Khamsa

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North African

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Welcome to Khamsa
We thought it is time for Algerian cuisine to take it's place amongst other cuisines , that’s why we strive to do our best to make our guests discover Algeria with our delicious authentic food.

It wasn’t hard for us to decide what shall be on our menu , thanks to our mothers and culture who gave us the important bases to how to cook the best dishes and cakes , to make them more striking we added our personal touches and twists to them . simplicity , freshness and love they are our main ingredients in everything we produce in our premises .some of the recipes belongs to Khamsa .
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LD
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Restaurant closed, even if we booked a table. We left from Watford to have a 1hours journey to reach the restaurant, and it was closed. Amazing experience

b
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

excellent as usual, took my irrascible father and the maitre d was very calm

D
London
22 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Such a cute place. Great service, really helpful friendly and has that family run vibe. Food was fresh and lovely. little gem that i am glad i found on open table.

Will be back for sure

A
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jamal is a real personality it seems in and out of the kitchen. He had lots of stories of food and beyond, was personable about the Brixton area and was a real delight to talk with. The cous cous is the best I’ve had in London, and the Tajines are exceptionally good value (we shared one between 2 and it was enough). Great quiet vibe, a real hidden gem. Can’t wait to return.

d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

A very good place in Brixton with authentic Algerian food. The staff could be more polite, not making it obvious that they want to run over as many guests as possible, though - this spoils the whole experience!

I
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very tasty Algerian food. Excellent, friendly and rapid service.

Prices are fair value but not cheap, so it would be good if they took cards - this is a pretty basic expectation nowadays! However, there is a cash point across the road.

Book through the restaurant's own website for a good starter deal.

L
London
26 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2016
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant with great food. The owner is also the chef and he clearly puts his heart and soul into his cooking. Great value plus it's byo so we had a lovely night which didn't cost us the earth - rare in London

KT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I went here with an Algerian friend because we'd read good things about it and we weren't disappointed! We both had the salmon which was delicious, especially with the leeks on top, and I love that there's no corkage fee for the BYOB. We also tried the cakes at the end of the meal and they were SO GOOD. Highly recommended!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2016
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

nice friendly atmosphere and delicious food . will go back :)

Y
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2016
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The food was really tasty but expensive for what it was. Stagg were really helpful and attentive.

There wasn't much atmosphere but that could be because we went on a weeknight, maybe a weekend would be better.

N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2015
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great local restaurant, the tagine was amazing and the owner is very friendly. Bring your own bottle policy is a plus from my perspective but might catch some off guard if not aware beforehand.

FG
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good choice for vegetarians and omnivores. Friendly people, delicious food.Go three courses and treat youyourselves. Finish with mint and rose bud tea and small and perfectly formed pastries. Take your own and no corkage charge. A treat we'd like to repeat! Recommend :-)

OT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2015
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a long time since i had not been served such a good couscous! There is no place like this in SW.
Chef/owner is extremely nice to customers, food is outsanding, natural, fresh, tasty, and the bill is not a bad surprise. Unfortunately we went on a rugby match day england/australia...so there was not a great ambiance because the restaurant was half empty on a saturday night. But it was even a better experience for us as it was a romantic diner.
In a nutshell...there is nothing hype there, and go if you want authenticity, and excellent food. Also forgot to say: you can ask gluten free meal at booking time...

l
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really tremendous evening here. The food was fantastic and the owner is chatty and funny without being intrusive.

The restaurant felt very authentic and didn't feel contrived - as some places so often do. We ate upstairs as the more stylish downstairs was hired out for a private party but it was still lovely.

It's a bring-your-own place but there are three off-licences nearby.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely little place with delicious fresh food. We had the starter salad platter for two, then the chicken tagine and couscous with a variety of meat. The proportions are quite large so unfortunately we didn't have space for dessert. We took advantage of the BYOB which is great as well. The host/chef was very friendly.

S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2015
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Situated on the rapidly gentrifying part of the Acre Lane between Clapham High Street and Brixton, Khamsa has upped its game and offers an interesting addition to the already wide range of ethnic restaurants. Its been serving Algerian dishes (a variation of the familiar Tunisian and Moroccan cooking) for 7 years, but recent smartening has taken the place up market.

Still no liquor licence, so the bring your own option makes it excellent value for money.

