Enish Nigerian Restaurant & Lounge

Address: 330a Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8QH

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

Phone: 020 7326 0530

Opening hours:

Monday-Thursday – 12 Noon -12 Midnight

Friday-Saturday – 12 Noon – 4am

Sunday – 12 Noon -12 Midnight

Enish is very new Nigerian restaurant in Coldharbour Lane, taking the place of The Majestic (see here), which was our introduction to this national cuisine. This incarnation is part of a group of restaurants peppered around the capital. The Majestic was a little down at heel, but it is now all dolled up – shiny tables, comfy chairs and wooden floors in place of the dubious red carpet. This bar and restaurant with knowledgeable clientele (I’ll come back to that later) eating and drinking from their complex menu. Cocktails are sweet and served in jars, beers are from Nigeria and the menu has a glossary to help the naive – like us. Despite having read about Nigeria recently, we needed the guiding hand of the waitress to make our choices. Continue reading

Mamalan – takeaway

Unit 18, Brixton Village, SW9 8PR

https://mamalan.co.uk/brixton/

Opening times: Monday 11:30am – 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday 11:30am to 10pm

You can Click and Collect or go through Deliveroo.

I usually save the punchline for the end of the review but I have to say – this is the best Chinese takeaway I have had in many years. We are long-term fans and have reviewed the restaurant before (see here, here and here). It is currently possible to eat outside, but for our Friday night treat we ordered through Deliveroo and ate in the confines of our house.

The menu is just the right length – long enough for variety, but not overwhelming with the suspicion that they are over-extended. It has everything you might expect from its Beijing roots – stir fry, noodle soups, bao buns, salads and posh sides (Dumplings, Hot wings, prawn toast, spring rolls etc.). The list is different on the website and Deliveroo. But they do now have meals for two and cater for vegans. We chose the miso wings, Sesame oil Chicken noodle salad, the miso, tofu rice and some prawn crackers.It comes in paper boxes or bags and is clearly marked – a blessing if some look similar to each other so preventing a few mouthfuls before you swap boxes. First the wings – bottom centre in the picture.They were delicious, hot, soft and the meat falls off the bone. Sticky, so you either need the chopsticks or just get messy.

The miso, tofu rice comes with some vegetables – bottom left in the picture. Even though it didn’t have far to travel, we were amazed that the rice still has separate grains and didn’t go into a mush with all the steam. The tofu was a little soft, but the whole meal a delight.

The noodle salad – bottom right – was also great.  It was really a whole meal in itself with vegetables and spicy sauce with a reasonable amount of chilli.

Finally the prawn crackers. They come with a sweet chili dipping sauce and are not the normal airy white one but were more like crackers. After adjusting our expectations, we decided we enjoyed them, particularly as they were not at all oily.

The bill came to £26.80 – a bargain even though, unlike other times, we ate it all. We will return soon.

Moroccan Cafe

Address: 4 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PD

Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 8:30 pm

Friday & Saturday: 8:00 am to 9:30 pm

Sunday: 8:00 to 7:00 pm

This is a long-standing pre-foodie Brixton favourite that serves up great value North African food. You can read a little about the proprietors – Tareq & Driss – here. We’ve been here before – see here – but that was long ago, before they were hit by the renovation of the railway arches and forced into exile. But they sort of held on, with the associated food truck – see here–  and the Moroccan Fish stall that we enjoyed, but never got round to review.  Continue reading

Address: 4 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PD

Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 8:30 pm

Friday & Saturday: 8:00 am to 9:30 pm

Sunday: 8:00 to 7:00 pm

This is a long-standing pre-foodie Brixton favourite that serves up great value North African food. You can read a little about the proprietors – Tareq & Driss – here. We’ve been here before – see here – but that was long ago, before they were hit by the renovation of the railway arches and forced into exile. But they sort of held on, with the associated food truck – see here–  and the Moroccan Fish stall that we enjoyed, but never got round to review.  Continue reading

