They’re generally expected to leap around.
And when Kricket first opened their doors in a Brixton shipping container back in 2015, it was pretty clear that they’d be leaping around, too.
Because right from the off, Rik Campbell and chef Will Bowlby’s take on Indian cuisine using British seasonal ingredients, served in smaller, shareable dishes, was clearly a winning recipe. And rightly so, they’ve since expanded to permanent bricks-and-mortar spots in Soho, Brixton and now, White City.
Their largest spot to date, this gorgeous, airy eatery is perched overlooking the redeveloped BBC Television Centre (gaining a pretty spacious al fresco terrace in the process). Much like the other two, it’s awash with industrial touches (smooth cement flooring, stools mirroring the Soho branch, a sleek metallic hulk of a standalone cocktail bar), focussed around a bustling open kitchen. But there’s a touch of luxe here, too, in the smooth marble counter curving round the kitchen, the candlelit tables, the cushioned seating, the uplit spirit bottles in the bar and the trio of large, convex mirrors reflecting it all.
Take a pew, and cast your eye over…
À la Jenny from the Block, they know where they’ve come from – so they’re wisely keeping many of their hit dishes on the menu, like crispy samphire pakoras with tamarind, chilli and garlic, and the Keralan fried chicken with curry leaf mayo. But they’re also debuting a number of new Anglo-Indian plates, like meaty mixed game keema nan with black vinegar and watercress; grouse kebab with lardo, greengage chutney & cobnuts; and grilled delica pumpkin with makhani sauce, fresh paneer and hazelnuts.
That island bar isn’t just for decoration – the ‘tenders in here are busy shaking up Chaitinis (vodka, espresso, coconut milk and chocolate bitters); Lucky Neems (with spiced gin, curry leaf, cucumber and lime) and the Dark Matter (muddling spiced rum, mango, agave, pink peppercorn and chilli). Plus, they’ve got their own Kricket craft beer on tap.
Which should soon have you leaping around, too.
NOTE: Kricket White City is open Mon-Sat 12-10.30pm, and Sun 12-5pm. You can find out more, and book, on their website HERE.
Interior images: Katya De Grunwald & Run For The Hills
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