Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Onket, Dec 6, 2011.
I think with setting up their new place they may have not been so on the case, easy mistake to make
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Sunday Popes Road market is having a bi monthly vegan only day.
Best spot in Brixton, also massive garden.
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.
The lone chef was doing everything when we were there!
Dunno if this is a regular thing but Noors had a box of Quince on sale today
Quince season usually starts in October - global warming innit. Or global cooling, bit confused.
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.
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.
Chick 'n' Sours Brixton Pop-Up
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
That's a real shame. Yet another independent replaced by a multi-national chain
Paramount Lebanese Kitchen makes UK debut with three simultaneous openings
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’.
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.
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.
Kricket looks like it's opening soon. They were having a bit of a staff party last night when I walked past after 11pm.
Thank you for the insult, but I am actually quite correct.
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.
Your tone is incorrect.
Just keep the nasty unprovoked insults to yourself, please.
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
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.
I'm not sure the hospitality industry is well known for its ability to 'make a killing'. Quite the opposite generally.
...or its work life balance, to be fair.
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