CocoonSync London Renter’s Guide: The best affordable restaurants in Brixton
Hungry and broke in Brixton? We’ve got you covered with these cheap eats.
Brixton is well-known as one of the most diverse areas in London and that means lots of restaurants serving food from all over the world. Happily, despite the increasing coolness of this South London neighbourhood, there are plenty of places where you can tuck into some mouth-watering food at unbeatable prices.
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It goes without saying that Brixton is the number one place to go for all things Caribbean, as it’s home to the largest Caribbean population in London. That means you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to jerk chicken and other Jamaican classics. However, Brixton is a hub for cuisines of all sorts, from Japanese to Indian and Colombian. We’ve lined up the best and most affordable restaurants for when you need a tasty bite in Brixton.
Our guide to cheap eats in Brixton
Fish, Wings and Tings
Located within the legendary Brixton Village, Fish, Wings and Tings is your go-to spot for really good Caribbean food that won’t break the bank. It’s a super small, colourful place that spills out onto the pavement and is excellent for those days when you want to catch some rare London rays. Settle in for a curried mutton roti or a plate of jerk chicken with rice and chutney but be careful - it’s spicier than it looks.
Okan has two locations in Brixton: one in the Village and the other just round the corner on Coldharbour Lane, and both sell different Japanese dishes. We love the tiny canteen in Brixton Village for its sumptuous servings of Okonomiyaki, a crispy egg pancake topped with pork belly, slurp-worthy yaki udon and delicious king prawn yaki soba. Best of all, everything is under a tenner. Over on Coldharbour Lane, it’s a bit swankier with Japanese tapas and cocktails; the food is equally good but a little pricier.
For great Indian food in Brixton, get yourself down to Beb’s. Dining here feels a bit like eating in the home of a very friendly family who makes absolutely cracking curries. It’s also BYOB, which helps to guarantee a cheap night. Most of the curries are less than ten quid and they even serve some Goan specialities that are well worth a try.
In the mood for some Colombian food? Santareño in Brixton Arcade is the closest thing you’ll get to a bodega in Bogotá. Here you’ll find some of the most authentic empanadas in London and one of the best lunch deals. On a weekday you can get a Colombian soup, an enormous meat and rice dish and a drink for 8 quid. It’s loud, unpretentious and a bit trashy but the food is stellar and if you don’t finish what you order, you can always take your leftovers home for tomorrow’s lunch. Come for breakfast and enjoy tamales, huevos rancheros and cornbread served by probably the world’s nicest Colombian family.
Nanban may at first appear like just another Japanese restaurant but it’s anything but. Run by Masterchef contestant Tim Anderson, the idea is to incorporate the global flavours of Brixton Market into Japanese cuisine. One customer has described it as ‘Wagamama’s on acid’ and we kind of get that. You may need to try the goat ragu ramen with info-Caribbean curry sauce to get what we mean. OK, it’s not mega mega cheap but Nanban is still excellent value when you consider the amount of crazy flavour you’re getting for your buck.
Just when you thought things in Brixton couldn’t get any more mad, enter Brazilian-French fusion crêperie, Senzala. Forget your lemon and sugar, think savoury galettes with spicy beef, jalapeños and cheese and sweet crepes with grilled banana, chocolate and rum. Side bar: the Brazilian- and French-inspired cocktails are also very reasonably priced and go surprisingly well with a lunchtime crepe.
For another spectacular Caribbean spot, head to Mama’s Jerk whose 24-hour marinated chicken is the stuff of legend. Their speciality mango mayo helps soothe the burn of that jerk spice and one of their roti wraps is the perfect on-the-go bite for when you want cheap Jamaican food fast. Vegans and veggies are equally well-served by Mama’s delicious bean cake wrap.
Brixton’s international eating scene makes it one of the most exciting areas of London when it comes to trying new foods. Our guide to the best affordable restaurants Brixton has to offer is here to make sure you get all the flavour at the most irresistible prices.
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25 March 2021