Take your tastebuds on a culinary adventure through the ‘sun drenched lands of the levant’ in the heart of London’s bustling Borough Market
Levantine cuisine, encompassing the countries on the coastline east of the Mediterranean Sea, easily conjures up images of sun-kissed pavements, colourful mezze and a dining landscape abundant in flavour and spices. At Arabica, even on a winter’s day, the gleaming natural light bouncing off the edges of the exposed brick walls radiates a feeling of warmth that is also echoed through its rustic, vibrant dishes.
The rather extensive mezze-style menu means a visit to Arabica is best enjoyed for sharing, with some spruced-up classics such as hummus with sautéed girolles and an assortment of pides filled with moorish, flavoursome fillings like slow cooked spiced venison (a must order). One thing that Arabica also does exceptionally well is its vegetarian dishes. Something that sounds so simple as roasted heirloom carrots, served with a generous dollop of tangy lebneh, is of one of the standouts.
In terms of cocktails, these are equally impressive and carefully crafted with a delicious mixture of spices and fruits – think dates, pomegranate, rosewater and cardamon.
And if you’re just passing by the market, Arabica also has a stand in front of their restaurant serving take-home dips and small bites, perfect for those on the go.
Roast Onion Squash with chilli, oregano, hazelnut dukka and tahini
Slow cooked beef short rib with prunes, cinnamon, ginger and toasted almonds
Honey roasted heirloom carrots with cumin, carawat and lebneh
Pulled venison pide with slow cooked spiced venison, pickled red cabbage, lemon zest
3 Rochester Walk
London Bridge, London SE1 9AF
Table to Paper dined as a guest. Opinions are our own