Brixton is one of the best areas in London for food, hands down. And at the heart of that is Brixton Village Market. With the widest range of cuisine in the capital, this buzzing indoor market is a hub for foodies - the only problem being where to start… But that’s where we come in! Casa Sibilla is an Italian homespun restaurant that comes with a big fat Portico seal of approval and a tasty 15% off - so it’s definitely worth a visit…
Brixton Village Market is the real definition of a hidden gem. If you’re coming from the Tube station, turn right when you get out of the station, head under the bridge down Atlantic Road, and after about 100 metres you’ll see a big blue door which is the entrance to the market.
Step inside and you’re greeted with a labyrinth of eateries and a warm, loud atmosphere. The market is open Monday to Sunday until late, and there’s always live music echoing through the long passages. You’ll find Casa Sibilla just off the 2nd avenue, across from Okan and Brixton Cornercopia. It’s rustic and Italian in style; the outside tables are dressed in check table cloths and antique, bottle green water jugs, and twinkling Italian trinkets and plants hang from the rafters. There’s a charming deli inside bursting with pastries and savoury treats.
We sat down outside and were immediately greeted by a waiter who poured us water and handed us menus. There’s a small plates theme, so we settled on 5 to share between us: beef and pork croquettes with chilli jam, fried calamari and aioli, rice arancini with ham and cheese, a crespelle pancake filled with spinach, mozzarella, ricotta béchamel and parmesan, and parmigiana, which is baked aubergine with parmesan and tomato.
The dishes were all immaculately presented and bursting with Italian flavour. Our favourite was the parmigiana, scrumptious layers of slow-cooked cheesy aubergine, which tasted divine with its salad accompaniment, and the beer and pork croquettes, which were deep fried in breadcrumbs rather than the usual potato. If you’re a cheese lover, the pancake will certainly not disappoint with its strong ricotta flavour, or if you after some fish, the calamari was generous in portion and deliciously crispy.
We washed our food down with water and fresh mint tea, but next time we’ll be indulging in the all-Italian cocktail and wine list. Saluti!
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