30 Brixton Water Lane London, SW2 1PE
020 7501 8606 | brixtonspace@gmail.com
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Brixton Space is an independent coffee shop/tapas bar situated in the vibrant area between Brixton and Herne Hill.

Brixton Space

“Just had lovely evening@brixtonspace on br water lane. Nice people, good tapas. Please go. We want it to be around for a while.” Jay Rayner, Observer’s restaurant critic and a novelist.

The owners and staff at Brixton Space Tapas Bar know that tapas isn’t so much a cuisine as a way of life, so they’ve opened this fantastic restaurant to provide London with a space where food and relaxation go hand in hand. Upbeat and comfortable, with a quirky and kitsch décor including 70s style wallpaper in bold toasted oranges and reds, Brixton Space welcomes guests in to a dining room where they immediately feel right at home.

Though a tapas bar, Brixton Space doesn’t focus only on Spanish food, instead the chefs take their inspiration from the world over, fusing flavours and techniques from Britain, the continent and the rest of the world to produce small sharing plates with an international vibe. Ingredients are freshly sourced at Brixton market with fair trade and organic produce used wherever possible in everything from dinner dishes to the coffees and cakes enjoyed at leisure throughout the daytime.Time Out Magazine

It’s a great addition to the neighbourhood. Friendly staff, great food and decent priced drinks.Time Out Magazine

Perfect place for chillin’ and watching the world go by..music played sets the right tone and atmosphere . I enjoyed my lunch there recently and the place feels like an oasis of calm and very positive vibes (funky and stylish decor ) .The food was delicious,reasonably priced (beer across the road was almost £1 more expensive ! ) and most importantly the toilet was so clean and smelled so fresh you almost wanted to eat there ! : ) I shall defenitely return for a spot of lunch and tranquility ,it’s a great addition to the area! special mention of the owner ( Argentinian guy ) he truly knows how to look after his customers.Another happy customer

Went here a few weeks ago after spotting the funky interior whilst walking past. Love the lights hanging from the roof, very relaxed atmosphere. Staff were great and were more than happy to chat. Food was quick, fresh and of excellent quality. The whiting was great, and the cheese platter was a nice finish to our meal. All in all very impressed and will definitely go again! If you want somewhere to graze over great quality food, take your time and chat over a bottle of wine, this is the place to go!Another happy customer

Fantastic place brings life finally to water lane brixton! Food is of excellent quality whilst the front of house service is of the correct engagement and personable level. As mentioed in the previous post no alcohol licence yet but love the bring your own bottle concept that they have for the moment. I will be back definately worth a second visit!Another happy customer

The new kid on the block, Brixton Space just opened last week. Walking distance from Brixton tube station and the Brockwell park, little cafe tapas bar serving dishes from around the world in tapas size, but mine was huge for a tapa and great value for money. Bargain! I ‘ve been there last night and the atmosphere was very relax, few tables but the patrons had the chance to talk to customers every now and then which was nice and intimate. Service was superb for London standards and the food simply delicious. A cheap eatery with a great food, music and decoration. A hidden gem in Brixton Water Lane opposite the Hootannany Pub.Another happy customer

Amazing SPACE like nothing like it in South London! was visiting a friend and we went there for a light meal and a chit chat. Very intimate, great decor in 70’s style. Was Friday evening and we had to queue for a bit until a very gentile lady show us a table.
It’s run by 2 friends and Argentinian guy who became chef and a Polish lady on the front of the house. Nice tapas menu with lots of special dishes every evening. We had a charcuterie platter, a really nice Thai prawns with an amazing sauce made of lemon grass, ginger and coconut milk and some Spanish pan fried chorizo with beans. We got our own wine next door as they are still waiting for the licence to sell alcohol. The atmosphere was brilliant, was packed with a very eclectic bunch of people and the lady serving was buzzing around the tables chatting with mostly everyone there.” Another happy customer

We find out was recently open and it’s becoming a great spot on Brixton Water Lane which is less than 10 minutes walk from Brixton Station.Another happy customer

They locally sourced there food in the market every day to keep it as fresh as possible which is a great value because the food was absolutely brilliant! Definitely a place to recommend to everyone! we will come back for more very soon!Another happy customer

Brixton Space’s extraordinary décor will have certainly have raised eyebrows in this otherwise grey outpost of Brixton, close to the entrance of Brockwell Park. But its fusion tapas menu is equally deserving of your attention.

The Venue: Lit by a collection of outsized bare lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling, and painted with colours that have more of a dash of Austin Powers about them, the restaurant jumps out at you from the row of off-licences and grocers that it shares Brixton Water Lane with. The dining room is equally intimate, with room for about 15 or so at the most.

The Atmosphere: In the day time it caters to mums and kids in search of coffee and cakes; the generously jammy Victoria sponge and moist Spanish custards are both specialities. Come the evening, a more nocturnal crowd aged 20-40 begins to arrive. They’re definitely fostering a convivial, community atmosphere, so don’t be surprised if your conversation spreads to the next table. There’s a soundtrack of relaxed, funky music but it’s kept down relatively low, making room for some laughter and good natured banter between regulars.

The Food: Pick and choose your way through the tapas menu, starting with organic bread with Spanish olive oil (£2.50) and olives (£2.50) or gazpacho soup, before moving onto more exotic fare such as herb-marinated chicken skewers (£5.50), Thai coconut, ginger and lemon grass prawns with thick, sticky coconut rice (£6) or the deliciously un-gourmet Polish speciality, Kabanos sausages served cold with gherkins (£3.50). For vegetarians, it’s hard to choose between the gnocchi salad with pesto (£4.50), beetroot and goat’s cheese salad (£4.50) and the pumpkin, mozzarella cheese and seed salad (£5.25), but the substantial chunks of gnocchi arguably edge it. And if you feel like returning to earth, there’s always a well stocked cheese board (£7.50), easily enough for three to share, or something from that day’s cake collection with your coffee.

The Drink: A carefully selected wine list complements the selection of spirits – the staff recommend a shot of cherry brandy to get going with – and cocktails behind the bar. Start with the Waimea Sauvignon Blanc (£16 per bottle), sharper than you’d imagine but definitely very alive, before switching to fruitier reds like the Gran Sasso Sangoviese from Tuscany (£15 per bottle) or the Decenio Rioja Crianza (£17 per bottle). You can even celebrate a special occasion with posh champagnes like Nicolas Feuillatte Rose (£34 per bottle) and the Lanson Black Label NV Champagne (£39 per bottle).

The Last Word: A welcome blaze of colour and personality, Brixton Space has plans to convert its cellar into a cinema and it deserves to quickly become a cultural and gastronomic hub in this corner of Brixton.View London

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Posted: August 26, 2011 in Uncategorized