I’m a big fan of Borough Market. My office is very close by, and every Friday I venture with a couple of colleagues into the culinary maelstrom and we treat ourselves to something a bit more interesting than a soup or salad. Watch this space for a picture tour of my favourite stalls.
Elliot’s Cafe is nestled behind the market a couple of doors down from the coffee institution that is Monmouth. The menu changes on a daily basis depending on what’s available at the market, so for something fresh and often eclectic, you simply can’t beat this place. It’s a tiny little restaurant, with a fair few tables packed in, but I think we were lucky as walk-ins to get a table. It was a Tuesday evening and we got the last available table at 19:30 – I’d recommend making a res.
Mallard, chicory, chestnuts, bacon & red currants
The menu is designed for sharing. To start, we sampled the padron peppers and espelette pepper, and the cobble lane salumi, which were both very tasty. My pick of the evening, however, was the mallord, chicory, chestnuts, bacon and red currants, which was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Crab on toast, fennel and chilli salad
We also had crab on toast; am I the only person out there who prefers crab or lobster meat warm? Perhaps I was lulled into this odd preference by my first lobster roll, which I had in Minneapolis and was warm – but I’ve never since found it served warm. Nevertheless, this was an really tasty dish, and a good foil for the duck as it was as light and delicate as the duck was rich and smooth.
Admittedly it’s not the cheapest restaurant around, but I think you’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere with such a varying menu using fresh ingredients found literally just outside at the market, and with a great, chilled atmosphere to boot.