Arabica Bar and Kitchen
3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF
Latest critic review: September 20, 2014
Critics' score: 7 out of 10

Arabica started out at Borough Market, armed with little more than a cool box over 14 years ago and began selling a small range of mezze from an 8ft trestle table. The vibe they're going for at their Borough restaurant will be 1960’s Beirut meets 21st century London.

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Giles Coren Times
Reviewed by September 20, 2014
"There are nods here to modern European sourcing snobberies, so that, for example, the hummus kawarma is not called hummus kawarma but “hummus with Herdwick lamb fillet … and Hook Farm ghee”, details about which no Arab I know would give a rat’s arse. But it was good, oily stuff with the accompanying very flat bread served, naturellement, in a paper bag." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7
Grace Dent Evening Standard
Reviewed on August 08, 2014
"People in search of heavy, authentic, blatant kicks to the Levantine food may feel slightly underwhelmed at points by this joint, but there are enough hard-hitters on the menu to keep guests content." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 8
Chris Pople Cheese & Biscuits
Reviewed on August 06, 2014
"In the end, I didn't hate Arabica. It's impossible to hate Lebanese food even when it's only fairly competently made, and in the hands of the clearly very talented kitchen here it very often shines." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 5
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on July 10, 2014
"Arabica joins the new wave of London’s Middle Eastern-inspired cafés, but goes one better with leather banquettes, cocktails and an unhurried restaurant experience, which would satisfy any modern TE Lawrence. There’s no need to ‘yalla yalla’ (‘hurry up’ ) here, as service is attentive and welcoming." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8

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Address3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF
Telephone number 020 3011 5151
Telephone numberAverage price: Moderate
trainLondon Bridge
Opening timesMONDAY - THURSDAY 11AM - 11PM
  • Bar area
  • Outside seating (weather permitting)

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