The Handbook
The Handbook

Undisputed star of Brixton Market, Salon, has been conspicuously closed for the last couple weeks. Fear not, market-goer, Nicholas Balfe’s award winning restaurant and brunch-stop is only regenerating and will be back with an updated and improved version on 1st September. We can’t wait.

The upstairs dining room has been transformed, thanks to architects HH+ and interior experts Fitch (responsible for some of our favourite venues including Hackney’s Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town and The Goat in Chelsea). Expect to see their inimitable style create something equally unique at Salon. We’ve been promised marine blue walls, beautiful banquette seating made from reclaimed timbers and grey upholstery and, excitingly, a wine bar downstairs selling snacks and dishes to match their extensive wine list and a menu including ‘Nduja croquettes with aioli; Slow cooked rabbit ragu, with pappardelle; and Girolles, roast chestnut mushrooms, fresh coco beans, and Berkswell.

Not to be outdone the restaurant upstairs will have a new menu cementing Salon’s reputation for great food. Balfe’s dishes will include mouthwatering offerings such as Whole baked aubergine with smoked almond cream, preserved blackberries and rainbow chard; Allotment tomato with black garlic home grown basil; and Brixton fig leaf ice cream with Wye Valley blueberries, and damson syrup.

If your appetite isn’t already soakingly whet, you’ll also be able to check out the new wine store next door which will stock new and old world artisanal wines suited to every palate. For a small fee you can even drink it with your meal in the restaurant.

Salon, Brixton, reopens 31st August, 18 Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LD