Last weekend I decided to make my way over to Brixton Village Market for the first time to do some exploring of this part of London. I ended up at ‘Mama Lan’ – a small Chinese restaurant specialising in street food from Beijing such as dumplings and soup. The menu is very limited and there were only two gluten free options available. To my great disappointment I had to skip the dumplings. If anyone knows a place with gf dumplings/dim sum please let me know as I am really craving some…
I guess the benefit of the menu being so limited is that I actually couldn’t change my mind like I always do. I am usually the person who will change their order several times and then end up getting food envy of what everyone else has ordered.
I opted for the beef soup in a spicy broth and rice noodles. Very quickly a large soup bowl was placed in front of me with chop sticks and a large spoon. Even though I have lived in Asia I still struggle to eat a noodle soup without spilling it all over myself.
The broth was very tasty and well-seasoned. Unfortunately the beef was quite fatty however it had a nice taste to it. The portion was large and definitely good value at £9.
Mama Lan is also located in Clapham Common, however I would recommend the one in Brixton since as for me this type of restaurant is more of a lunch time option. You can sit in the market which is a nice change now that the weather is becoming warmer in London and also great for people watching. If you are looking for a fresh lunch then I would recommend Mama Lan but don’t expect lots of options and don’t forget to bring cash as they don’t take card.