This week, Borough Market opens its newest culinary venture: The Borough Market Kitchen. Here’s everything you need to know (and eat)…
Borough Market has been feeding Londoners since the 12th century, making it one of the country’s oldest and most renowned food meccas. It’s as relevant today as it was when it first opened, constantly changing and adapting – whilst always upholding its fundamental values of celebrating fine, seasonal produce.
This November it begins a new chapter in its story with The Borough Market Kitchen, a food hall and communal dining space just opened in Jubilee Place. It houses up to 25 traders, a mixture of familiar favourites and exciting newcomers – all of which create dishes using seasonal produce from the market. As seen across the whole of Borough Market, sustainability is a key focus here: the kitchen has been made using recycled materials, and single-use plastic is banned. Here we’ve picked out some of the foodie highlights…
Mei Mei by Elizabeth Haigh
One of the biggest names in the line-up is Elizabeth Haigh, Michelin-starred former Pidgin chef. She introduces Mei Mei at Borough Market Kitchen, drawing on her South East Asian heritage to create a space which mirrors the buzz and energy of Singaporean cafes. Speciality dishes include Hainanese chicken rice, created using Ginger Pig Yorkshire chickens alongside all-natural ingredients from Borough Market.
For the ultimate winter comfort food, head to Phil Puma’s JUMA Kitchen, which has been putting Iraqi food into the spotlight since it opened in 2012. The core dish is kubbe (fried and braised stuffed dumplings) – think lamb dumplings in a tomato and turnip broth, beef and rice croquettes, and pillowy potato cakes with wild mushroom and truffle oil. Those with a sweet tooth, meanwhile, will love Knafa: baked cream and soft cheese topped with shredded filo pastry. jumakitchen.com
Batera is a new pintxos bar from the husband and wife duo behind award-winning cookery school Mimo. Meaning ‘together’ in Basque, Batera draws on the culture of pintxos bars lining the streets of San Sebastian – where Mimo was founded. Here Executive Chef Joseba Lasa and Head Chef Ander Macho serve daily-changing tortillas featuring ingredients such as salt cod, local cheeses and foraged mushrooms, with Joseba’s more elevated pintxos including leek and black olive confit; crab dressed in smoked oil and lemon zest; and guindillas and pyke caviar.
Gorge on Israeli food at SHUK, which serves up stuffed pitas and salads under Head Chef George Haslan, previously of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill and Boundary London. Tel Aviv-style hot pitas are filled with the likes of lamb sofrito and pickled red cabbage; beef brisket and kimchee; or fish tagine and amba tahini – all topped with chilli yoghurt, mint and coriander. Alternatively opt for cold pitas, featuring everything from smoked salmon to aubergine to confit potato, or keep it healthy with a colourful salad, packed with bold ingredients including fennel, kohlrabi, beetroot, Pecorino and horseradish mascarpone.
Horn Ok Please
‘Horn Ok Please’ is a slogan commonly found emblazoned across the back end of vehicles in India – the inspiration behind Gaurav Gautam and Sandhya Aiyar’s street food concept, opened at Borough Market in 2017. Indian vegetarian dishes take centre stage here, so you can guarantee hearty, fragrant dishes drawn from all corners of the subcontinent. A highlight is the signature Moong Dal Dosa, a crispy dosa made with moong dal and rice, served with masala potatoes and chana chaat chickpeas and spiced paneer. hop.st
PADRE is your new go-to for Mexican tacos and quesadillas, founded by chef Nicholas Fitzgerald, formerly of The Clove Club, Breddos and El Pastor. Meat-focused taco fillings include lamb barbacoa with avocado and pasilla; and pork cochinita pibil with achiote, while veggies can enjoy cauliflower al pastor with coconut and Veracruz-style salsa macha. Quesadillas, meanwhile, come stuffed with the likes of chorizo and smoky salsa negra, alongside a list of ‘Especiales’ including gorditas de chicharron, little fried corn dough ‘gorditas’ stuffed with pork rinds; and flautas de papa, crispy potato-filled tacos originating from Jalisco in western Mexico. Be sure to grab some crispy churros for dessert, too.
Worawan and Michael Kamann’s Khanom Krok opened at Borough Market in 2013, with the aim of demonstrating authentic Thai dishes to the British public – predominantly their eponymous dish: coconut panckakes, a traditional gluten-free and vegan Thai sweet snack sold in local markets. They continue to serve this at The Borough Market Kitchen, alongside curries including Beef Panang and Chicken Massaman. khanomkrok.com
Rudie’s Jerk Shack
After proving a success in Dalston and Box Park Shoreditch, Rudie’s will be serving up their signature jerk chicken in The Borough Market Kitchen, made using free-range meat marinated for at least 24 hours. Also up for grabs: Roti wraps, fried sweet plantain, Jumbo saltfish fritters and jerk rubbed fries. rudieslondon.com
Initially launched as a street food stall at KERB in 2015, Pochi’s mission is to bring Japan’s lesser known dishes to Londoners. Instead of sushi and ramen, here you’ll find dishes like deep-fried aubergine and leek with soy-vinegar sauce; Japanese braised pork belly; and teriyaki tofu with shiitake mushrooms.