. 29 Aug 2013

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Visit Report

Visit Number: 121 (visit 1 of 3 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 Apr 2010
Cost per head: £25.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.8 7.6 6.8 8.3 7.6 7.6 8.6 7.8 8.6 7.83
Robin 6 8 7 10 9 9 10 9 9 8.8 See Robin's comments
Mark 6 7 6 7 6 7 9 7 8 7.2 See Mark's comments
Jeff 7 7 6 7 9 6 8 8 7.1 See Jeff's comments
Jon 7 8 7 5 7 7 8 8 9 7.3 See Jon's comments
Tim 6 6 7 8 8 8 9 7 9 7.7 See Tim's comments
Graeme 7 8 6 9 7 7 9 7 8 7.8 See Graeme's comments
Richard 10 8 8 10 8 8 9 8 9 8.8 See Richard's comments
Dominic 5 9 7 10 7 7 9 8 9 8.1 See Dominic's comments

All Comments

Robin - What an excellent restaurant! I had the Kathi Kebab to start, which was absolutely gorgeous. I also had a bite of Dom’s King Prawn Puri and that too was wonderful. I went for the King Prawn Pathia main course – fantastic. Loads of big meaty prawns (I stopped counting after a dozen) and a superb aromatic spicy sauce that nevertheless didn’t overpower the prawns. The special rice was very good and the veg dishes were also great. Lovely crispy poppadoms to start (with an unusual red coloured relish – very tasty), really good keema nan. The only slight disappointment was that we waited quite a while before our starters appeared (although to be fair the place was really busy and just about full), although after that point the service was fine - although we did finish somewhat later than normal. And the Top Table 30% discount didn’t hurt at all, although it didn’t really apply to any fish or seafood dishes (they added a premium of £1.50 for such starters and £3 for mains – roughly equal to the discount on these items). Thanks to Dom for negotiating the free round of drinks at the end – even my brandy came in a pre-warmed glass. I’d jump at the chance to return to this one even if it is a bit of a hike from our usual haunts.

Mark - A good find by the restored Legend! I enjoyed Salaam Namaste and would look forward to coming again. My mixed starter was small but sufficent and reasonably priced while my main of spicy lamb was excellent. Having the rice included in the meal selection reduced choice as I might have preferred mushroom rice and reduced our chance for the show of hands which may have been just as well as Graeme's attempt at changing the process for popadoms was doomed to failure. Only issue was the time to take our order and get some food but overall it was good and reasonably priced so that even Griff may have been able to afford it. Perhaps Tim's doggy bad will find is way to the BoE?

Jeff - Graeme took us to the middle of nowhere, for our first real off-City adventure. A real find too, lots of elbow room at our table, a quite stylish place, and an interesting menu from which you could pick old favourites at reasonable prices or be more adventurous - but still not at the rip-off rates of some other restaurants. Nice starter, but my main of lamb chops was a bit weird as it looked like they'd been minced and then somehow put back on the bone. A great garlic nan and good vegetables. I would be very happy to come back here.

Jon - A trip into the wilds of Bloomsbury with the help of TopTable was definitely a success. Other than a disappointing starter of lamb cutlets that was probably more down to a poor choice than there being anything particularly wrong with it, the food was very good. My main course was chicken-based – rather confusingly called a "kabab" but being nothing like a kebab, and also described as being stuffed with spinach but was presented as a mixed-up mush. But it was a tasty mush, spicy and flavoursome, very tender meant and rice was included. The accompaniments were also very good, although I’ve marked the otherwise very nice keema nan down a point as we only seemed to receive three quarters of it! With the help of a TopTable discount and many dishes coming with rice included, it was a refreshingly reasonable £25 a head, so therefore excellent VFM. Griff would have been pleasantly surprised had he not opted for the "cheaper" option of watching his son play cricket!

Tim - It was nice to eat in a different part of London: north of Holborn - an area not known for its curry restaurants. The restaurant was fairly small, busy and quite noisy, as the tables are close together, and there are no soft surfaces. We sat near the door, which in winter would have been rather cold and draughty. There was an interesting menu, with dishes from many parts of India. Spicy poppadoms were curiously folded up, but came with generous portions of accompaniments. After a bit of a wait, the starters arrived. I had Kathi Kabab a sort of lamb wrap, with salad, which was tasty. For the main I had Murgh Ki Shagorana - chicken breast stuffed with lamb, in a thick sauce. Interestingly, almost all the "specials" came with either rice or bread, in my case mushroom pulao (not a large portion, but perfectly adequate). Peshwari nan was crispy on the outside and softer in the middle. I had two wines with the meal: and Argentinian Malbec which was a bit thin, and a South African Cabernet Sauvignon which was quite good. A free round of drinks at the end, and a Top Table discount of 30% off the food, meant the overall value for money was excellent. All in all, an excellent meal, and I look forward to returning.

Graeme - A very nice place - smart, good ambience, generally excellent food and good service (although a bit slow with the poppadoms and taking our order). Having suggested this place, I was relieved that it turned out to be a success (in my opinion, at least). I had Chicken Chat to start (very tasty & spicy) and Chicken Jalfrezi for main (likewise!) (and very well cooked). I added one to my starter mark to reflect the generous portions of relishes that we received with the poppadoms. The 30% discount off the food (except seafood & fish) obtained via Top Table certainly helped the VFM but I think the menu was reasonably priced anyway. All-in-all, a very good night out with plenty of conversation about football, fantasy football, Yes, Genesis, Jeff's aversion to Rugby and Griff's absence.

Richard - The Salaam-Namaste is a great curry house. The menu had lots of variety, including keralan fish and bel poori dishes, without being overwhelming. My canapés starter (actually grilled salmon chicken and kebab) was the best starter I’ve had in years – bountiful and delicious and surprisingly reasonable (no Robin-priced starters in this place). The main of murgh ki shagorana was again tasty and generous, although perhaps a touch too rich. Including rice in the price for many dishes is a nice touch. The service was genuinely welcoming and friendly. They were very polite when there was a mix up and they got the wrong main for me – it was corrected swiftly without fuss. The restaurant was small but perfectly formed. An excellent place, and I do hope for a very high ranking.

Dominic - This is a very nice eatery that is a little bit of a walk from 3 Tube stops but worth the trek. It was cosy but still comfortable and a full house for our visit. The service was somewhat slow in taking our orders (we seemed to have the condiments for an eternity but nothing to go with it!) and one meal was delayed for both starters and main, however, a free round of drinks was a nice touch. My King Prawn Puri starter was excellent and the best I have had with a nice spicy flavour and my main of Murgh Makhani was also excellent. And I must say that the mushroom side dish was also the best I've tasted as it was flavoursome and not washed out as one normally gets. The wine was reasonable priced too so all in all an excellent venue with great food that is reasonably priced (although the 30% discount helped.) - Great choice Graeme. Highlight of the night: Jeff sporting his new Jean Paul "Caterpillar" specs ... stylish!

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