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Some places in Brixton Village market, London

greedygirl Apr 1, 2010 04:00 AM

Let's get one thing straight - Brixton Village Market is the other covered market in Brixton, the one that doesn't contain Franco Manca. And it's been the subject of some regeneration projects recently, which has garnered forth a plethora of interesting new places to eat (lunchtimes only).

Yesterday I tried the pasta at Bellatonis, a tiny café run by a bonafide Italian (Dario), who makes all his own pasta, Italian preserves, cakes and bread. The choice is limited - yesterday he was doing a vegetable lasagne and a pasta bake with mushrooms, potatoes and scamorza. But he makes the pasta himself on the premises (you can buy it to take away as well) and it's a bargain at only £4.50, including salad, bread and water. You can also get an antipasto plate of Italian cheeses and home-made pickles, which we didn't try.

I had the pasta bake and it was delicious on a cold day - the pasta perfectly al-dente, the sauce unctuous and rich with plenty of shitake and oyster mushrooms (porcini being out of season). Really gorgeous. Nice bread too - homemade raisin bread and I bought some of his rosemary and thyme bread to take away for a bargainous pound. Highly recommended.

Afterwards, we popped round the corner to Federation Coffee for the best latte I've had in some time. It's run by Kiwis (of course) and the coffee was outstanding - an expresso blend that was rich and slightly fruity. They also do a flat white, and some nice looking cakes, which I was too full for.

Other places that have opened which I haven't tried yet:

Etta's Seafood Kitchen - Caribbean
The Islander's Kitchen - Filippino (rated by the guys in Federation Coffee)
Cornucopia - sells homemade preserves and jams made by locals, and soup etc. Does a three-course lunch for a tenner on a Saturday
A Moroccan place which I can't remember the name of
A Colombian place (I think) which I also can't remember the name of

Existing places:
Punta e como - rib-sticking Colombian fare which is too heavy for me but J Fores likes it
D's Roti Hut - I had a good chicken curry and exceptional roti from here a couple of months ago
Take Two - Carribean food again - the jerk chicken isn't bad

Places to buy food:
Colombian butcher - sells outstanding fresh chorizo and a good place to buy all things porky, including offal.
Fish - there are two fish places. I rate the one near the Colombian butcher, which is good value and has been there for forty years or more
There are also a few places to buy African ingredients, some vegetable stalls and an African/French market which is where I buy my fruit cordials and dijon mustard!

It's all pretty quiet during the week, but on a Saturday the place is buzzing, as there are lots of art/community projects going on at the moment, as part of the regeneration effort, run by these people: http://spacemakers.org.uk/

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  1. limster RE: greedygirl Apr 1, 2010 11:15 AM

    Thanks for the awesome post, -- have to try them soon!

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      Nii RE: greedygirl Apr 1, 2010 05:16 PM

      Brixton is becoming more and more of a creative hub - some of the new clothes/food shops look really interesting. Funnily enough, I was roped into watching a a very bizarre but enjoyable play in one of the disused shops .

      On the food front, I've tried Etta's seafood kitchen which wasn't bad. I had the mackeral run down which was promising, but I've had better, maybe they need to find their feet. I must try Islander Kitchen though.

      Coma y punto always delivers and the price is great too!

      I'm so over Franco Manca; the queues are just ridiculous!

      But, I still love Brixton!

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        greedygirl RE: Nii Apr 2, 2010 01:02 AM

        Franco Manca is fine during the week, if you're local and work odd hours, like me. On a Saturday, forget it.

        I might try Islander's Kitchen today - watch this space!

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          greedygirl RE: greedygirl Apr 2, 2010 06:44 AM

          Just had lunch at Islander's Kitchen and it was a wonderful experience. I chose a Good Friday special of udon noodle soup with cod balls. The broth was delicately flavoured and obviously home-made, the noodles thick and slippery, and the cod balls pleasingly gelatinous and subtle. It was a delicious, soothing lunch on a pretty crappy, windy and cold Spring day.

          But the best thing of all was the proprietress and cook, Margareta. Rarely have I experienced such genuine warmth and friendliness in a café. She brought me some warm bread and butter while I was waiting, and then a free snack of aubergine fritters to try after I'd eaten my soup. The fritters had been made early this morning and reheated, and so weren't at their best (as she said herself, they're best when freshly made and crispy), but they were still tasty.

          I can't wait to go back and try some of the other dishes - especially the chicken adobo and the coconut and lime chicken (I think) which is her speciality.

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            greedygirl RE: greedygirl Apr 19, 2010 08:15 AM

            Tried some more stuff at Islander's Kitchen and it was very tasty indeed. We started with plantain rolls stuffed with spinach - delicious, then I had lemon and lime chicken which was pieces of marinated chicken in a fragrant coconut sauce with coriander and a hint of chilli. Not spicy really, but lovely and a generous portion. Came with rice and a cucumber salad. My friend is a vegetarian and she had a Filippino veggie stew with rice which she loved. With a peppermint tea for me and freshly squeezed orange juice for her it came to less than £15 (I think she gave us a special price for being regulars - I've only been once)! Plus Margarita the super charming owner took my friend's baby for a walk so she could eat her lunch. I love this place.

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              cathodetube RE: greedygirl Apr 20, 2010 12:39 PM

              Sounds good. Does this and the other places have places to sit 'outside' the restaurant? Not for smoking purposes, but for canine companions.

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                greedygirl RE: cathodetube Apr 21, 2010 12:03 AM

                The whole place is outdoors, really, and I don't think dogs are a problem.

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              cathodetube RE: greedygirl Aug 15, 2010 01:45 PM

              Visted Islander's Kitchen yesterday and it was lovely! I felt transported away from London. You are right about Margareta. So friendly. I had the aubergine fritters to start - they were freshly made - alonside a dish of chopped tomatoes as a dip for them. Had the vegetarian stew with some fried rice with beans - very tasty with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Miniscule bill - about £7.50. Cornercopia had already closed but it looked intriguing. Checked out the other places like the Columbian near the beginning of the market next to the roti place but wasn't in the mood for beef as I had had some Meatwagon hamburgers on Friday. I also tried one piece of the Agile Rabbit pizza on my way out which had a topping of rocket, onion and tomato. Very thin and crispy. Looking forward to going back soon. BTW Islander's Kitchen is open every day except Sunday I was told. Saturday she closes about 8 pm.

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            cathodetube RE: Nii Jan 30, 2011 01:02 PM

            Franco Manca had zero queues today at 3 pm. Quite a few tables were free. I took advantage.

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              Samuelinthekitchen RE: cathodetube Jan 31, 2011 01:24 AM

              we must have missed each other by half an hour

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                deansa RE: cathodetube Jan 31, 2011 05:41 AM

                Just to clarify as Chowhound's timezone/timestamps can be a bit confusing, but by "today" did you mean you went to Franco Manca on Sunday?

                I ask because Franco Manca's website still shows it's Mon-Sat only and the earlier Sunday comments seem to refer only to the Brixton Village market.

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                  greedygirl RE: deansa Jan 31, 2011 07:59 AM

                  Franco Manca's open on Sundays now. A lot of people are unaware of the fact - hence the lack of queues.

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                    cathodetube RE: deansa Jan 31, 2011 10:10 AM

                    Yes, I did mean Sunday. Yesterday. Not everything was open. Islander's Kitchen wasn't, Rosie's wasn't nor was Curry Ono.

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                      cathodetube RE: cathodetube Feb 13, 2011 09:59 AM

                      Rosie's was open today and was told by Islander's Kitchen that they aren't open every Sunday as the owner has a private dining room somewhere in Westminster she sometimes has to be at. Curry Ono closed as I said below. Bellatoni's was open, but wasn't last week. Definitely plan on trying them next time.

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                cathodetube RE: greedygirl Apr 17, 2010 12:14 PM

                Where exactly is this other market? Was there yesterday and saw Franco Manca and the bit where Rosie's Cafe is.

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                  greedygirl RE: cathodetube Apr 17, 2010 12:37 PM

                  Franco Manca and Rosies is in the same bit of the market.

                  To get to the other market, turn right out of Brixton tube, then right again down Atlantic Road. Walk down Atlantic Rd, past the crossroad with Electric Avenue (outdoor market) and there is an entrance on your left to Brixton Village. It's basically across the road from the covered market where Franco Manca is.

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                    Sharmila RE: greedygirl Apr 18, 2010 04:01 AM

                    I had a wander round yesterday. Wasn't hungry but I picked up a really fantastic cappuccino at Federation. Will definitely go back and try out a few places when I'm looking to eat.

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                      greedygirl RE: Sharmila Apr 18, 2010 06:18 AM

                      The coffee there is fabulous - I'm developing something of an addiction!

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                        foreignmuck RE: greedygirl Apr 18, 2010 02:21 PM

                        i miss Brixton!!! some great stuff happening there since i left, it seems.... especially missing the sourdough bread from Wild Caper.

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                          cathodetube RE: foreignmuck Apr 20, 2010 12:43 PM

                          I had a takeaway brownie from there (Wild Caper) on Friday but only got round to eating it yesterday. Absolutely delicious. Very fudgey inside, even after 3 days, and slightly cracked shiny top. Was really delighted with it. Did have nuts which I think were walnuts.

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                        greedygirl RE: Sharmila Apr 19, 2010 08:16 AM

                        The cakes are good too - I just had a bite of my friend's chocolate brownie which was excellent.

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                    skut RE: greedygirl Apr 21, 2010 02:19 AM

                    where is federation? Found all the others (closed, was there early), but could not find what I really wanted, coffee. Pray tell.

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                      greedygirl RE: skut Apr 21, 2010 03:52 AM

                      Near the Coldharbour Lane entrance.


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                        skut RE: greedygirl Apr 21, 2010 05:43 AM

                        cheers gg

                    2. greedygirl RE: greedygirl May 14, 2010 10:42 AM

                      Tried out Cornercopia for lunch today and was very impressed. There wasn't much choice because he'd been really busy the previous evening (the market is now open on Thursday evenings). I had a pork and fennel meatball (prettty big - the size of a small fist) served on flatbread with slow-roasted tomatoes. Very nice indeed and a bargain at £4.50. He makes everything himself in a pretty tiny kitchen, including cakes, chutneys, cordials, pickles, ketchup. The other options were fresh pea and mint soup and socca (chickpea pancake) with black-eyed beans.

                      On Saturdays he does three courses for £12 for lunch, which is sensational value for what is, essentially, very good home-style cooking. You can BYO. Recommended.


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                        greedygirl RE: greedygirl May 26, 2010 12:48 AM

                        Have been to Cornercopia twice more and continue to be impressed. Had a delicious tomato and cannellini bean soup yesterday that was just an explosion of flavour. Also a savoury goat's cheesecake with aubergine. The bill came to £15.50 for two for two courses each (without tip).

                        There's not much choice, but the food here is stunningly good.

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                          abby d RE: greedygirl Jul 16, 2010 11:20 AM

                          i had lunch here today - i had the mushroom frittata and my friend had a tomato pasta dish. pistachio and pear tart and a bitter chocolate cake for pudding.

                          all really lovely, thanks for the tip greedy girl.

                      2. Dave MP RE: greedygirl May 28, 2010 08:17 AM

                        Feeling inspired by this post, I went on a mini Brixton crawl today, and had some great stuff at Federation, D's, Agile Rabbit and Esme's

                        Here's the link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/710757

                        1. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Jun 27, 2010 02:27 AM

                          My sources at Brixton Village (Federation Coffee, Circus) tell me that it's going to be in the New York Times travel section in July!! Apparently a lady who works for the NYT was staying with friends nearby and loved the market so much she's going to write about it. Does that mean we'll start getting American tourists?!

