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3 things you must try at Arancini Brothers

They may have become famous for their rice ball wraps, but there’s plenty of life beyond the tortilla here

Daily hot stew

Stew and arancini. Photo: SE
Stew and arancini. Photo: SE

Could this humble bowl ‘n’ board combo be the perfect winter lunchtime scran? An unfussy yet substantial meal comes in the form of a hearty veg stew of the day, (on our visit, pumpkin and lentil) scattered with seeds and served with the obligatory arancini and perky dips. Perhaps the bed of rice is a little much alongside the balls, but this feels like it’s doing you good as well as being satisfying. £5.50.

Mediterranean balls

Yes, the Brothers are renowned for their original citrus, mozzarella and herb infused arancini, and yes, the vegan version (featured in the burger patty) also packs a tasty punch all of its own, but that’s no reason to sleep on their third option: olive and feta-filled balls. Displaying the richest flavours of the lot, these also contain red pepper, robust enough to rival the chutney and aioli that comes with them. Five for £4.

Vegan burger

The delicious burger
The delicious burger
Meat and dairy-free burgers remain hit-and-miss affairs, often crunchy and dry where they should be succulent and juicy. But the mushroom and courgette patty here is a real winner. Combined in the bun with the Arancini Bros in-house onion jam and tomato chutney, it manages to feel almost as decadent as the ‘real thing’. No wonder it’s been causing a bit of a stir in London’s vegan circles. You can order the same base burger with bacon and blue cheese if you simply have to go carnivore, but there’s no need. £7.50.

Arancini Brothers Factory Cafe, 115a Kentish Town Road, NW1 8PB, open 8am-9.30pm weekdays and 9.30am-9.30pm weekends.

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