Karmana is a bit off the beaten path. It is, however, worth the extra effort to find. Friendly staff met us on arrival and we thoroughly enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere.
All the food is carefully cooked to order, so it can take a little while to arrive. Don’t expect to be in and out in a hurry but that is part of the joy – this is a restaurant that demands you relax, sit back with your drink, enjoy the atmosphere and exotic background music, and wait for your food with anticipation. While you wait, you might want to try some of the house juices. Our favourite – ‘Shine On’ – is made with carrot, apple, ginger and turmeric.
We had the falafel mezze, a Moroccan-inspired dish with salads, falafel, warmed breads and the most delicious lemon hummus we have tasted anywhere. Karmana was a finalist in the Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards 2017/18 and it is not hard to see why.
Most dishes on the menu are vegan with some vegetarian options, and milk and honey available for hot drinks. Vegan desserts are served too, and on our visit there was a lovely selection of vegan cakes on the bar.
By Lisa Hayter, Northamptonshire editor
Photos: Karmana’s Facebook page