To visit Borough Market on a Saturday is a necessary pilgrimage for any tourist in London. Crowds of explorers swarm the place and sample some of London’s most prized street food and fresh produce out there.
But visiting on a Sunday has a slightly different feel to it. Stalls are closed for the day (traders have a life too ya know) and there’s an unusual calm in the air. That said, it’s never a wasted trip as plenty of restaurants and pubs are still open for business and keep the buzz of the market alive.
Arabica, a middle eastern joint with a newly launched brunch menu are one of those restaurants.
The sun shone through the roof window last Sunday when we visited, brightening the high topped space beautifully. We decided to sit inside to embrace the vibrant atmosphere whilst other customers dined al fresco, overlooking quiet market scenes.
The place was full of Mums and daughters (me included), loving couples and groups of friends all catching up over delicious dishes.
Which leads on to what we ate…
Freshly squeezed juices and Turkish style coffees made themselves at home on our table, followed by five beautifully crafted dishes shared by my Mum and me.
The buckwheat pancakes tasted gorgeously decadent with orange blossom cream and a pecan crumble whilst the Turkish-style fried eggs exploded with flavour in coal roasted peppers, aubergine and a side of spicy sausage.
Haloumi and herb tortilla was a highlight, served with Sangak bread, the warm tortilla oozed melted creamy cheese flavoured with Persian herbs.
Granola was served with coconut yoghurt and sprinkled with pomegranate, berries and apple; a lighter dish we welcomed after such big flavours.
We concluded with a fresh mint tea to digest it all and wandered out into the summer breeze for a stroll around the tranquil market surroundings. Arabica was the perfect interlude to our lazy Sunday amble…
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