Brixton looks pretty weary on a Sunday morning; virtually abandoned while the hipsters and ravers rest their heavy heads from the night before, and the market stall owners crash halal meat and fresh fish around, setting up for the day’s trade. At the end of Market Row though, Carioca at 11.30am is heaving.
The Joint is all about 16 hour slow cooked meat teamed with a freshly baked fig and vanilla sourdough bun and sides… lots of amazing juicy sides. Having established themselves as the pulled pork experts at Brixton Village since 2012 The Joint have upgraded from funky crates for tables to a bright and airy space over two floors just off Marylebone High Street.
Through a hidden entrance, Upstairs occupies the top two floors of a refurbished Brixton flat, with a cosy cocktail bar off the first landing and equally intimate ten-table dining room above. The décor is sleek and modern. Listed in the Michelin guide expect uncomplicated easy to eat and flavoursome cooking from a concise but balanced and well-priced set menu.
Khamsa is a tiny North African restaurant situated on Acre Lane, which runs from Clapham Common all the way to Brixton. Run by an Algerian couple inspired by their mothers and culture, Khamsa is like a little diamond in the rough. With 6 to 8 tables in the main dining area (and a downstairs 'chill-out" area), booking is a must. The food is freshly made to order with ingredients sourced from the local Brixton market. Enjoy meze dishes such as zaalouk (aubergine and walnut paste), beetroot salad with fennel and anchovies and garlicky chickpeas topped with spicy meatballs or a wide selection of traditional tagines with personal twists added by the owners. BYO wine/beer.
Prima Donna offers the culturally stimulating experience of tasting authentic Brazilian food, such as Espentinhos, Feijoada and Escondidinho, or the restaurant’s very own recipe for Eggs Prima Donna. The nocturnal can take advantage of Prima Donna’s happy hour, whereby on Fridays and Saturdays from 6-8pm two caipirinha cocktails - Brazil’s national cocktail - are available for the price of one.
We have been busy scouring around South London for some of the best eats on this side of the river. Brixton Market is not only perfect for the hipster in us all, but it also ticks all of our high standard foodie boxes; great variety, up-and-coming independent businesses, good vibes in a great industrial 'market make-over'. Here is a our list of favourites:
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