Nanban – delivered

Address: 426 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LF

Telephone: 020 7346 0098

Websitehttp://www.nanban.co.uk/

Another Saturday night and nowhere to go, so we decided to watch Father of the Bride 3(ish) and order from one of our Brixton favourites (see here and here). It’s open for Click and Collect or Delivery  after 6.00pm. Don’t be in too much of a hurry, as we had finished the film and were onto a nostalgia piece – Father of the Bride 1 before it arrived.nanban31

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The Tapas Room Brixton

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Address: Unit 52/53, Brixton Village SW9 8PS

Opening times:

Tuesday to Thursday – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday – 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Sunday & Monday – closed

Website: https://www.thetapasroom.co.uk/

Email: info@tapasroom.co.uk

This new restaurant and wine bar in Brixton Village is at the back, along the alley with the African shops. It is a relation of the Donostia Social Club, which was a winner of the eatinbrixton public vote, when it was originally in Pop Brixton. It has now moved into multiple sites so clearly our public spotted the potential. Continue reading

Maremma – Aperitivo

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Address: 36 Brixton Water Lane, London, SW2 1PE

Phone: Tel no: 020 3186 4011

Opening times – Aperitivos Only – no need to book

Wednesday to Saturday – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

email: info@maremmarestaurant.com

Internet: https://www.maremmarestaurant.com/

We’ve eaten there (see here) and had a delivery (see here) and given them favourable reviews. So when they sent us an email, advertising “apertivos and spuntini” (snacks), the suggestion seemed too good to pass up. I guess the idea is to get some early customers before the evening bookings and you don’t need to book. When four of us arrived on a Friday evening around 5:00 pm, we were the only ones there. We were pleased to see that masks were worn and they checked our temperatures on arrival.

We don’t often start drinking that early, even on a Friday, but we got into the swing of it. So we sampled a range of what was on offer, starting with an Aperol Spritzs, an Campari Spritz and a glass of wine (Feronia). The Campari got a repeat order; one of us opted for a Ginger Beer; and another couldn’t resist a Toffee Caramel Espresso Martini. Sweet, sweet, sweet.

It wasn’t just drinking – we also tried out the sputini, or snacks. The olives were olives, the pecorino biscuits were good and the summer truffle arancini (fried balls of flavoursome rice) were fantastic. We ordered two more portions.

It was a sunny evening and we needed cheeering up. We certainly felt better afterwards, although the cost that came in just under £80, including a tip, didn’t make it cheap. I’m sure we will be back, although it does feel more like a summer thing.

Curry Paradise – Delivery

87-89 Brixton Hill, SW2 1AA

Tel: 020 8678 1379

http://www.curryparadiserestaurant.co.uk/brixton/

Just fancied an Indian takeaway on a Friday night, so we remembered that we used to have them from Curry Paradise. Read on because we want you to include it in your choices too – especially as Covid-19 is spreading and we need to keep supporting our local restaurants. We now can’t remember who delivered this, but I think most of the delivery companies have Curry Paradise in their lists.

Leave a little time to peruse the menu, as it is worth having a detailed look given the appetizing descriptions. So we didn’t order a Mathi – Hyderbadi style cooked with spring onion, fresh fenugreek leaves and crushed spices, but now wished we had. Most of the dishes come with different types of meat or vegetables. Unusually for the three of us we chose two meat (unusual  as we generally veer towards the veggie options) and tarka dahl and an aubergine dish. We had rice, two naans – one garlic and one peshwari – and of course poppadoms. Extras weren’t necessary, but we had some onion bhajis anyway – three in a portion.

We had chicken korma, in recognition of Friday night in front of the TV with the children and a chicken tikka masala, because we didn’t collaborate at all on the order. Both were exactly what was expected. The korma was smooth and sweet and the tikka massala was also smooth but also had a great spice and a little chili.

The aubergine was a dish of small slippery aubergines and, of course, with lots of tomatoes and onion. The dahl was really good not at all mushy or watery. Both dishes went well with the Naans. And the bhajis were as crisp and tasty as required.

