Borough Market Kitchen is arguably the biggest development to take place at world-famous Borough Market in years. The London stalwart is moving with the times and introducing a street food hall. Check out our ultimate guide to the Borough Market Kitchen, so you can be fully prepared for your next visit.
What is Borough Market Kitchen?
Borough Market Kitchen is a street food hall and communal dining space at the internationally renowned Borough Market. The Kitchen features 25 street food traders representing countries from across the world such as Spain, Iraq and Japan.
Where is Borough Market Kitchen?
Borough Market Kitchen can be found in the Jubilee Place section of Borough Market. The area is protected from the elements as it is covered by a roof, and features long communal tables to encourage people to sit down and enjoy their food together.
Borough Market Kitchen: Where to eat
From the team behind Borough Market’s cookery school Mimo comes this pinxtos bar which serves a daily-changing menu. Expect to snack on the likes of Scottish prawns with cider vinaigrette, or tortilla slices topped with the likes of crab with a spicy miso mayonnaise. You can wash it all down with cider and beers from the Basque region.
Mei Mei by Elizabeth Haigh
Headed up by chef Elizabeth Haigh (who helped secure a Michelin star for Hackney’s Pidgin), Mei Mei seats 12 and specialises in dishes from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The signature dish is Hainanese chicken rice, but you can also find an ox cheek rendang and nasi lemak, which is a rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf.
Brindisa is among the country’s best-known importers of Spanish food. At its stall in Borough Market Kitchen, you’ll find the likes of Ibérico bellota ham and Manchego cheese, alongside less famous delicacies such as mojama and morcilla. If you’re heading here for lunch, the hot chorizo and rocket roll is the thing to order.
La Tua Pasta
There are few things better in life than a comforting bowl of pasta, but it’s extra special when its handmade and cooked to order. At La Tua Pasta, you’ll find all sorts of varieties to choose from and take away, including a weekly changing special. Otherwise, try the likes of spinach and ricotta ravioli or tortellini topped with black truffle shavings.
Horn Ok Please
Indian cuisine naturally lends itself to vegetarianism, and Horn Ok Please goes one step further by making its entire offering meat-free. Its two signature serves at Borough Market Kitchen are Moong Daal Dosa and Aloo Tikki; the former is a savoury lentil pancake which is filled with spicy potatoes, while the latter consists of spicy potato patties that are served with chaat.
Having closed its flagship Dalston restaurant in February 2019, Gujarati Rasoi can now be found at street food markets such as Borough and Broadway. The Borough site serves up a run of tempting street food dishes, including meat and vegetarian samosas, as well as Thalis and Bhujia (a popular crispy snack often found in India).
Juma Kitchen serves up Iraqi dishes and when visiting its stand, you can expect to find the classic likes of falafel, baba ganoush and Iraqi kebabs, which see lamb served with a sumac onion garnish. Irqai cuisine is currently largely unrepresented in the capital, so a stall representing the nation at London’s most famous food market can only be a good thing.
Applebees permanent family-run restaurant in the market has been a fixture for several years, but now the brand is branching out with a street food stall. Here, you’ll find more causal takes on its menu of fuss-free fish and seafood dishes, such as miniature fish & chips, seabass ceviche and a variety of oysters to shuck to your heart’s content.
Husband and wife team Micheal and Worawan are behind this street food joint, which is a homage to traditional Bangkok street food. As the name suggests, the stall specialises in khanom krok, which are Thai coconut puddings that are made in special dimpled pans. Besides those, you can also find mango and coconut sticky rice or quail eggs.
Nana Fanny’s is a salt beef specialist, serving up the good stuff in beigels or as part of a rye bread sandwich. Whatever way it reaches your hands, the salt beef will be topped with thick pickles and sharp tasting mustard. Vegetarians aren’t an afterthought either, as Nana Fanny’s also serves up tasty falafel wraps at lunchtime.
Pretty much every Londoner knows about sushi and ramen, but Pochi’s mission is to bring Japan’s lesser known dishes to the capital. That means serving up the likes of ‘nasu’ (fried aubergine that’s marinated in soy vinegar), alongside braised pork belly with spring onion and tofu mushroom stir fry with teriyaki sauce.
Rudie’s Jerk Shack
A street food spin-off of Dalston’s Rudie’s, this Jerk Shack serves up plenty of Jamaican classics. Pick from the signature jerk chicken which is cooked over a charcoal grill, or try something different with a Jamaican-style burger or a roti wrap filled with jerk chicken, curry goat or mushrooms. Wash it down with equally as tropical drinks, such as rum punch.
There are few British snacks which are loved more than Scotch eggs, and Scotchtails have brought even more love to the humble picnic favourite, reinventing it as an artisan dish. All eggs here are served cut in half to show off their glossy yolks and paired with sweet potato fries and salad. Choose from fillings such as black pudding, chorizo and lamb with mint.
The Bath Dairy
If cheese is a bigger part of your diet than it probably should be (don’t worry, us too), you’ll love The Bath Dairy. All of the cheeses here are organic, made using milk from a third generation family-run farm near Bath. The cheese is wrapped in parchment and stamped with a red wax seal, counting the likes of Admiral Lord Nelson among its historical admirers.
Oroshi is a Japanese robata grill which specialises in marinated meat skewers, such as chicken, beef and lamb. These are served alongside a selection of fresh, vibrant salads and bento boxes: a traditional Japanese boxed meal which often contains rice or noodles paired with fish or meat and pickled vegetables.
The cuisine of Mexico is much loved by Londoners, but it can be tough to find good Mexican food in the capital. Padre sets out to change that with its classic menu of Mexican fare. Head here to chow down on the likes of tacos filled with meat, fish or veg, alongside other favourites such as quesadillas and traditional side dishes.
Flying the flag for Israel in Borough Market Kitchen, SHUK serves up a modern Israeli menu that includes seasonal salads and pittas stuffed with meats such as lamb, chicken and pork. It’s a great shout for a quick lunch or casual dinner, and you can enjoy your pitta on the long communal tables in the Kitchen.
Simply named Joli serves a run of traditional Malaysian dishes, a cuisine which doesn’t have too much representation in the capital currently. Joli’s menu changes often, but core dishes include the likes of Rendang (a spice-laden red meat dish), meat and vegetarian gyoza and Laksa (a spicy noodle soup).
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