Just moved from Brixton to East Dulwich and am already missing some of my old local spots. I know the neighborhood is generally considered a bit of a culinary backwater, but thought it might be interesting to have a thread of recs in the area for those days when a trek to some other part of town isn't in the books. Here are mind -- anyone have any to add? (Places w/in a moderate walk of the 37 bus line much appreciated!)
Places to Eat
1) Max Oliver's coffee shop, just off Coldharbour Lane. I love the atmosphere and the music, and the coffee is good. I've had several of their rotis -- the fillings are excellent, although the rotis themselves less so. The spicy chick pea one is particularly tasty, and the rice & pea side is, too. Unfortunately the baked goods a bit of a disappointment.
2) Honest Foods, also on Coldharbour -- upscale sandwich shop. They've sadly stopped serving my favorite chicken sandwich, but their dinner burgers are still excellent, as is their "interesting" salad (i.e., mix of things, and not just lettuce and anemic tomato). Great banana cake.
3) Rosie's Cafe -- in the covered market just off Coldharbour (yes, I spent a lot of time on Coldharbour). Bakery/deli also serves soup/salad/sandwiches, this time w/a slight Mediterranean flavour. Haven't gotten around to trying the bastilla, but I'm going to, someday.
4) Baan Thai on Coldharbour. Cheap and surprisingly good Thai food, except for the
pad thai, which was cloyingly sweet.
5) Prince Regent pub on Dulwich Road. I think it's the best (gastro)pub food in the neighborhood. Miles better than the Florence a few doors down. Get the fishcakes but otherwise order off the specials menu. Avoid their half-price night on Monday, b/c I think that's when they put the B-team in the kitchen (fishcake that day quite foul).
6) Negril on Brixton Hill. Again, good rotis and I mean to go back on a weekend day in the summer, when they have the outdoor grill fired up. They have an outdoor patio and it smells amazing when the grill is going.
7) This one I can't recommend, b/c I haven't tried it yet, but I've been meaning to try Brazas, the new Portuguese place on Tulse Hill road, which I've read good things about online. Anyone been there?
Places to Shop for food
L.S. Mash on Atlantic for fish. The only fishmongers I would actually buy from in the Brixton market area, b/c their stock actually looks fresh. I just saw a post someone wrote from a while ago looking for squid in Brixton -- I've gotten it here several times & it's always been excellent.
Other favorites were the Continental Delicatessen on Atlantic, Brixton Whole Foods (very much not related to the US-based Whole Paycheck) & the Nour Cash & Carry (I think that's what it was called -- whichever one I'm thinking of has a big yellow sign hanging above the door in the covered market. There's also an entrance via Electric Avenue). The latter is basically a small supermarket -- the produce is generally about as fresh as it is anywhere in the market, and they have a stunningly wide array of international spices/herbs/condiments.
Look forward to seeing anyone else's recs!