레스토랑 리뷰 : Entering this well-established eatery is never disappointing. Salaam Namaste-Venus in Golden Pagoda in SW1 has a very particular atmosphere, one of elegance and surprise, of continuity and freshness. This comes both from the menu (a bold, multi-ethnic combination) and the interior space (arty video installations and poetry reading; yes I did say poetry reading!). Try the Indian nan and chutney and plain yoghurt-the Greek dips, feta and pitta-the trusty British crumpet, butter and strawberry jam-or the East Asian dishes from Korea and China. This is international, pan-national cuisine at its best. And it comes in well under budget with little strain on the wallet. The staff are hands-off but not stand-offish; in fact I’d have to say they’re down right friendly. The space itself is energetic and busy but without feeling noisy, rushed or stressful. And the added bonus is a backdrop of some multi-lingual literature of the first order. You can’t help but admire proprietor Hye-min Park for her vision and courage in creating this unusual success within London’s highly competitive restaurant scene. I’d thoroughly recommend this place for those with adventurous palates, a sense of fun and a global taste in word play.
Reviewed by J. M. Peak 1/03/2009