Salaam Namaste
Salaam Namaste

Salaam Namaste

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.salaam-namaste.co.uk/index.html
  • Phone: 02074053697
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Saturday: 12.00pm - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 11.30pm
    Sunday: 12.00pm - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 11.00pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
  • Special Events: We specialise in Out Door Events,the whole restaurant is available for private parties up to 70 guests

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Guilford Street
  • Public Transit: 2 min From Russells Square Tube
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking, Free after 6pm
A word from Salaam Namaste
Salaam Namaste restaurant in London’s Bloomsbury is an Indian/Subcontinental restaurant for people who really love food. The décor is charming though modest and unassuming -- we’ve all been dazzled then let down by slick design in the past. At Salaam Namaste, disappointment is not on the menu. The chef, formerly at a chichi Indian hotel, is a maestro at cuisines that criss-cross that part of the world, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, with an emphasis on seafood. Signature dishes include starters of kathi kabab, jingha peri peri, and aloo chat, and main courses of tawa lamb chops, Goan green chicken curry and Bangladeshi machchi fry. Classic dishes are here, all served with a calm, friendly air.
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Salaam Namaste reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since 26 October 2013
Average Rating3.7
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambience3.4
    Value3.7
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)business meals (28)good vegetarian options (23)group bookings (19)outstanding value (17)special occasions (16)pre/post theatre (13)romance (10)sunday lunch (8)outdoor eating (7)child friendly (3)afternoon tea (3)brunch (3)disabled access (2)Show More
  • Horrible Starters but Amazing Mains
    YummyMahMah
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    We booked here due to the location being close to my Brother's hotel room and from the excellent reviews. The three of us are big foodies and had very high expectations ordering more then four dishes each to share. The biggest disappointment was the starters, our crab cakes and samosas were COLD to the touch when we cut them open. We told the waiter to touch them and he agreed and sent them back. When they arrived the second time, they were still COLD in the middle when we cut them open. We asked them to take them away, and subsequently, they took them off our check. The Mains were delicious however, and the deserts were beautifully presented. It's too bad it started off so wrong, because the rest of the evening was delicious!
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Not your average curry house.
    YetAnotherChiswickFoodie
    Dined on 20/10/2014
    Fantastic food. Presented as individual dishes per person rather than the traditional pots in the middle plus plates. And the dishes were well prepared, beautifully presented and both brightly and subtly flavoured. Just right. Nine of us got a table through ON with 3 min notice on a Monday evening afer a professional exam and everybody's food was just stunning. Since every dish was great, I won't go through what we had, but everything was way above the expected standard. And then the bill came to about £30 per head. Perfect.
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    business meals, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Absolutely delicious food! The menu is slightly different from the average Indian restaurant which makes it interesting. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't recommend
    LikeNiceFood
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    Food- Found the starters (Mackeral dish, Chaat dish and Venison) very overcooked. The Chaat is normally served cold, with yogurt and spices and some crunch, this was cooked chick peas? Not what I was expecting. Mains were nothing like pictures online presentation wise, was thrown together on a plate- no decoration at all. Did not enjoy taste either- spices were not blended in. Restaurant- very closely seated, not spacious at all.Some seats you feel in the way of waiters rushing around- our table got knocked twice before we asked to be moved to another. Service- friendly and tried to be helpful, but didnt know much about dishes when asked. Long wait between courses... Conclusion- not great experience!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Food was excellent, but the service was very poor.
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  • Best Indian around!
    LoveALunch
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    I have been to Salaam Namaste half a dozen times, and it is consistently excellent. Quite easily the best Indian restaurant in the area, with top notch food, excellent service, and a friendly, unfussy atmosphere. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • A Perfect Meal
    freckles
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    I surprised my boyfriend with a meal here for his birthday and it was absolutely perfect. The staff were very friendly and even surprised us by giving my boyfriend some sorbets with a candle and sang Happy Birthday. It was a lovely gesture. The food was delicious and the complimentary taster we had was wonderful. I will definitely be going back to try out the other dishes on the menu as it was definitely one of the best Indian meals I have ever had.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Disappointing service
    PhilinLondon
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We asked to be moved because we were right next to the toilets, the response we got was frosty. They didn't bring the water we asked for, looked bored whilst people flapped over what they wanted.When we asked about sides I was told my lamb didn't come with anything, so ordered rice, then it turned up with flat bread. So we ended up with too much food. I asked for another glass of wine before I’d finished my last one and was given a very funny look. The food however was great. My tandoori was well presented & came with a great salad, nice sauces & tender minted lamb, which which was lovely. My friends agreed that the food was of overall high quality. I was especially jealous of the ginger lamb chops. The wine was affordable too.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian cusine
    Uschurr
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    I had found the restaurant on open table and gave it a try with two colleagues visiting London for a meeting. It was clearly worth the walk through the rain.
