Daily hot stew
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.
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.
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.
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