Are you stuck in a lunchtime rut? You’re not alone. A recent study by Lurpak revealed that nearly a third of us eat the same thing every day - and eating a cheese sarnie at 12.30pm, during a 35 minute break was the most common lunchtime combination. Well this stops now! We’ve partnered with retro caff Arancini Brothers to throw tradition out the window, and give Londoner’s palates a push into the twenty first century…
Arancini Bros is the definition of a hidden gem, nestled on the lower end of Kentish Town Road just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Camden Tube. It’s a proper English caff, with parlour-style tables, retro décor and walls decorated with vintage fruit boxes and flyers promoting local bands, club nights and events.
The focus here is on the food not the feng shui. The place is run by two Australian Daves with a love for risotto balls. They started selling their famous balls on a market stall in Brick Lane on Sundays, but had so much success they decided to begin their adventures in brick and mortar.
And I for one am so glad they did! They’re famed for their risotto balls, which you can have with salad, in a wrap, in burger form or with a hot stew. I went for a salad box, which was served with four risotto balls, and it was cooked and presented to me in a brown bag within a few minutes. The salad was huge and consisted of mixed leaves, sprinkled seeds, crisp apple, raisins, and shredded carrot and cabbage, and was all the tastier with the garlic mayo dip and homemade chilli chutney. But the piece de resistance was without doubt the deep fried risotto balls - big grains of rice mixed through slow cooked onion, garlic and herbs, then marinated with cheddar, mozzarella, parsley and lemon. I’ve been converted!
For those who have the time to dine in, there’s an impressive condiment selection with the likes of bajan pepper sauce, hot chilli and thai sweet chilli on offer. If you don’t fancy a salad - they’ve got a counter brimming with freshly made wraps (the Moroccan Lamb and tzatziki looked great) and generously filled croissants. If you fancy something warming, try their risotto burgers which come with crispy onion and cheese in a brioche bun, or their toasties.
They are also big on their breakfast, and it’s a great spot to spend the weekend with a coffee, laptop and something to munch on. I’ll definitely go back - and I may never buy a cheese sandwich again.
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