We always love to see when a pop-up or street food stall is so successful it can take up permanent residence and that is happening again this month as Tim Anderson’s Nanban settle in Brixton.
Opening on the 25th September the restaurant on Coldharbour Lane is found in a building that was the former home of a pie and eel shop and many of the original features have been restored; there is an arched picture window, brickwork, dark hardwood panelling and a red and white terrazzo floor.
Being a combination of an izakaya and ramen shop the restaurant will offer bar, booth and table seating, so you can drop by for a quite bite to eat, or take up residence for a while over a longer meal and beer.
The ever changing menu will continue to serve the Brixton-influenced dishes that they served at last year at Market House, it’s southern Japanese soul food but with a touch of modernisation. Many of the ingredients will come from Brixton Market and there famous F**K Yuzu sauce will appear on every table.
As it is ever-changing you never know what might be there when you go but expect dishes like, Electric eel – which is eel, breaded and deep-fried, served with lime-ginger sauce and sanshō pepper and Kumamoto Ramen- tonkotsu ramen, braised pork belled, fermented mustard greens, burnt garlic oil, garlic chips and tea-pickled eggs. For pudding will be whippy-san, yes that is Japanese Mr Whippy.
For drinks they’ll be focusing on beer and shochu, with restaurant’s own yuzu-orange-grapefruit wheat IPA produced by Pressure Drop, leading the bottled and canned beer list. The beers which have all been chosen for their compatibility with food will be chosen from independent brewers. Various shochu from Kyushu will be on offer, along with Japanese whiskies, sake and cold-brew Japanese tea.
So forget the usually soul food you go for, this autumn it’s all about comfort food Japanese style, ramen and beer.
Nanban: Open 25th September, 426 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton,SW9 8LF, www.nanban.co.uk