Food | Market Halls Victoria, London

Market Halls has opened its second venue at Victoria. Set across three floors, the space has some returning traders from its Fulham site, but with more space to play with they have introduced a number of new offerings, including the foodie favourite Monty’s Deli, dim sum experts Baozi Inn, and Nonna Tonda is serving some delicious fresh pasta specialties for the site.

As a key commuter spot, Victoria is not short of a buzzing atmosphere. The area is one of many undergoing a lot of redevelopment in London at the moment with lots of exciting openings coming for foodies and gym-buffs alike (yes, I am talking about the rather exciting Victoria 1Rebel that opened its biggest Ride studio in London earlier this year).

Market Hall Victoria currently operates between two floors, with both surrounding tables with food trader stalls lining the edges. The third floor plans to open in the Spring when it will be yet another rooftop bar in the capital. Not that I’m complaining, if we have another summer like the one that has just gone I will be fighting the pigeons for space on the roof.

The buzzing atmosphere creates a great vibe throughout, but also means you can expect to wait for a table with other prowlers hoping for someone to reach for their coat as they enjoy their dinner.

My personal advice is to ignore everything you’ve learned as a Londoner and instead, if you see someone who looks like they’re about to leave, go and ask if you can jump in their seats. Just like that you’ve invested and other will back off so you can spend the rest of your evening avoiding eye contact and clutching your friends if a stranger tries to initiate a friendly conversation. Although, do expect to cosy up with another couple if you’re a party of two on a table for four.

As for traders? Well that is the best part about the current food hall trend. It’s the perfect place to take fussy eaters, as well as the skint and the dietary required. Can’t take spice? Well then there are tons of none-spicy delicious traders. Staying off meat? Squirrel has some great options. Skint? Get your money’s worth and fill up on a Monty salt beef sandwiches that is big enough to climb.

But in these situations, I’m always going to opt for trying more. On this occasion I started with the Lazy Lamb kebab from Fanny’s with some “sharing” persian fries. I could have taken or left the fries but the meat in the kebab was perfectly cooked and served in a wrap with a spicy zesty yogurt. Delicious!

That was swiftly followed by a selection of three tacos from Super Tacos  – from the duo behind Breddos Tacos. I went for the Spit Roast Pork Abobada, Chicken Asado Al Carbon and Mushroom Asada and really rated the mushroom against the others, but all great with a generous squeeze of lime (if you’re a citrus head like me)!

With London’s best food under one roof cited as Market Halls‘ goal, they’ve put thought into action and I’ll be looking forward to the West End opening, which will fill the former BHS building on Oxford Street.

Rachael-Chloe Bell

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