Nanban is a Japanese restaurant in hip Brixton that perfectly reflects the soul of its South West London location. It is trendy (ironic as ‘nanban’ means ‘southern barbarian,’ a term that was once used to describe the first European visitors to Japan many centuries ago) and flexible.
Nanban serves Japanese soul food with roots in the southern island of Kyushu, where bold flavours and foreign influences reign supreme. Nanban also takes inspiration and culinary cues from Brixton Market, with its incredible selection of global ingredients and fresh produce.
Dishes can be modified according to dietary choices, although the menu clearly marks a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options. The menu also features a vegetarian dish named after a Cantonese pop/star-actress once known as the world's ‘sexiest vegetarian’, apparently. Ok, we admit, that is a tad bit exciting... The menu comes with a glossary so that you can order confidently without any accidental surprises.
Date, Kids, Friends, Big Group
Celebration, Trendy, Casual
Go if you want to experience the ‘barbaric’ side of Japanese cuisine, spotlighting the foreign influence on Japanese food.