OPENS SEPTEMBER 2019
You’ll find this Finnish street food joint in the bustling lanes of Seven Dials in Covent Garden. Fafa's was founded in Finland by restaurateur Doron Karavani back in 2011, where it started out life as a small kiosk in Punavuori, which is an area within the Design District of Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Now the restaurant boasts more than 40 locations across Finland, Estonia and Denmark. However, this is the first London location for the brand.
Fafa's is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the main menu majoring in pittas, salads and mezze, all of which are made on site. The intimate restaurant offers counter service and is largely geared towards the grab-and-go lunchtime trade, but there is enough room inside for 12 diners to enjoy their meals. Freshly filled pittas that are available to try alongside salads and mezze dishes include the likes of lamb and chicken, while vegetarian options include hummus, falafel and halloumi. A selection of drinks and sides are also available to enjoy.
Fafa's boasts a minimalist, industrial-style interior which suits its casual-dining vibe. The restaurant’s Monmouth Street location is a handy one too, with well-established neighbours such as Brasserie Max, Monmouth Kitchen and the Seven Dials branch of Balans Soho Society proving that locals like to eat out. It’s also very easy to get to on public transport, with Covent Garden, Leicester Square and the new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road all a short walk away.
Speaking about the restaurant, Fafa’s' operations and openings manager Dan Bennett said: “We’ve established a successful street food concept across Scandinavia and we look forward to bringing it to Covent Garden. We’ll be using quality fresh ingredients and cooking techniques more often seen in higher-end restaurants to deliver on both taste and presentation. We’re confident this take on accessible street food will be an instant hit with Londoners and tourists alike.”