After pop-uping for a few years, Shrim Chakraborty opened her first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Fitzrovia, celebrating the recipes of her native Calcutta. A year later, the Brixton outpost opened its doors, this time paying a jazzy tribute to the arty neighbourhood of Park Street, whose pictures from the 50s are all over the bright turquoise walls.
Behind the wooden shutters of the menu hides a generous and tasty Bengali cuisine, mixing home cooking and street food: mellow Beguni fried aubergine slices, gooey phuchka (semolina balls filled with spiced potato), Kankrar Jhal whole crab curry to mop with aerial luchi galettes… While sipping on a traditional shorbot, the Chilean Syrah by De Martino, or an Amrut Indian scotch. Sweet tooth will indulge in Pithe Bengali rice, coconut and jaggery pancakes.
How much?Snacks: £4.50-7 - Mains: £11.50-22
Sides: £1.50-3.50 - Puddings: £5-6
Set lunch: £8.50 - Wine: glass from £5.60, bottle from £22
Where, when, how?Opening times: Monday-Friday 5.30-11pm, Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday and bank holidays 12-5pm
Location: 395 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LQ
Tube stations: Brixton, Loughborough Junction
Reservation: Party of 6+
Telephone: +44 (0)207 3264 200