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                            Dave MP RE: greedygirl Jun 27, 2010 03:35 AM

                            I hope she cites chowhound if she uses this thread in writing her article.

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                              cathodetube RE: greedygirl Jun 28, 2010 12:12 AM

                              Yes, definitely. And why not? They will think it is edgy and cool. Most of them only go to Borough Market now. The NY Times is read all over the world too. I read it online. And I used to buy it when visiting/staying in California. It is the best newspaper in the US.

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                                Nii RE: cathodetube Jun 28, 2010 11:47 AM

                                Brixton has always been an interesting place; good to see it get some recognition. There was also a report in the NYT about Deptford. I also love Deptford - just so grimy and ghetto but so interesting.

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                                  t_g RE: Nii Aug 11, 2010 04:16 AM

                                  has the article been linked? http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/...

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                                    cathodetube RE: t_g Aug 13, 2010 06:31 AM

                                    Thanks for the link! Nice read.

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                                howler RE: greedygirl Jul 16, 2010 03:12 PM

                                there goes the n'hood then (grin).

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                                  Theresa RE: greedygirl Jul 18, 2010 10:05 AM

                                  I was born and bred around there, and I can't believe it's now being called Brixton Village - that's some rebranding!

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                                    Captain Falkenberg RE: Theresa Aug 18, 2010 02:03 AM

                                    I had a piccolo from Goodbench coffee on Saturday- it was an excellent coffee. I think goodbench is in the same passage as franco manca. photo doesn't do justice to the rich brown colours- it looked as good as it tasted!

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                                  gembellina RE: greedygirl Nov 9, 2010 08:14 AM

                                  Have any more of these places started opening later? Will be in Brixton for a gig on Saturday eve so am looking for somewhere for an early supper - finished by 7. Will try Islanders kitchen if it's the only one open!

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                                    cathodetube RE: gembellina Nov 9, 2010 11:20 AM

                                    Why don't you contact spacemakers through the link in greedygirl's post and ask them who is open later. Pretty sure Islander's Kitchen will be open till at least 8 pm. The Roti shop will be open and the Argentinian place should be as well.

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                                      greedygirl RE: gembellina Nov 10, 2010 12:39 AM

                                      They have been triAlling late opening Thurs-Sat for the past two weeks. Not sure what the current state of play is - will ask when I pop down there later for coffee.

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                                        cathodetube RE: greedygirl Nov 10, 2010 01:27 AM

                                        Do you mean the whole market or just the dining places? That would be great. I know Thursdays were late, but it would be great if it were more days !

                                    2. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Jan 4, 2011 02:24 AM


                                      All the restaurants in Brixton Village are now open Thurs, Fri and Sat evenings, and Sunday lunchtimes. The guys who run Cornercopia have gone away for a month but have handed the place over to Arno from Saltoun Supper Club, who will be running the restaurant for a month or so. D's Roti Hut has closed, unfortunately, but I am told a new Thai restaurant and a tapas restaurant will be opening shortly. There's also a new Italian place, Chez Sybilla - the chef/owner is selling oil and preserves from her family's land in Puglia.

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                                        cathodetube RE: greedygirl Jan 5, 2011 01:40 PM

                                        Sunday opening sounds great; go to the farmers' market and then have lunch!

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                                          Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Jan 11, 2011 10:48 AM

                                          any details on the Thai place? That is so exciting. Must check out Cornercopia while the chaps are away, mainly because i'm never fast enough to get a seat at Soulton!

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                                            greedygirl RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 11, 2011 11:04 AM

                                            The Saltoun thing's not happening now, unfortunately.

                                            I saw the Thai guy doing work on his place on Sunday and interrogated him, the poor chap. Should be open by the end of the month.

                                        2. limster RE: greedygirl Jan 15, 2011 03:06 AM

                                          • Federation Coffee
                                          Excellent flat white -- beautifully conditioned milk, a very thin layer of dense foam with tiny bubbles at the top. The underlying coffee (from Nude Espresso) is good -- deeply earthy and nutty, with a slight tangy vein of fruit; not as complex as the Square Mile winter roast that the Hatch on Bermondsey Street makes, but roughly equal in quality overall (slightly better milk).

                                          Excellent friand too -- elegantly nutty, perfect level of moisture, a sweet soft snap from the fruit (plum?) on top.

                                          • Brick Box
                                          Wonderful texture in their crepes and galettes -- extremely thin surface crispness, delicately brittle and golden in complexion, and beneath that a softer, more supple layer. Good generous fillings: in one, asparagus and judiciously spaced sundried tomatoes rounded by cheese and piqued by tangy spicy jalapenos; in another, steaky bacon with plenty of flavour, smoothened over with cheese and contrasted with tomato, and topped with an egg, sunny side up. The galettes could probably use a bit more of the nutty buckwheat flavour (compare with the crepe stall at Exmouth and Broadway markets), but were still delicious nevertheless. Cream, chocolate (looks like they use a combo of callebaut dark and milk) and strawberries make for a classic dessert crepe. A strong invigorating ginger drink, with undercurrents of lemon, is worth seeking out.

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                                            limster RE: limster Feb 7, 2011 01:35 PM

                                            Federation's macchiato is probably my favourite so far -- deep, rough coffee flavours that is just nicely tempered by the milk. Prufrock's macchiato mighthave had more flavour intensity and a longer complex finish, but Federation's while more "straightforward" was also more balanced, with a substantially rounded and clean finish.

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                                              Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Mar 18, 2011 01:57 PM

                                              hey funny question Lim - were you in Van Hing in Camberwell on Wednesday night?

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                                                limster RE: Samuelinthekitchen Mar 18, 2011 03:54 PM

                                                Nope, haven't been there. What kind of place is Van Hing?

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                                                  Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Mar 18, 2011 03:56 PM

                                                  a delightfully good Vietnamese spot, my mistake

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                                              gemuse RE: greedygirl Jan 15, 2011 08:44 AM

                                              Had a really fun lunch at Etta's Seafood this week. Etta is simply a delight, and most eager to please. It's worth going just to meet her. We had fried calamari as a starter. It was fried in a beer batter and perfectly cooked—so tender, with a sweet dipping sauce. We ordered the mussels plate, The mussels came a simple broth with coriander and red chilli flakes. Just a hint of spice. Next time I might have to ask for extra chilli. The crab fritters, which were amazingly chewy fried goodness, though more dough than crab meat. I had sorrel juice (or tea?) for the first time, and it was really refreshing. Kind of a cross between rose hip tea and cranberry juice. All this for £12. We noticed as we were leaving that another patron had a whole fried fish. Did not see this on the menu, so perhaps there are other Jamaican dishes available if you know how to ask.

                                              Federation Coffee has moved to another, larger space, so they now have plenty of indoor seating, which was a problem before. Do yourself a favour and get the deluxe flat white made with Jersey full cream milk. And the Anzac buscuits are gorgeous.

                                              Also, a new bakery opened up (sorry, I forgot to write down the name—was it Toast?). We picked up a large white oval loaf, some scones and lamingtons. All quite good. The bread is very tender inside and perfect for sandwiches, if you can manage to cut neatly through the hard crust. The scones were rustic and lumpy, with a good crunch on the outside.

                                              1. limster RE: greedygirl Jan 16, 2011 08:13 AM

                                                • Breads Etcetera (the toast place)
                                                A branch of the Clapham bakery -- solid stuff, the whole wheat and seeded bread were good not great for me. Moderately soft and somewhat dense. Wondered about their rye breads. Loved the toaster at the table for DIY toast -- possible to get fresh hot toast to slather with butter and their selection of (~10 I think) jams, mostly Chez Maman and Wilkinsons & Sons. Flat white is not bad, more flavour of the dark roast, if slightly less fruity and complex than the ones at Federation, the milk/foam slightly more bubbly.

                                                • Casa Sibilla
                                                Superb bechamel - rich and lightly fluffy in texture, a savoury creamy flavour seamlessly finished with olive oil but not a trace of greasiness. The sauce is truly the star of the eggs florentine -- with hard boiled eggs the different layers of rich flavours build easily, the yolks cooked to a nice, ever so slightly crumbly texture that contrasted the puffy curd-like quality of the sauce (I suppose that slightly runny yolks, the proper treatment in many cases, might have decreased the textural complexity and deliciousness in this instance). A thin bed of spinach, dark green and gently softened in the oven, salty spots of pink, meaty bacon, and a nuanced sweet and sour to balance the bechamel from cherry tomatoes, also concentrated by a quick hot spell in the oven. A robust, glorious aria.

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                                                  Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Jan 16, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                  Casa sounds awesome

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                                                    limster RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 16, 2011 11:40 AM

                                                    I loved the one dish I had. Hope others have a chance to try and report back. (I certainly am heading back soon!)

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                                                      greedygirl RE: limster Jan 16, 2011 02:34 PM

                                                      I've been (quelle surprise). Had a very good pork terrine, served warm, unusually. And a nice glass of sparkling white wine. Mr GG had meatballs, which he liked very much. Now it's not so cold we must go again (no heating!). I also got some excellent truffle oil and some home-canned tomatoes, from her family's land in Puglia.

                                                      Limster - we must do another Brixton Village crawl when the Spanish place opens (very soon, I'm told). Also the Thai place. Have you tried the Filippino cafe yet?

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                                                        limster RE: greedygirl Jan 16, 2011 02:39 PM

                                                        Yes - another crawl is in order! Haven't tried the Filipino place yet -- they've been closed the times I was there.

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                                                  gemuse RE: greedygirl Jan 18, 2011 10:07 AM

                                                  By the way, can greedygirl or anyone else shed some insight on public toilets in or near Brixton Market? Every time we head down here we end up either using McDonald's toilets or crossing our legs till we get home. It's kind of annoying, especially if you want to linger over your meal or do some shopping as well. Are there any other facilities available?

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                                                    greedygirl RE: gemuse Jan 18, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                    There are public toilets on Pope's Road (under the railway arches, just off Atlantic Road), but they're only open during the day. I *think* there is a loo in the market, and the shopholders have a key for it so it's worth asking.

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                                                      gemuse RE: greedygirl Jan 20, 2011 02:37 AM

                                                      Thanks for the pointers. Will look for the public toilets next time.

                                                      Tried Casa Sabilla and it was outstanding. We sampled the slow-cooked beef carbonade with fried polenta and the tortellini with porcini mushrooms. Everything was intensely flavourful.The starter was a salad featuring a frittata. This might have been our best meal yet at Brixton Markets, and the open kitchen aspect is really nice. It's worth noting that prices are quite a bit higher than other places in the Market, though to be fair, the serving sizes were very generous. Wine and beer are also available. It is clear that Paola Sibilla is very serious about cooking.

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                                                        greedygirl RE: gemuse Jan 20, 2011 03:32 AM

                                                        Have you tried Cornercopia, which for my money is the best to be had in Brixton Village? Will have to try more from Casa Sibilla though.

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                                                          Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Jan 20, 2011 03:35 AM

                                                          plus they have all those awesome locally made deli products for sale. I'm still going silly over the bottle of Brixton foraged blackberry vinegar i bought there.

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                                                            greedygirl RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 20, 2011 03:39 AM

                                                            I'm quite friendly with Ian, the owner, and he gets some outstandingly cheap wild mushrooms which he said he would order for me as well if I wanted. I can't wait for him to come back from his holidays in Vietnam, hopefully with some inspiration!