We certainly intend to go again.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very pleased with our dining experience at Khamsa. The restaurant was a little quiet when we arrived, but it soon picked up. Very attentive staff and the chef even came out to ask if we'd like to try the gluten-free couscous he makes from scratch on the premises.

We had the 7-salad platter for 2 to start, with homemade poppyseed bread - a selection of different salads (couscous, beetroot and fennel, chickpea etc) which was very fresh and surprisingly filling.

For the main we both had the modern couscous with lamb and chicken skewers and spicy mergers sausage. This was really tasty, and with so much meat! Too full for dessert, but we did have some lovely fresh mint tea.

NB Khamsa doesn't have an alcohol licence, but it is BYO if you want to drink.

Highly recommended.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Each course got better & better. Could not fault. Would definitely recommend.

VP
London
215 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Khamsa is very good place to eat - the fact that it is run by a husband-wife duo with no extra help (an accountant and a lawyer in their previous lives), however, makes it great.
The menu suits this home-style approach to catering: cold starters (less work for the kitchen), and hot mains. Very little salt in the starters, which is what I would expect if I was eating from, for example, my mother's kitchen. This is no Gordon Ramsay approach where butter and salt are used to airbrush food into peaks of rich fragrance - at Khamsa, it's the ingredients that do the talking. The peppers, the tomatoes, the smoky chargrilled meats, the unadulterated cous-cous. Whether you prefer rich cooking or this more stripped back approach, there is room for it on the London food map. (Though I am more of the butter and salt variety!)
My friend and I share starters, an Algerian salad with loads of peppers and tomatoes, and a dip made with aubergine and walnut. These are served straight from the fridge which makes them too cold to appreciate all the flavour nuances, but our wonderful, marvellous, moist bread melts these chilly foods into bliss - the bread is legendary. Just go and order bread, bread with olive oil, and you'll eat like a king.
My main is called Modern Cous Cous, which is cous cous topped with a variety of juicy grilled meats, with a bowl of vegetables and broth on the side. I love all of this, but am mindful that I don't know the provenance of the meats (this is not specified on the menu), so eat with a mixture of trepidation and guilt (I don't usually order mystery meats but want to do this "small is beautiful" concept justice.
Desserts are small Algerian pastries which you choose from their display. Nice enough, but of Khamsa's baked goods, the bread continues to stand out.
Lovely little enterprise, family run and loved from top to bottom. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the neighbourhood who wonders what their family would cook like if they were Algerian.

AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2014
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday meal. I was impressed by the whole experience and more importantly so was she. The restaurant had a very nice ambiance, the owners were friendly and pleasant and the food was very nice! I would (and will) definitely return

F
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2014
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was really good; fresh, tasty and made with love! Service was great, a really nice evening from a couple who clearly care about what they do.

NM
London
24 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2014
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really enjoyed our dinner here, very friendly owners and we will definetely return!

DG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2014
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved the simple approach in a small restaurant - a fantastic welcome, really friendly and incredibly flavourful food. We wanted something a little different, and this was perfect.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2013
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

My boyfriend and I popped in for a quick bite before a gig at Brixton Academy and were unanimous in our enthusiasm. Gorgeous food (we had a lamb tagine and the chicken special with fancy couscous) and super-friendly treatment. We went early so we were the only patrons, and we fully intend to go back later in the evening when I imagine the ambience and atmosphere are a little more lively - however, the attentions/conversation of the chef/waiter more than made up for the lack of other diners.

I'm what I would call 'discerning' and what my boyfriend calls 'fussy', so finding the right place to eat out can be tricky, but no hesitation wholeheartedly recommending Khamsa. It's a little walk out of the main Brixton drag, but definitely worth it.

l
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2013
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Food was mediocre. Staff not very welcoming. We arrived 10 minutes early, the restaurant had just opened and was empty. The owner asked us (including a highly pregnant lady) to take a stroll, instead of offering us a seat in the meantime. Eventhough we thought that it was really rude we decided to stay. As the restaurant has no alcohol licence, we used the time to pick up drinks from accross the rd.. Apart from a bottle of wine, we also bought a soft drink for my pregnant friend. If we had known...When we came back the owner denied her the soft drink (eventhough the restaurant didnt offer soft drinks apart from their home-made juices)! So she had to stick to tab water!

