Deep-fried risotto balls are the stars here, but breakfast, sandwiches and great coffee all play their part at this Kentish Town favourite.
What began as a market stall on Brick Lane has now turned into a small chain of venues serving up delightful balls of deep fried risotto rice – arancini. This Kentish Town residence was the first foray into the world of bricks and mortar for founders Dave and Dave, and it’s safe to say it’s more than a one hit wonder.
Rice is slowly cooked with herbs, onions and garlic and then bound together with a vegetable stock and a variety of flavours, like mozzarella, cheddar, parsley and lemon. It’s then rolled in to balls and fried in rice flour until crispy.
But that’s not all, there’s lamb wraps and burgers on the menu as well as salad boxes and stew pots up for grabs. The risotto balls themselves are wheat free and vegetarian. Furthermore, there’s good coffee and a selection of cakes if the mood takes you. Note there’s a little garden eating area at the back of the property.
|Venue name:||Arancini Brothers Factory Café|
115 Kentish Town Road
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 8am-7pm; Thu-Fri 8am-9.30pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am-9.30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Kentish Town tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £4-£7.95. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £16|
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Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
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Been at the Kentish Town branch for the first time, was positive surprised. The waitresses were super friendly and even gave my friend and me a Risotto ball for trying as we never been to one of their restaurants before. At the end I had all 3 flavours of the Risotto balls, my favourites where definitely the Mushroom Zucchini Balls. They have Sweet potato and original as their other two flavours, both quite nice as well. We had two Burgers the Chimichurri one and the Vegan, I must say the Chimmichurri one was sadly really oily, so less is more with this, but flavour wise amazing. The vegan one, just perfect from texture and flavours, so defo worth a try and if I could this every day I would think about turning vegan. I like their simple interior design, could be on some bits a bit more cleaner tho. The range of spicy sauces on the tables are great, here as well I would be happy if they bottles would be cleaned every evening. So if you like good food but don't mind so much on a super fancy restaurant, this is your spot.
Friendliest place around. This cafe specialises in arancini balls any way you like. I love the variety and the fact that as a vegetarian, you are not an afterthought.
Well, these guys know how to do arancini! Which is obviously no surprise. Try one of the stews too though - worth the trip alone.
Ask for the breakfast that includes everything. It's a great deal!! I love this place and the desserts are like heaven. The people that work there are really nice and it's really pleasant. I love it ! ! !
I live locally and came here after reading the good review but was extremely disappointed! Spent just over 20 quid on a takeaway and food was average at best! One was very badly burnt I ended up throwing it away! There are so many better places to eat locally and this place won't be missed
This place is such a good find for Kentish Town. Super nice arancini balls - wrap, salads or boxes. The cakes are awesome and when I couldn't decide between two of them, the nice man gave me tastes of both. Lovely atmosphere and great coffee too.
Really enjoy here and regularly travel from South East London just for a bite then to look around Camden Town for a bit! Love their stews and such a nice homely feel here everyone is made to feel welcome
Amazing fresh and varied ingredients. I had the chicken wrap and it was probably the best wrap I've ever had! Great value too as it was a big portion. Definitely going back soon.
Amazing food! I love how fresh everything tastes and the coffee (made by a blonde girl) was the best coffee I've ever had in London. Give it a go! Friendly helpful staff and great food. You couldn't ask for more! I found out the opening times 8am-4pm weekdays 10am-5pm weekends
Fantastic local venue: great food, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff and most importantly, for me at least, a Flat White to make the Antipodes proud. Important to note, the Time Out review was carried out before the new weekend opening hours so now a fab choice on the weekend too.
Everything Arancini is fresh, seriously tasty and done with a warm smile. I love this place. The blondies are sublime, the coffee delcious, great for breakfast too. Great event caterers too.
Love it! My most recent visit was to shelter from the pouring rain and their amazing lamb and feta meatball stew with arancini warmed and cheered me. Really good value and I'm pretty sure they've started opening on weekends now too.
Absolutely love this place! A welcome addition to Kentish Town. The arancini are just perfect - a real comfort food. And the coffee deserves a special mention, by far the best cup for miles around. They do a mean carrot cake too :-)