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                                                              Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Jan 20, 2011 04:33 AM

                                                              it's been literally years since a man offered to order me wild mushrooms. There's no romance left in the world.

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                                                            gemuse RE: greedygirl Jan 21, 2011 02:54 AM

                                                            Yes, have been to Cornercopia several times, all excellent. And for the price/quality ratio, Cornercopia, is probably the best meal bargain in London. Both Casa Sabilla and Cornercopia are very good, and I don't think there's any value in creating a contest between the two. However, every time I've eaten at Cornercopia, the specials have been soup, salad, or frittata—all incredibly fresh and creative, but less substantial than what was presented at Sabilla. (But for a third of the price too.) One advantage that Sabilla has is indoor seating, which is not only warmer this time of year, but allows you to see what she's doing, so that kind of adds a dimension to the meal experience. But I think Casa Sabilla will have a different challenge, because at those prices, she is competing with larger, permanent establishments.

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                                                              greedygirl RE: gemuse Jan 21, 2011 03:15 AM

                                                              You haven't been to Cornercopia recently then, I gather. They now have a separate, indoor dining room (with a wood burning stove) and on the days he opens in the evenings he is offering much more substantial offerings (I've had terrines, chicken, chestnut gnocchi). They are also doing a decent red.

                                                              I went to Sibilla duing the very cold snap before Xmas and it was decidedly chilly in the dining room - probably the reason I haven't been back yet!

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                                                        Samuelinthekitchen RE: gemuse Jan 18, 2011 02:15 PM

                                                        As usual, agree with GG, Pope's road is the best bet - if you have a very strong stomach.

                                                        1. re: Samuelinthekitchen
                                                          greedygirl RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 18, 2011 03:27 PM

                                                          Really? I think they're fine, as public toilets go (at least the women's are). There are also toilets on the top floor of Morley's Department store.

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                                                            Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Jan 19, 2011 02:09 AM

                                                            the men's, not so much

                                                        2. re: gemuse
                                                          isabelle94 RE: gemuse Feb 15, 2012 11:42 AM

                                                          There are loos upstairs at the market. Sometimes the door is locked so you will need to ask the owner of the restaurant you are in for the key (and also directions on where they are!)

                                                        3. limster RE: greedygirl Jan 23, 2011 06:11 AM

                                                          • Etta's Kitchen

                                                          Crab fritters exactly as Gemuse described. Cod bites were more substantial, straight firm fibres, meaty but supple. Good crispy batter. Both fritters and bites were pleasant with a dab of the sweet chilli sauce that cut their fried richness easily. Served with a light cucumber and tomato salad, against a refreshing contrast to fried food.

                                                          Seafood curry with rice was very savoury and flavoursome, with a good amount of cod, mussels, squid, and a few crab legs that didn't offer much meat; an nice earthy flavour that carried well with the rice and beans. Like Gemuse's report, I wanted more spicy heat.

                                                          A glossy chocolate fudge over a simple chocolate cake. Pleasant, but nothing earth shattering.

                                                          Good strong ginger beer, sweet and heartwarming.


                                                          • Relay Tea Room

                                                          A vintage doll house, charming tea pots and cups with light pastel coloured prints, set above cloth and lace trimmings. A strong rich south african (iirc) black tea, a nice scone, sliced into half and warmed up in the oven, served with strawberry jam and cream, the latter moderately rich and slightly fluffy in texture.


                                                          • Islander Kitchen

                                                          A slightly soft batter, dotted with sunflower seeds, over thick slices of lovely soft aubergine.

                                                          Coconut and lemon and lime combine enticingly, a zesty yet rounded sauce for chicken (very slightly tough pieces of breast meat that made me long for the more flavourful and supple thigh cuts), served together with a good vegetable side dish, aubgerines (iirc) and other vegetables coated with a fairly concentrated and savoury tomato sauce. Served over rice.

                                                          Pretty good home cooking on the whole.

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                                                          1. re: limster
                                                            Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Jan 23, 2011 06:36 AM

                                                            that Chicken (Adobo / Abodo?) is one of my favourites in the Village - just stunning

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                                                              greedygirl RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 24, 2011 12:03 AM

                                                              That's not the adobo - I think she just calls it lemon and lime chicken.

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                                                                Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Jan 24, 2011 02:38 AM

                                                                quite right - not great with my knowledge of Filipino cuisine at the best of times. For the record, it's the lemon and lime one i like.

                                                          2. limster RE: greedygirl Jan 23, 2011 06:18 AM

                                                            * Arepa place on Pope's Road (Carniceria Americanos or something to that effect)

                                                            Fresh warm off the griddle arepas, a thin crispy scorch marks, brown and savoury. I had ones with maize and cheese, the light sweetness perfectly balanced by the moderate amount of fresh cheese, stringy and chewy from the heat. The texture of the arepa is lovely, a coarse grained texture that is slightly fluffy, a nice counterpoint to the cheese. A thin slick of butter on the surface to round everything off. Excellent stuff.

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                                                              cathodetube RE: limster Jan 24, 2011 02:46 AM

                                                              These sound great. Do you know which country the arepa place purports to be from or is it a general South American place?

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                                                                limster RE: cathodetube Jan 24, 2011 02:59 AM

                                                                Arepas are usually Colombian or Venezuelan (at least the ones I've encountered in the past); I believe this one is Colombian (although there was a tray of Brazilian coxinha/chicken croquettes in the display case).

                                                                1. re: cathodetube
                                                                  greedygirl RE: cathodetube Jan 24, 2011 03:00 AM

                                                                  I think it's Colombian - most of the S American places in Brixton are Colombian as there is a sizeable community living in Stockwell.

                                                                2. re: limster
                                                                  limster RE: limster Jun 18, 2011 11:41 AM

                                                                  A colleague recommended the the bunuelos at Las Americas and they were superb: - a perfect crust, thin but crunchy, an excellent balance of spongy softness and dense body, delicate cheese flavour, with hints of saltiness and sweetness. One of the best breads to be had in London.

                                                                3. limster RE: greedygirl Jan 23, 2011 06:19 AM

                                                                  BTW, noticed a new Japanese place opening soon near Goodbench on the Brixton Market side -- Curry Ono (assume it's a Japanese curry place).

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                                                                    Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Jan 23, 2011 06:37 AM

                                                                    damnit - i was really hoping to be the first to mention that.

                                                                    1. re: Samuelinthekitchen
                                                                      limster RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 23, 2011 07:02 AM

                                                                      I'm sure you'll be the first if not one of the first to report on it when it actually opens. Have you been to the Brazilian place across from Wild Capers?

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                                                                        Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Jan 23, 2011 07:28 AM

                                                                        no not yet - recommended it? Where is it?

                                                                        1. re: Samuelinthekitchen
                                                                          limster RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 23, 2011 09:10 AM

                                                                          I haven't been -- hence the curiosity. It's upstairs, and the stairs are almost directly across from the entrance of Wild Capers. Saw a sign that said feijoada.

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                                                                        limster RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 28, 2011 12:58 PM

                                                                        BTW, Curry Ono opened yesterday. Looking forward to hearing a report.

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                                                                          Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Jan 30, 2011 12:06 PM

                                                                          my only report is that it is closed on a Sunday :( and that bread etc does a fantastic custard tart. Want to go together this week?

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                                                                            limster RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 30, 2011 12:28 PM

                                                                            Already snagged a lunch there a couple days ago; report forthcoming. :)

                                                                            Will have to go try the custard tart at Breads etc. Do you (or anyone) know if they also have the custard tart at the Clapham branch?

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                                                                              Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Jan 31, 2011 01:23 AM

                                                                              Oh you're a tricky one! Can't wait to hear the report.

                                                                              In terms of custart tart, i'm not sure if they have it at the Clapham branch but the chef at the Brixton branch was telling me that it's new to their menu, in fact it was the first day they were doing it and still tweaking the recipe.

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                                                                        greedygirl RE: limster Jan 23, 2011 08:01 AM

                                                                        My spies tell me that the little hole in the wall place in Market Row (near Wild Caper) is pretty good. Not sure if it's Thai or pan Asian. She had Tom yam soup and spring rolls. Takeaway only. Glad to see you're enjoying the 'hood, limster!

                                                                        I can also report that there is a new South American butcher in Market Row and he sells short ribs, which are not easy to find in London.

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                                                                          limster RE: greedygirl Jan 23, 2011 09:12 AM

                                                                          Does that Thai/Pan asian place have "chilli" in it name or something (I want to say Hot Chillli or Spicy Chilli but not absolutely sure)? Will have to try it.

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                                                                            greedygirl RE: limster Jan 23, 2011 11:57 PM

                                                                            Not sure. Will have a look next time I'm passing.

                                                                            1. re: greedygirl
                                                                              greedygirl RE: greedygirl Jan 25, 2011 07:05 AM

                                                                              It's called Hot Chillies.

                                                                        2. re: limster
                                                                          greedygirl RE: limster Jan 25, 2011 07:05 AM

                                                                          Curry Ono is opening tomorrow.

                                                                          I'm also told by the Goodbench guy that an organic ice cream place is opening next to Wild Caper.

                                                                        3. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Jan 24, 2011 12:06 AM

                                                                          Not Brixton market proper, but if you're in the 'hood at lunchtime or even for breakfast, I recommend Cafe Sitifis, which is tucked away just off Coldharbour Lane, on Rushcroft Road. The owner is Algerian, and very sweet. His mixed mezze is a bargain at £4.50 for a plate piled high with a selection of salads and dips, all very fresh and home made, served with toasted pitta. He also does a nice traditional mint tea and is a former pastry chef - his cakes are very old school and they look pretty good (I'm always too full after the mezze to try one!). He also does a mean bacon sandwich, very generous on the bacon and I'm told his eggs benedict are also good.

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                                                                            Nii RE: greedygirl Jan 24, 2011 02:45 PM

                                                                            I can't quite believe how far the food scene in Brixton has come - I wish I still lived there! My friend still maintains that Streatham has better food options, but I'm still not convinced!

                                                                          2. limster RE: greedygirl Feb 5, 2011 01:31 PM

                                                                            • Curry Ono (Brixton Market)
                                                                            A solid pork katsu curry. The Pork cutlet was nice, but not as juicy as the one from Tsuru. The curry was darker, spicy in a rough, earthy manner, and also spicy hot with a good amount of sweetness. Not bad, but not as mellow or balanced as Tsuru's version. Loved it with the pickles on the side. Tried it on opening day, so not sure if it's representative.

                                                                            • Wild Caper (Brixton Market)
                                                                            A pleasant mixed salad, hummus, red pepper hummus, good moutabal/baba ghannouj (sweet, smoky, savoury), a rather plain barley (?) salad, a forest of rocket. Likable affogato -- the sourness of the espresso counteracted nicely, but the ice cream was slightly icy.

                                                                            • Agile Rabbit (Brixton Village)
                                                                            Nice pizza, more of a uniformly crispy crust, crumbling rapidly to very fine crumbs, without too much of a chewy layer. Stringy mozzarella and pretty good pepperoni; a likeable melange of vegetables with a decent amount of vegetal sweetness, but could use a hint more salt. A spicy masala chai, good and strong, invigorating stuff, but I longed for ginger.

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                                                                              limster RE: limster Feb 7, 2011 01:29 PM

                                                                              More Curry Ono -- the beef curry seemed a little bit skimpy on the beef, but the curry is growing on me -- the spices do make themselves felt, and this time they offered a tiny carafe of cream to temper the curry, rounding it off beautifully (careful not to add too much, balance is key). I still love their pickles and how they enhance the curry and rice.

