Brixton is famed for its Caribbean culture: Windrush Square, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Jamm and many Caribbean restaurants.
Brixton continues to be at the heart of London’s Caribbean community 70 years after the Windrush generation arrived on UK soil. It’s the best place to go for the most authentic Caribbean food that offers a taste of island life.
Here’s a round-up of our top five Caribbean restaurants in Brixton:
Eat of Eden
Recent winner of Best Vegan Mac & Cheese Award at the PETA Food Awards 2020, Eat of Eden’s Macaroni Pie is probably Brixton’s most sought after recipe. The oven-baked pasta pie with a rich cheesy flavour is available to eat in and for delivery from its four London locations in Brixton, Clapham, Lewisham, and Shepherd’s Bush at this pure vegan restaurant. You find a mean spicy bean burger meal and meat alternative (seitan) burger, served with paprika dusted sweet potato fries.
Unit 4, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8PR
Started as pop up two years by Keshia Sakarah, passionate to share her cuisine and culture, it now has a permanent home at Pop Brixton. She won’t pin her menu to any one place in the
Caribbean, instead giving a nod to the diversity of many islands in the dishes served. An unforgettable experience, with as Keshia says, “carnival vibes all year round”, what’s good
to eat? To nibble on, perhaps with a rum punch, green plantain chips with avocado salsa’s a good place to begin. So good to see ingredients treated with such care – corn fried chicken
is brined for 48 hours before cooking and served in portions of three, six, nine or 12. How hungry are you?
49 Brixton Station Road, Pop Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
Fish, Wings & Tings
This place might as well have been called Brian’s so synonymous is chef proprietor Brian Danclair with the restaurant. Opened in Brixton Village since 2012, he’s a permanent fixture
and face about town. People come as much to see Brian as they do for the food. The menu is a culmination of his dream of sharing a slice of his native Trinidad, and everything he
learned at his grandmother Valentina’s knee, with diners. The cod fish fritters are a delight but further elevated by ginger and lime aioli or reggae wings, with pineapple and mango
Brixton Village, 3 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8PR
Brixton stalwart, the Refill queue is legendary but worth the wait. A good solid all-rounder when it comes to Jamaican food, it’s something of a patty pit stop. Stand and watch people
coming in and out all day, Jamaican patties in hand. But that’s not all – boxed meals including meat and fish, rice and peas and salad are hugely satisfying on both the stomach
and the pocket, around £7. Curry goat, jerk chicken and brown stew chicken rank among the most popular but there are over 30 varieties to choose from, including vegetarian, vegan and Ital. The shop is busy but if you don’t have time to wait, one of the big food delivery companies will do the job for you.
500A Brixton Road, Ferndale, London SW9 8EQ
Nothing modern or fancy here but real food is at its core and best of all is open all day, from breakfast, through to lunch and dinner. Nothing beats cornmeal porridge in the winter or
peanut and banana porridge. Chicken foot soup shows that nothing goes to waste here. Mains include oxtail, curry chicken and brown fish stew. And on Sundays, the Sunday roast
is given the Jamaican treatment.
101 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5TU
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