There are plenty of places to try Asian food around Brixton market and arcade, but Nanban is one of the few that’s actually a full restaurant. At lunch, the Japanese comfort food is tasty (get the fried chicken kara-age) and the standard ramen is enjoyable, and a steal at six quid. We’ll come to grab something to eat with friends, and always stay longer than we expect for the vibes, which are pure Brixton - it’s literally an historic site, and it used to be an old-school eel and pie shop right up until the 1980s. In the evening, they roll out a more adventurous menu that has hints of Caribbean to it. Asian and Caribbean might sound wacky but in this neighbourhood, anything goes.
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Honest Burgers Brixton
The original Honest Burgers has an excellent vibe and is great for a burger and craft beer if you’re in Brixton.
Boqueria is a neighbourhood tapas restaurant that you could confidently take a Spaniard to. The suckling pig and daily seafood specials are great.
Come to KaoSarn when you want nice Thai food in Brixton - the curries are good, and the larb salad is a must.
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Bento Ramen is a multi-talented Japanese restaurant in Camden. It’s a quick-fire, go-go-go kind of place that will have you seated and fed fast.
Snackbar x Farmshop
Snackbar is a café and workspace on Dalston Lane that serves a range of unusual and excellent Asian-inspired breakfast, lunch, and brunch plates.
Compared to other ramen restaurants, Ippudo in Covent Garden has the advantage of a cool-looking dining room, a bigger menu, and more room for groups.
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