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                                                                                Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Feb 18, 2011 01:34 AM

                                                                                i ate there last night and wasn't wild about it. Loved the pickles though. The katsu I had was a bit dry and the sauce quite bland. May have been an off night, but I'd definitely say it was on the good side of things, if not fabulous. Would go again to try something else.

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                                                                                  limster RE: Samuelinthekitchen Feb 18, 2011 02:20 AM

                                                                                  Totally are -- it's more likeable rather than great. Tsuru's good and I'd pick them over curry ono.

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                                                                                    Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Feb 18, 2011 04:11 AM

                                                                                    where is Tsurus? Sounds great

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                                                                                      limster RE: Samuelinthekitchen Feb 18, 2011 05:09 AM

                                                                                      Tsuru has 2 branches - one in the City and one just south of Tate Modern.

                                                                                      Tate Modern
                                                                                      Bankside, London SE1 9TG, GB

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                                                                              Emanluke RE: greedygirl Feb 7, 2011 12:25 PM

                                                                              Hello all! I'm a U.S. student studying in London this Spring Term, and Chowhound has been essential in all my planning. It has been great to read through the threads about London and map out what I want to try.

                                                                              I dropped in Federation Coffee yesterday, and had the most excellent strawberry friand. Juicy strawberry bits were hidden all throughout the moist, cakey body. Yum! And that was just the precursor to the best latte I've ever had. Federation will definitely be one of my hotspots over the next couple months.

                                                                              I tried Etta's Seafood Kitchen today for lunch. As a poor, studying abroad college student, I wasn't able to get all I wanted, but c'est la vie.

                                                                              I ended up with the crab fitters (and that yummy sweet chilli sauce!). Just as everyone else has described them; great flavor and that crispy outside with a wonderful chewy inside. Somebody spoke about the ratio of crab to batter, and while I have to agree that there is not a whole lot of crab in each bite, the flavor permeates the dough regardless. Every bite was delicious.

                                                                              I also got a ginger beer, and although ginger is not generally one of my favorites, it went perfectly with the fritters. It came a little earlier than the dish, and truth be told I was a little overwhelmed with my first sip. However, it really helped round out the flavors of the fritter.

                                                                              Thanks everyone for the great suggestions and reviews on this thread. I've already emailed Cornercopia to make sure I have a spot when they get back. I think I'll make it my mission to visit a different restaurant within Brixton Village each week while I'm in London. That will give me a chance to hopefully hit everything (and go back to my favorites a couple of times!).

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                                                                                limster RE: Emanluke Feb 7, 2011 01:25 PM

                                                                                Be sure to visit the arepa stand (Las Americas) on the side on Pope's Road. Excellent arepas hot off the griddle with maize and cheese (ask for queso and maíz; they may not speak perfect English; sorry no choclo/young corn). It's the kind of dirt cheap stuff that is so good that make one wonder why fancy restaurant that charge way more couldn't execute as well.

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                                                                                  cathodetube RE: limster Feb 13, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                                                  Limster, tried this place today. The arepa I had was amazing. I can see that it would be perfect hangover food, although I didn't have one. The price is unbeatable. There is also a Brazilian chap outside the same place selling churros with dulce de leche as a topping. I had a tasty sample. He said he will be there on Saturdays and Sundays. Had a look inside and there were lots of people eating things that looked like arepas with porky bits on top. Bowls of salsa were on the counters. It is a Columbian place.

                                                                                  Inside the Market I tried a rasberry and vanilla friand at Federation Coffee which was very soft and moreish so I went back and got another one. It tasted more like it had almond in it instead of vanilla though. I don't remember ever eating a friand before.

                                                                                  I stopped by Islander's Kitchen and they were sold out of the aubergine so had a small dish of plantains and tomato sauce.

                                                                                  There is a Spanish place I have seen a few times that offers a set meal on Sundays for about £7 inc. a drink. You can also have a selection of tapas for that price. It doesn't have a name above it yet. I guess this is the place GG and Limster have mentioned.

                                                                                  Curry Ono wasn't open. Goodbench wasn't open either.

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                                                                                    limster RE: cathodetube Feb 13, 2011 09:55 AM

                                                                                    Cool, the churros guys weren't there when I went -- will have to go back for that!

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                                                                                      cathodetube RE: limster Mar 20, 2011 11:47 AM

                                                                                      Haven't seen them for the past few weeks.

                                                                              2. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Feb 7, 2011 12:43 PM

                                                                                A new Spanish place has now opened, next to Cornercopia. Haven't had a chance to try it yet but will report back when I have done so.

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                                                                                  limster RE: greedygirl Feb 7, 2011 01:23 PM

                                                                                  The tortilla was nice but nothing special (see El Piratas de Tapas for the perfect tortilla). Surprisingly enjoyable open faced sandwich; probably rubbed with garlic and olive oil, the chorizo, rocket and drape of ham coming together with a pleasant rustic flavours, simply expressed. They might be making their own chorizo this weekend, will probably check them out again then.

                                                                                2. limster RE: greedygirl Feb 7, 2011 01:32 PM

                                                                                  • Goodbench (Brixton Market)
                                                                                  Good flat white, even if they're a tiny notch below Federation imho. Chocolatey and honey sweet flavours in the finish. The hot chocolate is too syrupy; was hoping for the rich melted chocolate type (e.g. Rabot Estate), so was disappointed.

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                                                                                    Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Feb 8, 2011 07:29 AM

                                                                                    I think Goodbench and Federation both do excellent coffee though Federation is probably a little bit better. Though I go to them for different reasons, Federation for a walk through take away but if I want to sit down with a paper or a book then I think it's hard to beat Goodbench for ambiance.

                                                                                    The other place that does excellent coffee is Breads Etc, and I think it's bakery is streets ahead of Fed or GB.

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                                                                                      cathodetube RE: Samuelinthekitchen Feb 8, 2011 08:31 AM

                                                                                      What baked goods have you had at Bread? I tried the custard tart and it was nice; nothing like bog standard English one nor like a Portuguese natas. Expensive at £3. The pastry was very soft.

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                                                                                        Samuelinthekitchen RE: cathodetube Feb 8, 2011 09:01 AM

                                                                                        I've had the tart and also quite enjoyed it. I really like their toast and have enjoyed their lamingtons and biscuits also. Agreed about the price though, that is rather expensive isn't it?

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                                                                                          cathodetube RE: Samuelinthekitchen Feb 8, 2011 09:08 AM

                                                                                          I thought the cupcakes looked good at £2. They also have very chunky flapjacks which I intend trying. Anyone tried the brownie? Although the custard tart was pleasant, don't think I would develop any sort of craving for it thankfully as it is expensive at £3.

                                                                                  2. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Feb 19, 2011 04:53 AM

                                                                                    Have just had lunch in the new Thai place which opened today - Kaosarn. Pleased to report that it's really good with proper levels of spicing. More later.

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                                                                                      helix RE: greedygirl Feb 19, 2011 06:19 AM

                                                                                      Beaten to the first review! Also in Kaosarn for lunch today. So good to eat Thai food in the UK with clear spices and herbs and with proper levels of heat. Pungent, garlicky and hot papaya salad; grilled pork with a salty dip; and a green chicken curry - generous with the kaffir lime leaves and basil. With two soft drinks and two sticky rice: £25. Basic cafe, no licence.

                                                                                      (Subsequently overdid it at the churros and dulce de leche stall round the corner.)

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                                                                                        brokentelephone RE: helix Feb 19, 2011 06:34 AM

                                                                                        Damn, I went to Brixton Village yday and decided against the Thai in favour of that Colombian place (which was really really awful, though the empanada was OK).

                                                                                        We ordered an empanada at the butcher place which was great, jerk chicken from that place near the thai which was OK at best, coffee and cakes at federation which was excellent, and finally some really crap Colombian stuff at the sit-down place.

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                                                                                          cathodetube RE: brokentelephone Feb 19, 2011 06:39 AM

                                                                                          By butcher place, do you mean the place that had the arepas and churros outside?
                                                                                          And what do you mean by sit-down place?

                                                                                          1. re: cathodetube
                                                                                            brokentelephone RE: cathodetube Feb 19, 2011 07:10 AM

                                                                                            The butcher place is the one with the arepas being cooked outside (this place has awesome empanadas), and the sit-down place is inside of the Brixton Village market. Everyone seemed to be eating different things that I ordered and seemed to be enjoying their food so perhaps I just ordered wrong, but the steak that came w/the meat arepa was truly disgusting.

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                                                                                            greedygirl RE: brokentelephone Feb 19, 2011 07:12 AM

                                                                                            Wasn't open yesterday. First day was today.

                                                                                            Which Colombian - there are three iirc.

                                                                                          3. re: helix
                                                                                            greedygirl RE: helix Feb 19, 2011 07:11 AM

                                                                                            My thread, dude. ;-)

                                                                                            Also had the grilled pork and the papaya salad - lovely balance of flavours. A bit too much carrot and not enough papaya though, perhaps reflecting how costly green papayas are here. Mr GG had some exemplary spring rolls, perfectly crisp and not at all greasy with generous filling. And he had pad thai, which was as good as any I've had in Thailand.

                                                                                            You can bring your own booze. We'll be back.

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                                                                                              Sharmila RE: greedygirl Feb 19, 2011 08:49 AM

                                                                                              Ha, I was also eyeing up the new Thai place today - was pleased to see laab, som tam and grilled chicken on the menu. Going to try it out next week.

                                                                                              Had to settle for a lovely cortado and really tasty savoury feta and pumpkin muffin loaf in Federation instead.

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                                                                                                gembellina RE: Sharmila Feb 19, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                                                Sounds like there were a lot of us at BV today! I didn't notice the thai place though, will have to go back for another look. Had a flat white and a peach and coconut friand at Federation for "breakfast", a slice of spicy pepperoni pizza at Agile Rabbit for "lunch" ten minutes later, did my grocery shopping then shared a lamb and a saltfish pattie from a guy outside, along with a blow-your-head-off home-made root ginger beer. Yum! Best coffee I've had in a long time.

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                                                                                                  cathodetube RE: gembellina Feb 19, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                                                                  I did notice the Thai place last week when I was there. It was still being fixed up. Good to know that the food is worth a visit. I love the friands at Federation. Peach and coconut sounds wonderful.

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                                                                                                limster RE: greedygirl Feb 20, 2011 10:28 AM

                                                                                                Enjoyed the moo ping/grilled pork too! Great tender texturing, probably from the marination process, with lots of good caramelised scorched surfaces (probably grilled on a flat surface rather than a grill). Excellent sauce, a prominent sour, followed by spicy heat, then a finish of salty umami, the sourness just right against the slight oiliness from the grill.

                                                                                                The pad thai is also an excellent example, just the right amount of spice and peanuts, the perfect amount of moisture, the noodles remaining springy rather than being a gummy mess in lesser places. Prawns just the right texture (although the ripping tenderness of the ones in Sedap's char kway teow are slightly better). Enhanced by bits of tiny dried prawns.

                                                                                                102 Old St, Islington, Greater London EC1V 9, GB

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                                                                                                  greedygirl RE: limster Feb 20, 2011 11:28 AM

                                                                                                  The dipping sauce for the pork was good. One of the ladies running the place said they were trying to serve food just like they'd eat at home. She also said they'd make anything we wanted! Can't wait to try some other dishes.

