Brixton : A Culinary Journey – By @TarunChandy
By Tarun Chandy
Brixton : A Culinary Journey
I’m writing this SCAB primarily for anyone from next year’s intake who might be interested. I was trying to think about advice I could leave you with on how best to handle the year you have ahead. But, the more I thought about it, the more I felt ill equipped to be doling out words of wisdom. There’s pretty much nothing I can tell you to do or warn you about that you won’t hear from someone else. And to be honest, a long list of abstract lessons and tips sounds like it wouldn’t be much fun to write. So, here’s what I’m going to do instead. I’m going to give you the complete break down of where to eat in Brixton, and why. This is knowledge I truly wish I had going into SCA, because it would’ve saved me having a lot of depressing meals in many of the wrong places. This list was made in no particular order, but I guarantee that if you eat at any of these places, you will not be disappointed. I hope this SCAB serves you well through all the rushed lunch runs and drunken dinners that await you.
Norley’s : Despite it’s name being a rather blatant rip off of the better known fried chicken chain, Morley’s, this joint serves what I can only describe as the best chicken in the entire world for shockingly low prices. It has been my Friday night tradition ever since I discovered it and I suggest you make it yours. You might feel your heart slowly compressing but its well worth it.
The Fish Guy : I’ve completely forgotten what this guy calls his little stall. It’s on the lane with all the food trucks, right by Pop Brixton. Run by the nicest man in London, who is particularly generous with his portions as opposed to most of his competition. There’s little variety but its consistently good.
The Churro Place : Again, I’ve forgotten the name of this place but its in Pop Brixton, just past Baba G’s. I’d say this is the best dessert you can have in Brixton. The churros are the perfect texture and the chocolate is exactly as indulgent as it should be.
Pizza Oregano : There is no better pizza in Brixton than Pizza Oregano. Anyone who says different is lying to you. There’ll be lots of other options that look fancier or cheesier, but they can’t be trusted. Buy the biggest size they have and get some extra garlic sauce.
Bao : I wouldn’t say the food at Bao is extraordinary, but good Asian food is largely impossible to come across in Brixton. The Japanese places are alright, but nothing special. If you’re craving a bit of spice, or you have no idea what a Bao is, I’d give this place a look.
Greggs : I realise it’s stupid to put a fast food chain on here but I only do so because everyone seems to miss it. It’s tucked to the side on Electric Avenue and is the best budget lunch you can have close to the studio. Their sandwiches are the same price as Sainsbury’s, but warmer and just better. And their triple chocolate brownies are perfect for that mid-day sugar rush we all need.
There are probably a few more I should’ve talked about and a few I could’ve suggested avoiding, but my deadline is ten minutes away so I better wrap this up quick. Maybe I’ll make it a two part thing, if I can’t think of anything else to write about next time. If not, I guess the rest is yours to discover.