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    business meals, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service is a bit surly
    Luv2TriAndEat
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Went to the restaurant on a Friday night, not too busy. The food is great, but the service is a bit surly. They could be more welcoming. Waiter seemed upset when I mentioned the Toptable 30% discount. But, for the food alone, I think it's worth a visit.
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    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly staff, good meal
    val2london
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    The place is nice. We went with two children and the staff was very attentive with us. The meal was good. Indian tradition with a modern touch. The price was not too expensive. A good experience in London
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    child friendly, pre/post theatre
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  • A very different Indian
    MCCC
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    They describe it as modern Indian. Wonderful tastes and very different. Lots of regulars. Gets busy in teh week and service can be a little slow but excellent waiters and very knowledgeable. Cant recommend it strongly enough
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  • Really nice
    Nick
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    We were staying near Russell square and fancy a good indian . We booked this restaurant as it was close and reviews were good. We were nicely greeted by waitress and were given a nice table. Soon asked for popadoms and chutneys which were great . They were running a summer menu which was looking interesting, so we asked them to recommend some dishes. Manager took our order and recommended really nice dishes. We enjoyed our meal and service was really nice and accommodating . Definitely be back.
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    business meals, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all round
    savvysps
    Dined on 28/7/2014
    Small restaurant but very well setup, plenty if awards on display. Good ambience and excellent food. I know my flavours and can definitely recommend this one.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as it's meant to be!
    D1ssap01nt3d
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Although the set menu was a good price (approx £16 for 3 courses) the quality of the food was not good. The ice cream was tasteless, the curries ok, but not great. The lamb curry overcooked and tough - we didn't think it was lamb, but in fact mutton. The service was very slow, and many diners received their meals before us, despite the waiting staff being eager to please. This restaurant needs to get back the quality of the food that the reviews raved about. The dining room itself was cold and did not have a good ambience.
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  • Good Indian with unusual options
    bobbVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    This restaurant is off the beaten track, but well worth heading off route to find it. I liked the menu as it combined traditional with less obvious dishes. I ordered some papad when I arrved. One of them wasn't fully cooked, but when I poimted it out, it was quickly replaced and a free one added. The chutneys were also all a little different from the average. When the food arrived, it was well presented and excellent quality. My first dish had a good pepper flavour - a lamb kebab style item. It came with a nice side salad, more presnetation than anything, but helped cool the mouth down. The main course came with lemon rice, which was perfectly cooked and nicely flavoured. I had a creamy but spcy chicken dish. A
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  • Fabulous Lunch
    VozAnd
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    We had a fabulous lunch. We walked from Holborn to get there and it was worth every step: Our dishes were delicious and beautifully served.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Service Just Okay
    FoFolus
    Dined on 23/6/2014
    So I read about this place on some random London geared website, thought it looked okay. So on a hungry Monday afternoon when me and my friends fancied a nice Indian lunch, I went and reserved a table for around their opening time. When we got there nobody was in the restaurant, but for some reason it took a very long time for the waiter to take our drink orders, and then it took about 35 minutes for them to make 3 drinks, ordering food and finally receiving it was very slow, it took about an hour from when we arrived till we received our appetizers. The waiter was also very cold to us, however the food was extremely good (I'm American and real Indian food just isn't a thing here) and the Manager was very nice and accommodating.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Opentable Menu Limited
    Mostlyreasonable
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I always eat at Salam Namaste when I meet up with my brother. I take my wife here often. The food is always of good quality. On this occasion the Opentable offer menu was a bit thin. The tandoori chicken arrived in the form of 3 pieces which was little too minimal for my liking. The main meat dish only gave two choices but the spicy lamb which I chose was excellent. The restaurant allowed me to deviate from the Taka Dhal to the Black Dahl. I order this every time I come in this restaurant because it is brilliant. In all the food is still good but the Opentable menue is too restrictive and I would like that to change.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh dear.
    JulieBVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This looked good on the web but the reality was very disappointing. Mediocre modern Indian food in a nondescript venue mainly let down by well-intentioned but utterly shambolic service. It wasn't particularly cheap either. Sad to say but I suggest you take your custom elsewhere.
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  • modern indian
    Willem
    Dined on 26/4/2014
    Exactly as it says, very good modern Indian dining. Loved it!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service with Food past its BBE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    Beyond the initial quick delivery of nibbles the service is extremely slow at this restaurant. This is the third time of going and the last two times have been the same - very very slow. Well over 45mins wait for food. In thus occasion one of the dishes had potatoes that were sprouting - well past there best before consumption. To make amends for this the restaurant deducted the £3.75 from the bill that the dish cost!
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  • Nice restaurant
    TuMa
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    Food was wonderful, service very good. Nice to see that indian food can be served in a new, modern way. Very tasty!
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    outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Starters..
