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 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 →
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.
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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.
This 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 email@example.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
Bird describes itself as London’s original fried chicken and waffle joint – a description to the point when you look at the menu (although some might dispute the “original”). You have to like fried chicken, which comes as burgers, alone, with sauce (sticky soy, buffalo, Korean, blue cheese, BBQ, honey ginger) and in a waffle. There are a few veggie options with two also vegan. Continue reading →
We were craving something a bit spicy and if you choose the best hygiene standards on Deliveroo and ask for a nearby curry, you come to Bombay Kitchen. It’s at the top of Brixton Hill, tucked way in New Park Road. And apologies for the pictures below being a little wobbly, but we were a good way through the meal before we thought about taking the photos.
The menu is enormous, which usually puts us off. But we have never tried this establishment before, so as a service to you the reader, we ranged widely. We ended up with: a Tandoori Mixed Grill, Chicken Tikka Massala, Tarka Dhal, Brinjai Bhaji (aubergine), Pilau Rice, two Naans, and two Plain Papadums.
Needless to say we had some left over (see picture below), which was plenty for a subsequent lunch. The empty box is the aubergine dish, reflecting the fact that it was the tastiest. We also enjoyed the dhal, but the chicken in the masala sauce was really tough and its vibrancy would put anyone off. And while the meat in the mixed grill was tasty, any grilling that had been applied was lost under the vegetables. The papadoms were broken when they arrived, but were absolutely fine and the second naan – well we are going to have that as a novel form of toastie with this lot in it.
There was nothing offensive about this meal, but we did have to add salt and we should have been braver and gone for more chilli hotness. So it’s buyer beware – this is anglicised fare, even though the recipes come from all over Indian subcontinent. So take courage – when they say mild they mean it.
The total cost was nearly £50 with the tip, so not a cheap Friday night, although we are still eating it on the Wednesday.
We are carrying on with our take away and delivery reviews and this week we went to the 2019 winner of the EatinBrixton Favourite Restaurant – from our annual public vote. Our full review was back in 2015 – see here. This is not the cheapest takeaway and you do have to pick it up. The only other problem is that this is not quick – you need to order a week before you need it. But it was worth the wait. Continue reading →