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Saturday, 18 June 2011

The Tastiest Elephant in London

Went to Brixton Village Market today, I hadn't been for more than two years, I'll be going a lot more now!

I am one of those awkward veggie types, so whilst the market's displays of Goat's heads, Giant African Snails (sold live) and Pig Tails by the box, were always interesting  to pass by, I had never really considered the market as a dining option.

Times have changed, there are now loads of really nice looking little places to eat and drink. On account of the name alone, a friend and I chose this one for lunch.


It is tiny, a two man operation specialising in authentic Pakistani street food with room for no more than 16 diners. It has been open for just over a week. One inside wall is decorated with this rather lovely wallpaper.


It won't be the wallpaper that draws me back though, but the quality and value of the food. An absolutely delicious veggie Thali  cost just £6.50, comprising Curry, Rice, Daal, Salad, Raita and Naan. Chicken and Keema are just 45p more for carnivores. They also do Samosas, Pakora, Kulfi, Masala Chai and Lassi.

The Daal was the most perfectly spiced that I have ever had. Next time I might just have Daal and Naan for a mere £4.50.

Every table was occupied during our time there and you could hear from the conversations going on around us, that everybody felt that they had just made a fantastic discovery. Nobody paid their bills without personally thanking the chef for the great food and the co-owner for his friendly service.

These guys have got a great formula and I am sure they will need bigger premises very soon.They currently occupy 55 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8PS.

Apparently the Market has become a dining destination for foodies only relatively recently, most of the new cafes are less than 18 months old. So even if Pakistani street food isn't your cup of chai there are loads of other new places to try out, along with art, vintage fashion etc. Still plenty of traditional stalls left too for curious veggies or determined meat eaters.

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