#STFFbitesize – Arabica Bar & Kitchen

13th July 2014

Arabica Bar & Kitchen has come full circle. Starting out as a man with a cooler box setting up a stall in London’s Borough Market to sell mezze, with a few stops in between and now ending up with a restaurant specialising in Levantine cuisine in that very market he started out at. I first came across Arabica at the Real Food Festival Marketand it quickly became a favourite stop of mine, so when I heard that they were opening a restaurant, I just had to try it.

Food: The menu is split into several different sections including dips and dishes from the clay oven. I tried to order from each section, but I had a tough time choosing because it all sounded so good. Particular favourites were the falafels and the sautéed chicken livers with pomegranate molasses.

Ambience: We had seats near the windows and it was great for people watching. The restaurant was busy but didn’t feel cramped and it had a really nice buzz to it.

Service: A little slow to start, but when we engaged with the waiting staff they were friendly and happy to help. TBH was disappointed to hear that their beer shipment got held up in customs, so were not able to offer any beer on the day of our visit.

Price: We ordered 2 cocktails, a glass of house wine and 7 dishes and the total came to £75.94 including service. TBH and I both thought the price of the cocktails (£9.00 each) in comparison to the wine (£3.50) was high.

And finally….A great little restaurant if you’re looking for a pit stop from the throng of people in Borough Market or if you want to try some really delicious and interesting Levantine cooking.


Rania’s Spritz (left) and Zarif Zegir (right)
King Prawns with urfu chilli and garlic
Hummus with Herdwick lamb fillet, toasted pine nuts and ghee
Feta salad with tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper and kalamata
Batata Harra – Triple cooked potatoes with sauteed peppers, onions, toasted garlic, chilli and coriander
Sauteed chicken livers with pomegranate molasses
Sujuk Pide – Turkish pizza with smoked red pepper sauce, spicy sausage, haloumi cheese
Sujuk Pide – Turkish pizza with smoked red pepper sauce, spicy sausage, haloumi cheese
Until we eat again!

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