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Deep in Borough Market, this restaurant spin-off from Arabica's popular food and spice stall has made quite an impression on readers, who love the "sheer breadth of tastes" on a menu that stretches "from Athens via Yerevan and Old Jaff to Cairo". The whole place may shake as trains rattle overhead, but its dramatic location beneath a railway arch (plus blaring music) adds to the fun-loving, "strangely comforting" vibe. Hits from the vast Middle Eastern/international menu have included big, crunchy lamb kibbeh, "superbly done" lahmacun (Armenian pizza), authentic tarama and slices of raw yellowfin tuna in a spiky dressing of citrus, chilli and rose water – although we're also fans of the knafeh (warm Levantine cheese pastry topped with orange-blossom honey and crushed pistachios). The cost of numerous small plates can soon add up, but punters are rarely disappointed.

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    Gingle lists everything :: Gingle lists everything: Arabica Bar and Kitchen

    Honey & Co – done. Palomar – done. Arabica also had to be done. So I made a reservation for one Friday night to cross it off the list.

    It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Knowing it was borne out of a food truck I expected a more intimate setting but this is definitely a fully fledged restaurant. Though our slightly clumsy waitress gave it the less polished feel I had anticipated!

    Choosing what to eat was a task as pretty much everything made my mouth water. But they had a few interesting-sounding dishes that particularly stood out. To start we had a couple of dips and bread. We ordered the whipped...
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    Half a Slice of Toast :: Half a Slice of Toast& | Arabica Bar and Kitchen

    Arabica Bar and Kitchen serves middle eastern style meze in the heart of Borough market. Having snooped the menu online and deciding everything sounded delicious, my best friend and I decided to hop on over after work. It was only 6pm but the restaurant was already buzzing. We were given some popcorn to whet our appetite as we tried to stop ourselves from over ordering (something we are always guilty of). We ended up with babganoush (smoked aubergine puree), halloumi, frogs legs, chicken wings, spicy lamb kofta, batata harra (spiced potatoes) and grilled chillis. My favourite was definitely the potatoes (we were scrapping...
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    Gingle lists everything :: Gingle lists everything Arabica Bar and Kitchen

    Honey & Co – done. Palomar – done. Arabica also had to be done. So I made a reservation for one Friday night to cross it off the list.

    It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Knowing it was borne out of a food truck I expected a more intimate setting but this is definitely a fully fledged restaurant. Though our slightly clumsy waitress gave it the less polished feel I had anticipated!

    Choosing what to eat was a task as pretty much everything made my mouth water. But they had a few interesting-sounding dishes that particularly stood out.
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