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

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

  1. organicpanda

    organicpanda cat herder extraodinaire

    I think with setting up their new place they may have not been so on the case, easy mistake to make
     
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I went to Kata Kata today and it was marvellous. Great value, huge portions, friendly chef and a lovely, old school unpretentious vibe. It reminded me a bit of the cafe in the old Cooltan Arts squat. And the fresh juice was the best I've had in Brixton.
     
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  3. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    Yay!!
     
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  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It was just great to visit somewhere that wasn't churning out the usual on-trend, foodie-luring menus, supported by graphically on-message entrepreneurs being promoted through multiple social media channels through some groovy PR agency in Shoreditch. It was just, well, normal. It felt like the Brixton of old. And really fucking tasty. Thank you!
     
  5. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro Beware hedgehogs

    Good write up about Salon in this weeks Timeout. Salon

    Anybody tried it? Never been there as we always have showed up on spec and they were always booked. Going to try it as soon as possible.
     
  6. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    It is excellent. Really nice food, very good at catering for vegans, a good range of wines at varying price points. It is definitely a special occasion priced restaurant though.
     
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  7. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    The Sunday Popes Road market is having a bi monthly vegan only day.
     
  8. aka

    aka Brixton Hill

    Best spot in Brixton, also massive garden.
     
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  9. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    I've been trying to organise a school trip there for a while now but struggling to get in touch with them. I'll have to just actually go there and talk to them in person. If I ever find time.
     
  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The lone chef was doing everything when we were there!
     
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  11. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    Dunno if this is a regular thing but Noors had a box of Quince on sale today
     
  12. aka

    aka Brixton Hill

    Quince season usually starts in October - global warming innit. Or global cooling, bit confused.
     
  13. cuppa tee

    cuppa tee Well-Known Member

    A bit like apples, must be import jobs, looked nice though. I'd be tempted but the local green grocers is knocking out some quality rhubarb.
     
  14. aka

    aka Brixton Hill

    Stolen from Veg Soc. May the Veg be with you ...... Artichoke, Asparagus, Aubergine, Beetroot, Chicory, Chillies, Elderflowers, Lettuce, Marrow, New Potatoes, Peas, Peppers, Radishes, Rhubarb, Rocket, Samphire, Sorrel, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Strawberries, Watercress.
     
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  15. djdando

    djdando Well-Known Member

  16. theboris

    theboris Well-Known Member

    News about the Lebanese place - Ya Hala - underneath the Premier Inn. Been half a dozen since it opened last year, really good value and tasty. Also its lack of licence meant you got a less rowdy crowd there, but was always packed. Went the other night to see it has been taken over by a Canadian-Lebanese chain - Paramount. Menu is more extensive - now has more meat dishes, but prices higher. Didn't recognise any of the old staff. Still unlicenced and still halal. My food was a little disappointing and the whole place was a lot quieter than it used to be. On the plus side food is clearly freshly prepared and staff are friendly. Saddest loss is they no longer have the spicey middle eastern sausages - soujok - which you used to get a huge plate for about £4. I fear that they have killed a winning previous proposition
     
  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That's a real shame. Yet another independent replaced by a multi-national chain :(

    Paramount Lebanese Kitchen makes UK debut with three simultaneous openings
     
  18. djdando

    djdando Well-Known Member

    Ya Hala wasn’t independent by your definition. It was a chain as it had 3 sites and probably was backed by an offshore company!

    The new menu is not as extensive as Ya Hala. I was really disappointed when I went in. They’ve tried to make it trendy by serving things in snazzy dishes but ultimately it is much smaller. I’ll give it one more go but I really wasn’t impressed.

    On the plus side the staff were really nice. The old Ya Hala staff didn’t engage, no smiles, no eye contact. Our waiter was great at ‘Paramount’.
     
  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Almost every 'independent' new business in Brixton seems to be backed by (a) Daddy's money, (b) rich ex-City folk looking to make a killing, (c) offshore fuckers, (d) investment funds and (e) well connected slippery entrepreneurs.
     
  20. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    This is because fitting out a shop in a prime location costs a huge pile of cash, is therefore very risky and this is why you need rich backers.

    This is why enterprises like pop are interesting for traders, as they require much less up front cash and therefore risk.

    Alex
     
  21. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    Kricket looks like it's opening soon. They were having a bit of a staff party last night when I walked past after 11pm.
     
  22. djdando

    djdando Well-Known Member

    You’re deluded!
     
  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Thank you for the insult, but I am actually quite correct.
     
  24. jimbarkanoodle

    jimbarkanoodle Well-Known Member

    Never really got into Ya-Hala, which was a shame as it was a good concept in a prime spot.

    Only ever had a sharwarma sandwich thing once, it didn't have much meat in it and wasn't as tasty as id hoped it might be. every time i tried to give it a second chance, the lamb sharwarma spit didnt look very inviting and was on its last legs. The place down beside Phonox looks like it might be better.
     
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  25. djdando

    djdando Well-Known Member

    Your tone is incorrect.
     
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Just keep the nasty unprovoked insults to yourself, please.
     
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  27. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    B) people I know who’ve left other industries (mainly media among people I know but a few financial) to set up food or craft based small businesses aren’t doing it to make a killing. They are doing it because it is what they are passionate about and/or for a better work life balance
     
  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It must be nice to have enough capital to be able to finance a better work/life balanced lifestyle, especially in Brixton where the recent stampede of entrepreneurs and well-heeled lifestyle changers have pushed the rents so high.
     
  29. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery Pretty comfortable here right under your skin Banned

    I'm not sure the hospitality industry is well known for its ability to 'make a killing'. Quite the opposite generally.
     
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  30. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    ...or its work life balance, to be fair.
     
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