• 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.
Elephant video introduction
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
Uncover a Moroccan hideaway when you walk into Couscous Darna. This exotic lantern-laden, low-lit boudoir gives off North African vibes from floor to ceiling, with Berberian pottery and a menu to match. Dine on hot or cold 'kemia' (mezze), couscous with grilled meat, tagine, skewers or salad.Shisha pipes and belly dancers come out at the weekends.
Venue says: “Get 50% of select items from the a la carte menu. Authentic homemade food, great atmosphere, plus belly dancers and shisha at the weekends!”