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                                                                                                    Sharmila RE: greedygirl Feb 20, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                                                                    This makes me very happy to hear! I generally despair at the standards of Thai food in London (and as I don't work in West London anymore, I very rarely get over to the lovely Thai supermarket in Shepherds Bush Road). I hope this place lives up to its billing when I (hopefully) go this week.

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                                                                                                      limster RE: greedygirl Feb 20, 2011 12:44 PM

                                                                                                      Yeah, it was a really impressive sauce, truly multifaceted. They're from Bangkok, so I'm guessing that central Thai dishes would be more along their lines.

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                                                                                                        NorthernFood RE: limster Feb 24, 2011 01:55 PM

                                                                                                        Had lunch at the Thai place yesterday. Chicken stir fried with chilli & holy basil, with rice and a fried egg (kao pad kao prao or similar?) Enjoyed it, nicely cooked chicken, rice and a perfect egg, crispy bits of white giving it texture and the yolk adding richness. Needed a bit more chilli and basil though. The staff were lovely, friendly and genuinely keen to impress.

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                                                                                                          Sharmila RE: NorthernFood Feb 25, 2011 12:24 AM

                                                                                                          Does anyone know what time the Thai places and other food businesses shut up shop on a Friday? I know they are meant to stay open later, but trying to plan if I have time to hot foot it down there after an earlier cinema showing.

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                                                                                                      limster RE: limster Mar 5, 2011 12:55 PM

                                                                                                      More on Khaosarn:

                                                                                                      The roast chicken with som tam and sticky rice is merely ok. Somewhat dry chicken, but good flavour from the penetrating marinate. Som tom/green papaya salad is as greedygirl's description -- too much carrot too little papaya, the dressing well balanced, but could be much more spicy hot. A good work around is to look for the little bird chilli in the salad, break it open to expose the seeds, and retoss to spread the warmth. Sticky rice is very good - moist, glutinous, but not pasty.

                                                                                                      Green curry (had mine with chicken which was very tender) had well calibrated spicing -- sweetness to contrast the spicy heat and rich coconut milk, a fair amount of intricate aromatic spicing that is rounded off by basil. Aubergine cubes, peas form the standard accessories in this curry.

                                                                                                      Crispy fried seabass is finished with a sweetish sauce, perked up with a bit of chilli, elevated by basil, grounded with garlic and brightened with a lovely note of tang, from lemongrass or lime leaves or both.

                                                                                                      Tom yam soup fits the classic mould - sour and spice coming together wonderfully, along with the standard mushrooms and prawns.

                                                                                                      I'm beginning to suspect that they're better at the central Thai dishes, rather than Issan Thai cooking. Will be back to try more stuff.

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                                                                                                        limster RE: limster Apr 24, 2011 11:27 AM

                                                                                                        Kaosarn is shaping up to be one of my favourites, having tried several dishes on different occasions and some dishes more than once. Depth, complexity, and balance, with good consistency from meal to meal.

                                                                                                        Another version of the fried seabass comes with a green mango salad with just a right amount of acidity, sweetness and chilli heat to contrast the fried fish. Nuanced crushed peanuts and savoury bits of dried shrimp that adds to the multifaceted nature of the dish.

                                                                                                        Massaman curry had the rounded richness of coconut milk, a solid foundation of earthy spices, and a perfect current of tamarind sourness.

                                                                                                        Glorious fried chicken, this time with som tom that had the perfect amount of green papaya.

                                                                                                        Tasty noodle soups -- using the tom yam base, layered with minced pork, gently springy flat rice noodles, crispy battered fried prawns, crunchy vegetables.

                                                                                                        Lemongrass flavoured fried pork ribs were only good, tender and juicy, but an extra shade of lemongrass would be even better.

                                                                                                        Excellent vegetables spring rolls, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and slightly peppery.

                                                                                                        Snappy prawns contrast with soft minced pork and slippery mung bean vermicelli in the yum woon sen. Again perfectly dressed with sweetness, a citrusy sour and chilli heat in harmony.

                                                                                                        A stir fry of sliced tender chicken breast, wonderful with clusters of thai green peppercorn that pop beautiful with each bite, giving off a soft piquant burst, enhancing the light coconut based sauce flavoured with airy thai basil and tangy lime leaves.

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                                                                                                        cathodetube RE: limster Mar 6, 2011 11:46 AM

                                                                                                        Enjoyed the pad thai today after an appetizer of aubergine fritters at Islander's Kitchen.

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                                                                                                          cathodetube RE: limster Mar 13, 2011 12:01 PM

                                                                                                          I almost had the moo ping as an appetizer but instead went for the disappointing spring rolls. Will have those next time!

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                                                                                                      Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Feb 25, 2011 12:59 AM

                                                                                                      Had dinner there last night, sad to report didn't love it. Everything was ok, just didn't think it was that great. The notable exception was a very lovely green papaya salad. The Satay chicken was also nice enough. I didn't hate it, but wouldn't rush back. Others seem to have really enjoyed, so maybe it was just an off night.

                                                                                                    4. Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Feb 20, 2011 11:59 AM

                                                                                                      quick note - thrilled to hear the Thai place is up to it, I adore good Thai so am very excited to try it. Had a lovely brunch at Breads etc. Fabulous sausage, very good home-made baked beans and quite good mushrooms. The breads served to toast were utterly fabulous. A huge plus for me was the startlingly good and strong coffee. Loved it. I hadn't realised that they actually roast their beans on premises, which is such a lovely touch and a real commitment to quality. I'm becoming quite the fan of the place.

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                                                                                                        gembellina RE: Samuelinthekitchen Feb 21, 2011 12:59 AM

                                                                                                        I'm so glad there's another, slightly secret, branch of Breads - I do like going to the one on Clapham High st but having to queue outside for half an hour BEFORE breakfast is so not cool!

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                                                                                                          cathodetube RE: gembellina Mar 13, 2011 11:58 AM

                                                                                                          I tried one of their brownies the other week and was incredibly disappointed. They were small and dry. They seemed stale and were expensive at £2. The granola bar/flapjack thingy I also had was very good though. The brownies at Wild Caper are much better and are made by Choc Star.

                                                                                                      2. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Feb 23, 2011 09:17 AM

                                                                                                        Cornercopia are doing a special South-East Asian weekend on 11&12 March, following their travels in Laos and Cambodia. Might be worth a look. Sadly I'm working.

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                                                                                                          cathodetube RE: greedygirl Feb 25, 2011 03:46 AM

                                                                                                          Re the Federation friands - I asked them what was in the recipe as the first one I had tasted very almondy - in a good way - and they said they were mostly ground almonds, with the exception of one spoonful of flour in the whole recipe. So nearly gluten free - but not quite!

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                                                                                                            greedygirl RE: cathodetube Feb 25, 2011 03:51 AM

                                                                                                            I've made friands with ground pistachios before - they were really good.

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                                                                                                              PhilD RE: cathodetube Feb 25, 2011 01:49 PM

                                                                                                              They also have a fair whack of icing sugar in them so not a low calorie option. All friands are nut based (usually almonds) but they all usually have some flour in them as well.

                                                                                                            2. limster RE: greedygirl Mar 5, 2011 12:57 PM

                                                                                                              • WAG (Wheat and Gluten free)
                                                                                                              A good crusty eclair, made crunchy with a surface coat of chocolate that gave off a good crackling snap. Wouldn't hurt to have more cream, but it's a quibble. Decent price at £1.50 but certainly not a huge bargain.

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                                                                                                                cathodetube RE: greedygirl Mar 6, 2011 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                A new shop called Ms. Cupcake (of Greenwich Market fame ) is due to open in April and until then she has a table outside the shop on Sat/Sun selling her wares. Everything vegan and some are gluten free. I tried a sample of the Jaffa cake and it was very moist and delicious. Bought a few to take away. This shop is in the Market Row part.

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                                                                                                                  limster RE: cathodetube Mar 6, 2011 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                  I tried the moccachino and found it too sweet for me. Good texture as you described, but I wanted a bit more coffee and choc flavour out of that one.

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                                                                                                                    cathodetube RE: limster Mar 6, 2011 03:05 PM

                                                                                                                    I bought 3 to take away and cut each one in half - butterscotch which I didn't care for as the frosting was too sweet (it also had an aftertaste but my dog enjoyed it!); the triple choc which was pretty good but I can make better and the vanilla one which I really liked. The texture on that cake was more like a victoria sandwich sponge ie. quite large and slightly grainy. I would like to try her lemon as well as the peanut butter ones when available. I think the texture in the Jaffa one was a lot more moist than any of the ones I bought.

                                                                                                                    Have you tried the salted caramel and chocolate pie at Federation? Had it last week and they were selling it again today in smaller pieces and at a smaller price as well. My new favourite dessert. I'm not a big dessert eater either.

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                                                                                                                      limster RE: cathodetube Mar 6, 2011 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                      Yep just had the caramel choc pie today - enjoyed it too - went well with the coffee I had, especially since I leave out sugar in my coffee and left the sweet stuff fill in that gap.

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                                                                                                                        cathodetube RE: limster Mar 13, 2011 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                        No caramel chocolate pie today, and the friands were all gone! So I tried an Anzac biscuit which was surprisingly good, very moist and chewy. At only 80p it's a bargain to accompany to a cup of coffee.

                                                                                                                        I tried the Thai place again for lunch and had the spring rolls as a starter. Wouldn't bother with them again. Nothing special and really quite boring. I also had a king prawn pineapple red curry which was pretty good, but I don't recall having anything similar before so nothing to compare it to.

                                                                                                                        Ms. Cupcake was there again today and I bought some home to try including peanut butter, lemon, and Ferraro Rocher. The sample cupcake was a Bounty Bar and the cakey part was lovely if you like coconut - I do.

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                                                                                                                          gembellina RE: cathodetube Mar 13, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                          No friands yesterday either! I went for the chocolate and salted caramel square, which has a good thick layer of caramel and a base more like Hobnobs than the usual shortbread.

                                                                                                                          I also had Thai for lunch, a really brilliant kra prow with pork and a perfectly fried egg. Lots of fresh chillies and wonderfully pungent holy basil, on a par with some of the better versions I had in Thailand. The table across from me had some battered vegetables to start which looked good - very light and golden - has anyone tried?

                                                                                                                          Is the arepa place the one opposite the thai place?

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                                                                                                                            cathodetube RE: gembellina Mar 13, 2011 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                            The person in the queue before me got the last friand! I haven't seen the chocolate and salted caramel square yet, although they were mentioned today when I asked if they had any of the tart hidden away.

                                                                                                                            The arepa place that Limster mentioned and that I have tried is in Pope's Road. They are cooked outside the restaurant.

                                                                                                                            There seems to be two Columbian places inside the Village, one opposite the Thai place and one in one of the little side 'roads'. The one in the side road has a few tables outside but looks more like a cafe inside and seems to be regularly busy. I wonder if anyone has tried there. Lots of people were walking out with take-away containers.

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                                                                                                                  klyeoh RE: greedygirl Mar 14, 2011 10:50 PM

                                                                                                                  Am visiting Hound from Singapore. Brixton Market was pretty quiet last Sunday, with most of the shops closed - which amplified the activity going on at one bustling, newish spot: Restaurante Santafereno, serving Colombian staples like ajiaco (which everyone seemed to be having) and that cholesterol-busting, heart-attack-on-a-plate Bandeja Paisa (a Medellin speciality) which consisted of grilled chorizo, beefsteak, crisp-skinned deep-fried pork belly (chicharron), a chewy cornmeal patty (arepa), plantains, steamed white rice, stewed kidney beans-potato, a wedge of fresh avocado and shredded lettuce on the side. Loved everything there! Really, really wished Singapore has someplace like Brixton Market.
                                                                                                                  Thanks to fellow Hound limster for organizing this.

