• 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
Jimmy Campbell Balham
A hair and beauty salon based in Balham that caters to all types of hair: be that European, Afro, Asian or British – they have a stylist for the job. Both men and women are welcome to get cut, coloured, styled, waxed, scrubbed, bleached or pampered with a 30-minute facial. Jimmy Campbell has a sister branch in Fulham.