On the edge of Borough Market’s new ‘Market Kitchen’ showcasing street food, ex-Pidgin chef, Elizabeth Haigh, is the zone’s biggest catch. Here, she returns to her Sinagaporean roots at this tiny stall, with 14 seats, mostly at the counter (there is a table). Amidst the clatter of the market and railway arches, it’s not a choice for comfort merchants, but does have it’s own lively charm. You can grab a very superior snack by day, Hawker style, or – Friday and Saturday nights – book for an eight-course tasting experience. Early reviews have been uniformly upbeat, including numerous utter raves.
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“The tastes of Singapore” are still applauded at ex-Pidgin chef, Elizabeth Haigh’s hawker-style stand (winner of Harden’s Top Street Food in our September 2021 London Restaurant Awards), which sits amidst the clatter of the Market Kitchen area of Borough Market. But feedback was much more muted and a little more uneven this year, and it’s hard not to conclude that the furore surrounding the cancelled launch of her recipe book hasn’t taken some of the gloss off impressions here.
“The chicken rice takes me back to holidays in Singapore, it’s just so good.” Ex-Pidgin chef, Elizabeth Haigh, was one of the first arrivals in Borough Market’s new ‘Market Kitchen’ showcasing street food, and her tiny stall (with 14 seats, mostly at the counter although there is one table) is one of the zone’s biggest PR coups. She won a Michelin star for Pidgin, but here she returns to her Singaporean roots. Amidst the clatter of the market and railway arches, it’s not a choice for comfort merchants, but does have its own lively charm. You can grab a very superior snack by day, hawker style, or – Friday and Saturday nights – book for an eight-course tasting experience. “You get enough garlic to kill a vampire but beautiful flavours throughout” and fans say a meal here is “London’s best value”.
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|Wine per bottle||£24.00|
Unit 52 Borough Market Kitchen, Jubilee Place, London, SE1 9AG
|Tuesday||11 am‑4 pm|
|Wednesday||11 am‑4 pm|
|Thursday||11 am‑4 pm|
|Friday||10 am‑5 pm|
|Saturday||10 am‑5 pm|
|Sunday||10 am‑4 pm|