Fish, Wings n Tings

address: Brixton Village, 3 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PR

Tel number: 020 7737 4888

Opening Times: 12pm-10pm Sun, Tue-Thurs; 12pm-11pm Friday-Sat

Website: https://www.fishwingsandtings.com/

Restaurants are now beginning to open, so we decided to get out of our comfort zone and celebrate where there’s enough outside space for us to feel relatively safe. So Fish, Wings ‘n’ Tings was a great stop in the sunshine at the Coldharbour Lane end of Brixton Village. They don’t take reservations, so it is pot luck whether there will be space. On a warm Saturday and you are with a lot of people, then go very early. We caught a break as there were only two of us and we arrived just after 6.00 pm and got a table relatively quickly. The staff were helpful and squeezed up a small group to one end of the table, so we were socially distanced. Continue reading

True Flavours – The Takeaway

101 Acre Lane, SW2 5TU

Phone 0207 737 7063 / 0207 924 0421

Opening times MON – SAT: 9-11, SUN: 11-9

Website: http://true-flavours.co.uk/

True Flavours has been around for quite a while and was recommended by a Jamaican friend. They offer a wide variety of dishes – see the pictures in the front windows – although all are subject to availability. It is a small place that usually has people queuing and in these Covid-19 pandemic times, the line is a little longer and mostly physically distanced. Their website warns “In busy periods you may have to wait up until half an hour to be served and and hour for your order”, but our experience wasn’t that bad. Continue reading

New Tings – The takeaway

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Address: 112 Acre Ln, Ferndale, London SW2 5RA

Phone: 020 7095 1517

Opening hours:
Monday              8am–8pm
Tuesday              8am–8pm
Wednesday        8am–9pm
Thursday            8am–9pm
Friday                  8am–9pm
Saturday             10:30am–9pm
Sunday               Closed

We are continuing our takeaways via Black-owned businesses and we came across New Tings on our walks down Acre Lane. It’s relatively new but it’s popularity was clear as the queue is always long. The service is a little slow but that is to your advantage as it leaves longer to consider the menu options, which are manifold. There are main meals with hard food, main meals with boiled food and when inside there are many options including obviously jerk chicken or lamb, ackee and saltfish, callaloo and the list is endless. You can get an idea by looking at uber eats – see here – but don’t rely on getting it from uber eats, just phone if you want to skip the queue and they will have it waiting for you. They are also so popular that they do sell out of some dishes; so ackee and saltfish was running out by the time the queue had moved inside.

The queue is pretty well ordered and, while we waited, a crying child was offered a lollipop to keep her quiet. Most people had face masks but not all and, although it is a bit difficult to space yourselves out, it was an orderly queue.

We ordered jerk chicken, curry goat and as only a little ackee and saltfish was left, they topped it up with callaloo. All came with rice or rice and peas and some plantain or banana. You can get the food heated up or cold so you can put it in the microwave or oven yourself. We chose cold and we had plenty not just for that evening, but also for an extra lunch later in the week. Interestingly, the spicing tasted hotter the second time around.

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We can definitely say we will be returning. The jerk was subtly spiced, so you could taste everything, without having just that big dose of chili. The plantain was nicely caramelized and the rice and peas …. well we have already identified the best, but this one is certainly a close second.

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We didn’t order the meals with food but we would have had a lot more left over, as they include more starchy vegetables. They also have a selection of sweet drinks like Tru Juice. The whole three dishes came to £22.59 and we will certainly be going back to soak up the atmosphere of a slow queue and to provide us with at least two full meals. The pepper prawns looked a must and we might even try the fruitcake next time.

