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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Come to KaoSarn when you want nice Thai food in Brixton - the curries are good, and the larb salad is a must.
Boqueria is a neighbourhood tapas restaurant that you could confidently take a Spaniard to. The suckling pig and daily seafood specials are great.
Other Side Fried
This is the best fried chicken sandwich in London and one of the best burgers in town, full stop.
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Shoryu Liverpool Street
Shoryu is one of the most reliable and convenient spots in London to get a good bowl of ramen. The Liverpool Street location has outdoor seating, too.
Not only is the sushi at Sushi Atelier on Great Portland Street great, it’s also very affordable. Sit at the bar and get the 12-piece omakase.
Uchi is an attractive and humble sushi restaurant in Clapton serving very nice sashimi, nigiri, and rolls
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