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Borough Market’s long-running Arabica Food & Spice stall has now hatched this fully fledged Levantine restaurant in a market-side railway arch. A golden back wall and glitzy lights add arabesque glamour to an otherwise harsh industrial space with one side flanked by a wood-panelled cocktail bar. The menu lists meze-style small plates inspired by the countries of the eastern Mediterranean. Try the seductively soft grilled halloumi; punchy mixed beef and lamb tartare with mint and mustard leaves; and juicy-pink beef and bone-marrow kofta – all accompanied by fluffy fresh flatbreads. Syrup-soaked pastries made with cheese (knafeh) make a very sweet finale. Cocktails, Turkish coffee, Lebanese pale ale and a wine list focusing on Israel, Lebanon and Turkey maintain the theme. Arabica’s diminutive portions allow you to order a wide variety of dishes, though prices creep up if you do. Nevertheless, knowledgeable service and a buzzy vibe seal the deal.


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  1. "An Iranian and a part-Turk walk into a Levantine-inspired bar (and restaurant)". Remarkably, not the opening to a joke with potential to offend, but an innocuous intro to an evening at recently launched Arabica Bar & Kitchen in the thick of Borough Market.

    For me to delay a visit to a newly opened Middle Eastern restaurant for much longer than it takes to glance over the online menu, would mean committing nothing less than sacrilege. And so - on only their second day of trade (after a soft-launch period) - I arrive in the heat of the evening expectant and hungry and with a Persian in tow for good measure...
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  1. Arabica Bar and Kitchen is a restaurant which specialises in food from the Middle East (if you’re into that sort of thing you must try The Palomar by the way) and it’s based right in the heart of Borough Market.

    The dining room sits under a huge railway arch making the space a rather charming one. The atmosphere matched that of the market; bustling and lively which was helped by the open kitchen and bar with stool seats, and not to forget, the loud music...
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  1. Arabica Bar & Kitchen has come full circle. Starting out as a man with a cooler box setting up a stall in London's Borough Market to sell mezze, with a few stops in between and now ending up with a restaurant specialising in Levantine cuisine in that very market he started out at. I first came across Arabica at the Real Food Festival Market and it quickly became a favourite stop of mine, so when I heard that they were opening a restaurant, I just had to try it.

    Food: The menu is split into several different sections including dips and dishes from the clay oven. I tried to order from each section, but I had...
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