Market Halls Victoria Was London’s Hottest Meals Corridor

When it first opened, the Market Halls food court in Victoria featured three essential London restaurants, including spin-off brands from Roti King — the much-loved Malaysian and Singaporean roti masters from Euston — Soho and City udon noodle specialists Koya and pub restaurant, the Marksman. Now, both Koya Ko and Bunshop have left the growing food hall.

Those were the headliners, but there’s more than that hat-trick: the general caliber of vendors secured by Market Halls creators Simon Anderson and Andy Lewis-Pratt might even make it the city’s first genuinely modern food court, modeled in the image of the popular state format.

Here’s a full run-down on all the vendors, who’s behind them, and what to try.

God beast

Koya’s classic udon noodle in dashi broth Steven Joyce/for Koya

CLOSED — JULY 2019

Koya Ko

Key people: Chef and co-founder Shuko Oda and co-founder John Devitt
what is it: The third outpost for the celebrated Japanese udon noodle bar and small plate specialist Koya. Other sites include the original on Frith Street in Soho and the follow-up at the Bloomberg Arcade in the City.
Must try dish: Any of the freshly made udon noodles in dashi.

Roti canai at Roti King, reopened in Euston

Roti and chicken curry at Roti King Ola Smit/Eater London

Gopal’s Corner

Key people: Owner Sugen Gopal
what is it: Malaysian Tamil cuisine and an homage to the restaurant Gopal’s parents opened in Malaysia in the 1970s. Phenomenal, flaky, fat-enriched roti canai that have become its hallmark at Euston’s Roti King will be at the center of brand’s only other outpost in the city.
Must try dish: Roti canai.

Best bacon sandwiches in London: bacon buns at Marksman Hackney Road

Buns by Bunshop by the Marksman Maria Nakhmanovich

CLOSED — MARCH 2019
Bunshop

Key people: chief owners Jon Rotheram and Tom Harris
what is it: A shop that serves a variety of savory buns, taken from the popular bar snack served at the Marksman, Rotheram and Harris’ outstanding pub-restaurant on Hackney Road.
Must try dish: The classic beef and barley bun, for the uninitiated.

Good tier

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One of Cook Daily’s signature bowls Cook Daily [Official Photo]

Cook Daily

Key people: Chef-Owner King Cook
what is it: A vegan restaurant that seeks to extricate veganism from the trappings of the white, wellness-oriented mainstream.
Must try dish: A new Market Halls dish: fried vegan chickn bites with teriyaki glaze, slaw, and brown rice.

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Colorful dumplings by Baozi Inn Maria Nakhmanovich

Baozi Inn

Key people: Head Chef Francis Law
what is it: Celebrated Cantonese cook and dim sum chef, who trained at the Macau location of world-famous xiaolongbao chain Din Tai Fung, Law’s menu is based on the regional cuisines of northern China, and includes Sichuan and Hunan influences elsewhere.
Must try dish: Instagrammable ruby ​​prawn dumplings, whose dough is colored with beetroot juice.

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Monty’s reuben sandwich Maria Nakhmanovich

Monty’s Deli

Key people: Founder Mark Ogus and CEO Owen Barratt
what is it: A kosher-style deli serving Jewish comfort food, which has sites on Hoxton Street and in Spitalfields Market. Also, the purveyor of London’s finest beet sandwich.
Must try dish: After (or before) the reuben, the chicken noodle soup.

Nonna Tonda’s fresh pasta by James French Maria Nakhmanovich

Nonna Tonda

Key people: Chef James French
what is it: Traditional, handmade fresh pasta; Dishes inspired by the “self-trained” chef’s extensive travels around Italy which include an apprenticeship at the Michelin-starred l’Erba del Re in Modena.
Must try dish: Conchigliette with romanesco broccoli, pancetta, and anchovies.

Mid tier

Breddos’ Super Tacos Maria Nakhmanovich

Great tacos

Key people: Founders Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney
what is it: A spin-off from the team behind Breddos Tacos, which promises a “new concept focusing on a more authentic and concise taco offering with charcoal cooking [al carbon] at his heart.” It is inspired by the hole-in-the-wall and roadside taquerias in Mexico and will include a DIY (apply your own APYO) salsa bar.
Must try dish: Adobada tacos: spit-roasted pork with salsa verde and crispy pork skin.

Hunter’s chicken with bacon and mash Maria Nakhmanovich

flank

Key people: chief owner Tom Griffiths
what is it: Brighton-born residency which debuted in London last year at Spitalfields Market’s Kitchens. A self-styled nose-to-tail offering includes dishes such as ‘pig nugget’ which uses all parts of a pig, served with pickles and apple jam and a stuffed suet dumpling filled with braised beef cheeks and shin.
Must try dish: Hunter’s chicken.

Soft Serve Society

Key people: Emma Lau and Nikki Tang
what is it: Extremely photogenic soft serve ice cream, soft serve ice cream sundaes, and freak shakes. The strongest flavor is coconut charcoal.
Must try dish: Coconut charcoal soft serve.

Fish and chips tier

A plate of fish and chips with a lemon wedge on top.

Kerbisher & Malt’s fish and chips Maria Nakhmanovich

Kerbisher & Malt

Key people: Saul Reuben (ex-Oxo Tower and Racine)
what is it: A “modern,” British fish and chip shop, which, according to Heston Blumenthal, “takes the very essence of a chippy and makes it so much better.”
Must try dish: Fish and chips.

wellness animal

Guac n’ roll bowl by Squirrel Maria Nakhmanovich

squirrel

Key people: “Married couples” Charlie and Anneke Gilkes, and Duncan and (nutritionist) Zoe Stirling
what is it: “All-day, fast-casual, healthy eating concept” at which “unlike other health food concepts, all of Squirrel’s staff are trained in basic nutrition and can advise customers on what they should order to support their #goals.”
Must try dish: A grain bowl called “Guac n’ roll.”

Caffeine tier

Latte art by Press Coffee Maria Nakhmanovich

press coffee

Key people: Founders Davide Pastorino and Andy Wells
what is it: A specialty coffee shop, which also serves loose-leaf teas from “independent artisan producers.” Press imports and and roasts coffee from 15 different countries across the world.
Must try drink: Not cold brew.

Without animal

Fanny’s Kebabs Maria Nakhmanovich

Fanny’s Kebabs.

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