Arabica Bar & Kitchen, 3 Rochester Walk, London SE1 9AF – Nearest tube stations Borough and London Bridge
Arabica Bar & Kitchen is a Levantine, Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in Borough, London. Nestled within Borough Market is this gem of a restaurant, that I have visited on many occasions.
There were good window seats available, but I chose to sit at the bar area tonight, my favourite area in this restaurant actually. Another solo diner sat there too a bit later on. It was a bit cool to sit outside but there were heaters if you wanted them.
The lighting is low, creating a nice ambience. Music plays but not too loud. There aren’t any soft furnishings like carpet and curtains, so the sound does bounce a bit, but I don’t mind that. I would rather hear a bit of noise when I am on my own anyway as it creates more of an atmosphere within the restaurant.
The staff here are very friendly and attentive. The lady behind the bar was quick to serve me a drink and complementary water, a choice of still or sparkling. The waiter arrived and again, friendly and keen to recommend food options, but I already knew what I wanted…
I chose the taramasalata with flatbread costing £6. The bread is served in a paper bag keeping it warm and soft. The taramasalata is deliciously creamy and pale in colour.
My next dish was the grilled Turkish peppers with olive oil and sea salt. Not too oily or salty, just the right amount. The waiter said he found them very hot but I actually thought they were mild, though I do like hot food. These were priced at £5.50.
Next was the halloumi with Turkish figs, orange blossom honey and herbs. The combination of the salty halloumi with the sweet and almost floral flavour of the figs in honey, was amazing..
I had actually ordered some batata harra as well but was too full to eat them. Luckily they package the leftovers up for a takeaway, so I could take them home!
The menu is available online if you wish to look at other food available here for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Prices of the dishes ranged from £3.50 to £13.50 depending on the size of the dish as some were main courses. I had a glass of wine with my meal which I thought was quite expensive at £8.50 for a 175ml glass but I enjoyed it. The food offered good value for money though. I could have got away with ordering just 2 dishes because of the portion sizes. I just like to have the variety. It’s also good to know you can take home anything you can’t eat!
Would I Return to Arabica Bar & Kitchen?
100% yes. Having dined here on several occasions I have never been disappointed. The staff are consistently friendly and the food is always good. I always feel comfortable here as the seating, in my opinion, is very suitable for people dining alone.
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