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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The original Franco Manca still makes some of the best Neapolitan pizzas in town, from a cosy little shop in Brixton market.
Negril serves Caribbean comfort food up on Brixton Hill. It’s far enough away from the main drag to feel calm, and has one of the best patios in SW2.
Brixton’s Naughty Piglets is a dream of a neighbourhood restaurant with great vibes and modern French food.
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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.
Bento Ramen is a multi-talented Japanese restaurant in Camden. It’s a quick-fire, go-go-go kind of place that will have you seated and fed fast.
Kurobuta in Chelsea is part dive bar, part izakaya spot, serving Japanese small plates with a twist.
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