    HIRI
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    Booked this for our anniversary after hearing good reviews and awards from this venue. We were delighted with the quality of food especially the starters and the presentation was excellent including the mocktails, defiantly a must try. All round this is a good restaurant with attentive service. We were too full to try any deserts but they had a good selection.
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    group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just traditional Indian dishes
    eat4funVIP
    Dined on 22/4/2014
    The Salaam Namaste is tucked away in a quiet street off Grays Inn Road. It is worth tracking it down. It offers traditional Indian dishes with interesting twists and new flavours.
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  • One of my favourites but...
    FeedingFrenzy
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Salaam Namaste produces some of the best, freshest, tastiest and carefully prepared Indian food in London. It offers contemporary Indian cuisine without all the pretentious, ridiculous and unnecessary flourishes that so often just detract from the food. Dined there on my recommendation with a couple of friends, and they had a great time. We had a starter of the Peri Peri Prawns: MASSIVE prawns in a fiery but delicious sauce: up to the usual standard. BUT BUT BUT my main dish of Lamb Rogan Josh was almost inedible as the lamb was incredibly tough. It was such a shame, as everything else was its usual first rate self. Even so, this really is one of my favourite Indian restaurants in London, and I've been to a few I can tell you.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food shame about the servuce
    Dbon
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    Was excited to try this restaurant as I'd read good reviews. Wasn't disappointed with the food but the service was poor. Only one waiter at lunchtime and he was fairly rude, virtually threw our bill at us at the end of the meal!
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  • Tasty food
    MCofSP
    Dined on 19/3/2014
    Met a Norwegian friend here for lunch. The food was excellent and tasty, well presented and with efficient, friendly service. Would recommend and will be back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best Indian Meals for a
    Ray4720
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I dont often feel the need to leave comments about a restaurant but in this case! The service was excellent, the food outstanding. Ordered a mixture of aromatic and hot dishes. All the dishes and side dishes were flavoured to perfection, the Goa Green Curry manged to pack a punch yet still let all the other flavours through. The lamb Shank was well spiced and just melted of the bone.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Aussiediner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband and I walk past Salaam Namaste regularly and had never been in. It's hidden down a quiet little side street in Bloomsbury. On a recommendation we booked dinner before a movie this weekend. The food was great, very tasty and seemed authentic. Also good value for money. No more than any other Indian restaurant but they have different dishes on their menu along with the favourite curries. Definitely recommend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good quality Indian
    anonymous
    Dined on 19/2/2014
    Had a good meal here withe work colleagues, with only complaint being that service was quite abrupt.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice food, great service.
    Lynzy1
    Dined on 17/2/2014
    SalaamNamaste is amazing place to eat. I feel like home when come in. The food so delicious and tasty. I really found the staff members very friendly who always treating you like a VIP. Good location with good transport links. Thank you and will see you soon.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre
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  • It is small cafeteria ok kind
    Mita
    Dined on 13/2/2014
    It is small cafeteria ok kind of restaurent. Food was ok but didn't felt like award winning restaurant . Price was high . I felt I have been overcharged . Very limited menu . I won't visit again
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  • A very nice Indian restuarant
    Tracy
    Dined on 12/2/2014
    A very nice Indian restuarant (Halal). There were four of us using the Top Table set menu of 3 courses for £15.95. The choices were limited but suited everyone in our party, the foot was hot, tasty and filling. The restaurant is quite small but it is nice and calm. A table of about 10 came in and were accommodated easily. Would definitely go back.
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  • the staff needs some training
    Antt
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Good food but the behaviour of the staff was startling. Smile seems to be an unknown word to them. One waiter actually turned our back to us while we were giving the order and he walked away! Shame, because the food is good. I don't know if I'd go again
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  • Consistency
    Desh
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Another great meal at Salaam Namaste. Tasty starters and generously portioned mains.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An okay place
    MP13
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    The food is okay, not much difference in taste between dishes though. The decor is very plain and bland, no pictures on the wall, kind of feels like a canteen. I probably won't rush back here.
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  • Delicious food, pleasant atmosphere
    Louise
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    We ate on a Saturday night, when the restaurant was busy but not too frantic. The food was delicious, and beautifully presented as well. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars for value was that we used the 30% off food deal, and it wasn't clear before that this only applied if you ordered a starter and a main - we had only intended to eat a main. But on the food alone, I would definitely recommend it.
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  • The food here is more than
    fitzrover
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food here is more than just one step up from that in the average neighbourhood Indian restaurant (as are the prices). The place was packed on the Saturday we ate here and they were struggling slightly to cope, but the front of house staff remained attentive and friendly throughout.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • XMas visit
    djinuk
    Dined on 25/12/2013
    We went to the restaurant for Christmas. There was a set menu - we were very impressed with the range of options on the menu as well as the quality. The service was attentive throughout the meal but not overbearing. We really enjoyed our visit and would absolutely recommend Salaam Namaste to others.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.