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Lunch stall recommendation at Borough Market

Hi All,

I have some browsing of the stalls for lunch. Find these stalls but any other recommendations would be appreciated:
1. Roast restaurant for its pork belly sandwich
2. Le Marche du Quartier for duck confit sandwich
3. Brindisa for Chorizo sandwich
4. Richard Haward's oysters (review says their oysters are generous in size :D)
5. Shelseekers Fish and Game for scallops topped with bacon bits
6. Cafe Brood for Paella which SURPRISINGLY not even listed in Borough Market's map
7. Monmouth Coffee company

seriously i'm drooling just by typing these :p
also i might need lighter food alternatives of those stalls as everything is about sandwich and i definitely couldn't take more than 1 but want to try their specialty too.

how's the queue around 1pm? i guess it'd the worst but i expect their service is quick too

cheers
jen

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1 pm is absolute maximum crowded.

What day of the week will you be there?

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Except for probably having a bratwurst at the German stall as sort of a leadoff, I don't usually go with a particular destination in mind. I just wander around having a bit of what looks nice and smells good on the day.

Most hot food stalls are in one area near the Southwark cathedral, with most of the fruit, veg, and butchers over the road, but it is worth a mooch round the whole lot as you may find just the exact thing you didn't know you wanted.

I'd avoid the very peak of the crowds.

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Don't forget dessert - try the goat's milk ice cream from The Greedy Goat!

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The duck confit sandwich is ASTOUNDINGLY GOOD.

I'm also partial to the Pieminister's pies, though they are a chain so you have opportunities to eat their pies at places other than Borough Market.

There is a stall that sells potted game meats, which I highly recommend picking up for a later meal.

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The Raclette, melted cheese on top of buttered new potatoes with pickles from the grilled cheese place Kappacasein was surprisingly amazing! £6. Huge queues before 3pm and only there thurs-sat i think. The Argentinian empanada place next to the oyster people is great too, try the Provalone and caramelised onion, and the spicy chicken. £2.20 each. Also, the place that does Pad Thai noodles is amazing, best chicken Pad Thai ever... Can't remember the name.

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I used to love the Raclette place too, until I found that they had substituted inferior home grown domestic on one day I visited; never went back.

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I am going in the morning for breakfast. Don't know what I am going to eat for breakfast, it might end up being an early lunch (around 10am). I will try that coffee place for sure first. Thanks for the list.

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Once we got the food, the challenge was to find a place to sit and eat it. We ended up perching on a wall in the area around Southwark Cathedral. If you can make the time, visit the cathedral. It's a beautiful piece of history.

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Nigel - home grown domestic? What? They make the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever.

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Hi All,

thanks so much for all the inputs. it gives me ideas of what to expect once there. me and hubby love all types of food but we tend to look for western / local food or the type of food that is not available in our country. thankfully we are not picky eaters and love to try anything new.

the game stalls sounds interesting but is it hard to chew? first time i ate game meats was in South Africa and the zebra and wildebeest meats were really hard to chew. not sure if they just marinate it modestly to show the texture of each meats or that's just how the meat is.

ps: got reply from Borough Market that Cafe Brood is under Network Rail as their landlord thus, not managed by BM though they use it as their address and widely known in blogs as part of BM.

Hi Nigel
we'd be there on Wednesday, 29th of June. not really the peak of the high season i guess (or i hope more so)?

Hi emma,
sounds you had great time there :) ahh i see that Stoney street side is slightly more expensive than the Southwark side. I'll definitely go to the Southwark side too and hopefully with 2 hours could explore the whole market and get good bites (hopefully all the things we've been eyeing too). there's a paella on the Southwark side that i'd really like to try. you add one more to my list..the scotch eggs hahah. wished i were locals and could keep coming back for more. thanks for telling me about the Monmouth Coffee, unless the one in Borough tastes the best , i think i'd leave my stomach for something else that couldn't be get elsewhere :)

Hi Mike J
I could not find the Raclette on Borough Market's map. perhaps it's the same situation with Cafe Brood, managed under Network Rail. Is it situated near the Southwark Cathedral?

Hi ashley
good to hear that the lists might assist you :) i also think 10am is a bit awkward time for breakfast, my stomach would grumble if by 9 we go with still an empty stomach but you'll find it a better quieter place during that time i believe. pls do share your experience here.

Hi Patty,
yes, i think finding a seat during that time would be very difficult. i feel that the long queue could be managed still with quick service but then we might end up eating while standing or walking. is it alright to eat while walking in UK? I went to a country before that it's deemed as rude. luckily, i learnt about their custom before visiting and found some other tourists got told by locals that they are not allowed to eat whilst walking.