We drank our own Brixton IPA – a great combo with the poppadoms. We want to recommend this takeaway and will definitely be returning.  The food was really good and the portions were so large we had another two lunches out of it. So, in effect, it provided seven ample helpings and, at a cost of £57, including delivery fee, offered great value.

Here’s a photograph of some of the leftovers.

Koi Ramen Bar

8 Brixton Station Rd SW9 8PD

Website: https://www.koiramenbar.co.uk/

Mon-Thurs: 11:30AM – 10:30PM
Fri-Sat: 11:30AM – 11:00PM
Sun: 11:30AM – 10:30PM

Tel: 07367 094962

Koi Ramen Bar now qualifies as a Brixton institution. It’s progressed from a stall in Brixton Station Road, through a unit in Pop Brixton and now just returned to one of the railway arches opposite to where they started. We’ve looked at it before in it’s previous incarnations, here and here. Now, like some other Brixton originals, it’s part of a chain, but has really found it’s feet. We went at lunchtime and sat outside, although there is some space inside that will be needed in winter months.

There’s a really short menu with four types of ramen, a few extra toppings and different types of gyoza, should you want a starter. You order at the counter but the dishes are brought to you. We went for the old scool Shoyu and the pure white tonkotsu with an extra nitamago marinated egg. The old scool shoyu (their spelling) is, as the name suggests, the original ramen, with a soy based soup with chashu belly pork. Tofu is available as an option. This was my choice and it was great and well presented in a proper bowl. Much better than the paper cups used on previous visits.

The tonkotsu, described as their “signature dish” , is a creamy pork noodle soup with chashu belly pork again, plus kikurage mushrooms and spring onions. Given that this is a meat broth there’s no tofu option. The egg was soft-boiled as required. My companion enjoyed it, but thought it might have benefited from a touch of chilli, to liven it up.

Ramen, at least in Japan, is real fast food. A lunchtime snack that’s eaten quickly and with relish. If this is what you are looking for this is now easily the best option in Brixton, benefiting from the narrow focus on its speciality. There are drinks available including Japanese beers and sake, but we just shared a bottle of still water. So the bill came to only £16.70, allowing for a £2.00 off lunch deal. This could well become a lunchtime regular.

Domino’s Pizza – the Quarantine weeks

Website: https://www.dominos.co.uk/deals/storedeals

Address: 328 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8QH

Phone: 020 7737 0000

Domino’s didn’t do so well in our previous pizza challenge (see here) but subsequent comments suggested that it had been under-rated. Anyway, we were craving some on a Friday night and decided to give it another go. It had to be a delivery, as we are just emerging from quarantine and still taking things really carefully.

The menu is reduced but actually it makes it much easier to choose and there seem to be all the favourites. We chose a large (13.5) Veggie Supreme and a large (13.5 again!) American Hot. And here they are.

Even when we finished they didn’t look very different, as we only managed about a third of each. Delivery does bring out the “eyes much bigger than stomachs” in me. On the bright side we have lunch and breakfast for the next two days.

My Veggie was delicious and somehow despite the cheese I felt virtuous even while I was dipping the crust in the garlic sauce. The American hot was well received as well, with good pepperoni and enough chilli to make it interesting. Apologies for the poor quality picture though.

It was good and inexpensive as the deal is £10.99 for any large pizza so £21.98 for the two pizzas and whatever you decide to tip the delivery guy. There are lots more deals too and we definitely think a large is enough for two no matter how hungry you are.

Tsunami – the quarantine weeks

Address: 5-7 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DQ

Website: https://tsunamiclapham.co.uk/

Phone (for deliveries): 020 7720 2922

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Friday 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday 12 noon to 3:00 pm/5:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Sunday 12 noon to 4:00 pm/5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

So it’s our second week and I’m desperate for some sushi. Easier said than done, at least if you are quarantined and you want half decent sushi. There is good sushi in Brixton, but if you want straightforward delivery and a wide choice you have to go further afield. So it’s Deliveroo and Tsunami at Clapham North. It’s only later I spot on their website that you can order direct, although I haven’t looked to see if it would have been any cheaper. Continue reading

Clink@Home – the quarantine weeks

The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton

https://athome.theclinkcharity.org/

The Clink now delivers! We’ve been once – see here – but we are currently quarantined and need to eat at home. So decided to be nice to ourselves and set up a booking to look forward to when we returned from holiday. But beware, eyes can be bigger than your stomach and this was certainly the case with our order.

