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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Healthy Eaters is a homely Caribbean restaurant making freshly baked patties, and serving delicious, good value plates to eat in or takeaway.
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This is the best fried chicken sandwich in London and one of the best burgers in town, full stop.
Franzina Trattoria is a tiny Sicilian operating out of a container at Pop Brixton and serving authentic and sensational tasting homemade tagliatelle.
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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.
Tanakatsu is a small, inexpensive, and simple diner near Angel that serves teriyaki and sushi, but specialises in katsu.
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