Brixton’s food scene continues to evolve.
As well as the new Karakana in the old Market House, there are several new openings happening and planned in Brixton.
Most notable will be Danclair’s – proprietor Brian Danclair of the long-established Fish, Wings & Tings. It will be inside Brixton Village.
A move upmarket, it promises “nouvelle Caribbean cuisine” with Trinidadian flavours, French influences and the South American classics inspired by his grandmother, Valentina Castillo Cabellero.
Possibly less original will be La Nonna, in Market Row, the third in an incipient chain of pasta restaurants with a deli selling DIY pasta kits, cheese and cured meats. it is due to open on Wednesday 29 September.
For those with a sweet tooth and a pressing need for calories, Whipped is due to open this Wednesday (15 September).
Also a chain-in-the-making, already established in Covent Garden, Whipped specialises in “custom cheesecakes” with a strong vegan theme.
Flavours available from the establishment on the site of the greatly missed Cornercopia include wild blueberry crumble, dulce de leche cookie dough, roasted peanut banoffee pie, seven sins chocolate, and fresh mango, lime and toasted coconut.
You can wash them down with milkshakes including a Biscoff caramel concoction and a “cookies and cream” combination.
Also looming over the horizon is the arrival in Brixton (behind Argos on Electric Lane) of the giant chain Five Guys, which already has 125 branches in in the UK, including 34 in Greater London, not to mention many hundreds more all over the world – New York has 88.
The main selling point is that every burger comes with two patties – unless you ask for a “little” one – you wimp.
And there’s more …
Other recent, new and forthcoming openings in Brixton Village (which is now used by the owners to include both the Granville Arcade and Market Row) include:
BAZ AND FRED’S
Their second London pizzeria. “It has been a lifelong ambition of ours to open a pizzeria in Brixton Village,” say co-founders Baz Henriques and Fred Hicks.
LE BRIXTON DELI
Run by the team behind Borough Market’s The French Comte and specialising in produce – cheese and charcuterie – from the Franche-Comté region near the Swiss border.
The menu focuses on Japanese Te (hand), Maki (roll) sushi. More.
Yet another second site, this time from an original in Dalston. Hacha will be an “agaveria” over two floors in Market Row. Serving tequila, mescal and other spirits made from the agave plant – a succulent, not a cactus, BTW.
Plus appropriate food, off sales and cocktails, including a Brixton special – La Bandera – three mini cocktails each using an agave spirit to represent the colours of the Mexican flag.
Hacha will shut one day a week so its not-for-profit organisation Equal Measures can offer training, mentorship and workshops designd to improve the representation of BAME communities in the hospitality industry.