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Arabica Bar & Kitchen

  • London Bridge
  • Lunch
  • £££

An unusual cocktail list packed with Middle Eastern flavours and ideas with food to match. Delicious.

Information

Address
Borough Market, 3 Rochester Walk, London, SE1 9AF
Contact
+44 (0) 20 3011 5151
Opening Times
Mon-Wed 11.00-23.00
Thurs 08.30-23.00
Fri-Sat 08.30-23.30
Sun 11.00-16.00

Reviews

  • Time Out

    Time Out Says…

    Arabica joins the new wave of London’s Middle Eastern-inspired cafés, but goes one better with leather banquettes, cocktails and an unhurried restaurant experience, which would satisfy any modern TE Lawrence. There’s no need to ‘yalla yalla’ (‘hurry up’ ) here, as service is attentive and welcoming. On the wine list, Israel cosies up next to Lebanon with bottles from the Bekaa Valley, while Arab, French and Turkish influences sit comfortably together on the menu. Arabica might not be able to bring back the ‘golden age’ of the Levant, but its menu gives it a good go.

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  • Evening Standard

    Evening Standard Says…

    Roughly speaking, it serves a glorious cherry-picked mishmash of Lebanese, Moroccan, Syrian, Egyptian, Turkish and some Armenian dishes... I took a table outside — this is a good spot for people-gawping — and became rather taken with the cocktail menu. The Rania’s Spritz is a gorgeous Prosecco, Aperol and ginger blend with chilli and sea salt. I may have had two. And then a Nana Ti — Cuban and Jamaican rum with cacao, lemon and mint. My friend ordered The Kont — gin, vermouth and Punt e Mes.

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  • Square Meal

    Square Meal Says…

    Hits from the vast Middle Eastern/international menu have included big, crunchy lamb kibbeh, "superbly done" lahmacun (Armenian pizza), authentic tarama and slices of raw yellowfin tuna in a spiky dressing of citrus, chilli and rose water – although we're also fans of the knafeh (warm Levantine cheese pastry topped with orange-blossom honey and crushed pistachios). The cost of numerous small plates can soon add up, but punters are rarely disappointed.

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