M
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2013
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

From the moment we arrived it was although we had been invited for dinner. The service was great, very friendly. The food was incredible - how can cous cous taste that good? In all a great evening at a great price.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2013
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can't recommend this highly enough. Great food, great value. Shared a chicken and a salmon tagine with my date, we loved it. Wonderful service, very friendly. The bill was an absolute bargain too. Definitely worth a repeat visit.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2013
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I booked a birthday dinner here for three friends and we all had a great evening. We started with the salad plate to share, which had a fantastic array of different, mainly vegetarian salads and some lovely smoky eggplant (aubergine) dip. We then tried three tagines: vegetable, salmon and a special chicken tagine with sweet potato. They all had great flavour. To finish, we tried their selection of sweets (vegan baklava, nougat, vegan hazelnut coffee balls, and other things) and had some delicious rose and mint tea.
It is a perfect place for a relaxed catch up with friends. It's great that it is BYO as well. They do have a very small kitchen, so the owner/waitress will let you know when to order so that dining is staggered.

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2013
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food at Khamsa is excellent, prepared lovingly by a husband and wife team and made of the freshest produce. The salad selection is outstanding. The modern take on traditional Algerian dishes is interesting and delicious. Don't leave without trying the fresh juices and the cakes!

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2013
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The best cous cous I've ever had (I didn't like cous cous before this)! Also, they don't serve, so you can take your own good wine. I ordered the chicken and sweet potato special, which was good, but I tried everyone else's and the Lobia and the fish tagine are delicious. The restaurant itself is very charming and owned by a friendly Algerian couple. I'd definitely recommend this place!

D
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2013
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I found this restaurant via the glowing reviews it received on London food blogs - and while I'm typically skeptical of sweeping statements like "may flat out be the best restaurant in the city," in this case I'd have to agree that Khamsa is one of the best food experiences I've had in London. (And trying new cuisines is a bit of a hobby of mine.) The whole experience here was wonderful, from the lovely fresh juices to the huge, flavourful tagines to the sweet mint tea. I appreciated the authenticity of the place and the individual attention from the 2 person team who do both the cooking & the serving. What a gem - I'll definitely be back...and will be sending my friends along too.

M
London
28 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2013
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I found this restaurant through Toptable but it was equally high rated by all the going out websites. I met a couple of friends here. The area has lots of takeaway places but nowhere for a premeal drink. So we arrived early (to get out of the rain) and the male owner welcomed us in. There is a restaurant upstairs and a lounge downstairs. Their menu is small with daily specials so the perfect place for a date or out of town friends. They do BYO as well. I enjoyed my stew which had lamb meatballs, merguez sausage and veg and beans. I'd recommend this place as being a bit different but with very nice food. Next time I'd be tempted to have one of their homemade fruit juices.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2013
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

I ate here with 3 friends in late January as we like to try different cuisines in London (this was the 56th we've tried). We've had some highs and some lows along the way but this was a massive high point. Right from the start, there was a warm welcome and friendly service. The food was exceptionally tasty and varied. We tried all the starters on the menu which included dips and savoury delicacies. The mains were high quality as well with tender lamb on the bone and a lovely spiced salmon dish. The desserts were too sweet for me but they went down well with my friends. We finished off with a lovely local tea. Exceptional value, would go back in a flash.

C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2013
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

...found this restuarant on TT and thought I would give it a try as is just down the road from my house, I never knew it existed! Very cozy inside and has a fab downstairs area that would be great for a party or small gathering with lots of cushions and drapes everywhere. Waiter and waitress (think it was the owners?) were lovely and very helpful in choosing our dishes. Had lovely dips and breads to start and I had a baked salmon for main, was absolutlely stuffed after. Is also BYO so that is good and keeps the cost down, will defo be going there again :o)

T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2013
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Restaraunt was booked out the evening we were there so would recommend making a reservation. Very good food and friendly staff.

BB
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2012
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The food was yummy, although it was very heavy on the cous cous or beans element.

The staff are friendly and its great that you can boy.

FG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2012
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I didn't know what to expect but it was wonderful. The food was delicious, filling and of good value. I even took some of the home made bread home.

The setting was intimate and relaxing. It was like being in someone’s living room. Considering it is just one waitress and one chef we felt well looked after.