Salon

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© Olivia Rutherford
Brixton

This shabby-chic eaterie sits above British deli Cannon & Cannon in one of Brixton Market’s revamped shopping arcades. The ultra-casual setting – scuffed paintwork, battered metal furniture, a cramped kitchen – means Salon is a take-it-as-it-comes operation, but that seems to suit the clientele of locals and market tourists.

Wine is served in tumblers, and the chefs sometimes pop out to deliver plates to tables themselves. Dishes tend to be simple, with an emphasis on fresh, very seasonal produce. At lunch, there’s a deli menu of small plates (including top-notch British charcuterie and cheese) sourced from downstairs, as well as a very good-value set menu. Highlights included super-fresh fish cakes that combined smoked mackerel, fluffy potato and dill to winning effect; tender confit of mallard leg atop a substantial helping of puy lentils and pancetta; and a gooey dark chocolate tart incorporating a layer of tangy, nicely bitter orange marmalade.

Prosecco and spring rhubarb juice made a zingy, refreshing aperitif. Come dinner, there’s a no-choice set menu of five courses (with matching wines, if wanted) – simpler for the kitchen, but a riskier proposition for the diner.

 

Venue name: Salon
Contact:
Address: Cannon & Cannon
18 Market Row
London
SW9 8LD
Opening hours: Deli Open 11am-5.30pm Tue, Wed; 11am-10pm Thur-Sat; 11am-4pm Sun.Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm Fri, Sat. Dinner served 6-10pm Thur-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Brixton
Price: Main courses £9.50-£15. Set lunch £12.95 2 courses, £15.95 3 courses. Set dinner £29 4 courses.

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Rita S

If you can find it, and can get a table, the upstairs is now called 'Salon' and serves top quality, seasonal food at alarmingly decent prices. I was impressed. And that's saying something. Get there - make sure to book - gd luck finding it though!

Donald Kidd

The waitress mixed up our drink order and charged us for it. Nothing else about it would convince me to rate it higher.

Lewis

Brilliant. Love this place and their evening events. Highly recommended for cured meats and cheese.

Marina

I'm so pleased that Cannon & Cannon has come to Brixton! It's a most welcome addition to one of my favourite places to eat (Brixton Village/Market). If you love cured meat, you'll love Cannon & Cannon. Try the fennel salami.....mmmmm.

Dirtycash

Loved it. Friendly knowledgable staff, great simple food with a nice laid back atmosphere. The Welsh smoked ham nearly converted by vegetarian wife back to being a carnivore. We will be going back.

Jonathan Bunderg

I have been eating cured meats the world over for many years and never thought that Britain could produce such refined and meats. Well done to the guys at Cannon and Cannon-if you like cured meats, this place is well worth a visit.

mangojuice

finally! Brixton and Herne Hill have been crying out for a cheese shop for as long as I can remember, so this is very welcome! We spent a few hours in there on a rainy Sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed everything we had. We went with some Italian friends, who were initially hesitant about the full English menu, but were blown away by the selection and quality of cheeses and meats that the UK produce. The cold smoked mutton was surprisingly good - I left feeling that I had been educated about the decent quality of food that is right on my doorstep. Thank you Cannon & Cannon - we'll see you again soon!