En Root – plant powered goodness

EnRoot02Address: 5 Ascot Parade, Clapham Park Road, SW4 7EY
Tel: 020 8001 6603
enrotldn@gmail.com
https://www.enrootldn.co.uk/
@enrootldn

This is an outfit that mainly offers home delivery for their menu of hot food, but also, almost as a sideline, will deliver a box of fresh fruit and vegetables. They are open for hot food Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They describe themselves as offering “plant powered goodness” with “Indian fusion, international confusion” that emphasises fresh fruit and vegetables. The restaurant menu has many gluten free and vegan options, which we plan on trying soon when our larder runs out. Continue reading

Our Lockdown series – No 1

Home – somewhere in Brixton

Anonymous as always

We were just sitting on the sofa bemoaning our lack of travel – one due to be in Florence, the other meeting pensions experts across Europe. All we have now is Skype, Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeetings and Google Hangouts. I am normally a digitally excluded person and I have learnt that shouting at the computer produces little benefit in tech terms, but is a great relief from the stress when you can’t work out where the controls are. You can do the washing if you turn the video off. Now also learning to dress up when I go online – a jacket over pyjamas seems to work as long as you don’t stand up.

We have done the occasional webcams of pandas, remote visits to museums and thought (only thought) about physical exercise. But it isn’t enough. We looked forward to having a good meal out in a nearby restaurant. Our idea of excitement now is watching Jamie Oliver or Masterchef or Stand-up-to-Cancer BakeOff. We decided not to blog about our current in-house meals. We are using up those half packets of dried beans and any weird stuff in a tin we thought would be useful in 2017. Self isolation is something we owe to our friends and neighbours, until we can get back onto a normal regime.

We satisfied our wanderlust by roaming around Europe from our drinks cabinet. There are so many delights. National drinks that we bought when it was sunny and we could eat al fresco or well-meaning foreign friends who thought we might like to try something from afar. They have all been buried for many years. We have got standards and decided not to even retry the one that smells and tastes like petrol (the one even our children refused – they’re over 18 and usually not that fussy). Saturday was Spanish rum, Sunday was Italian Grappa (what did we think we were doing), Monday was Greece with Ouzo and Tuesday was Portugal and white port. We are now having a mandatory three dry days …… unless we break before the weekend.

We are definitely not advocating alcohol, except in moderation – we all need to think about our health after all. We have run out of fresh vegetables so we will be reviewing food and grocery delivery so you don’t have to wait until the end of lockdown to enjoy the great food from Brixton.

Brixton Pound Surplus Canteen

BPC01Address: Platform Cafe, 2 Ridgway Road, SW9 7AH

Open: Mondays & Tuesdays, 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Twitter: @brixtonpound

The Brixton Pound Cafe has given itself a new name and, following the loss of the premises in Atlantic Road, has moved to Loughborough Junction. But it still offers lunch and supper made from surplus food on a pay-what-you-can basis. It describes itself as a new social eating place serving vegetarian & vegan meals using surplus food saved from landfill. Continue reading

Sarap – Filipino Restaurant

sarap01 - Copyaddress: 14D Market Row, London SW9 8LD

​phone number: 020 7459 4274

website: ttps://www.saraplondon.com/

Opening times:
Tuesday – Friday 18:00 – 23:00;
Saturday 12:00 – 16:00; 18:00 – 23:00
Sunday 12:00 – 16:00

This is a new addition to the market, where it replaces the much missed Yum-D. Budgie Montoya, the chef, was the winner of the Brixton Kitchen competition in the experienced category and will spend six months in Market Row. It is attracting attention so book, especially in the evening. The seats are niftily fitted under the tables but it will be a squeeze for the larger torso. It may also be noisy but we chose a Saturday lunchtime and it was virtually empty – not for long I am sure. Sarap means “delicious”. Continue reading

Mikos

ky01441 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LN

Website: https://www.mikosgyros.co.uk
Telephone: 020 8127 3880

Opening times:
11.00-23.00 Mon-Wed;
11.00-24.00 Thurs-Sat

There are two outlets in Brixton. This one and another at 128 Acre Lane that we reviewed back in 2017 – see here. It describes itself as a “farm to table” restaurant by making everything from scratch. It is unassuming, a not to be lingered in fast food Greek grill and this one is just round the corner from the Ritzy (which we are now allowed to visit because the union is no longer calling for a boycott). Decor is sparse with three very high tables and chair and an open kitchen. Take it all away or eat in and watch the customers pile in hungry and leaving with their brown bags. Continue reading

Donnelly’s at The Shrub and Shutter

Address: 336 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8QH.
Phone: 020 7326 0643
Websites:
Location: http://www.theshrubandshutter.com/
Food: https://donnellysrestaurant.co.uk/

Monday – closed
Tuesday 5pm – midnight
Wednesday 5pm – midnight
Thursday 5pm – midnight
Friday 5pm – 2am
Saturday 5pm – 2am
Sunday – closed

We have reviewed the Shrub and Shutter cocktails before; see here, here and here. But we had heard that a new residency providing the food, so in order to keep our readers up to date we visited on a freezing Friday night. It is an easy menu to work through with five sections containing just two plates. Choose a couple for each guest and then take stock for the puddings. Continue reading

Black Bear Burger

BBB01

Address: 11-13A Market Row, SW9 8LB

Phone:

Website: http://blackbearburger.com/

Opening times:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 noon to 10pm

You might well ask what is the point of another burger place in Brixton, other than somewhere to go when you definitely want a burger and Honest Burger is too busy?  Black Bear is not new to burgers, however, learning their trade at pop-ups and residences, but this their first sit-down location. For this they’ve chosen Brixton, replacing Wild Caper, one of nu-Brixton’s earliest eating places. The site has had a major refurbishment, with plenty of space inside for those cold winter nights. Continue reading