With a work trip to the English capital on the cards, it's time again to think about that all important London activity - eating! :)
The last time I was in the city, I was on the hunt for jerk chicken and Brixton - London's Caribbean and West African hub - seemed to be the obvious spot to find some.
Even if you aren't too sure what you feel like nibbling on, and perhaps especially if you are feeling indecisive, Brixton Village – formerly Granville Arcade - is a great place to end up for a bite.
The indie restaurants lining its halls are small – think five to six tables, with closely-packed mezzanine floors in the bigger establishments and tables spilling out into the covered arcade in the smaller ones. These are more the “I’m-almost-sitting-on-my-neighbour’s-lap” and less the “we-value-our-patrons’-personal space” kind of places, but the set-up lends a cozy sense of community to the dining experience.
Most restaurants don’t offer a reservation policy and you will have to swap plastic for paper when it comes to paying the bill, but for the trouble of queuing up and a cash-only policy you will have plenty of tasty prizes in store.
I found my target within minutes at Fish, Wings & Tings - a cosy corner restaurant that did a feisty tamarind version of jerk chicken that went down pretty smoothly with a glass of ginger-laced rum. The quirky restaurant also did a good line of tasty ‘Small Tings’ such as crunchy Red Stripe Tempura Prawns, Reggae Wings and Cod Fish Fritters, and proved the perfect first stop on a resto-crawl around Brixton Village.
Next up, considering my last trip took place in the depths of winter, it was time to top up on the carbs and cheese. The Mexican haunt Jalisco did big fat bowls of sinful sweet potato fries that hit the spot perfectly. We could have stopped there but the line up of tasty tacos, burritos, quesadillas and other staples from south of the border, all washed down with some frosty margaritas and beer, proved too tempting. Jalisco serves up its dishes to order on a hotness scale of ‘Dead’ to ‘F*** Off Hot!!!’ I think I went for something respectably at the higher end of spiciness.
If you wander further into the labyrinth, there’s so much more in store – tangy Thai, Pakistani pakoras, juicy burgers, focaccia and Florentine gelato – the dishes are made for quick service and quicker eating, allowing you to grab a bite at any place that takes your fancy before moving on to the next spot.
The weekend I had a wander around the Village, there was live music tinkling down the halls and an art exhibition was teeming with hungry hipsters.
I think I may be going for seconds pretty soon :)
A version of this post originally appeared in Marie France Asia
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