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Nanban (Restaurant)

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426 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LF
Cuisine: Japanese
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Top 10 things you need to know about Nanban Brixton:

1) Japanese soul food: it says it all. Those who dine at this restaurant in Brixton will be swept away by its humble hospitality and charming twists on Asian and Caribbean cuisine. The location is a hop, skip and jump away from Brixton’s eclectic food market, and close to the famous Electric Avenue that Eddy Grant made famous with his hit song from the ‘80s.

2) Nanban’s ramen is the real deal. Choose your own toppings - from pork belly to ponzu butter - and get ready to slurp those satisfying noodles. The Sasebo Burger with burnt garlic mayo, gochujang burger sauce, pork belly, American style cheese, onion, lettuce and tomato is also worth the calories.

3) Vegan eats: they have everything your green-loving heart desires. The star picks on the menu are actually those that are completely vegan-friendly: the KFJ with jackfruit is the stuff that vegan dreams are made of: soft and savoury, just like seitan, but somehow different – it’s hard to put a tastebud on this one but you just know it’s finger-licking good. The aubergine leaves a little to be desired but is still an inventive vegetarian-friendly menu item.

4) So raw, it’s right: sashimi makes strong statements on the menu, especially with the salmon kake-ae; beautifully supple, fresh pieces of fish, sweet and plated to perfection; an exercise in quality-sourced ingredients and the art of Japanese knife work.

5) Chicken is a must in Japanese street food culture, especially when you’re talking about chicken karaage; delicious, crispy, marinated, deep-fried chicken thighs with honey-miso mayo. The bird on the menu does not disappoint. Its more rageful cousin, the Angry Bird chicken, is a spicy, Caribbean take on the Japanese-style staple; spicy even for spice-lovers.

6) The inventive choices are thanks to the culinary mind of executive chef and author, Tim Anderson. After growing up in Wisconsin and spending some time in Japan, he’s created a fusion restaurant that is so much more than just a fusion restaurant. It’s no wonder he was MasterChef’s youngest winner. While the ramen and burgers show off his flare, the sharing plates are where we see his true talent shine.

7) The interior is moody, mysterious, and filled with Brixton charm: the bar and walls are mismatched mahogany and amber woods, with pops of blue colour on bar stools and booth benches. It’s eclectic, but works.

8) If you have a thing for bathrooms, the stalls at Nanban are a feast for the eye: wallpapered with vintage ads and Anime characters.

9) The locally-sourced ingredients beg for a pricey menu but Nanban’s food is refreshingly affordable. Even better, Nanban offers 25% off between 5-6pm from Monday to Friday; great for those who love a nibble before seeing a movie at the nearby Ritzy Cinema or a live music gig at The O2 Brixton Academy.

10) Need wifi? Not a problem. Nanban has the code posted right on the menu. They know exactly what you want: good food and the means to share your delicious food on Instagram ASAP.
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