We’ve travelled extensively through the fertile valleys, mountain villages and vibrant cities of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Palestine, and Israel to source the finest middle-eastern ingredients. We draw inspiration from a culinary kaleidoscope of delicacies discovered on our adventures, to recreate the deliciousness that epitomise the breadth of flavours, colours and textures of one of the world’s most exciting food cultures.
In our restaurants, market stalls, wholesale and online, we’re celebrating the vibrant taste of the Levant – naturally healthy food, sensibly sourced ingredients, colourful plates perfect for sharing.
Read on for more about our story…
From an 8ft trestle table in the early days of Borough market and a passion to broaden the culinary horizons of Londoners, we’ve grown through word of mouth, a few leaps, a few mistakes, and a genuine obsession with the food of the Levant.
We’ve travelled lots and continue to explore the sun-drenched shores of the East Mediterranean to keep us connected with our passion for the culinary traditions of the Middle-east. And still we discover ancient dishes to comfort our tired bodies and inventive creations that force us to rethink what ‘Levantine’ really means.
We’re on a journey, and we’d like to thank everyone who’s supported us, bought a falafel wrap, popped in for a cocktail, bought a meze spread for a party or invested in our future. We hope you enjoy the Arabica experience.
We’ve been fortunate to meet some incredibly inspiring individuals who have influenced, educated, shaped and reinforced our approach to our sensible sourcing policy, company ethos and culture.
We carefully choose the people and suppliers we work with to ensure their values and ethics match up with our own. Our meat is grass fed and halal. Our fish is from sustainable stock. We source locally and seasonally where we can and where it makes sense. Our more exotic ingredients come from a handful of specialist artisans across the east mediterranean.
We work hard and ambitiously on our recipes to create a colourful collection of dishes for you to feast on at our restaurants, counters and stalls. Creatively led by founder James, the team experiment regularly (in our home kitchens as well as our professional kitchens) with new ingredients and ideas that create vibrancy in our menus. We collaborate with other leading chefs, cooks and pâtissiers to bring you online inspiration of how to use our ingredients at home. We encourage you to throw on your apron, turn on your favourite tunes and give our Middle-eastern inspired recipes a go!
We are lucky to have a team that come together from all corners of the world to support Arabica.
The world of restaurants and catering is not an easy business to retain good people. So we invest in our team – supporting their individual needs and nurturing their talents. We endeavour to create development opportunities for them to grow with us as we stretch into new places. It’s them we have to thank for the care and creativity they bring to our food and people every day.
Our restaurants in Borough Market and Kings Cross are open seven days a week and I’m always floating between the restaurants, our deli counter in Selfridges Food hall and the market stalls, so do drop by say hi if you’re ever in the area.
In the meantime, take a look around our new website and feast your eyes on some of our deliciousness – we can’t wait to share our middle-eastern inspired exotica with you.
James and the team.