I write this post almost a little begrudgingly, as I’m about to give up some of my most treasured secrets. But I think the time has come to tell you about the best place you can go in Brixton Market for the most delicious, and nutritious lunch.
Now, I’ve done the research. And eating. I go to Brixton Market on an almost fortnightly basis. Some of my best friends live there and over time we have eaten our way through the entire market. All ridiculously delicious, and unbelievably good at what they do. But there is one place I find myself heading back to time after time. Senzala. To me, it’s the undiscovered gem of the market. You rarely hear it spoken about it, and it often loses out in column inches to the latest venture, but I can assure you it’s one of the best places you can go.
It’s a wonderfully unassuming place, that really doesn’t shout about how amazing it is. So, I’ve decided if it won’t blow it’s own trumpet, I will. A retired flautist myself, the trumpet is not my speciality, but I will give it my best shot.
Specialising in crepes (although they do tapas too but let’s talk about the crepes). They come in all the different flavours of the rainbow. They are all amazing, and I can genuinely say that as I’m pretty sure I’ve sampled them all. Find me one I wouldn’t like, and I will send you a little prize. The savoury are sublime and the sweet an utter delight.
You either hunker down on a jolly row of tables ‘outside’ the creperie, and make friends with the people who inevitably sit on your coat. Or on a chilly Winters day you pray you win the seat lottery and get to nestle inside in the warmth. Sometimes you may have to wait a little for a seat, but I can assure you, as someone who can’t stand to wait, this is genuinely one place worth waiting for. Standing in the queue also gives you the best chance of perusing and ogling at what other people have ordered.
As everything on the menu sounds just as delicious as it tastes, I recommend the old age trick, of picking the first thing that caught your eye. It never fails as a technique.
On this occasion, we were bungled inside, warming ourselves by the warmth of the crepe machine and feeling just a little bit smug. It was -2 outside with snow on the ground. The market is covered, but still technically outside, so it’s a good idea to wrap up warm, as you never know if you will be sitting outside.
You can choose which kind of pancake you would like, and I always go for the buckwheat because its gluten friendly. Yay. I’m just worried my photos don’t really do this place justice, it’s surprisingly difficult to photograph a crepe!
I went for the smoked salmon, horseradish, rocket and fried egg crepe. Wowzers was it good.
The look of love..
Sophie (sorry, she doesn’t come included with every meal),
Sophie plumped for the Spaniard with goats cheese, peppers, spinach and tomatoes. Always a winner.
And we shared one of their mixed salads. No nimby pimpy wilted salad leaves in this salad, they give you a hearty mix of leaves, sun dried tomatoes, peppers and cherry tomatoes, all ready to be doused with their house dressing.
This meal is more filling than you would believe. So nutritious, and leaves you feeling satisfied but not unbutton-your-jeans-stuffed. Ideal. We couldn’t fit in a pudding this time, but I promise you, they’re amazing.
We decided to give our legs a bit of a stretch and take a stroll around the market.
I love it here so much.
You can buy anything you might have dreamt of…or not even thought of.
I buy all my enamel mugs and bowls from here. There are vintage clothes shops, jewellery stands and cafes, restaurants galore.
Fresh fruit and vegetables
a side of wigs with your lunch…(£6 – what a bargain!)
So many wonderful nooks and crannies to discover.
Brixton is just full of so many lovely surprises. A little Charlie Chaplin…
a large dose of Bowie..
And in case you didn’t know, the best cinema in London (in my opinion)…The Ritzy. Go in the Summer and have drinks in the Sun before heading in when the Sun goes down, with a glass of wine.
Our walk took a familiar turn and then we stumbled past another one of my favourites. Rosie’s.
Rosie’s is a delicatessen and café with an eclectic, stylish, organic twist. It’s the sort of place that makes you want to pack in whatever you might be doing and set up a deli immediately. When I first decided that I wanted to be a chef…(back in the day), I remember going to Rosie’s and just seeing someone living this dream was so inspiring. You can find out more about her here (get ready for a Girl Crush alert).
The deli is a delicious place to come for lunch, always stocked up with bowls of delicious salads and warm pastry covered delights. Cakes line the counter and the place is decorated with wonderful bits and bobs that just make it an effortlessly cool place to hang out and catch up with friends.
Lovely fresh mint tea, tastes even better when it’s in an enamel mug.
So there we have it. Years of research and hours of eating and chatting condensed down into one little post where I have divulged two of my favourite places to go in London, and definitely in Brixton. I hope you love them half as much as I do and that they give you as much eating pleasure as they have given me.
Over and out. x
Find Senzala here:
Brixton Village Market 41-42 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8PS 020 7274 2211 .
I’ve just seen they take reservations, so definitely worth ringing in advance if you can!
Rosie’s Deli Cafe is located within Brixton Market at the Coldharbour Lane entrance to Market Row.
Click on the address for map details.
14e Market Row,