The Best Brixton Restaurants
Last updated: 1st September 2019 | Main image: Kricket
Whether you’re on the hunt for a little Japanese soul food, or a couple of Indian small plates, Brixton is jam-packed full of great places to eat.
Check out our numero unos below:
Foraging is quite the thing nowadays.
So we gather.
So it’s unsurprising that Nicholas Balfe’s debut restaurant, set in a former hair salon, has won such widespread acclaim. Serving a changing set menu of Modern European and Levantine-inspired dishes like squid and merguez ragù; salmon with clementine and horseradish; and olive oil ice cream, it’s all made with locally, sustainably sourced ingredients. Plus, there’s a great bar downstairs and a biodynamic wine shop next door – perfect if you want to sustain your evening a little. READ MORE
Details: 18 Market Row, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LD | Open Tuesday-Sunday
A Brixton staple for years now, Asmara is named after the Eritrean capital and – spoiler alert – serves the country’s traditional fare. Order the platter for two, laden with spongy injera (almost like pancakes) for tearing off and scooping up the heaps of meat and veg dotted over the top. It also wins points for serving popcorn as a digestif, alongside powerful coffee that’s roasted before your eyes with aromatic spices.
Details: 386 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF | Open daily
Coming to you from the youngest ever Masterchef winner, Tim Anderson, Nanban is precisely the restaurant you need to visit next time you experience a particular craving for Japanese soul food infused with European influences and ingredients fresh off Brixton market. Which, naturally, means dishes like plantain katsu curry; breaded Japanese mackerel with jerk mayo; and their famous Lazy Goat Ragù-men, with Scotch bonnet-pickled bamboo shoots. READ MORE
Details: 426 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF | Open daily
Husband and wife duo Joe and Margaux Sharratt had long wanted to open a restaurant.
And Naughty Piglets is the realisation of their hambitions.
The grill restaurant and wine bar is so popular, in fact, that Andrew Lloyd-Webber instantly offered the pair a follow-up spot at his theatre, The Other Palace. The Brixton original, however, has a more intimate feel, serving up small plates like fried duck egg with apricot and girolles alongside carefully-selected wines and homemade damson gin. READ MORE
Details: 28 Brixton Water Lane, SW2 1PE | Open Monday-Saturday
Kricket’s original pop up was in Brixton, so it’s fitting that they’ve come back to their roots for their second permanent spot.
And they’ve gone all-out.
It’s a convivial spot, with soft leather banquettes and mismatched wooden furnishings nestled in an industrial railway arch space. The dishes are all ‘Anglo-Indian’ in style, so expect numbers like Goan sausage croquettes; spiced cod roe on telicherry paratha; and Keralan fried chicken with curry leaf mayo.
Details: 41-43 Atlantic Road, SW9 8JL | Open Tuesday-Sunday
Wisely avoiding the need to compete with neighbouring restaurants, Cattivo has planted itself opposite its older sibling, Canova Hall. And where the latter prides itself as a pizzeria and freelance working spot; Cattivo is about letting your hair down afterwards – which it facilitates with live music, indulgent Italian dishes, and a basement bar stocked with absinthe and its very own gin still. READ MORE
Details: 207 Ferndale Road, SW9 8BA | Open Tuesday-Sunday
A pop up village constructed entirely from disused shipping containers, bursting with greenery and strung up with festoon lighting, that’s home to impromptu jazz concerts, dance nights and weekend markets. Peruse the dozens of independent boutiques and vintage stores before exploring the alleyways lined with street food vendors hawking steaming bowls of ramen and sizzling jerk chicken – or head to sit-down restaurants, Alpes, Smoke & Salt, and the highly recommended seafood spot, Roe. READ MORE
Details: 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ | Open daily
As hinted at by the name, it’s a celebration of both food and drink from the Maremma region in Tuscany; a bright and airy neighbourhood restaurant, serving a short menu of seasonal Tuscan dishes – fresh pasta, fresh fish, and game – alongside a wine list, filled with wines, many of which are undiscoverable anywhere else in the UK. READ MORE.
Details: 36 Brixton Water Lane, Brixton, SW2 1PE | Wed-Thurs, 6-10pm; Fri-Sat, 12-3pm and 6-10pm; and Sun 12-4pm.
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