Salon

address:   – 18 Market Row, Brixton, SW98LD
telephone: 020 7501 9152
email:  info@salonbrixton.co.uk
website: http://salonbrixton.co.uk/
Opening times:
Monday                         Closed
Tuesday to Friday       noon–3pm, 6–11:30pm
Saturday                       10am–3pm, 6–11:30pm
Sunday                          10am–3pm

Salon won our eatinbrixton annual poll a few years ago and many of our foodie friends really rate it. Since the last lunch we ate here they have made changes. Gone are the uncomfortable chairs and the huge tables. Now there is a mixture of matching chairs and an upholstered bench which even had some back support – bliss compared to the previous rocky furniture.

We made up a foursome with friends. Upstairs in the main dining room they offer four course tasting menu, with only a choice of main course (baked celeriac or ox cheek). We also went for the wine pairing, so that took away even more of the worry and negotiation on what bottle(s) to buy. Continue reading

La Barra

14e Market Row, London, SW9 8LD

https://www.instagram.com/labarralondon/

Open:
Fri: 1600 – 2200.
Sat: 1100 – 2200
Sun: 1200 – 2200

This taco restaurant and bar was taken over at short notice, done up on a shoestring, so you can see the leftovers of Rosie’s, which turned into a Persian cafe and is now La Barra. It opens for a short time – three days a week – and is still so hidden that on a Friday night the place was empty at 7.00pm. The service was friendly and, unsurprisingly given we were the only customers, prompt. Continue reading

Bacon Sandwich

Here at eatinbrixton we are devotees of a good bacon sandwich. They are a guilty pleasure for many; even for some vegetarians. So we’ve set out to check what’s on offer in Brixton. The best place to get a bacon sandwich is, of course, a proper ‘greasy spoon’, or what used to be called a working man’s caff. These are now an endangered species in Brixton, but they can be found. We also checked out what was on offer from one of the newer more foodie options, as well as simply making one at home. Continue reading

Casa Morita

Address: Unit 9, Market Row, Brixton Market, SW9 8LB

Website: http://www.casamorita.com/

Email: info@casamorita.com

Phone: 020 8127 5107

Opening times:
Tuesday – Friday   12:00 – 23:30
Saturday   11:00 – 23:30
Sunday   11:00 – 22:30

We had just returned from a brief holiday in Mexico and immediately wanted more Mexican food, so we sauntered over to Casa Morita. We’ve reviewed it before (see here, with apologies for the mis-spelling), so will not go into much detail, but there are now low and high tables and many people come just for a drink. We definitely wanted food.

We went at 6.00pm (that’s how desperate we were), when there was only another  couple there, but it filled up quickly, inside and out. There are a number of combinations, including a tasting menu for two to share at £25.00. But we chose to eat three tacos each. You can mix and match the flavours and they specialise in gluten free. You can also go for the Torta – Mexico’s answer to a burger (not gluten free).

There are all the usuals – tacos with meat or vegetables and mole negro – a black sauce made from “30 ingredients” which comes with the chicken. This restaurant advertises itself as “Authentic Mexican Food”, so this was a test.

We ordered two chicken and mole tacos, a taco fresca and three with chorizo and guacamole. The chicken and mole was definitely authentic and even included a little salt that I really missed in Mexico. The mole negro is served lukewarm. The taco fresca is Queso fresco, black beans and jalapeño chilli. They provide extra chilli sauce and this is definitely needed with this taco to give it a depth of flavour before you bite into the jalapeño. The chilli sauce is also a bit smoky, as well as warming.

The chorizo came with rather warm guacamole which was a bit of a surprise but good nevertheless. The tortillas were soft while not being rubbery, so it was easy to eat everything by hand.

If you have been to Mexico (or just watched Rick Stein’s visit) then this is an eaterie that will give you the real deal. Definitely one to recommend for the things with fillings. The bill including a soft drink and a bottle of beer but before adding anything for service, came to £20.30.

Pieminister

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Address: 10 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LD

Phone: 07713 322507

email: brixton@pieminister.co.uk

website: https://www.pieminister.co.uk/restaurants/brixton/

Opening times:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Thursday 11.30am – 10pm
Friday 11.30am – 11pm
Saturday 10am – 11pm
Sunday 10am – 10pm

We can still just remember Brixton’s last pie and mash shop (where Nanban is now), although there are still examples of the real thing in other parts of London. The nostalgia can be overdone, as the meat filling could sometimes be questionable and the ‘liquor’ watery. But now Brixton has gained a ‘new-wave’ pie shop, in the form of a branch of a chain going by the name Pieminister. Prepare yourself for some rather feeble puns. Continue reading

Express Cafe/Lobstar pop-up

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15-17 Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LB
Telephone:
– Express Cafe 020 7978 8515
– Lobstar Pop-up 079 5843 8441
Opening times:
Express Cafe:
Monday – Saturday 7am–5pm (Wednesday early closing 3pm)
Sunday – Closed
Lobstar pop-up – only until the end of November:
Thursday – Saturday 7pm-11.30pm
Lobstar is a short run pop-up at the premises of the Express Cafe in Market Row. The Express Cafe is a greasy spoon, one of the few left in Brixton, that only opens during the day. So it occasionally rents itself out to pop-ups in the evening. We’ve been a couple of times, for vegan food – see here and for hotdogs – see here , and now, for three days a week in November, there’s a limited menu of lobsters and seafood.

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Best restaurant in Brixton 2016 – Top 5 Shortlist

Britain’s Favourite Restaurant 2016 – Top 5 Shortlist

So after around a week and a half of voting we have our shortlist. Click on the below to see what we thought of them.

Again we will be giving around seven days for you to pick your next favourite before the big unveiling next Wednesday. Share and get voting!