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Favourite places for food in London

Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on November 1, 2010

Following on from an earlier post regarding places to eat in Central London I thought it worthwhile to jot down one or two more which are slightly further afield though definitely worth seeking out…

Franco Manca, Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LD

Legendary Pizzeria located in the in-door Brixton Market. I’ve been meaning to come here on several occasions and only in the last few weeks I’ve been able too. Menu contains a choice of five pizzas (all made with sourdough) and a mixed leaf salad to start. The Pizza’s are delicious and are priced between £4.50 and £7 which is great value. Because of its location it is closed in the evenings and also do be prepared for a max 20 minute wait as they have several tables and people are queueing up to eat here!

Etta’s Seafood Kitchen, 4 to 42 Brixton Village, Unit 46, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9

Family run seafood cafe located in the ‘other’ indoor market, in Brixton. Made to feel very welcome and the food was excellent – we shared calamari which whilst quite a small portion, was very fresh and extremely tasty. Excellent seafood soup for mains – extremely tasty and nicely spiced.

Meze Mangal, 245 Lewisham Way, New Cross, SE4 1XF

Slightly further afield is this Turkish restaurant (though don’t be put off by the exterior) – this place is the real deal. The food is either cooked over a traditional fire pit (you can sit there if dining alone, a great spectacle) or the food is cooked within a wood fired oven. Extremely tasty kebabs, chops, offal etc. Well priced wine list – the house red is particularly good value.

Ranoush Juice, 43 Edgware Road, W2 2JE

Fantastic Shawarma outlet, the lamb particularly so. Ranoush is open until 3am – speedy service or indeed sit inside, they have about five or so small tables.

Tayyabs, 83-89 Fieldgate Street, E1 1JU

Forget the oily tourist places on Brick Lane and head to Tayyabs for the best lamb chops, seekh kebabs and chicken tikka – in fact this is all I order whenever I go (must try the curries next time) plus 2 garlic naans – straight from the tandoor. They also have a BYO policy so I’m always nicely surprised when the bill comes and its less than I thought. Lunchtime is a good time to visit as this place is very popular and you can find yourself queueing for a good hour before being seated during the evening.

Lahore Kebab House, 2 Umberston Street, E1 1PY

About ten minutes walk from Tayyabs, just off Commercial Road is the Lahore Kebab House. More cafe in its style, this no frills restaurant offers some of the best kebabs in London – like Tayyabs, I must try to order more than my normal chops, kebabs, tikka and garlic naans – but for a £20ish bill for two it’s difficult to try anything else, that and being totally sated once you’ve eaten. Again, they have BYO policy.

Arments Pie, Mash and Eel House, 7 & 9 Westmorland Road, SE17

Just off the Walworth Road is this third generation run Pie and Mash shop. All the food is prepared fresh each day and is really recommended.


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