                                                                                                                  Restaurante Santafereno
                                                                                                                  Entrance on Coldharbour Lane, London, England SW9 8PS, United Kingdom

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                                                                                                                    cathodetube RE: klyeoh Mar 15, 2011 04:52 AM

                                                                                                                    That is the place I meant in my posting above yours but couldn't remember the name of. It seemed like a real neighbourhood place.

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                                                                                                                      gembellina RE: cathodetube Mar 15, 2011 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                      Ah ok I'm on the same track now. It's always been rammed when I've been there.

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                                                                                                                        cathodetube RE: gembellina Mar 15, 2011 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                        The address on the link doesn't match up to its location inside the Village though. Or does it have an entry on the outside which is in Station Road? I didn't go inside. The place with the arepas being cooked outside is in Pope's Road.

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                                                                                                                          t_g RE: cathodetube Mar 15, 2011 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                          the place w/ the arepas outside is Las Americas

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                                                                                                                            klyeoh RE: cathodetube Mar 15, 2011 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                            It's indeed inside - but I can only manage to link up with the closest placemark on Google Maps :-(

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                                                                                                                        Samuelinthekitchen RE: klyeoh Mar 15, 2011 06:10 AM

                                                                                                                        that place is awesome, they also do a mean breakfast. The thing I love is that flank steak is about £6. Seriously amazing value

                                                                                                                      3. limster RE: greedygirl Mar 20, 2011 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                        • Brixton Ice Cream (I might not have the name right but it's next to Franco Manca in Brixton Market)
                                                                                                                        Good ice cream -- very soft, creamy, and expressive flavours (I tried coconut and vanilla, the latter teeming with vanilla bean).

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                                                                                                                          cathodetube RE: limster Mar 20, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                          Oh bah, I went near FM today but didn't see it! Noticed that Goodbench was open on today for the first time. Ms. Cupcake sadly was not there because I loved the cupcakes I got there last week - peanut butter, hazelnut and lemon so was looking to sample some more.

                                                                                                                          I did have a crepe tasting at Brick Box which I thoroughly recommend. Will be back.

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                                                                                                                          gembellina RE: greedygirl Mar 23, 2011 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                          Have booked a table for a birthday dinner at Cornercopia and now am looking for a drinking place for afterwards. Is there anywhere nice nearby? Ideally with cocktails and without loud music!

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                                                                                                                            greedygirl RE: gembellina Mar 23, 2011 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                            Hive used to have a quite nice bar upstairs. Haven't been for ages so don't know if it still does.

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                                                                                                                              Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Mar 24, 2011 04:31 AM

                                                                                                                              it's still quite good, had birthday drinks there recently. The only thing about it is that the crowd is unpredictable. sometimes it is totally rammed and other times deserted, and never for an apparent reason.

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                                                                                                                                gembellina RE: Samuelinthekitchen Mar 24, 2011 04:38 AM

                                                                                                                                ok, Hive it probably is. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                              Samuelinthekitchen RE: gembellina Mar 24, 2011 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                              more generally, it's sadly the one thing Brixton has little of. A few good and fun cocktail bars down there would really round the place off nicely.

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                                                                                                                                gembellina RE: gembellina Apr 10, 2011 03:19 AM

                                                                                                                                Hmm had my dinner at Cornercopia last night and didn't love it - it was a bit more basic than I was expecting it to be, and I'm not sure the lady is a natural at front-of-house. The food had flashes of brilliance, particularly the starters, but the mains and puddings were more at the level of good home cooking. Nice English wine though, excellent prices, and a cute little dining room.

                                                                                                                                Good cocktails at Hive, thanks for the recommendation =)

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                                                                                                                                  cathodetube RE: gembellina Apr 11, 2011 04:59 AM

                                                                                                                                  I have eaten there once, on a Sunday, and had ham, parsley sauce and hash brown type fried potatoes but in chunks. The potatoes were not cooked properly and were in varying sizes. The larger pieces were inedible. I pointed this out and they took the plate away and about ten minutes later brought me back a new plate. Better but not great. I was disappointed and haven't returned. The service is incredibly muted. Cost was £9. The ham was fine but quite salty.

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                                                                                                                                    greedygirl RE: cathodetube Apr 16, 2011 12:58 AM

                                                                                                                                    I've always had excellent food at Cornercopia, so am disappointed to read this.

                                                                                                                              2. Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Apr 1, 2011 03:39 AM

                                                                                                                                probably of interest to no one, but I've put my dinner at Cornercopia last night on Flickr. The meal was superb. The real thrill for me was the Kernel Porter Ale, what a treat!


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                                                                                                                                  gemuse RE: Samuelinthekitchen Apr 2, 2011 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                  Great photos, Samuelinthekitchen. I wish you had some commentary to describe the dishes. The salad looks amazing-- peas and pea shoots? And the porter-- is it local? Pork chops? Pie? Crumble? It all looks so fantastic. Thanks for the vicarious visit to Cornercopia.

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                                                                                                                                    Samuelinthekitchen RE: gemuse Apr 2, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                    the salad was peas, pea shoots, broad beans and mint and was the absolute star of the show, just stunning. The chops are actually lamp, and if i were honest, cut maybe a little thick for my tastes, but still very very good. The Kernel Brewery is in Bermondsy and if they're putting out beer of this quality, consistently then my gosh they have a future! http://londonist.com/2010/11/london_b... . My friend had the pie so i can't really speak to it other than to say he enjoyed it enormously.

                                                                                                                                    The rhubarb crumble was gorgeous with clotted cream.

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                                                                                                                                      t_g RE: Samuelinthekitchen Apr 10, 2011 04:47 AM

                                                                                                                                      yeah kernel's great! they're at maltby st market, highly recommended

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                                                                                                                                        gemuse RE: Samuelinthekitchen Apr 10, 2011 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                        That sounds wonderful, esp. the salad. Thanks for updating details. Never heard of Kernel Brewery either.

                                                                                                                                  2. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Apr 10, 2011 11:26 PM

                                                                                                                                    Has anyone tried the new Portuguese churrasco place, which opened at the weekend next to Brick Box in the site of the old Olive Garden? They were still refurbishing it when I passed by on Wednesday, but it was looking very smart, with chandeliers! It's called Brixton Village, which has caused some raised eyebrows amongst the other traders!

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                                                                                                                                      cathodetube RE: greedygirl Apr 11, 2011 03:34 AM

                                                                                                                                      I saw it yesterday and the name was a bit startling! Never had any good Portuguese food in this country so am interested to see what they will be serving. I bought a vegetable fritter from the vegan stall in the Sunday market, which was served with delicious homemade chilli sauce so I was very full.

                                                                                                                                    2. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Apr 16, 2011 12:59 AM

                                                                                                                                      I *think* the new Japanese place has opened - they seemed to be having an opening party last night. Apparently it specialises in Japanese pancakes, and the lady that runs it used to have a stall in Brick Lane. Hopefully we will be able to investigate further at the Chowdown later.

                                                                                                                                      1. limster RE: greedygirl Apr 17, 2011 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                                        Brief chowdown report - hope the others will chime in with more details.

                                                                                                                                        • Brixton Village (the Portugese Churrasco)
                                                                                                                                        Superb chips; I like them more than the ones from Bar Boulud or Koffman's. The cross section of these chips are relatively flat, providing more surface area per volume, and thus more of the very lightly crisp and golden brown exterior. Pleasantly soft on the inside, without much grain. And somehow rather savoury in taste. (Beef fat in the fryer?) The Bull and Last triple cooked chips might be superior in technique, but they're a slightly different animal. Also, £5.50 for steak and chips is a steal, considering how solid the steak was.

                                                                                                                                        Generally competent grilled items at reasonable prices. Other highlight for me was the creamy chicken liver pate. We ate lots, will let others add their impressions here.

                                                                                                                                        • Etta's Seafood
                                                                                                                                        I think the general impression, from the various fried items (mussels, crab fritters, squid), the seafood curry, soup (slightly powdery in texture) and curry crab, was that it was not bad but not great. There seemed to be a general longing for more kick in the curry and more punch and spice.

                                                                                                                                        • Custard Tart from Breads etc.
                                                                                                                                        This one had a good crust, very crumbly, breaking down into very fine crumbs. The custard was delicate and wobbly, and the nutmeg just right. While I slightly prefer the denser custard from the version at Eat My Pies stall at Broadway/Brick Lane/White Cross markets, this was delicious and seemingly well received.

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                                                                                                                                          cathodetube RE: limster Apr 17, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                          Walked past Brixton Village a few times today and it was empty. Will have to try the steak and chips deal. I did consider it today but I wasn't hungry.

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                                                                                                                                            Paprikaboy RE: limster Apr 18, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                                            I would echo many of Limsters points.

                                                                                                                                            Brixton Village (the Portugese Churrasco)

                                                                                                                                            The grilled items were generally competently cooked.
                                                                                                                                            The ribs lacked fat and were somewhat chewy. Both the seabass and sardines were well grilled and simply presented letting the fish speak for themselves.
                                                                                                                                            The standout dish was the chicken liver pate, with good texture and enough fat to give a good flavour. The accompanying bread was also very good,

                                                                                                                                            Ettas Seafood.

                                                                                                                                            Can't really add much to Limsters comments. I was a bit dissapointed with spicing as it was a bit lack lustre. I epecially wanted to try the crab fritters Whilst the batter was good and crisp there wasn't any definitive crab flavour.

                                                                                                                                            The custard tart from Breads etc was the star of the show. Perfect pastry, a good wobbly texture on the custard (which I prefer to a harder texture )and judicious spicing with the nutmeg. I went and got one just for myself and would head back there just for the tart.

                                                                                                                                          2. limster RE: greedygirl Apr 24, 2011 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                            There's a gelato place that's opening soon in Brixton Village. Curious to see how good it is.

                                                                                                                                            1. greedygirl RE: greedygirl May 1, 2011 01:04 AM

                                                                                                                                              So Jay Rayner's well and truly let the cat out of the bag with a review of Kaosarn in today's Observer. Bizarrely, he got the name wrong!


                                                                                                                                              1. limster RE: greedygirl May 2, 2011 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                • Luis Feijoa, Brixon Market
                                                                                                                                                A fairly solid and geenrous rendition of feijoada, a dark rich stew, smoky in parts and meaty, dotted with nice black beans. Toasted manioc flour/farofa adds a toasty and sandy texture to the thick stew, providing a nice textural contrast. Spared with rice, a sparing side of couve/sliced collard greens and some pickles for contrast. They also provide a good chilli sauce, oily, smoky and peppery. Then finally a slice of orange. Pretty good on the whole, even if it's not the best of its kind; not bad for £6.

                                                                                                                                                The picanha/a particular cut of Brazilian beef, looked impressive and seems to be a good deal at £10.

                                                                                                                                                1. limster RE: greedygirl May 2, 2011 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Besides the Japanese place, there's also a gelato place and a burger place coming up in Brixton Village. Hope to hear reports when they open.

