You thought we were done eating and drinking in Brixton? No chance.
This time, we’re looking away from The Laundry and towards our homeland in London: Pop Brixton.
Sure, it might look like a collection of shipping containers (OK – not really, but you get the drift) – but there are GEMS to be found here. And we’re not just talking about our wine bar, although we’re pretty proud of that too.
Street food vendors from across the globe have set up shop in Pop, and nearly all offer food to take away and enjoy anywhere in the venue. That includes at any of our tables – where we can serve you some delicious wines to match!
You see where we’re going with this. Without further ado – have a browse of what pairings you could be enjoying on your next Brixton visit…
1. Share A Slice’s pizza (any of them)
Who doesn’t love a pizza? And, when that pizza’s helping feed others too, even better. Share A Slice operate a one for one model: you buy one, they donate one to weekly food drives and charity partners. They’ve donated over 13,500 so far. Win-win. Plus, they’re delicious: Naples-style pizzas, with classic Italian ingredients! We’d pair them up with a lighter, peppery red like the Goats Do Roam Red Blend. Generous berry fruit keeps things fresh, while the peppercorn and hints of spice from oak add depth too.
2. Halo Burger’s vegan quarter pounder with cheese
When’s a burger not a burger? Some might argue it’s when it’s got no meat in it – but Halo Burger do a sublime job of proving them wrong, with an entirely plant-based menu. A couple of the SC crew have vouched for the fact that they’re potentially the best vegan burgers they’ve ever had. And a good burger deserves a good red wine! We love them with the Dandelion Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz – hefty enough to balance well with a burger, but with added layers of spice, chocolate undertones, and blackberry flavours to really upgrade your meal.
3. Viet Box’s spicy beef salad
Viet Box’s concept is simple: bring a new, exciting take on traditional Vietnamese culinary dishes. Kind of like New World wine, we think! Any Vietnamese flavours always go particularly well with Riesling; they’ve both got that wonderful sugar-acid balance, as well as high levels of aromatic flavours, and complement each other perfectly. For their spicy beef salad, try the Framingham Riesling; it’s got enough sugar to combat a little of the spice in it, and it’s delicate enough that neither wine nor dish will be overpowered.
4. Brazza’s poisson frit
One of the few Congolese restaurants in South London, Brazza create spicy, flavoursome food like no other. Anything fried is a great match with fizz – and we think Brazza’s poisson frit fits the brief PERFECTLY. The bubbles and high acid levels in a sparkling wine like this Jansz Cuvee Brut cut through grease and fatty flavours, helping you feel nice and refreshed while you eat – plus the delicate flavours of the wine won’t overpower the fish, which is served up here with a tomato and onion relish. Yum.
5. Singhe Kitchen’s chicken kothu
If you’ve ever wanted to try Sri Lankan food – look no further! Singhe Kitchen specialise in Sri Lankan specialities, most notably kothu. The country’s most popular street food, it’s made from diced roti, spices, scrambled egg, and vegetables, along with meat or tofu. Rose’s a great choice for spicier food: the extra sugar in the wine helps balance spice levels and keep you refreshed. Give the Gabrielskloof Rosebud a go – you’ll love it, we promise.
You can order and collect any of these wines from our Pop Brixton bar, or simply buy them on your next visit!
Ask a member of staff to direct you to any of the food vendors above – they’re Pop Brixton experts.