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May 16, 2008 11:25 AM

Sunday lunch at Spitalfields? (London)

I will be visitng the Dennis Severs's on Sunday afternoon, so it seems to make sense to have lunch at Spitalfields market. I won't be able to get there until 12noon. Will the whole area be mobbed? This is next Sunday which is the bank holiday weekend. I'm interested in eating at Canteen, but don't want to wait forever for a table. Any thoughts/suggestions? I'll be dining alone.

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  1. It might be more convenient to graze at the market stalls.

    I enjoyed the food I had at the raw foods stall at the Spitalfields market. Drinking afterwards at Teasmith would be a logical way to finish up.

    Some details here, including a tip for another nearby place:

    Brick Lane market is nearby and has a bunch of stalls. The kibbe (basically like a Lebanese kiibbe) and coxinha (parsley and minced chicken in a pastry shell) are pretty good at the Brazilian stall. Assuming I heard correctly, they do use dried beef (carne del sol?) in their feijoada (a brazilian meat and bean stew) and it comes with all the right sides - farofa (toasted manoic flour), couve (thinnly julienned kale) and a slice of orange. I'm going back to try this soon.

    1. You could also try to book at St. John Bread and Wine, St. John's little sister restaurant out the back of the market. I personally prefer it to Canteen.