30 July 2014

Arabica Bar and Kitchen

3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF

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

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Following a 14-year residency selling mezze from a cool box on Borough Market, the team behind the Arabica Food & Spice Company (founded by James Walters) have launched their first permanent eatery on nearby Rochester Walk. Staying true to their roots, the owners focus on veggie mezze, rare-breed meat and fish cooked over single-variety English charcoal – plus a clutch of stone-baked pastries: Dexter beef and bone-marrow kofta, sautéed chicken livers with pomegranate molasses, courgette, feta and dill börek, Istanbul-style mussel rolls, and candied Anatolian mandarin with buffalo ricotta and crushed pistachios. Arabica is fronted by a strong team with experience in top London venues such as Lima and The Experimental Cocktail Club . Also watch out for a street cart outside, selling falafel and wraps on market days.

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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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