Arabica Bar and Kitchen


Levantine | South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey

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

Test Drive

Great wine and dirty hummus - we Test Drive Arabica Bar and Kitchen
Arabica has been a part of Borough Market for years and now they've just opened their first restaurant there. We head along to find out what you can expect....
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Restaurant details

3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF
Nearest tube: 
London Bridge
Telephone number: 020 3011 5151


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3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF


Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 7
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

Critics' score: 8
Grace Dent Evening Standard Estimated score
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

Critics' score: 5
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

Critics' score: 8
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