The Handbook
The Handbook

Starting life in a shipping container in Brixton, Indian restaurant, Kricket opened back in 2015 and quickly gained a loyal following of fans. Those who were after unpretentious dining, (you’re sitting in a shipping container, it isn’t going to be the most luxe really is it?), punchy Indian inspired cocktails and sharing plates. Well now, they’re heading to Soho, swapping metal for bricks and mortar.

The duo behind it, chef Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell will be opening their second restaurant on Denman Street, as they continue to cook up simple Indian dishes at prices to sooth your January bank balance.

Still using British seasonal ingredients, the menu will be more extensive than the original Kricket, with new sections devoted to dishes created on the robata grill and breads, meats and fish baked to order in a clay tandoor. Expect to find dishes such as Delicia pumpkin, makhana sauce, fresh paneer, hazelnut crumble, puffed wild rice and Cornish crab meen moilee, castlefranco and peanuts. Signature dishes like the Keralan fried chicken will return and for those just looking for something small can snack on bone marrow and cep kulcha.

Split across two floors, the restaurant has space for 70 diners; upstairs will feature an open kitchen and counter dining for walk ins, whilst downstairs features communal tables and a semi-private dining space with space for 14 guests. It’s also downstairs where you’ll find the bar; which will have a menu of six seasonally changing cocktails including a blend of rose and cardamom with tequila, pomegranate and orange.

Run For The Hills, the award-winning interior design firm have taken inspiration from India’s vibrancy to create a playful but intimate space. An ornate Haveli front door, lighting made from antique Indian clock boxes and hand glazed Indian scallop tiles will bring the look together. It will also showcase a mix of original artworks by the graphics design team, Kricket’s signature hand- drawn illustrations, as well as a mural with the motifs of established British Indian artist Natasha Kumar.

If you want to book then you’re going to need to find three friends as you can only book for groups of four or more, or be prepared to potentially queue in the cold – but you know it’s going to be worth it.

Kricket: Opens 5th January 2017, 12 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HH,