It would be easy to live in brixton and head into the glouriously foody hub of brixton village every time you ate out but brixton is fast recruiting a number of really fantastic restaurants further out that are not to be missed. This list focuses on expanding your knowledge of the area, picking out some unusual and some well known spots that guarantee to leave you smiling and satisfied.
Set up by husband and wife team Marquax Aubry and Joe Sharratt, Naughty Piglet brings a small menu but massive impact to Brixton. The site is pushed back to opposite Hootananny after soaring rents due to popularity has taken over a previously cheaper Brixton. Having come over from France to study wine, Aubry met Sharratt, the previous head chef at Trinity in Clapham, fell in love, got married, and had a restaurant baby. The menu is bases around small plates; Ham croquettes are served alongside Cornish mussles and chilled asparagus soup. Mains include Duck leg with sesame and Korean spices and Beef rump with creamed mushrooms and green beans.
Opened on Cold Harbour Lane in Brixton, The Shrub and Shutter is a new cocktail bar opened by Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza. The success of their consultancy business, Salts of The Earth, has lead them to open their own venture which puts a classic spin on the Brixton scene. Their main feature is the drinks which is made up of ‘modern, innovative, interactive and fresh bespoke cocktails in addition to classics created with local, seasonal and homemade ingredients’. To compliment their selection they also offer bar snacks; cured meats, smoked salt beef sandwich, steaks, and a set menu, which changes weekly. Their set menu has previously included venison Carpaccio with pickled beets and horseradish cream, followed by rump of lamb with creamed potatoes petit pois ala francais and finished with a lemon possett served with pickled flowers, blueberries and candy. - See more at: http://18.104.22.168/restaurant/the-shrub-shutter#sthash.1wRmUHwi.dpuf
If you ask most Londoners where their favourite burger spot is, loads will shout Honest Burgers. There’s something about the British-only produce and simplicity, as well as chunky wooden tables and casual atmosphere that keeps people coming back. The beef is Ginger Pig dry aged and worth loading with Stilton or Red Leicester, but the vegetarians amongst you will be happy with the market vegetable fritter served up in Honest’s glazed bun, accompanied by beetroot and apple slaw. All burgers come with the house fries (rosemary salted, naturally) and a side of complete satisfaction.
The ethos at Salon is all about ‘Seasonal and Inventive’. Like others on my list, Salon pride themselves in sourcing ingredients that have been grown, produced or foraged in and around Brixton. Their main feature is their set menu, where for £29 per person, you set yourself up to be dazzled by what the chef decides to whip up on any specific day. The brief given to them, of course, is seasonal and inventive. Examples include; Aparagus broth with wild garlic, tortellini, peas and broadbeans, Swaledale lamb with Jersey royals and sea vegetables followed by dill ice cream with apple, sorrel and rye. Its focus on good local produce (which you can also buy on the ground floor) has set this venue up to be a prominent leader in Brixton’s culinary department. The food isn’t cheap, however it’s a favourite for special occasions and an extremely memorable meal.
Discreetly lurking on the corner of Acre Lane is a speakeasy looking door leading upstairs to a small bar, walls adorned with skulls and seating available for around 20 people. Although mainly a bar, the exciting feature of this place is that each week, they bring in a new pop-up chef. Previously to grace the kitchen has been El Marinero serving up Spanish fish dishes, which include whitebait, scallops and chorizo and Howards Meat Co, which brings Austin style barbeque dishes to London. The drinks are really reasonably priced with a variety of cocktails flavoured with an assortment of herbs and spices and as it stays open till 2am, it’s getting a great reputation for the perfect weekend plans.
Run by the same guys behind MEATliquor, CHICKENliquor is its Brixton chicken based equivalent. Set in the former site of ‘Wishbone’, it provides a bright and airy space in which to devour large portions of its textured fried chicken. The menu comprises of wings or boneless bites where you can chose from Korean, buffalo, chicken shop or Thai dressings with garnish and a further Burger menu featuring its Dirty Chicken burger and a Buffalo Chicken burger. Soul music and hip-hop is played throughout which is the perfect accompaniment to washing it all down with a few cocktails or sours. Don’t forget to order a side of crispy and creamy deep-fried Mac and cheese.
Trinidadian chef Brian Danclair is the brains behind this Caribbean culinary fiasco. Fish wings & tings sits on a corner spot in Granville Arcade and is the place to go to to try out some proper lesser known Caribbean treats. Whilst offering a serious portion of Jerk Chicken, its better to visit here with an open mind and go for something a bit different, like the Shark and Bake; small fillets of shark in a fried dough roll with some spicy condiments. Goat chicken is on the menu too, served with a fruity pineapple and mango chutney, or perhaps try the Prawn Roti, filled with potatoes, chickpeas, pumpkin and spring beans.
It had to be done, no list of best restaurants would be complete without the ultimate pizza joint that is fast taking London by storm and popping up all over the city. Its legendary pizzas are the best Neopolitan wood-fired sourdough pizzas you can get and it’s definitely worth the (often large) queue to succumb to your carb cravings. Their sourdough rises for a minimum of 20 hours and is baked in their specialized made-by-artisans-from-Naples oven. The slow levitation locks in all the flavours, and the thin crispy base allows for a speedy delivery.
The Lido Café opened in 2009, and after extensive refurbishment it welcomes visitors to its premises for not just eating but also for swimming in the lido. It is a modern British restaurant, open all day serving award winning Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The menu is tweaked and changed monthly, allowing an extensive choice for each service. They source all products from small producers, where possible, and the wine is all European, again, thoughtfully selected. When the weather is warm, you can sit outside, gazing over the lido, the sun loungers and the swimmers, glass of wine in hand, and a decadent feast in front of you. The breakfast menu offers anything you could ever want, the lunch has a selection of burgers, charcuterie and salads, and dinner is a variety of warming tasty dishes appropriate for any occasion.