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London is the second-most visited city in the world (not to mention the 8 million people who live there already). It's the summer. Word is out about Borough Market. It's going to be crowded. Wednesday, however, hopefully is better than Saturday!

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Raclette is the dish, Kappacasein is the place, by the Cathedral. They do grilled cheese sandwiches also, both are nice. Very popular stall.

London is currently the most visited place in the world, and it certainly feels like it at most times. Ridiculous crowds almost everywhere. A noticable increase in people since the Olympics. I'm getting quite good at navigating through London via the quieter back streets.

Hopefully Brazil will see a similar boost after Rio 2016.

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Just ate there on Tuesday. I had the Aloo Dosa at the Indian street food stall. My mouth wants to go back for seconds.

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When you go, don't rush to eat. Most of the stalls will offer you tastings, if you eat first, you won't be able to enjoy the tastings. You can always buy lunch and take it with you . . .

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We just returned from London, and spent last Saturday morning and lunchtime working our way through Borough Market. It was elbow-to-elbow, all the way through. Jen, glad to hear you will be there on a Wednesday! Maybe the crowd will not be as bad as the Saturday we went!

I will caution you about the restaurant, "Roast" which sits above Borough Market. Second floor; take their elevator to get there if you must go. Roast is very expensive. About $120 (in U.S. dollars) or more per couple to eat there. Sixty pounds per person, more or less. I would skip it. We ate there, and I would describe the food as average....nothing to write home about.

If you want to have a pork belly sandwich from Roast, as you said in your original post, there is a "Roast To Go" window right below Roast, just to the left of their elevator. I imagine you could order and get it there take-away. But I can't imagine why you would want it, once you see the other tasty items available at Borough Market stalls!

Of the food stalls below, don't forget to visit Borough Wines, right below the entrance to "Roast". Terrific selection.

The cheese sandwiches at the cheesemaker's stall looked fantastic! That is what I would have gotten if I had not eaten at Roast restaurant. Also, there are numerous bakery stalls around Borough Market...all with dozens of wonderful treats.

About the seating situation....we walked across London Bridge, then down Southwark Street, turned right, walked behind Southwark Cathedral. There are some wooden picnic tables there on the right, as you get to the first two dozen vendors (these had chicken burgers, hamburgers and chicken kabobs). If you are traveling with a group of people, say four friends, I would advise you to grab seating at one of these picnic tables. Leave two of you seated at the table to hold the table. Send the other two people out for food. That's pretty much your only hope of seating. Many people were eating standing up. Some were sitting on the curb.

Farther along the row of vendors, turn left, and walk under girders into the main tunnel-like area of the market. You will find a lot of venders in this area with fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep walking farther, and you will eventually come to Monmouth Coffee Co., which you had mentioned. By the time you get to Monmouth Coffee, you are more or less out of the most crowded part.

If you stand in front of Monmouth Coffee, and look up, you are looking at the windows to one end of Roast restaurant. Monmouth Coffee has its own selection of great pastries. So if you've already had your main lunch at Borough Market, consider coffee and a dessert and sit at one of Monmouth's indoor tables.

Monmouth Coffee is on Stoney Street, so if you come out its front door, take a left, walk north up Stoney Street. That will take you back to the south bank of the river, and out of the Borough Market.

Again, here's hoping it won't be all that crowded if you visit on a Wednesday!

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You're right, Emma! Trying to hold a table--or part of one--could get ugly. Better to come back to these picnic tables with food in hand and then sit down.

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Hi emma,
noted on the seats on Bedale street side. it would be me and my hubby so we should be fine eating anywhere but we might shop for the food first before at the end sit and enjoy all our grabs. it could be quite troubling standing eating one hand holding other grabs. is it alright for us to bring other stalls food and sit eating on other stall but of course we order food from that stall we end up seating?

Hi Mike J
Thanks for rectifying it for me. appreciate it :)

Hi Hamlet's Shrinks
thanks for the recommendation :)

Hi Chani
that's what i'm taking into account too , if there're also plenty of samplings . i'm just not sure before if the stalls provide them. good to know that many of them offer samplings.

Hi Rebecca,
thanks so much for the sharing. i just aware it's a 2 floored market as the web's market map is not that informative to me. your sharing for the Roast..woww that's one very expensive meal especially in a market! i wonder if the high price is because of some known bloggers recommending their food and it just went viral hence the price reflects more on that than the taste itself. I hope the other stalls that i'd like to try located in Stoney street side aren't as expensive as Roast. thanks for letting me know the other available public seats. i might grab all my food before eating them so i'm not sure to be allowed eating other stalls food in someone's stall though i also order from him. i don't think they'd allow that.

