Etta's Seafood Kitchen

Restaurants, Seafood Brixton
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Brixton Village Market (formerly Granville Arcade) has become a prime dining destination thanks to the many cafés and restaurants that have opened among the fruit and veg, household goods and bric-a-brac stalls.

Decor at Etta's is simple: white walls, plain wooden tables and more tables ‘outside’ in the covered market. The short but appealing menu of fish and shellfish dishes runs from cod and chips to lobster, and includes succulent, fresh-grilled shell-on prawns, and crispy, deep-fried whitebait. There’s a couple of vegetarian dishes too.

The flavours of steamed sea bass harmonised beautifully with the just-right piquancy of scotch bonnet peppers, while seafood curry featured assorted fish and a quarter-crab in a spicy stock. A nutcracker and metal skewer were provided for the crab: a hands-on affair that’s not for the faint-hearted, but staff were brisk and efficient with their delivery of napkins and water bowls. So welcoming were they that it was tempting to linger over the outstanding own-made sorrel juice and gutsy ginger beer – but by then, a long queue was forming outside.

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Venue name: Etta's Seafood Kitchen
Address: 85-86
Brixton Village
Coldharbour Lane
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11am-6pm; Thur-Sun 11am-10pm
Transport: Tube: Brixton
Price: Main courses £7-£13.50
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I was taken here by a friend, who comes from a Caribbean background, so I trusted his guidance in recommending a good restaurant. The food was delicious with oodles of flavour and really filling. It really did have a home-made feel, which I loved and the staff were welcoming and cheerful. I found the whole meal a delight and I look forward to returning. 

We decided to go with a couple of seafood lover friends who were keen on trying Caribbean style cuisine. What a disappointing experience! The restaurant was basically empty compared to the bustling atmosphere of Brixton Market on a Thursday night...suspicious! The menu was short & sweet, as timeout reviewed, and looked appetizing, even if we were desperately trying to ignore the thick fumes of stale frying oil lingering in the air and seeping into our clothes and hair (which we graciously kept until we ran into the shower as we got home!). We ordered a couple of starters; calamari rings with a salad, fish fritters, jerk-prawns, accompanied by a fish burger and sides of rice & peas and plantain chips. It was all too oily and cold by the time it arrived to our table, as the waitress wanted to wait for everything to be cooked in order to bring it all at the same time. Cold calamari rings with three salad leaves (did I mention this starter came with a salad and not a decorative mushy leaf bed an the bottom of the plate?), room temperature fish fritters that were so greasy (the bad kind of greasy) that a pool of cold used oil would form as your fork pressed on their surface. The fish burger's bread looked like it could've been bought in Iceland and the plantain chips were hard and oily whist the rice & peas were cold and tasteless. All this for a £38 bill! A couple finally entered the restaurant as we were trying to eat some food, despite the general disgust. As their food was served and they tried it, their faces said it all! They were as repulsed as we were, leaving with less money in our pockets and a bad taste in our mouths, smelling like stale fat!