For starters we ordered lemon & coriander hummus with handmade flat bread to share – certainly enough for two but we rather fancied the Arancini (sun-dried tomato & parmesan arancini with rocket pesto) and this was for one or two. Those two dishes served us for a really good lunch. When I say really good, not really good – it was fabulous. The Arancini were crisp and soft on the inside. The flatbread crispy on one side with oil and the hummus needed no adjustment for seasoning. Well done guys.

For dinner we had the sweet potato katsu curry with rice and what a revelation it was. The sweet potato had a bit of bite and even looked like a chicken katsu. The pickle had crunch with the occasional scotch bonnet surprise, and the katsu sauce was smooth and full of flavour. I am not keen on having my mouth tingle too much and this didn’t do that at all. If you like more chili then have a small bottle on the side to add. The rice steams so be careful removing the lid.

For some reason we also ordered extra vegetables – the Soy & Ginger Asian Greens which we ate with the katsu. It added a little crunch. What was surprising was the portion size. This was a curry for one but we shared and it was easily enough.

Then we were left with the Sea bream en papillote with Mediterranean vegetables & salsa verde. Delicious again – fish just right, vegetables superb (not enough hyperbole) and lovely sauce (requires a spoon).

Finally, we had the summer fruit crumble with crème anglaise which was definitely a sharing plate. Not just your boring apple one, but some sharpness of raspberry and red or black currants – we can’t check as we ate it all rather too quickly. Custard was smooth….mmmmm

Apart from being astounded by the quality of this meal, we really appreciated that every dish came with a description of what we needed to do with it. So we didn’t have to remember what we ordered or try to work it out for ourselves. We ordered £39.85 worth of food and paid £4.95 for the delivery. This included a couple of drinks (Cranberry Crush and Sicilian Lemonade). We got three meals out of this order, so it was brilliant value for money. We enjoyed every one and it cheered up our quarantine which was not like the original lockdown challenge, but became boring after the first couple of hours. We are definitely going to order again, probably before we are allowed to dine out again. But it would also make a really easy dinner party for your two households to enjoy.

The Kennington – a short bus ride away

Address: 60 Camberwell New Road SE5 0RS

Telephone: 020 7735 9990

info@thekennington.com

http://thekennington.com/

Missing my colleagues, so we set up a date in The Kennington – winner of the best newcomer in the 2013 Great British Pub Awards. This is on a busy road but does have some outside space – although it is a bit noisy. Inside there is plenty of attention paid to safety with distanced seating, clear screens and socially distanced staff. Only two households allowed together, which was fine as there were only two of us. Continue reading

Whiskey Tumbler

Address: 401 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ

Telephone: 020 3298 2358

https://thewhiskeytumbler.com/

Although we are still working on reducing the number of open bottles in our home tavern, we thought it would be good to support a new Brixton bar – so here we are. Saturday night, early and we dropped by for a quick cocktail. But this is a whiskey and bagel bar – the spelling of whiskey tells you it is an Irish bar – we also noticed the Irish potato crisps.

We looked at the list which you need to read carefully for the description or the history. But this is meant for the connoisseur, as they give you little information on the ingredients. If in any doubt, just ask the bartender when you order – they will also give you a choice of gin or whisk(e)y (bourbon, rye etc.).

We chose a classic Perfect Manhattan (has dry as well as sweet martini) and a Corpse Reviver. I can’t remember whether the latter was a no.1 or no.2. They arrived in a neat little Mad Men glass. Both delicious, although we missed checking that it would be a cherry in the Manhattan.

In terms of C19 compliance – they have spaced seating and we had a clear plastic screen by our seats but none of the waiters had masks on. I would definitely advise they think carefully about that so that they protect us and them. Waiters are one of those front-line services where you meet lots of different people so increasing the chance of catching coronavirus.

We will visit – early in the evening to avoid the rush and taste their delicious cocktails again.