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The seats are not related to a particular stall or stalls, unless you go into an actual restaurant (like Roast) where off course you would have what they offer.

Outdoors it is the luck of the draw who get to sit where, or if they can sit at all.

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I'm in BM atm and just noticed Cafe Brood for the first time. It's the permanent restaurant at the far eastern end of the market and isn't really part of BM i'd say. They do have lots of outside seating and it's always busy, but I've never felt like eating from there myself, not sure why as everything does look nice. It's open 7 days a week.

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Hello Jen! Borough Market itself does not have two levels. It is all street level, stalls are underneath girders supporting overhead bridges, and there is an old open-air Victorian market structure there.

Only the restaurant Roast is on a second floor. It sits up above the market, nestled against an adjoining Victorian building.

So the map you are using is correct, if it shows only one floor for Borough Market.

Let me just clarify some of your questions about Roast. You wrote,
"your sharing for the Roast..woww that's one very expensive meal especially in a market! i wonder if the high price is because of some known bloggers recommending their food and it just went viral hence the price reflects more on that than the taste itself. I hope the other stalls that i'd like to try located in Stoney street side aren't as expensive as Roast."

The restaurant Roast is not a food stall. It is a proper restaurant, separate from the food stalls. You must take the elevator or stairs up to the second floor in order to go there. You would wait at the hostess desk to be seated. Or have reservations. You are seated at a nice table, with fine linen tablecloth and napkins. You are given a menu and wine list. You have a waiter that services your table and one or two others. You select a meal--starter, main and dessert. Then eat over a period of an hour and a half, or two hours. It is more expensive, because it is a proper restaurant where you have a table of your own, server and wait staff. Roast the restaurant is not a food cart. I am not recommending Roast.

Now, according to an above post by Emma, recently Roast has set up a stand on the ground floor, out among the food stalls, where they are selling sandwiches for a much more reasonable price than in the actual restaurant.

The other stalls, as you asked, will not be as expensive as Roast the restaurant. It would be normal for a sandwich at a food stall at Borough Market to sell for 3 to 5 pounds. A bakery item, such as a brownie, may cost 2 pounds. Walk around the food stalls and compare the many. many items there that are offered. But when you see something you like, buy it right away, and start eating. Because you may not be able to find that stall again if there is a huge crowd there (like on a Saturday).

To comment on something you said, "your sharing for the Roast..woww that's one very expensive meal especially in a market! i wonder if the high price is because of some known bloggers recommending their food and it just went viral hence the price reflects more on that than the taste itself."

Speaking just in general (not about any particular place or restaurant); sometimes a place can become TOO popular. When it is mentioned in every travel guidebook, in every food blog, in every travel article you read in a magazine or newspaper, it's time to avoid it for the increased prices and crowds. Truly.

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Hi Nigel,
thanks for clarifying it for me :)

Hi Mike J
i read some reviews that it should be the best paella not the one inside the market that sold the curry as well. well that's an opinion still but hopefully they're right. Cafe Brood uses Borough Market as their address but yes they're not actually part of the market.

Hi Rebecca,
thanks for clarifying that to me. any small detail really appreciated. it does help a lot especially for first timer. the market will be full of people and having a bit of info would definitely help us move faster.

Hi emma,
thanks for the info Dear :). I guess another reason with a slight higher price is due to location and popularity with tourists worldwide.

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The big advantage of BM is that your able to try samples of most dishes before you buy, and are actively encouraged to do so. I don't know if Cafe Brood do that. I only try dishes if I fully intend to buy if they are nice, I always scratch my head at people who try and say "oh that's the best I ever had" then walk away... but that's just me. I buy the salt and pepper squid from the Paella stall inside the market quite often, which you have to wait for them to cook fresh, so see many people trying the Paella and curry samples, and they all seem to like the way it tastes... or are too polite to say otherwise, who knows.

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I was at the BM a couple of weeks ago and did have a vegan sandwich. Next time I probably won't bother to get a lunch because when it's crowded, there are queues at every stall, you have to find a place to stand and eat, and it's honestly not that enjoyable. I loved getting a cup of sangria and wandering around while drinking that and will do that every time I'm there (alternating with a Pimm's, maybe). There are also samples of things to try. My advice is to forget eating there, enjoy the bustling market, and then if you're hungry, go somewhere you can sit down to eat and enjoy your lunch.