London is a city with plenty of fantastic choices when it comes to international cuisine. Irony is, with so much options deciding where to eat can be a bit of a struggle. After we visited Borough Market (separate post here), which was an absolute must in the itinerary, we chanced upon this gem of a restaurant right on the edge of the market nestled beneath the railway arch. What I especially like about the place is the wonderful exposed brick arch/ceiling, very chic yet retaining its old charm. You can also hear the rumbling of the trains overhead which added more character and drama to the place. I really loved the food, every single one of which was bursting with flavours. Whilst the dishes were tasty and delicious, the portions were small therefore you might need to order a few more or you can opt for the rest of the market if you're still feeling hungry. Do check out their stall just outside the restaurant on market days. They have a range of mezze, sweets and pastries for take-away.
Kibeh- Levantine-style bulgur wheat croquette with spiced lamb, onion, pine nuts and sumac
Lamb meshwi with walnut harissa, parsley, onion, sumac salad
Pan-fried sea bass and king scallops, monk's beard, saffron and cardamon lebneh
Imam Bayaldi fried aubergine
Spiced lamb ragu, toasted pine nuts.
Batata Harra, tripled cooked potatoes, peppers, onion, garlic and chilli.
On market days, you can find this Arabica stall selling an assortment of Middle Eastern pastries and desserts as well as falafels and wraps outside the restaurant.
Arabica Bar and Kitchen
3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London