                                                                                                                                                  1. limster RE: greedygirl May 5, 2011 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                    • Breadroom, Brixton Market
                                                                                                                                                    A new bakery shop that just opened today, selling bread and other baked goods. A soft and moist "mini cake" (their term) with blueberries was very nice, with just the right level of sweetness for me. A well baked biscuit with hazelnuts and almonds and chocolate chips, sparse enough to provide contrast with the biscuit itself which was very darkly tanned, breaking with a satisfying snap to give rise to a fine powdery crumb. Tarts in the cooled display case looked gorgeous.

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                                                                                                                                                      greedygirl RE: limster May 5, 2011 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I walked past yesterday and they were still closed. Trust you to get there before me!

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                                                                                                                                                        limster RE: greedygirl May 5, 2011 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I just happened to be in the area for dinner today. Breadroom does have lots of stuff, and what I had was at the level of good to very good but not great. Was wondering what the rest of it is like, and will be great to hear more.

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                                                                                                                                                        limster RE: limster May 21, 2011 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Very solid Quiche Lorraine, good flavour in the bacon, generous salad of rocket and cherry tomatoes. Crust was very slightly soggy, so room for improvement there. A good warm and crisp ham and cheese croissant, doing justice to the classic combination, freshly toasted in the oven just to melt the cheese a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                          cathodetube RE: limster May 21, 2011 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Where was this?

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                                                                                                                                                            limster RE: cathodetube May 21, 2011 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Sorry - that was Breadroom.

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                                                                                                                                                              limster RE: limster May 21, 2011 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Also had the lemon meringue tart -- great meringue -- just the right sticky, puffy consistency, and nicely torched on the surface. I especially liked the balance between the amount of sweet sour lemon filling and the meringue, nearly equal amounts of both. Crust, and the slice of lime were ok.

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                                                                                                                                                                limster RE: limster May 22, 2011 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                The caneles at Breadroom were disappointing. Soft rather than crunchy on the outside, the insides rather leaden, rather than custardy.

                                                                                                                                                                Almond croissant was pretty good, somewhat crisp, very sweet, fairly nice almond paste on the inside. Not as good as the one I had from the Nightingale in Clapham, but there was a couple of years ago (updates anyone).

                                                                                                                                                      3. limster RE: greedygirl May 21, 2011 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                        • LabG (Brixton Village)
                                                                                                                                                        A new and very good gelateria, thick, creamy and very smooth gelati, Scoop-like in texture. Expressive flavours that very much fit the classical expectations of the what these flavours should be. Perhaps the flavours are not as multifaceted like Dri Dri (e.g. compare the pistachio, where Dri Dri has a slightly more complex raw quality), but LabG's version is certainly equally intense and balanced, and somewhat more seamless. Love to hear how other hounds think, especially with a newly opened place where things might still be in flux.

                                                                                                                                                        The Japanese place looks to be opening soon; tables and chairs are in there already.

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                                                                                                                                                          limster RE: limster Jun 7, 2011 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                          LabG's Tutti Frutti, a blend of fruits, is good -- could taste the strawberry and mango in it, can't remember the 2 other fruits.

                                                                                                                                                        2. limster RE: greedygirl May 29, 2011 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                          • El Rancho de Lalo

                                                                                                                                                          Chicharron, a hunk of fried fatty pork sliced at intervals but still attached at the skin, is outstanding. Lots of porky flavour, the fat custard-like in texture, and a blunt crunch on the rinds, finishing off with a little bit of meatiness. Hereford Road's pork belly is roughly in the same league, and the roast pork belly at Gold Mine more crisp but with firmer and less custardly fat. This came as part of a generous bandeja paisa, of which the other good things included the savoury rib-sticking kidney beans and sharp sour pickled onion. A spicy garlicky sausage was pleasant, the thin fillet of beef somewhat tough. Plantains, a better than average arepa (most versions have a stryfoam like texture, this wasn't as bad), avocado and a fried egg complete the picture.

                                                                                                                                                          BTW, the Japanese place is opening on Wed, according to a sign on their window.

                                                                                                                                                          Hereford Road
                                                                                                                                                          3 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB, GB

                                                                                                                                                          1. limster RE: greedygirl Jun 8, 2011 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                            • Okonomikyaki place

                                                                                                                                                            Not bad but nothing special. The oknomiyaki with squid, prawns, kimchi (very, perhaps overly, mild) and the usual cabbage and melange of sauces and condiments (bonito flakes, mayo, brown okonomiyaki sauce, seaweed flakes) wasn't that different from the ones in Brick Lane Market. Omu soba, a thin omelette wrap over yakisoba was also in the same level. Pleasant, if a bit skimpy on the meat and veg. The dorayaki, chubby Japanese pancakes sandwiching adzuki/red bean paste, also fell into the not bad category; it did come a little cool from the fridge. Certainly not as good as the ones that I've had from the Wagashi Japanese Bakery which are available even in many Japanese chains.

                                                                                                                                                            Looks like the burger place will be the next to open.

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                                                                                                                                                              cathodetube RE: limster Jun 25, 2011 06:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I didn't see this before I posted below. The owner runs the Brick Lane place.

                                                                                                                                                            2. limster RE: greedygirl Jun 16, 2011 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                              More new places:

                                                                                                                                                              • Elephant Cafe (where Islander's Kitchen used to be)
                                                                                                                                                              A Pakistani place, according to their signage. Keema samosa filled with a moderate amount of minced lamb and peas, light on the spicing, the crust more crunchy than crispy. Served with raita with sliced quarters of cucumbers, and light salad of (iirc) tomatoes, cucumber, onion, the dressing providing a nice contrast to the samosa.

                                                                                                                                                              A thali with chicken curry consisted of the above raita and salad, along with rice, half a naan (slightly flat without the big blistery surface and slightly more crusty than usual), good chicken curry (more of the tumeric, coriander spectrum of spices, with very tender chicken, and seemingly grounded with onion as well) and a pleasant daal, earthy with appropriately soft lumps.

                                                                                                                                                              Somewhat home-cooking-ish, and fairly enjoyable if basic. But that seems to be what they're going for.

                                                                                                                                                              • Honest Burgers
                                                                                                                                                              I like the some coarser than most ground texture in their patties, with a pretty good if slightly lighter beef flavour. A nice amount of flavour in the greasy drippings soaked up by the bun, good juicy moisture in the patty. Just enough cheese to make their presence felt (blue cheese or cheddar), but not enough to overwhelm the burger. Bun (too brioche-like for me) was a little too sweet for me but was otherwise nice, maybe a little denser, with sesame seeds on top would be great. I think that the meat/cheese/bun balance was pretty good, but would be more than happy to get a slightly bigger, thicker patty, even if I had to pay a quid or 2 more. Burgers are £6.50-8 depending on contents.

                                                                                                                                                              Triple cooked chips were crunchy and crisp on the outside, but dry and slighyly crumbly on the inside rather fluffy. Seemed seasoned with some herb or spice, not absolutely sure.

                                                                                                                                                              I think it's a very promising start (they probably opened Tues, if the sign last weekend was accurate), and I would certainly go back. Liked it more than the Meatwagon burger which was roughly the same price, although I consider the Meatwagon's burger to be only pretty good, not great.

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                                                                                                                                                                emusinthezone RE: limster Jun 17, 2011 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I agree with this, except I wouldn't rate it higher than the Meatwagon's burger (although I consider it to be great and not just pretty good). I actually liked the brioche-ness of the bun and it's promising that they seem to put effort into sourcing all the aspects of the burger and not just the meat. For the price I think the patty needs to be slightly larger though, and cooked rarer (the two issues are probably one and the same). The chips I think were seasoned with rosemary, and they were lovely - almost more like roasted wedges than triple cooked chips.

                                                                                                                                                                I would go back but I do think the patties should be slightly larger - I had to get an arepa afterwards to properly fill me up. A good addition to BVM nevertheless.

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                                                                                                                                                                  limster RE: emusinthezone Jun 18, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  We had the opposite problem -- got our burgers slightly rarer than the requested medium rare. Will have to see how consistent they are.

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                                                                                                                                                                  cathodetube RE: limster Jun 24, 2011 06:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Saw the place yesterday and was unable to have a burger as I had just had a lunch at the new Japanese place across from Cornercopia. I know very little about Japanese food but had the set lunch on offer which consisted of a pork omelette - can't remember the Japanese name - which contained kimchi, green onions, a type of kale, Kewpie mayo, and Japanese brown sauce. Served with a bowl of miso soup and a salad of really fresh leaves from the owner's husband's vegetable patch. Very enjoyable and friendly service. At the moment only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Owner has a stall at Brick Lane on Sundays.

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                                                                                                                                                                    greedygirl RE: limster Jul 7, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Went to Elephant for lunch and really enjoyed it. My vegetable curry with rice was nicely spiced and came with raita. Mr GG and my friend had Tha is, which they liked very much. Proper homestyle Pakistani cooking - howler would approve!

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                                                                                                                                                                      howler RE: greedygirl Jul 8, 2011 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      sounds great! you should definitely try out the kheema samosa limster mentions above - very moreish, the dream of every kid.

                                                                                                                                                                      and congratulations - for discovering brixton village, writing it up on chowhound and in the process generating what surely must be the largest thread on the uk board.

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                                                                                                                                                                        greedygirl RE: howler Jul 8, 2011 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I will definitely be back - when I'm no longer on a diet!

                                                                                                                                                                        I wouldn't say I "discovered" BV - I just happen to live down the road and am pathologically nosy. Being a regular is having its own reward anyway - got a discount today on a bottle of good balsamic from Casa Sibilla!

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                                                                                                                                                                          howler RE: greedygirl Jul 8, 2011 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          being pathologically nosy is true chowhounding!

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                                                                                                                                                                      limster RE: limster Jul 17, 2011 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Honest Burger update - had their burger again recently (3rd time) and it was very good -- reasonable amount of cheddar, right level of onion relish, patty was just slight pink in the middle, juicy with a pleasant amount of greasiness to give it a gloss. Chips were appropriately crispy, although the rosemary salt seemed extraneous.

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                                                                                                                                                                        JFores RE: limster Jul 21, 2012 12:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I've been to Honest Burger quite a few times so far and I figured I should chime in. I haven't eaten at Meatwagon yet, but I really like this place. 7.00-8.50 for their standard burger offerings and that includes very tasty rosemary salted fries.

                                                                                                                                                                        The "special" they have on right now is one of the tastiest burgers I've ever had. Admittedly there's a lot on it and it does overwhelm the beef, but the current special consists of a burger topped with chorizo, roasted chilies, manchego, and caramelized onions. Again, it kind of overwhelms the meat, but it's delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                        I agree with Limster regarding the size of the burger as it's definitely of the "squashed meatball" variety of gourmet burgers, but I do like their brioche bun. Fluffy and tasty. Nice chunkier than average burger using quality meat at a good price. I really like this place!

                                                                                                                                                                        Pass on their version of coleslaw though. Bland and oddly sweet with the addition of fennel (one of my favorite vegetables) doing absolutely nothing positive for it at all. I'd much prefer that they just do a really good more American coleslaw rather than fail at some sort of new age attempt.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Jul 6, 2011 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        The secret is well and truly out now....


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                                                                                                                                                                          Paprikaboy RE: greedygirl Jul 8, 2011 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I'm sure Marina of the Metro just scans chowhound to decide where to review.

                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe we should post a review of a Albanian/Hawaiian fusion small plate BBQ place in Hoxton and see if she takes the bait.

