22 August 2014

Arabica Bar and Kitchen

3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF

£55.00 Middle Eastern , Lebanese South Bank, Borough etc
  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £65.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm

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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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  1. Arabica Bar and Kitchen

    3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF
    Overall rating:
    Jane B.

    Ok food, but nothing special


    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 3

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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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  2. 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 a tough time choosing because it all sounded so good. Particular favourites were the falafels and the sautéed chicken livers with pomegranate molasses...
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  3. "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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