Brixton food & drink news: new restaurants, bars, pop ups, cafes and more

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Onket, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    They are now advertising free wifi
  2. Louisgwinn24

    Louisgwinn24 Member

    Fancy Funkin Chicken was repossesed
  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Awful name, awful wannbe hipster place.

    Bring back the Phoenix!
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  4. alcopop

    alcopop Banned Banned

    The Phoenix sold it and moved to a new place then sold that.

    They also built a new block of flats

    They are not coming back
  5. alcopop

    alcopop Banned Banned

    It was shit anyway
  6. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    It was very overrated for the food but I loved the original as a proper caff.
  7. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Fancy Funkin Chicken was ok, or at least the food was. Seemed to be popular with everyone (a more mixed crowd than a lot of restaurants in the centre)
  8. editor

    editor hiraethified

    It was an independent cafe that was hugely popular with locals of all backgrounds and very affordable. I can see why that might not be your thing.
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  9. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Every time I went past it was completely empty!
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  10. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I went past the vegan Pipoca place on Brixton Road and it looks so much better than the awful photo they've been using. The menu looked tasty too so I'll give it a go soon and do some better photos for them.
  11. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Was usually half full when I went there. What I meant was it seemed to attract black and white patrons in similar numbers
  12. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Blimey, the Beehive is busy in the afternoons. Shame about the Brexit propaganda stuck on every table, mind.
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  13. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    I'm back in Brixton for the weekend and went to Pipoca for an enormous and very tasty breakfast, Pipoca Brunch -- home made baked beans, roasted veg, avocado dip and sour dough bread with garlic butter. Coffee wasn't good though. Definitely worth a visit though. They also have a 'packaging free' shop next door, which I feel is a bit gimmicky at the moment, but it has to start somewhere.

    Anyway, I came here to ask for a recommendation for a tasty old school Chinese in the vicinity. I have spent too long in the land of tourist food (fish & chips, burger and chips, cheesey chips or just chips) and I need something with a bit of zing.
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  14. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    Mama Lan in the Village is good. And not Chinese, but I heartily recommend Saigon Bistro in Streatham. I also like Nanban on Coldharbour Lane, which is Japanesey.
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  15. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    Thank you. We obviously have the same taste as I headed straight to Saigon Bistro Friday night, and it's the one I bleat on about when I am complaining about the crap food in Bournemouth. :D

    We attempted to get into Mama Lan in Clapham last night but there was a 25 minute wait so ended up in Osteria instead.
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  16. catriona

    catriona chickweed

    Really sad to see that Yum D in Market Row seems to have gone - it has been stripped out & the sign has gone. No info on the door that I could see. It was my favourite place in Brixton for a quick healthy dinner, nice people too. Anyone know what happened?
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  17. editor

    editor hiraethified

  18. discobastard

    discobastard edited

    Have you seen the menu?

    £7.00 for some sautee mushrooms and avocado?!

    £9.00 for a crepe!!

    £10.50 for a vegan English Breakfast or a Brunch :eek:

    That is some *seriously* expensive food – I’m not sure I can see that place being affordable for the majority of the local community – but that’s OK because the moneyed young nu-Brixton professionals will hoover that shit up.

    Exposed brickwork – check

    Industrial lighting – check

    Expensive looking glassware - check
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  19. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I'd rather support the wonderful Cafe van Gogh myself or if I wanted a crepe, I'd get up to katakata which offers much better value (although I've never tried the food from Pipoca).

    Senzala charge over a tenner for some of their crepes!
    Menu | Senzala
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  20. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    Senzala describe Pipoca as their 'sister' restaurant.
  21. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    That seems very 'nu' Brixton!
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  22. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Sisters in upmarket pricing! Shame really, but at least there's Cafe Van Gogh which shows Brixton businesses how it should be done.
  23. discobastard

    discobastard edited

    I work near Pont De La Tour restaurant at Tower Bridge - stupidly expensive and wanky. They have a little takeaway lunch outlet - crepes are only a fiver (and big). Over a tenner is crazy money for a crepe - even if it does have steak in it!
  24. editor

    editor hiraethified

    KataKata charged £6.90 and it was big enough for two and REALLY tasty. It was really fresh, and you get to sit down and chill out, so it seems decent value to me.

    KataKata – a delicious and affordable vegan/vegetarian French/African creperie and art space in Brixton
  25. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    one is a social enterprise with a very good deal from/with the church, the other is a business that is trying to make a profit while paying market rate rents and rates, there is bound to be a difference in price (taking price out of it Cafe Van Gogh gets my vote both for the food and the ambience)
  26. editor

    editor hiraethified

    For sure, but there is nothing stopping a lot of the new Brixton businesses giving a bit more back to the community they're profiting from, no?

    And while, fir example, a well publicised donation to somewhere like the Soup Kitchen is obviously a good thing, I'm a bit more impressed by people who get a bit more involved.
  27. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Daughter 16 yo went to Franca Manca, the Balham branch, for a friends b'day.
    Her and mates have just gone into 6th form and wanted to try out their student discount £6.95 for a pizza and a drink.
    They asked the waitress if this is ok she says yeah so they order food and drink
    when they have finished dude does the bill, and asks to see ID for discount & they duly oblige
    he then tells them "unfortunately" discount isn't available on Friday and hits them for the full amount.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2018
  28. technical

    technical stripey

    That sucks. Can she (you?) speak to management?
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  29. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    I’d be kicking off. If the waitress said it was ok they should get it.

    That said, as a new (old) student, having read the T&Cs for most of the places you can get food discounts, they are mostly Sunday-Thursday unfortunately. My guess is the waitress fucked up :(
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  30. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    I agree it should be possible, sadly social awareness seems very low down/none existent in the vast majority of businesses unless it is a) a tax break or b) good publicity (or both)
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