• 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
Fulham Wine Rooms
No prizes for guessing what this Fulham venue specialises in. It's an offshoot of the Kensington original and offers the same kind of thing: bottles to take away or drink in, wine tastings, special wine events and a restaurant serving small plates. Each of the wines is available by the glass, with worlds old and new represented relatively evenly. Expect Burgundian chardonnays, Rieslings from Australia, the US and Germany, a number of 'classics' and a few heavyweight reds, such as a 2012 tempranillo from Bodegas y Vinedos Alion, in Ribera del Duero. The small plates include dishes such as foie gras terrine with apricot chutney, seared scallops with celeriac purée and saffron vinaigrette, and sesame-seared tuna with a potato and mango salsa, shiitake mushrooms and spring onion.