 

 

 

 

Negril – the takeaway

 

 

 

Address: 132 Brixton Hill, Brixton, London, SW2 1RS

Website: https://negrilrestaurant.co.uk/

Online orders: https://negrilonline.co.uk/contactus.php#nav

Phone: 020 8674 8798

Today is #BlackPound day – we will be visiting another black owned business tonight but thought we should let you know of a long-standing favourite – Negril provides authentic Jamaican food in a friendly atmosphere. See our last review here Link. It’s some time since we last visited. It’s always busy and up Brixton Hill so we always book. In lockdown we decided to put it to the takeaway test. Continue reading

Fishbowl – the takeway

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Address: 5 Atlantic Road, London, SW98HX

Phone: 020 3995 5299

Open: From 3:00 pm (Deliveroo)

Website (Deliveroo): https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/london/brixton/fishbowl-brixton

Instagram (Order by DM): #fishbowl_brixton

This is another black owned restaurant that got in touch following our Instagram post on black businesses in Brixton – see here. So we decided to give it try on our Friday night takeway slot. They don’t have their own website and we ordered through Deliveroo. But their own Instagram bio says you can also order via DM. We ordered earlier in the day so cannot comment on how quickly the food will arrive.

It’s one of the earlier businesses to open in the renovated arches in Atlantic Road. It’s not your usual fish and chip shop and in normal times the emphasis might be as much on the cocktails as on the food. But they do have prawn, calamari or squid and chips on the relatively short menu. If you want to splash out (no pun intended), then order the lobster boil in the bag (lobster, king prawns, shell prawns, crab, potatoes, blue swim crab and corn on the cob) at £60, or the Boil in the bag crab (snow crab, king prawns, shell prawns, potatoes, blue swim crab) at £30. We decided on a more modest choice – Tilapia and new potatoes with special fish sauce and a portion of squid and twice fried chips. Continue reading

The Chip Shop – takeaway


Address: 378 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF  (on the corner with Atlantic Road)

tel: 07894 353561

email: info@chipshopbxtn.co.uk

website: http://www.chipshopbxtn.com/

So it’s Friday and it’s Fish and Chips. We have previously reviewed Fish and Chip takeaways (see here) and also visited Chip Shop itself a while ago (last review here). The menu for takeaways is much reduced currently, but we chose a medium portion of fish and chips and a larger portion of peri-peri chicken (opting for medium hot) with chips, just to spice it up a bit. Delivery was organised direct with the restaurant, which is good, but at the price of being a little slow. You just need to take it into account when you order.

A medium portion is half a chicken and also includes some healthy roast tomatoes. The chicken was succulent, but not really as spicy as we had expected. So lovely that we saved the smaller piece to have cold in a salad the following day.

There was also two pieces of fish in really nice and crispy batter, which we easily polished off.

We should have learnt our lesson by now that chips, unless really, really crispy when they leave the restaurant, will be just soggy by the time they reached us. These were not as bad as some, but they steam in the packaging and while these were tasty, they came out as a little limp. 

The whole meal was around £20.00, not including the tip. But this was a bargain, given the amount of food and the leftovers providing a second meal with a proper Ceasar. We will be back again, but our list of potential takeaway and deliveries gets longer, so perhaps not for a little while.

Eat-in after lockdown or Take-away now #BlackLivesMatter

BLM01This weekend has been a series of protests and we wanted to follow-up by reminding our readers of what they can do to support restaurants run by black entrepreneurs in Brixton. Our list contains all the places that we have reviewed. Let us know if there are any more we should visit, or just write a review after your own visit and email it to us at eatinbrixton@gmail.com. You too can contribute to Black Lives Matter. Just search out a takeaway from May Foods; order a veg box from En Root; or queue up outside ReFill for some of the best jerk chicken in Brixton.

Here’s our list and our review links:

En Root – See link; or link
Eat of Eden – See link
Three Little Birds – See link
May Foods – See link
ReFill – See link
Asmara – See link
Etta’s Seafood Kitchen – See link
Kumasi Market – See link
Fish Wings n Tings – See link
Negril – See link

In addition check out these other businesses to support:

Fish Bowl Brixton – open Thursday – Sunday, 1pm – 7pm for delivery of seafood boil, either for collection from their restaurant or from Deliveroo