Arabica Food & Spice has long been a fixture of Borough Market, selling its wares to hungry shoppers for more than a decade. Now, founder James Walters and co have increased their presence with this fully fledged restaurant in a market-side railway arch. A golden back wall and glitzy light fittings add a touch of arabesque glamour to an otherwise bare-brick space, while a prominent concrete bar flanks one side of the room. The diverse menu presents mezze-style small plates, offering classics such as hummus alongside some less familiar items: seductively soft and salty grilled halloumi; punchy but well-balanced lamb tartare with mint and mustard leaves; juicy beef and bone-marrow kofta served vibrantly pink. Cocktails inspired by spices and a wine list majoring on Israel, Lebanon and Turkey maintain the theme, while attentive service and a buzzy vibe seal the deal.
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