Jason Allen 01/12/19
Brother Marcus Spitalfields | In the Market for Eastern Mediterranean
Brother Marcus has a new sibling.
After opening a small brunch spot in Balham and the larger Brother Marcus Angel, they’ve now landed the lunch market in, well, a market.
Brother Marcus Spitalfields is also quite sizeable, with greenhouse-like glass wrapping them cozily inside a lush, greenery filled space within Spitalfields market itself. When the sun goes down, and the light stops flooding in from those windows, the woven basket lights dangling down from the ceiling will do the job instead. Despite the shell of the building being (almost) a carbon copy of the neighbouring restaurants, they’ve made it very much their own, and given it the feeling of a small island in the chaos of the market.
The menu, as with the Angel venue, steers towards Greek-style sharing plates. Thus, things start with the likes of tzatziki (made with fennel and chilli); taramasalata with pickles, radishes, and Greek olives; and some simple pita with date butter. It’s all intensely flavourful and satisfying.
The larger stuff at Brother Marcus Spitalfields includes pide flatbreads loaded with toppings; huge salt-roast beetroot with sesame & orange labneh; some burnt aubergine with fermented mango, tahini, and a ’62 degree egg’ (which is a yolk so runny it’s baaarely cooked); some octopus with shaved fennel & torched orange & chorizo mayo; and some meltingly soft pork belly with date glaze and Metaxa (a brandy-like Greek spirit).
And of course, you can still get their classic brunch there, too.
The apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree.
NOTE: Brother Marcus Spitalfields is open daily. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Brother Marcus | 2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields Market, E1 6DW
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