KhamsaEnjoy melt-in-the-mouth tagine at this down-to-earth Algerian restaurant
In a world driven by content, likes and comments, Algerian restaurant Khamsa is breath of fresh – or, rather, mouthwateringly spiced – air, with its eschewing of social media and low key vibe. The intention at Khamsa is for the food to speak for itself, and over a decade since its opening, the food isn’t so much speaking as it is marching up and down Acre Lane with a loudspeaker, shrieking:
'EAT ME, BRIXTON, EAT ME! WHAT IS INSTAGRAM?'
Decorated with rich tapestries and cosy cushions, Khamsa’s autumnal interior gives an indication of what to expect from the homemade food: comforting warmth, smoky depth, satisfyingly rich. Slow-cooked meat tagines melt in the mouth, and vegetarian dishes spice up sweet potatoes, aubergines and beans. Side orders of fluffy couscous and homemade bread are on hand to mop the sauce – you won’t want to waste a drop.
Be sure to check out the exquisite Algerian cakes for dessert – take them away with you if you’re still more tagine than human.
Competitive pricing and the BYOB policy (£2 corkage) means that a night at Khamsa will be half the price of Brixton’s other big hitters. Cash only – like the good old days.
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