Have you been watching my new show ‘Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: London’? After living in Paris for quite some time, I’m now spending more and more time back home in the UK, and it was such a wonderful experience for me to explore in my own city when the filmed the show, including a visit to Brixton in South London.
If you travel south of the river and head for Brixton, you’ll discover such a wonderful amalgamation of cultures, flavours, colours and tastes. And I think this area really encompasses the overall aesthetic of my new show – exploring new and old techniques, and celebrating innovative ways of cooking traditional favourites.
This Time Out video really captures the area’s unique character:
I’d recommend a visit to Brixton Village for your first venture, this way you can make the most of the vibrant market vibe, and stock up on your market produce and groceries (you’ll be hard pressed to find cheaper fruit and veg in London).
A series of covered passageways, the Brixton Village precinct is a wonderful escape from the inner-city corporate vibe (and it’s rainproof!). Whether you’re looking for African spices, Caribbean produce, vintage homewares, a set of enamel bowls for your kitchen, or a good coffee (try Burnt Toast Cafe), you are sure to find something to keep you entertained.
Inside the Market Row passage you’ll find many dining options, including Franco Manca (awesome sourdough pizzas) and Curry Ono (for traditional Japanese curry dishes). Keep an eye out for restaurants and producers that open up as bars of an evening – it’s a great atmosphere, and often you’ll find swing bands, and all kinds of live music and dancing.
Downstairs in the Store Room at the Salon you’ll find good-quality British cured meats, rye bread, artisan beers, and mostly importantly, cheese! Upstairs most evenings the little space turns in a dining room.
And don’t forget the French toast for brunch at Rosie’s Cafe. I love discovering local cinemas that have a bit of character. The Ritzy Picturehouse Cinema (a close walk from the station and Brixton Village) is a fun spot to check out – perhaps alongside a visit to Gremio de Brixton for tapas nearby 🙂