Snuggling inside a railway arch next to Borough market, Arabica's interior is authentic bare-brick chic. The blue padded banquettes were probably more comfy than the wooden chairs at our table, but the restaurant was full and the atmosphere hummed on a Tuesday night. I would recommend booking, as walk-ins had to be turned away.
The food is Middle Eastern, with the menu arranged into Nibbles, Dips, Raw?Cured, Fired, Clay/Oven, Stove/Grill, Charcoal, Salads and Veg/Rice/Pulses. Our table of five ordered a selection of fifteen dishes to share, including halloumi, baby pickled aubergine, fattoush and falafels. Portions were small, and were it not for the cost, we might have ordered more. We settled for dessert - milk pudding, baclava and rosewater sorbet. At prices ranging from £5 - £10 a dish, the bill was quite steep. However, the food was beautifully presented and uniformly delicious.
A couple of quibbles: the martinis were not cold enough, and there was no beer because, we were told, it was still in the Lebanon! A quick trip to a cash-and-carry might have solved this problem. However, the service was quick, courteous and professional. I would return.
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