We enjoy some exposed brick as much as the next person. But sometimes, that whole marble open kitchen, swish leather seating, big airy windows thing can equate to some very small, very disappointing dishes. Luckily, the food at Melabes is neither of those. In fact, this is the kind of place where you need to take a solid ten minute hand wash break between courses, to pry the aioli from your fingernails. Their huge mediterranean menu has everything from salads, to a schnitzel pita that is a true feat of engineering. But the small plates. Oh, the small plates. The hummus with pita ‘small plate’ (lies), is basically a creamy chickpea pond. With every new dish, another gravy boat of greek yoghurt or aioli will appear with it. This is the perfect spot to share a beer with friends at the bar, watch the chefs have a laugh whilst marinating a chicken thigh, and get very, very messy.
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Margaux is a relatively casual but still elegant neighbourhood restaurant serving Euro bistro-style food, and they do it well.
This airy restaurant off High Street Kensington is serving up some great Persian classics.
A casual, kitsch coffee and light bite situation inside Institut Français, Café Tangerine is worth keeping in mind when you’re in Kensington.
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Clarke’s has been doing the whole ‘farm to fork’ thing for a while now, but it’s still as good as ever. Come for a special occasion, or a fancy date.
Falafel And Shawarma
Falafel and Shawarma is a cheap and cheerful cash-only spot in Camberwell selling delicious and freshly made £3.50 wraps, and mezze plates.
La Casbah is a little caf on Blackstock Road popular with locals making hefty sandwiches, tagines, and other north African staples.
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