Arabica Bar & Kitchen Borough

Lebanese, Middle Eastern·
££££
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Bronze Award
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London, SE1 9AF ·Website ·Call020 3011 5151

SquareMeal Review of Arabica Bar & Kitchen Borough

Bronze Award

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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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Food Occasions
Breakfast
Food Hygiene Rating

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Location

3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AF

020 3011 5151

Website

Opening Times

Mon-Wed 11am-11pm Thurs-Sat 8.30am-11pm Sun 11am-4pm

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17 Reviews 
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Kieran M

29 May 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 2
Atmosphere 2
Value 3
Medicore

Food was served too quickly, everything arrived in 5min and Waa getting cold before we could eat it.

One dish covered with egg (which I'm allergic to) without this being mentioned on the menu.

Anon

02 October 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Made our anniversary special

Our waitress (Orla?) and the Manageress went over and above to make our evening super special. The food was absolutely fantastic and brilliant cocktails. Could not have asked for anything more and they did not even know until we were leaving that it was our 5th wedding anniversary! Brilliant!

Anon

02 October 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Made our anniversary special

Our waitress (Orla?) and the Manageress went over and above to make our evening super special. The food was absolutely fantastic and brilliant cocktails. Could not have asked for anything more and they did not even know until we were leaving that it was our 5th wedding anniversary! Brilliant!

Anon

02 October 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Made our anniversary special

Our waitress (Orla?) and the Manageress went over and above to make our evening super special. The food was absolutely fantastic and brilliant cocktails. Could not have asked for anything more and they did not even know until we were leaving that it was our 5th wedding anniversary! Brilliant!

cotterill C

27 June 2018  
Great food, good variety and drinks excellent service, really friendly staff good location.

Lesley T

24 August 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Top class Middle eastern food
Have eaten here a few times, and it is always really good. The menu is enticing, with 'standard' Greek/Turkish/Lebanese dishes done very well indeed, often with a slight twist or extra. There are then other more adventurous or unusual items on the menu, always interesting, and I usually end up ordering too much!

Anon

09 May 2017  
Excellent service. Love the decor.

Stefanie O

04 May 2017  
Great food (and generally good wine, though not a huge selection), friendly service and a buzzy, happy ambiance. Can be a bit loud at times, and the chairs at the tables in the middle of the restaurant aren't the most comfortable, but a really lovely spot overall.

Samantha B

04 May 2017  
Amazing food, ends up being slightly more expensive than other restaurants in the area, but it is so high quality food.

Alex S

09 November 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3
If you're passing
I liked this place for its informality and buzzy atmosphere but above all delicious food. Didn't get the best table given I had made the effort to book and tables are very tightly packed together, but somehow that didn't matter. Service was good and friendly and interesting wine list. Really good selection of classics which were well executed but also some interesting dishes I hadn't tried before. Definitely woth a look in if you're passing by.
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