• Brixton Village Market has become the destination for budget eating in south London. • Take Time Out’s video tour of the covered market’s restaurants and cafés. • Get the details and unbiased reviews of the best places, from KaoSarn to Honest Burgers.
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A very concise menu is served at this tiny Pakistani café, which is run by Imran Bashir: own-made samosas, curries, three types of thali (minced lamb, chicken or vegetable). The dishes are home-style, and the thalis served on a segmented stainless steel plate, in the Subcontinental way. The dahl is rich and thick, the keema (mince) delicately spiced and with just the right amount of ghee, the raita creamy. The masala chai is exemplary, and the prices for all dishes very low.
Brixton area guide
Greedy Cow is one of the few places in Mile End not serving sweaty donners, fried chicken or cups of terrible coffee. For this, as well as its commitment to carnivores, it should be applauded. The menu offers burgers every which way – from kangaroo to wagyu beef – and great variety in its cuts of steak. In the upstairs dining room, cowhide furniture and bovine prints on the wall lay it on a bit thick, while cheesy muzak (or should that be moozak?) nearly pushed us over the edge. Maybe they were trying to relax the wagyu some more? If so, it did the trick – it tasted as a highend burger should. A plump fillet steak with a piquant peppercorn sauce was near- perfect, although rarer than requested. Desserts were solid; a chocolate fondant with a molten centre and a creme brûlée torched at the table for kicks. Where Greedy Cow really excels, though, is in its service. Our warm waitress seemed genuinely interested in her customers. Grab a seat in the rustic restaurant downstairs where the tackiness is left behind, chew the cud with staff and you'll be in for some enjoyable meats out east.
Venue says: “Now serving our 'greedy breakfast', Saturday and Sunday 8am-noon.”