I’m officially obsessed with Brixton Village and I am desperately trying to eat my way around the Granville Arcade. So far I’ve managed Mama Lan’s, Kaosarn and more recently Elephant (Unit 55).
Brixton Village is one of the most exciting foodie things going on in London at the moment. I love the makeshift feel to it, and the way that it is rejuvenating a once tired and dowdy arcade without losing its essence. However, its biggest selling points are the quality and variety of food on offer (from Japanese to Colombian), the affordability (especially when you factor the much-loved BYO status of most restaurants here) and the warm atmosphere.
It is open late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and is filled with young professionals and locals alike enjoying delicious food whilst sat together on improvised benches, and drinking wine from plastic cups. There is also live music being played outside French & Grace on the late openings making for a great night out or at least the perfect start to one.
If you’re looking to visit then Elephant is a great restaurant to sample. It’s a tiny Pakistani street-food café serving fresh, vibrant, turmeric-coloured chicken curries for a bargain £6 a plate, served with rich dahl, buttered breads and a dollop of raita. The lamb samosas are worth a visit in their own right!
The concise home-style menu doesn’t disappoint and offers samosas, curries and thalis served on a segmented stainless steel plate, in the traditional fashion. All of the produce comes from the market itself making it a fantastic venture of sustainability as well as culinary genius. A must-visit.