You can’t go wrong with most of the food joints in Borough Market, so it’s good to see classy Levant restaurant Arabica opening a sister site north of the river.
It’s housed within a ground floor corner of the newish Aga Khan Centre building, designed by renowned winning architect Fumihiko Maki.
The 66-cover interior features an open kitchen and bar with counter dining, a large communal table and cosy leather banquettes, while the terrace faces the Persian-inspired Jellicoe Gardens, by landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith.
This branch offers a new menu, complemented by a handful of the best-loved dishes from Borough, with plates drawing inspo everywhere from Jordan and the mountainous villages of Lebanon to cities like Istanbul, Beirut, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. So far, so yum.
Dishes to look out for? A supercharged hummus with diced sweet peppers, red chilli, garlic, parsley and roasted spicy chickpeas; Istanbul-style mussels with walnut tarator; beef cheek borekas (puff pastry parcels) slow-braised in red wine; and raw vegetables with orange blossom vinaigrette, crumbled Cretan barley rusks, barrel-aged feta and roasted pistachios.
In short? This is definitely one to warm the cockles as the year inexorably slides into winter.