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                                                                                                                                                                            emusinthezone RE: Paprikaboy Jul 8, 2011 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Tbh, it's a massive indictment of British restaurant columnists that BVM hasn't been written about extensively already, and that the biggest publicity it got before this was in the New York Times! It's not like it hasn't been around for ages or it's even a well-kept secret - so I can only assume it's the location that puts people off or they actually knew about it and were hoarding it for themselves (something I'd be slightly sympathetic towards). Marina is one of the better ones though, I suppose, and it's not like food bloggers have been any better.

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                                                                                                                                                                              greedygirl RE: emusinthezone Jul 8, 2011 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Jay Rayner reviewed Kaosarn a couple of months ago, and Etta's Seafood Kitchen was in the Standard, I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                emusinthezone RE: greedygirl Jul 8, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I know about Kaosarn. Considering Rayner lives in Brixton and regularly plunders chowhound I'm surprised it didn't get reviewed earlier.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  greedygirl RE: emusinthezone Jul 8, 2011 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  He would probably say he lived in Herne Hill.

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                                                                                                                                                                          relizabeth RE: greedygirl Jul 10, 2011 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          My husband and I ventured from Hackney to Brixton Village last night for dinner and then a gig nearby. We often assume that our neighborhood is the center of the universe, and, so, despite all this chowhound forewarning, we were absolutely stunned and charmed by the market and the exciting restaurants. We have 3 more weeks of living in London and will have to return to sample other establishments. We had a lovely dinner at a restaurant that has received great reviews on this board. UNTIL a pigeon shat all over us and our dessert. It was repulsive. The restaurant handled it exceedingly gracefully. Make sure, if you are sitting out in the arcades, that you do not sit under something a pigeon could possibly perch on! Some of the perches have pigeon proofing, some do not. Make sure you look before choosing your table.

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                                                                                                                                                                            cathodetube RE: relizabeth Jul 10, 2011 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            What a drag. Was it Kaosarn? I have sat outside there before and kept looking up apprehensively at the pigeons. I will stick to dining under cover.

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                                                                                                                                                                              brokentelephone RE: relizabeth Jul 10, 2011 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              That is so disgusting! I would have swallowed my cyanide pill and died on the spot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                zuriga1 RE: relizabeth Jul 10, 2011 11:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Aaargh - urban living at it's best. It reminds me of the city where I grew up - the pigeons were declared a public menace.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Nii RE: relizabeth Jul 17, 2011 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh crumbs! That sounds positively gross!

                                                                                                                                                                                  I ate at Brixton Village, which is the Portuguese grill place sharing the same name as the market. I ordered the spring chicken with rice and salad. The sides were forgettable, but the chicken was great: flavoursome, crispy and spicy hot. The owner was lovely too. Now i cast my mind back, I was sitting outside looking at the pigeons flying around wondering if they were going to crap on me - pest control may be needed, perhaps?

                                                                                                                                                                                  I took a jaunt past Honest Burgers before I went to BV and it was rammed to the rafters and as I was leaving it appeared to be even busier! I'm intrigued now...I think that's the next place to hit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Colin4May RE: relizabeth Aug 1, 2011 10:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh that's so unfortunate. Happened to me in Rome, while dining ouitside. The waiters just laughed!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. limster RE: greedygirl Jul 17, 2011 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Jamaican patty place
                                                                                                                                                                                    A postage stamp sized place across from Take Two, facing the road, easily missed. They seem to make their own patties -- a somewhat crumbly pastry that flaked softly into tiny dense leaves. Just a little filling in the chicken version, but full of chickeny flavours, a condensed chicken soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      limster RE: limster Oct 9, 2011 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      The beef patties are also good. Again, just a thin line of filling in the cross section, but intense flavouring. Ditto the callaloo patties - spicy but nicely balanced against the vegetable filling.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. limster RE: greedygirl Jul 20, 2011 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Looks like a place called Thai Deli (under construction) is replacing Goodbench in Brixton Market.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        klyeoh RE: limster Jul 20, 2011 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Interesting. Not another Isaan place, I hope. Too many "Thai" restaurants in London serve Isaan food, which is actually closer to Laotian food than other regional Thai cuisine from Central Thailand/Bangkok, North-West/Chiengmai, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Isaan is perhaps the poorest region in Thailand, which is probably why most Thai immigrants originated from there, and their food tend to be pretty austere - ultra-spicy, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          greedygirl RE: limster Jul 20, 2011 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting. Hadn't realised it was closing down. The sign on the door originally said closed for refurbishment. I guess Federation has won the battle of the cafés for the time being - it's always busy in there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            cathodetube RE: greedygirl Jul 20, 2011 10:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Probably also because Rosie's is next door and Wild Caper a stone's throw. They never had anything other than cake in there to eat from my recollection.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Samuelinthekitchen RE: limster Jul 20, 2011 11:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Not to be too mean, but i wasn't sorry to hear of GB's demise. I liked it for a while and then met the owner. Not such a nice chap

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                                                                                                                                                                                              cathodetube RE: limster Aug 3, 2011 02:32 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                              Just wondered how often you go to BV? Do you live nearby?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                limster RE: cathodetube Aug 3, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Not as often as I used to. I don't live nearby. For the time being, it's one of the most chowhound-ish areas I know of and I don't know how long it will remain thus. Better go there while it's good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                limster RE: limster Aug 7, 2011 04:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Pad Thai at Thai Deli (which I think opened this weekend) has a pretty good flavour, the typical light ketchupy sweet and sour, perked up by a squeeze of lime and the sides of crushed peanuts and ground chilli. The prawns in there were ever so slightly overcooked, lacking the rippy texture that one gets when they're done right (Sedap's a good example). Hope to hear more about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Rest of menu seems to cover various grilled starters (e.g. satay), several noodle dishes and the basic spectrum of Thai curries.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Colin4May RE: limster Aug 9, 2011 12:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I couldn't get to Brixton yesterday. High Street and tube shut following the riots. Don't know what shops have got damaged...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    greedygirl RE: Colin4May Aug 9, 2011 02:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mostly chains on the High St - KFC, Foot Locker, H&M

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      klyeoh RE: greedygirl Aug 9, 2011 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Keep safe, people! The riots made big news even in here Singapore - is it really that bad?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        zuriga1 RE: klyeoh Aug 9, 2011 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Of course, this is not the place for a political discussion, but let's just say the situation is worse than you could imagine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Colin4May RE: zuriga1 Aug 9, 2011 11:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank heavens it was quiet in Brixton and London last night. But manchester copped it. Madness. Will have a cycle down to Brixton today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            cathodetube RE: Colin4May Aug 10, 2011 05:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Look forward to hearing a report. Would like to visit in the next few days.

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Aug 17, 2011 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Word on the street is there are two new places opening - Beijing Street food and a Middle Eastern salad bar. Near the Agile Rabbit pizza place, apparently.b

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sharmila RE: greedygirl Aug 18, 2011 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Finally made it to Cornercopia on Saturday night and really loved it. Wonderful cos lettuce, bacon, onion puree and deep fried hens egg salad. My husband's pork pot au feu was also fab. Could happily eat there every week!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Noticed the okonomiyaki place, and keen to try. Beijing Street Food sounds very exciting! So many places to try out now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    greedygirl RE: Sharmila Aug 18, 2011 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Indeed. Just had lunch at Elephant again - my vegetarian thali was really good Pakistani home cooking. Very good samosa as well - well spiced, freshly cooked and not a hint of greasiness. Howler would approve.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Colin4May RE: greedygirl Aug 26, 2011 01:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hmm. The Middle Eastern Salad bar looks good. I was down the market there last week and my jamaican friend was buying oxtails and stuff from a big halal butcher, and I swear that there in polystyrened shrink-wrapped containers were what looked like Velociraptors skulls! OMG! Enough to make you go Veggie!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Aug 26, 2011 02:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Filippino place that I really liked (The Islanders Kitchen) has reopened but in a different location - it's upstairs now at the Living Bar on Coldharbour Lane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. greedygirl RE: greedygirl Sep 7, 2011 04:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tried Honest Burgers yesterday for lunch - I thought it was really good. It was quite busy too for a Tuesday lunchtime. And will only become more so, as Jay Rayner was raving about it on Twitter the other day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      In other news, was chatting to the lady who's running the Beijing Street food cafe. She's opening in two weeks apparently, and will be specialising in Beijing-style dumplings and pickles. It's just her and her mum, who used to run a street food stall in Beijing. Am excited about this one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also hear on the grapevine that a Mexican is opening in Market Row, opposite Wild Caper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mama Lan
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pork dumplings/guo1tie4/potstickers were pleasant -- slightly burnished at the bottom from crisping on the pan, the tops steamed. Solid skins of medium thickness, neither chewy nor mushy. OK pork filing with what looked like chinese chives/jiu3cai4. Refreshing and crisp pickles (cabbage, cucumber, carrot) on the side -- good contrast, and I like pickles. Chinkiang black vinegar for dipping. Other types of dumplings available, as well as a small selection of cold dishes/salad, e.g. seaweed or cold chili chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          cathodetube RE: limster Sep 24, 2011 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is that the Thai place near Ms. Cupcake?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            limster RE: cathodetube Sep 24, 2011 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nope - the Thai place is called something like Thai Deli - above: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6986...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is the new Chinese street food place in BV, at the corner across from the Agile Rabbit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. PhilD RE: greedygirl Oct 8, 2011 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good article from Jay Rayner in today's Observer and online in WOM: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. limster RE: greedygirl Oct 15, 2011 02:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • French and Grace (BV - next to Mama Lan's)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fairly nice wrap -- meguez had a pretty good lamb flavour, halloumi was slightly salty and somewhat savoury, the sweetness of shredded beetroot (and carrot?) worked well as support and contrast, along with mint (and orange?). The wrap itself was fine if a little tired texturally -- could have benefited from a bit of toasty heat. Pretty solid affogato, topped with toasted almond slices, although the one I had from LabG a few weeks ago was superior in flavour of the coffee and vanilla ice cream as well as in the rich smooth texture. It's their first weekend, will be worth watching how they evolve.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              cathodetube RE: limster Oct 15, 2011 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              What is French and Grace trading as?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                limster RE: cathodetube Oct 15, 2011 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The name of the stall/restaurant (permanent location, not cart) is French and Grace -- is that what you were asking about?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cathodetube RE: limster Oct 15, 2011 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I meant what were type of food were they selling. Is there a specialty?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    limster RE: cathodetube Oct 15, 2011 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry about that. It seemed like the food were going to be their eclectic interpretation of Mediterranean food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. limster RE: greedygirl Feb 11, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              A newish vaguely Turkish/Mediterranean deli with various baked items opened next to Breads Etc. The filling in the mushroom, cheese and truffle pie was very savoury, the slippery mushrooms and soft cheese enhanced by good truffle oil, woodsy and aromatic. Crust was somewhat flat though, lacking any crusty or crispy nature.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Federation Coffee has an outpost that is open on weekdays, off Brixton High Street (at least according to the map in the BV location).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                klyeoh RE: limster Feb 11, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Iimster - have you all considered starting a new thread for each new rec at Brixton Mkt. This thread has become so huge and some great tips are being lost somewhere inside ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  limster RE: klyeoh Feb 12, 2012 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I thought about it -- the food wasn't so great that it was worth a whole thread on its own , but we'll see how it evolves. BTW the place is called Heritage Deli.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                cathodetube RE: greedygirl Jan 28, 2013 02:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Went to Federation Coffee yesterday for the first time in a long time. Was surprised by price increases. Anzac biscuits were 80 or 90 pence and are now £1.50; friands are now £2.20 - Americano was £2.20. I had 2 samosas with raita and salad at Elephant for £4.25 which hit my hunger spot.

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